The Ultimate Guide to the Best Fishing Kayaks For Sale

The Ultimate Guide to the Best Fishing Kayaks For Sale

The Ultimate Guide to the Best Fishing Kayak and Fishing Kayaks for Sale 2017

I did a lot of research before purchasing what I thought was the best fishing kayak. Personally, I wanted the best kayak for relatively calm lakes, and wanted to ensure that that my days on the water would be be enjoyable, and not filled with fear of tipping kayaks, or not enough room for my tackle and gear for the day and weighing the option of bringing my golden retriever along with me for a paddle.

What became apparent early on, is that it is necessary to evaluate your own personnel needs and usage among the top rated fishing kayaks before you decide which yak is best for you.

There are many styles and brands to choose from & most differences seem subtle, but can make a big difference once you start using your yak. The accessories are almost endless and you can even buy a motorized fishing kayak if pedal or paddle powered is not for you! If you are looking for the best cheap fishing kayak, or the best stand up fishing kayak I have outlined my list of the top 10 fishing kayaks and more!

Types of Kayaks

There are several types of kayaks and canoes, but typically anglers will gravitate towards recreational kayaks. They are popular with novice paddlers, photographers, or fisherman. Most recreational kayaks are 10 or 12 feet long. Specialized angling kayaks take many features of these kayaks, but also some features of touring kayaks, such as rudders to help keep a straight course (more on the best fishing kayak features below). Here are the basic types:

Sit on Top Kayaks

Sit on top kayaks are user-friendly, stable and easy to paddle. They are easy to get in and out of and can be used in many types of water including salt water, rivers, lakes and canals. They have a sealed hull and the paddler sits on top of a moulded seat. These types of kayaks are typically wider, which makes them quite stable (something important for a fisherman to consider), but the wider hull makes them slower than a touring model. These kayaks give you a wet ride, as there is no spray skirt to keep you dry, and no protection from wind. There are many brands that make a sit-on-top kayak for sale, and they range from basic models which cost a few hundred dollars to deluxe pedal powered and motorized kayaks that cost a few thousand.  

Inflatable Kayaks

Inflatable Kayaks are the perfect choice of kayak for compact storage needs. They can inflate in minutes and are best for calm waters. While I initially thought these would be like a blow-up toy, they can be surprisingly sturdy. While these make a great inexpensive fishing kayak, you do not necessarily want the cheapest ones out there. Some of the reviews say they are exactly as I had imagined. Like getting on a blow up boat! But do not totally throw inflatable kayaks for sale off your radar. There are a few great ones out there.

Sit in Kayaks

Sit inside kayaks share many of the same features of a sit-on-top kayak (SOT kayak). The major difference is the sit in kayak has an enclosed place to sit. It is known as the cockpit and the area around it is known as the cockpit rim. A lot of sit-in kayaks have a spray skirt that will keep the paddler dry from spray from the paddles or other drips of water. Because you sit lower, these kayaks will shelter you from the wind and will likely give you a warmer ride. The downside of the sit-in kayak style, is if you flip your kayak, it is much tougher to recover as it will be full of water. There are plenty of sit in kayaks for sale, just like the sit on top models, which gives you plenty of options, if this is your kayak of choice.

Fishing Kayaks

So what makes a “fishing kayak” compared to the styles listed above. The best fishing kayaks are made specifically for anglers and can be sit on top or sit inside models. They have rod holders, cooler holders, and features like a built-in tackle box. They usually have extra mounts for a GPS or fish finder and some are even hands-free and pedal powered or motorized. Because many are based on the sit-on-top kayak styles, they are often referred to as a stand up fishing kayak and sturdy enough for a steady fisherman to stand and cast. 

Best Fishing Kayak Guide and Top Fishing Kayaks 2017

The Best Kayak for Fishing Comparison Chart

There are over 100 angler kayaks for sale, I have narrowed down my top picks and outlined the pros and cons of each of the models in the comparison chart below and the sit in and the sit on top fishing kayak reviews at the end of this guide. Not everyone has an endless amount of money to spend on their hobby, so I have hunted for the best price on kayaks and offered my opinion on the best budget kayak to spend your hard earned money on.

