Kayak fishing is becoming more and more popular amongst anglers who are seeking the best way to catch fish. Kayak fishing allows anglers to access hard to navigate spots that are hard to reach in standard fishing boats. Using a kayak instead of a power boat also allows anglers to get as close as possible to their catch without startling them.
As with any sports product or recreational fishing product, there are thousands of choices on the market to suit the needs of each and every angler. Some anglers are happy with lower priced kayaks and other like state of the art models that offer the set chances for the ultimate catch.
There are many factors that need to be taken into account when choosing the correct kayak for you, including:
Sit-on-top vs. Sit-in kayaks
Type of construction
Stability vs. Speed
For experienced anglers and kayakers there are many state of the art kayaks that embrace new technology and give users the ultimate in performance. We take a look at some of the best angling kayaks costing over $1000.
Different Types of Kayak
When reviewing fishing kayaks, there are two distinct types of kayak to choose from. It is totally up to you which kayak you decide is the best for you, but we hope that we can help you in your decision making.
Sit On Top Kayaks are very stable and easy to paddle for everyone including new paddlers through to experienced paddlers. In addition, these types of kayak can be used on the sea, estuaries, rivers, lakes and canals. This type of kayak is different from other types of kayak as it does not have a cockpit and the hull has a self-bailing drain holes.
Sit-in kayaks include a fitted cockpit, which allows users to slip their legs and hips inside the kayak; while users remain in the kayak, their legs stay completely covered by the kayak’s shell. This type of kayak can benefit anglers as there will be better protection from the elements.
The majority of fishing kayaks are sit-on-top kayaks as they allow for more flexibility for the user. Sitting on top allows the angler to move around more and to get as close to the action as possible.
Our Top Picks
Native Watercraft Slayer 10 Propel Kayak
The Native Watercraft Slayer 10 Propel kayak is the newest, and smallest, member of the Slayer family. The Slayer 10 Propel has many of the same features as the Slayer 13, but its lighter and more manoeuvrable. It features a wide open deck and a fast stable hull as well as an extra large rudder. The propeller system enables anglers can drive in reverse as well as allowing for great tracking so that the best catch is achieved on every trip.
Ocean Kayak Prowler Big Game II Angler Kayak
The Big Game team have been making great kayaks for many years and they have really spent their time working on the release of this attractive looking kayak.
With a new multi-position Element seating system, the Big Game seat can be adjusted from flat on the hull when paddling, to a comfortable high position without compromising too much stability making the Big Game great for those who plan on spending many happy hours pulling in fish.
Alternatively if you’re game, there is a large flat area in front of the seat for standing and casting. Big Game fans are going to love this kayak just as much as we do.
Riot Kayaks Enduro 12 Angler Flat-water Fishing Kayak
We have lots of lovely words to say about this very well priced fishing kayak that is proving to be a breath of fresh air for anglers. Riot have included some awesome features in the making of this premium fishing kayak, including a customized seat, dual-density hatches and skews that can retract.
What we like about this kayak the most it its superior stability that allows anglers to move about the boat, standing up and rocking as much as they like when catching those big fish! Riot are one of the biggest names in kayak fishing and we certainly know why with this great model.
Old Town Predator 13 Kayak
This cool fishing kayak allows anglers to get as close to the action as possible, with great tracking and the ability to reverse effectively. This is a very sturdy model and is a major improvement on previous models by this brand. Features include a convenient side-mounted paddle holder and molded rests that allow you to quickly secure your paddle out of the way when it’s not in use. A great all rounder that is great for novices and professionals alike.
NuCanoe Pursuit 13.5′ Shell Tan Fishing Kayak
Say hello to the 13.5 foot Shell Tan Pursuit Fishing Kayak by NuCanoe! Combining speed, stability, and space, the Pursuit provides a fishing experience without compromise to anglers everywhere. The Pursuit features the NuCanoe’s signature platform-style design and is packed with integrated features that are there when you need them, out of your way when you don’t.
Anglers love the comfort of this kayak meaning that they can stay put for long periods without any problems. This is a perfect choice for rough waters as it is very durable and will still allow anglers to stand up and move about easily, even in poor weather.
Sevylor Tahiti Classic Kayak
This is the only inflatable fishing kayak we have added to this review and deservedly so. Inflatables often have a bad reputation but they can be very useful and they are surprisingly durable.
Inflatable Kayaks and Canoes are a great alternative to rigid plastic ones, if you cannot afford a plastic one or have nowhere to store your kayak. Inflatable kayaks can be transported easily to your destination and they are best used in calm waters and for short days out rather than long excursions.
Despite what you may think, these kayaks enjoy good stability as they are mostly short and wide. The second level of stability is not as good, which you would not expect for the price or design. They are light and good for novice kayakers.
In this Savylor kayak, Anglers can stay in the water for longer periods and relax in comfort thanks to the kayak’s adjustable seat and padded back rest. In rougher water, the two spray-covers on the Sevylor 2-person kayak will help keep you dry. The is is a kayak that provides extreme confidence in the water and it will not disappoint.
FeelFree Lure 11.5 Kayak
FeelFree’s specs have her at 11 feet, 6 inches long, a whopping 36 inches wide, and weighing in at 74 pounds. Maximum Capacity is a staggering 425 lbs, which when you realise is just shy of a quarter of a ton, proves that this kayak was built with the bigger angler in mind.
However, the main attraction of the boat is FeelFree’s new “Gravity Seat,” that is completely removable and can be modified to 10 different positions. This flexibility and nifty features show how fishing kayaks can be very innovative and are able to blend modern technology with traditional fishing requirements. If you do not catch a ton of fish in this kayak, then maybe you need to look at your fishing skills!
We hope that we have given you a few ideas for your next kayak purchase and we are confident that we have included kayaks that will be suitable for all levels of angling. Some of these kayaks are at the top end of the scale when it comes to price, but we guarantee that all of our choices are great value for money and will last you for years to come. Here’s to your next big catch, good luck!