Kayak fishing has enjoyed a surge in popularity during recent years and sales of fishing kayaks have been soaring. 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.
If you have your eye on a stand-out kayak but can’t quite afford the price tags that come with them, you can always customize a lower priced kayak. Just because prices are lower does not mean that the kayaks will be of poor quality. There are some great kayaks on the market that come in under the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) under $1,000.
There are lots of brands in the market that are doing a splendid job of taking on board feedback from anglers and are customising their kayaks to get ahead of the game. We take a look at the best kayaks on the market for under $1000.
Different Types of Kayak
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
Our Top Picks
Lifetime Sport Fisher Single or Tandem Kayak, 10 Feet, Olive Green
This 10ft fishing kayak from Lifetime is a great quality sit-in model that offers excellent value for money. The kayak is built of blow-molded polyethylene that has proven to be very durable, weighing approximately 60 pounds. The weight of the kayak means that it is easy to move around and a high back seat makes it a very comfortable to sit in and great for fishing.
Ocean Kayak Prowler 13 Angler Sit-On-Top Fishing Kayak, Urban Camo
This sit-on-top model was one of the first designed specifically for fishing and it still one of the most popular choices for anglers. With a large bow hatch, an oversized tank well and a number of places to mount fishing gear, the Prowler 13 was designed with results in mind.
We are impressed by the wide range of conditions on the water offering stability, manoeuvrability and speed and how it can cope with breaking surf and rough seas.
Emotion Renegade XT Fishing Kayak, Forest Green
The Emotion Renegade XT is a user friendly sit-on-top fishing kayak that accommodates larger paddlers with comfort and stability. Despite its mid-range price it has exceptional stability and good tracking abilities.
It does not have lots of features and overall it is a pretty basic kayak, but it does an excellent job and is great for those who are just starting out in kayak fishing who are not too bothered about state of the art features.
Pelican Strike 100X Angler Kayak
This great fishing kayak features very good tracking and its slimline design makes it a very attractive kayak for the more sporty angler. For the low price it offer good maneuverability, although the tracking is not the best if you are planning on paddling around a wide area. Beyond it’s prowess as a stealthy fish-slayer. The Strike 100x Angler is also easy to get in / out of and is an all around fun kayak to paddle around in
Old Town Canoes & Kayaks Vapor 12 Angler Fishing Kayak
We cannot believe the amount of high-quality features that this kayak has for the price tag. It boasts many great features such as an adjustable padded comfort flex seat, thigh pads, and adjustable foot braces. Moreover, this kayak is extremely durable and one of the safest fishing kayaks on the market.
Ocean Kayak Frenzy Sit-On-Top Recreational Kayak
The Ocean Kayaks Frenzy is one of the easiest, stable, user-friendly sit on top kayaks available. By combining a built in keel with short length, the Frenzy can track straight yet maintain incredible manoeuvrability. Designed to nest one on top of each other, two or three can be stored in a garage, cabin or garden.
And because the Frenzy sit on top kayak is so safe, stable and affordable, the whole family can join in. Best paddled on flat water, bays, estuaries, lakes and ponds, moderate ocean swells or waves and slow moving rivers.
WILDERNESS SYSTEMS Tarpon 100 Kayak 2015
This great sit-on-top kayak offers great drainage and ventilation, so is perfect for a day of fishing. There is a comfortable seat that allows for good access and the material id very durable. The stern tank well with bungee will accommodate a large dry bag full of gear, a cooler, or the fish that didn’t get away.
FeelFree Moken 12.5 Kayak
The Feel free Moken 12.5 is packed full of features that anglers adore. The kayak is stable enough for standing and quick enough to handle larger lakes and coastal waters, if you are feeling adventurous. The Moken 12.5 features an innovative new quick release modular Uni-Track system and easy to seal hatch. An optional rudder helps with steering on windy days and Feelfree’s proven Wheel in the Keel makes rolling to put in a snap.
Riot Kayaks Escape 12 Angler Sit-On-Top Flat-water Fishing Kayak (12-Feet)
This flat-water fishing kayak has been built specifically for angler fans, with a package of features that will make the fishing-minded kayakers delirious with joy. The team has really listened to feedback from anglers and have added in some great features that we think you will love. The great combination of stability and performance with an excellent load capacity will keep you well provisioned and properly organized. It’s the perfect boat for all fishing environments.
Sun Dolphin Excursion Sit-In Fishing Kayak
The Sun Dolphin® Excursion 12 Sit-In Fishing Kayak is designed to maneuver quickly and easily, featuring a fully loaded fishing package ideal for any outdoor adventures. The sit-in fishing kayak features two flush mount holders, one swivel rod holder, and a large, comfortable seating area. Equipped with a P.A.C (portable accessory carrier) that can be used as extra storage, the Excursion 12 Fishing Kayak is perfect for any fisherman.
We hope that we have given you food for thought on what kayak to buy for your next fishing adventure. There are many similarities amongst the kayaks we have listed, but there will be some stand-out features that will sway you towards the right kayak for you. One thing is for sure is that at these prices, each of these kayaks is a steal and they are all great value for money.