Take a look through this chart and my reviews below and I hope I can make your purchasing decision much easier! Whether bass fishing kayaks are on the top of your list, or the best lightweight kayak, some of the ones you will see on the chart are the best rated kayak on amazon while others offer features that are ideal for a fisherman like me and that is why they have made the list!

NameImageRatingLengthMaterial / Type
Ocean Kayak Prowler 13 Angler Sit on Top Fishing Kayak4.913'4"Plastic Shell / Sit on Top
Old Town Predator MX4.812'
Sun Dolphin Journey 10-Foot Sit on Top Fishing Kayak4.210"Plastic Shell / Sit on Top
Sun Dolphin Bali SS 10 Foot Sit on Top Kayak3.810'Plastic Shell / Sit on Top
Sun Dolphin Excursion Sit-in Fishing Kayak4.510'Plastic Shell / Sit in
Lifetime Muskie Angler sit-on-top 10 foot

4.310'Plastic Shell / Sit on Top
BKC Brooklyn Kayak Company UH-FK184 9’2” sit on top4.39'2"Plastic Shell / Sit on Top
Vibe Kayaks Skipjack 904.59'Plastic Shell / Sit on Top
Hobie Mirage i9S4.59'Inflatable / PVC Hull
Sevylor Inflatable Coleman Rio Canoe, Hunt Fish3.79'9"Inflatable / PVC Hull
Sun Dolphin Aruba SS 12 foot4.312'Plastic Shell / Sit in
Sun Dolphin Excursion 12 foot Sit in Kayak4.212'Plastic Shell / Sit in
Sun Dolphin Journey 12 foot Sit on Top4.312'Plastic Shell / Sit on Top
Perception Kayak Pescador Pro 124.112'Plastic Shell / Sit on Top
Lifetime Tamarack Sit on Top Kayak 10-Foot4.310'Plastic Shell / Sit on Top
Hobie mirage pro angler4.512'8"
tandem lifetime sport4.310'
Old Town Canoes & Kayaks Twin Heron Angler Tandem Kayak, Urban Camo4.513'6"
Vibe Kayaks Skipjack 120T Tandem Kayak Package (Hunter Camo 2 Deluxe Seats)4.512'2"
BKC Brooklyn Kayak Company UH-TK181 Sit on top Tandem Fishing Kayak4.512'6"
BIC Trinidad Tandem Fishing Kayak4.011'9"
Hobie Mirage Pro Angler 12

4.912'
Hobie Pro Angler 144.914'
Hobie Mirage Outback4.912'
old town predator pdl4.813'2"
Old Town Predator 134.513'2"
Wilderness Radar 1154.411'8"
Native Watercraft Slayer Propel 13 Kayak4.513'

Best Fishing Kayak Reviews

The Best Fishing Kayak

Everyone is going to have their own opinion, but for me, a 6’2″ 190 lb fisherman, This was my first choice: 

Ocean Kayak Prowler 13 Angler Sit on Top Fishing Kayak

 This ocean kayak is known as a very stable fishing kayak ( but not designed for standing to cast specifically). It has below deck rod storage, a comfort plus seat, 2 rod holders, a rear oversized tank well and can support 450 lbs.  It is a bit on the larger side at 13’4″ and weighs 56 lbs. 

Why was this my number one? Well, when I am out on the water alone, this kayak is comfortable to paddle and its size makes it a fast ride to get to my favorite fishing spots. The front click to lock hatch is a good size and I can easily fit everything I need inside. The foot wells are nice, but I will admit that the seat is not the best for an all day paddle. While I am often on calm waters, I know that this yak will cut any waves I come up against, so that peace of mind makes me happy.

There is a great youtube review to give you a good look at it:

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Top Fishing Kayaks Reviews

Old Town Predator MX

 

This is one of the popular Old Town Kayaks for sale. It is 12 feet and can hold a max of 400 lbs. It weighs 58 lbs and known for its stability. It is the perfect model for fly fishing and has a slip-resistant deck. With 6 mounts there is plenty of room for your rod holders, GPS, or camera. Huge storage offers room for your day’s catch, your cooler, your tackle box, or battery for a trolling motor. The Old Town Predator MX has side mount paddle storage as well. While other models offer the option of standing and casting, if you plan on doing quite a bit of it, I suggest seriously considering the Old Town Predator MX.

