The Heritage Kayaks Redfish 14 Angler Kayak Review
The Heritage Kayaks Redfish Angler 14 fishing kayak is one of the lightest and user-friendly sit-on-top kayaks available.
The length of the kayak makes it great for those who prefer maneuverability over speed and will appeal to novices and experienced anglers alike.
You can personalize your kayak by adjusting the foot braces, which is a very handy feature of this kayak, especially for larger anglers.
With a comfortable seat and good protection from the elements, we can see anglers who enjoy a slower pace of fishing sending many happy afternoons on the lake with this kayak.
What to Consider when Buying a Fishing Kayak
There are a few main factors that you should consider when you are searching for the right kayak. No matter which kayak you choose you will be making a significant purchase. Ensure that you are choosing a fishing kayak that is right for you by using this list of considerations:
- Skill level
- Sit-on-top vs. Sit-in kayaks
- Type of construction
- Stability vs. Speed
- Intended use
The Heritage Kayaks Redfish 14 Angler Kayak Review
The Kayaks Redfish Angler 14 is one of the fastest kayaks on the market due to the length and 30-inch beam. The speed of this kayak affects its stability and you may find it difficult to maneuver compared to a lot of kayaks.
If you have been contemplating buying this model, read our review to see exactly what we like about it and what you may want to consider before taking the plunge.
|Type||Sit on top|
|Rigged for fishing||Yes|
- Coming in at 14 feet this is one of the fastest kayaks available at the moment
- Spacious cockpit
- Adjustable back-band
- Adjustable foot braces
- Good standing room due to the flat surface
- Paddle keeper included
- Mounted road holders
- Good dry storage
- This kayak is very heavy, weighing in at 87 pounds
- Not very maneuverable
- Poor sitting
Size and Weight
The Redfish Angler 14 kayak has an overall capacity of 375 pounds and is great for anglers of all sizes who are carrying an average amount of equipment. Heritage has been making good kayaks for a long time now and this offers up one of their fastest kayaks yet.
Coming in just 84 pounds it is extremely heavy compared to most other fishing kayaks, so even those who are very strong may struggle to manage the kayak. We would say that you will need help moving the kayak any significant distance or when tying to your roof and you may be better investing in a trailer.
The deep cockpit of the Redfish Angler gives you a feeling of sitting in a kayak rather than a sit-on-top kayak. If you love sit-on-top kayaks then this sit-in style may not be comfortable for you, but for those who like to feel a little extra control, then it can be the best option if you are torn between a sit-on-top and sit-inside kayak. We would say that if you are a novice kayaker that this kayak may give you extra confidence.
We love the adjustable foot braces and adjustable back-band that allow the angler to customize their positioning to a certain extent, although the poor chair design does not allow for full customization.
A hard chine hull is very stable molded-in skeg means that the kayak has tracking and although the kayak is slower than average it can paddle reasonable distances.
One of the downsides of this kayak is that it is extremely heavy. At 84 pounds you will defiantly need help moving the kayak and launching it and you may even need a trailer if you find it difficult to attach to your roof or you have a small car.
Another feature that we really dislike about this kayak is the very poor attention to detail when it comes to seating. The seating is very basic and does not adjust for comfort, which is such a shame as Heritage have added this feature to some of their other kayaks.
The speed of this kayak will mean that you can cover a lot of water on your fishing trips, but you may not feel fully stable when traveling at full speed. If you want to be able to maneuver your kayak into smaller places and through debris, it will be a little more difficult.
The kayak is designed to be flatter than standard kayaks, so to allow for plenty of room to stand up. The flat bottomed kayak is, however, pretty free of obstructions, so there is ample standing room so that you can get active when fishing.
Without the right features, a kayak is useless. It can be the little things that really sway you on a model like the adjustable seat or the foot braces. Initially, you may not realize how important adjustable features are but when you think about the size differences of anglers it becomes more apparent how important these features can be.
The stern is watertight and can be accessed via a hatch, where you will find good dry storage. One feature that we really like on this kayak is the electronic console that allows for dry storage and battery storage if you are using fish finders.
The hatch that is found between addition the tank well and the hatch is great for storage and you should find no problems finding a safe place for kayak-friendly fishing finders and other electronics. There is also enough room for cool boxes and bait buckets as well as spare clothing if the weather is poor.
The deck of the kayak is mounted with a rod holder mounted onto the apex of the cockpit rim. There are also 2 flushes mounted holders that can be found on either side aft of the pit.
This is a great little addition to the kayak as you rod is a hand whenever you need it, so there is no scrambling around. If you do not manage to fit all of your equipment into the holders it is not too much of a problem due to the stability of the kayak you are unlikely to lose any equipment, unless you are unlucky.
The cockpit is reasonably large compared to standard kayaks and has foot pegs that can be customized to suit your needs. The foot pegs have padding to increase comfort levels and you should not feel any pressure even after long periods of gliding through the water. The clever rudders are a good design feature that enables anglers to move them from the cockpit whilst still maintaining power.
Just because the kayak is sparse does not mean it is not good, we do like a lot of things about this kayak and at such a reasonable price, it does not really matter that it is not all that in terms of features.
Overall, the Redfish Angler 14 kayak is better than some of the other brands of kayaks on the market in the same price bracket and there are only a few small issues that we have with it, in terms, of the seating and stability.
The smaller issues, such as no anchor box, are easily glossed over and forgotten about. Personally, this is not a kayak we would buy as it is more suited to those who like a slow kayak for use on lakes and estuaries, rather than speedy kayaks that you can use on a variety of waters.
That is not to say that we do not like this kayak, indeed it has some great features such as the good standing room and the good protection against the elements. If you like a faster pace of fishing and feel more confident in a sit-in style kayak, this will be a better choice for you.
If you are having trouble making a choice, the very attractive price tag may just sway you as it does offer very good value for the money that you will pay out.