Sun Dolphin Journey 10-Foot Sit on Top Fishing Kayak

The Sun Dolphin Journey is a lightweight kayak, it weighs just over 40 lbs. With these light kayaks, its maximum supported weight is 250 lbs. If you are 6” tall I would suggest going with the larger model. The Sun Dolphin Journey has two flush mount and one swivel fishing rod holders. Other features include, a large seat, protective thigh pads and adjustable foot braces, retractable carrying handles, paddle holders storage and shock cord deck rigging. Paddles Sold Separately. I recommend Shoreline Marine Kayak Paddle 96” to go with this

Sun Dolphin Bali SS 10 Foot Sit on Top Kayak

The Sun Dolphin Bali SS is a stable kayak, contains a dry storage compartment with shock cord deck rigging, contains a portable accessory carrier for extra storage or a tow behind. It is a great kayak for rivers and lakes, has comfortable seating, protective thigh pads, adjustable foot braces and a paddle holder for when you are reeling in the big one. It holds 250 lbs and also has a P.A.C. (Portable Accessory Carrier) that can be used as a tow behind or extra storage compartment. It weighs only 44 lbs.

Sun Dolphin Excursion Sit-in Fishing Kayak (Sand, 10-Feet)

The Sun Dolphin Excursion is one of the popular sit in kayaks for sale and works great for calm rivers and lakes. Like the Journey, it  has storage, two flush mount rod holders as well as a swivel rod holder and an electronics console. It is only 40 lbs and 10 feet long. Great if portaging is part of your day. Paddles are sold separately. I recommend Shoreline Marine Kayak Paddle 96” to go with this

Old Town Vapor 10 Angler Fishing Kayak

This 10 foot fishing kayak has a comfort flex seat, adjustable foot braces, moulded carry handles, and storage. It is an excellent choice for recreational paddlers and sportsman. It has two behind the seat rod holders, and bungees. It weighs just under 50 lbs and can hold 325 lbs.

Lifetime Muskie Angler sit-on-top 10 foot

The Lifetime Muskie Angler 10 foot lake and river fishing kayak comes with a padded seat back, front and rear shock cords, storage hatches in the rear and center, two flush mounted fishing pole holders, a top mount rod holder, paddle cradles with shock cords, one adult black paddle (1066285), and T-handles for easy carrying. It has a 275 lbs weight capacity and weights 52 lbs. I like that this model comes with paddles.

BKC Brooklyn Kayak Company UH-FK184 9’2” sit on top

This angler kayak for sale from the Brooklyn Kayak Company is shorter than average and weights just 45 lbs. It has a 250 lb capacity and comes with a deluxe seat and a two piece aluminum paddle. This sit on fishing kayak also features 4 flush mount rod holders, two sealed hatches and four carry handles.  I like that this model comes with a paddle and a decent seat right off the bat, but it is quite short, so keep that in mind. If you want something short for the back of the truck this kayak could be the perfect recreational kayak. 

Vibe Kayaks Skipjack 90

This cheap sit on top kayak is one of the shortest around at just 9 feet long. Although short, it can still hold 300 lbs and has 2 sealed hatches, 4 flush mount fishing rod holders, 4 carry handles, and comes with a deluxe seat and a paddle. Do not let the pink camo color in the comparison chart above turn you off, there are various colors to choose from! This stable fishing kayak means smaller people will be able to stand and cast. 

Sun Dolphin Sit Inside Aruba SS 12 foot

As I mentioned above, the 10 foot Sun Dolphin models have a low weight capacity. The 12 foot Sun Dolphin Aruba weighs less than 50 lbs and can hold 395 lbs. It comes with a P.A.C. (Portable Accessory Carrier) which can be used as extra storage, tow behind or as a backpack. It also features flush mount fishing rod holders, protective thigh pads, adjustable foot braces, covered console, retractable carrying handles and shock cord deck rigging. For the larger angler, this higher weight capacity, as well as larger yak allows for more comfort and stability. It is not full of bells and whistles but this model makes a great sea fishing kayak and is recommended by many as the best fishing kayak under 1000. 

Sun Dolphin Excursion 12 foot Sit in Kayak

Another inexpensive kayak, the Excursion 12 foot weighs just 47 lbs. It comes with two flush mount rod holders and one swivel holder. A popular option for rivers and lakes, I love how lightweight the Sun Dolphin kayaks are. It also features a large open cockpit, adjustable padded seat, storage compartment, shock cord deck rigging, adjustable foot braces, water bottle holder and protective thigh pads. The Excursion is a stable kayak, and is a bit more of a “fishing kayak” compared to the Aruba, but weigh your needs and compare the prices here.

Sun Dolphin Journey 12 foot Sit on Top

 

The Sun Dolphin Journey Sit-on-top one person kayak is great for lakes and rivers, especially to get to those secluded fishing areas. This lightweight kayak weighs 48 lbs, has a large, comfortable seating area with protective thigh pads and adjustable foot braces. Also included are two flush mount and one swivel fishing rod holders. a P.A.C. (Portable Accessory Carrier) that can be used as a tow behind or extra storage compartment, storage and shock cord deck rigging, retractable carrying handles, and a paddle holder. I like the 395 lb capacity of this yak and its great ratings on amazon.

Old Town Predator 13

 

Like the other predator models, the Predator 13 has a slip resistant Exo-Ridge Deck and Element Seating System. This Side mount paddle storage gives you somewhere to put your paddle while you are reeling in the big one. This is one of the best fly fishing kayaks according to many sit on kayak reviews. It weighs 86 lbs and can hold 425 lbs max.

Perception Kayak Pescador Pro 12

 

The Pescador Pro Perception Kayak was designed for excellent tracking, stability and features that anglers like you and me are looking for. It has a stadium style seat with multiple seat positions. It also has two rod holders, cup holder, adjustable foot braces, bungee storage, a mesh gear cover, carry handles, tracks to add accessories and storage space. It weighs 55 lbs and has a 350 lb capacity.

 

If you do not have a lot to invest into your hobby, do not think that you will be land-locked. There are lots of cheap kayaks for fishing. For the budget-conscious fisherman, there are plenty of cheap kayaks for sale. I have outlined a few of these in the list of cheap fishing kayaks below.

Lifetime Tamarack Sit on Top Kayak 10-Foot

 

The Lifetime 10 foot sit on top kayak has excellent reviews an adjustable padded seat, three fishing rod holders, shock cords, large tank well and hatches. It weighs just 52 lbs and has a 275 lb capacity. It has front and rear T-handles, a flat bottom hull design for stability. I would consider it the best fishing kayak under 500.

Best Inflatable Fishing Kayak

Hobie Mirage i9S

 

Description Hobie i9S 9 foot inflatable kayak may not be nominated for the ultimate fishing kayak award, but was specifically designed for would-be kayakers who have limited space. It features Hobie’s MirageDrive 180 pedal drive system to keep your hands free. The i9S on-the-water performance rivals that of rigid boats, and has a 325 lb capacity. It comes with a wheeled travel case that makes this kayak fit into 30″x25″x12″ It comes with a four-piece paddle w/ aluminum shaft and hand pump.

Top Inflatable Kayak Reviews

Sevylor Inflatable Coleman Rio Canoe, Hunt Fish

Lets be honest here, this is actually a canoe, but i felt that it was a great inflatable to be included in the list. I also really like the 2 person model from Sevylor. This boat comes with 18 gauge PVC, thick tarpaulin bottom and nylon cover. It has a rod holder, trolling motor fittings if you want a motorized kayak, storage pockets, an adjustable seat, and is 9’9″ when inflated. It weighs about 30 lbs and has a 350lb capacity.

Best Tandem Fishing Kayak

2 Person Sit on Top Kayak with Pedals

Hobie Mirage Pro Angler 17T 2 man kayak

 

When it comes to tandem fishing kayaks for sale in the market, only Hobie Kayak offers fishing kayaks with pedals. If you want a two man kayak with the hands-free option, the Hobie Mirage Pro Angler 17T 2 man kayak is going to be your go-to. It is the cream of the crop with all of the bells and whistles an angler could want. Perfect for families or couples, this boat has dual helm control, allowing either rider to steer. It features utility trays, high back padded seats with inflatable lumbar support, sail mount, rudder control, cargo area with bungee tie-downs, twist and stow rudder, 2-piece paddles with on hull storage, cup holders, rod holders, mesh covered storage pockets. If you choose to go solo, this sit on top angler kayak can be captained by a party of one. It is 12’8” and weights 122 lbs. It can hold 425 lbs. Keep that weight in mind if you plan on taking two adults out on the water. It does not have a high weight limit for 2 seater fishing kayak.

Best 2 Person Fishing Kayak with Paddles

If you are not in the market for a hands-free pedal kayal, there are a few 2 seater kayaks for sale that will earn votes for the best 2 person fishing kayak. I have chosen 4 and you can read about these two man kayaks for sale below. These sit on kayaks for sale are paddle powered, and all make excellent choices out on the water!

Tandem Lifetime Sport Fisher Kayak 10 Foot Sit on Top Kayak

 

The Lifetime Sport Fisher Tandem is designed to seat up to 3 people and hold 500 lbs. It includes two paddles, 2 backrests, three fishing pole holders and weighs 65 lbs. Because it is only 10 feet, do not expect lots of space or storage, but the twin hull means it will track well. Although it is only 10 feet it does manage to fit a lot of a features into a small boat.  The compact design means it should be lightweight, but it is still 65 lbs. It should only be used in flatwater.  One of the things that draws me to this kayak is its excellent reviews on Amazon. You can check them out here and here.

Old Town Twin Heron Angler

The Old Town Twin Heron Angler is a 13.5 foot tandem kayak with a non-confining opening. With the removable front seat, there is room for hunting gear, fishing gear or man’s best friend up front! (This was a plus for me, if you have not seen many photos, I have a golden retriever).  The cockpit measures 23″ x 93″.  It has 6 rod mount receivers and two rod holders. Its maximum load is 450-500 lbs and weights 62 lbs. Keep the weight limit in mind if you have two adults and a bunch of gear! You can also paddle this yak solo as the hull is designed not to pop up when the bulk of the weight is at the back.

Vibe Kayaks Skipjack 120T Tandem

 

The Vibe Skipjack 120T sit on top tandem kayak has three seat positions and can be paddled solo or hold two adults and a child. I love that the paddles and seats are included (230cm length) on this 2 person kayak for sale on amazon. Its capacity is 500 lbs and weighs 72 lbs. It has cupholders, rod holders and mounts as well. Although it is not an “angler kayak” specifically, I think this is the best fishing kayak under 1000 for anyone who wants to get out on the water with their family!

 

BKC Brooklyn Kayak Company UH-TK181 Sit on top Tandem Fishing Kayak

The Tandem fishing kayak from the Brooklyn Kayak company wins the vote for best bang for your buck with the included accessories. It is 12.5 feet, and has a paddle and seats. It weighs 68 lbs and can hold 450 lbs. Again with two large men, keep your eye on the weight.

BIC Trinidad Tandem Fishing Kayak

 

The Trinidad is a 12 foot super compact two-seater kayak capable of taking two adults and one child on board. Compact but wide, the Trinidad is an excellent kayak for double paddling. It’s a highly stable boat, designed for solo or two-person fishing trips. While it makes claims to hold two adults and a child, the 440 lbs weight capacity means that it will not work well for two adult males. Keep that in mind.  This is an inexpensive double kayak for sale and still has foam cushioning, drink holder, inserts for backrests, carry handles and mooring straps, a rod holder, and weighs just 65 lbs

Best Sit on Top Kayak Reviews with Pedals

The first thing to mention about these types of kayaks is their benefits come with a few costs. Firstly the weight. The pedal drive systems are much heavier than carrying a paddle. The second thing is the price. These kayaks are in their own price range however those who own one (I do not yet have one myself) seem to have great reviews! You can see some some reviews here or here

Hobie Mirage Pro Angler 12

This hands-free kayak means you can focus on landing that fish. It is pedal powered and is still considered a lightweight kayak, that means it is easy to maneuver yet contains everything you need. Featuring an accessory mount, reversible Mirage Drive 180, floor mats, drainage scuppers, working area/cutting board storage hatch it is made for fisherman who want the best of the best. This 12 foot Hobie kayak has a comfortable cool ride seat, rudder, and paddle included and can hold 500 lbs.

Hobie Pro Angler 14

 

Like the smaller Hobie Pro Angle Fishing Kayak, this 14 foot model is powered by the Mirage Drive pedal system. With vertical and horizontal rod storage, Lawrence ready installation system for a fish finder, and plenty of storage room for tackle you will be well equipped for a day on the water. The 14 foot model can hold 600 lbs and weighs 110 lbs.

Hobie Mirage Outback

The 12 foot Hobie Mirage Outback is also hands-free with the reversible Mirage Drive 180 and a Vantage CT seat maximizing storage and standing area. Packed with features that Hobie is known for, the Outback has a Lawrence Ready System allowing for easy installation of sonar. It also has rod holders, mesh covered storage pockets, Cup Holder, Rudder Control, Utility Trays, Cargo Area with Bungee Tie-Downs, and Twist and Stow Rudder. It weighs 99 lbs and can hold 400 lbs. This model is probably the most popular Hobie Kayak for sale.

Old Town Predator PDL

 

This Old Town Fishing Kayak is another option for pedal powered, hands-free kayaking. It goes forward and backwards, and offers excellent control while you can focus on what you are on the water for, fishing! The removable pedal drive installs in seconds and tips up instantly for shallow water docking. The Predator PDL’s specially-designed hull combines the perfect balance of smooth pedal stroke speed and stand-up stability.  The Old Town Predator PDL is 13″2′ and can hold 500lbs. It weighs 117 lbs.

 

Wilderness Radar 115

The Wilderness Radar 115 is just shy of 12 feet (11’8”) and weighs 82 lbs. It is another one of the angling kayaks with pedals. It uses Helix PD™, a built-in steering control system affords easy navigation and hands-free fishing, while the AirPro MAX seat complements the package with optimized positioning for any mode of travel. It can hold 450 lbs.

Native Watercraft Slayer Propel 13 Kayak

 

This 13 foot kayak also features a removable hands-free pedal system (forward and backward capability) and it is extremely stable for standing and casting. It comes with an adjustable seat, a rudder protective keel for tracking, weights 85 lbs and has a 400 lb capacity.

Best Fishing Kayak and List of Top Fishing Kayaks for 2017

So what Fishing Yak is for you?

As I mentioned in the opening, evaluating your needs is the first step to deciding which yak is for you. Once you have a list of needs (and wants), budget will be your second consideration.

How much money do you have to spend as the price of kayaks varies greatly!

Thirdly, consider transportation. I have provided a big list of the top fishing kayaks, but you should not choose one that is going to be stuck in your garage! Do you plan on throwing it in the back of a toy hauler? The back of your pickup? Or how about on a kayak trailer? How you are going to get your new toy to the water is an important consideration!

Also an important consideration is the weight. If you bought the best budget fishing kayak but cannot carry it alone then what good does it do you?

In closing, If you have ever researched fishing kayak brands before, some of these good fishing brands will be familiar to you. You will have come across several fishing kayak manufacturers including:

  • Coleman Kayak
  • Feel Free Kayak
  • Hobie Kayak
  • Old Town Kayak
  • Sun Dolphin Fishing Kayak
  • Wilderness Kayaks
  • Perception Kayaks
  • Jackson Fishing Kayak
  • Lifetime Fishing Kayak
  • Journey Fishing Kayak
  • Prowler Kayak
  • Hurricane Kayaks
  • Ocean Kayak
  • and many others …

Among these brands, you will find the best 10 foot fishing kayak and 12 foot fishing kayak as well as the best single kayak and two man kayak. Because I am over 6 feet tall, I tend to gravitate towards the larger sized single kayak models, but there are definitely some great 10 foot styles (and some even closer to 9 feet for those of you who want to throw it in the back of a pickup truck) and sometimes, the smaller size will get you the best kayak prices (but check for yourself, you can often get a 12 foot model for not much more than its smaller counterpart). 

Look forward to seeing you out on the water! Check back for more reviews and until then “FISH ON”