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The Best Fishing Kayaks – Reviews and Comparison | Top picks 2016

By Rebecca / August 30, 2016

If you're in the market for a new fishing kayak, surely you have come across numerous options while shopping around. While there are countless options, some are definitely better than others and we will be breaking that down for you right here, and right now!

Whether you are a seasoned fisher just starting out using fishing kayaks or if this is you very first venture into the finish kayak world, we have you covered. There are numerous factors that come into play to pick out the best fishing kayak for you. Some of the thing to take into account are the type of water you plan to fish in, rivers, lakes, or ponds. The next thing to determine is if you wish to buy a long vs. a short kayak. Longer kayaks tend to be a little faster, You will also need to determine how you plan to transport your fishing kayak, and what color you choose. While color choice may seem like a personal choice, it is proven that fish are unable to see certain colors so color choice does matter. The idea is to avoid bright colors and stick to a tan, a blue to blend with the sky, or camouflage. Whatever you color you choose, color choice may have an impact on your fishing success. 

The great news it that we have taken the confusion out of shopping for the perfect finishing kayak. We have compiled some of the highest quality fishing kayaks for you! Here are our top picks for 2016!

Best Fishing Kayak Reviews

Sevylor Quick Pack Coverless Sit on Top Kayak

Great low-budget Option


LEGION Pulse Pre-Workout

If you want a portable kayak that takes only a couple of minutes to set up this Seyvlor Kayak is for you! This kayak can be carried in your travel backpack and set up in just 5 minutes! 


Structure

Features

Material

Price

BEST FEATURES:

  • Portable. This is perfect for hikers who want to carry their fishing Kayaks in their backpacks with ease. 
  • Light weight, and very easy to assemble. 

PROS:

The Seyvlor kayak is a great budget-friendly option for anyone who wants to save money while also investing in a decent product. This kayak is also perfect for hikers or anyone who wants to have the option of bringing a lightweight kayak with them on camping or hiking trips. For this reason, this inflatable kayak wins in the convenience category.  

CONS:

This kayak is likely not as durable as some of the other options on our review list. This product may also be more prone to leaks due to the fact that this product is in fact, an inflatable kayak and not a durable fishing kayak like some of the rest. 

Verdict

The Seyvlor kayak is ideal  for active outdoorsy people who want the ability to bring a decent quality inflatable product with them on trips, and active outdoor activities while staying on a budget with a price just under $200.


Ocean Kayak Prowler 13

Ideal for Fishing


Casio Men's PAG240-1CR Pathfinder Triple Sensor Multi-Function Sport Watch

If your reason for investing in a kayak is for finishing, this kayak is an awesome choice!


Structure

Features

Material

Price

BEST FEATURES:

  • Designed specifically for fishing.
  • Designed for both calm and rough waters. 
  • Comfort seat with 2 paddle keeps, 2 rod holders, and extra storage. 
  • Rear oversized tank for storage. 

PROS:

One of the first original kayaks specifically designed for fishing. This finishing kayak has everything you want, from durability to comfort and storage. This kayak covers all bases. 

CONS:

One of the only cons about this fishing kayak is that the boat may not be suitable for you if this is something that you would like to stand up in. The boat is slightly too narrow for standing. 

Verdict

If you can extend your budget a little bit past what an inflatable kayak would cost you, this is an excellent starter product specifically for fishing. If you fish on a regular basis this is a highly recommended product, and the investment will last you many years of successful fishing ventures! 

Old Town Canoe Kayak

Great Multi-functioning Kayak


Casio Men's PAG240-1CR Pathfinder Triple Sensor Multi-Function Sport Watch

If you are  looking to invest in a product that can be used for more than one thing, than this is the kayak for you! 


Structure

Features

Material

Price

BEST FEATURES:

  • Removable seat for easy paddling and extra storage.
  • Contains cup holders. 
  • Load range 400-500 lbs. 
  • Auto trim hull to keep the bow down when pattling. 

PROS:

The old town canoe kayak is a great multi-purpose product that gives you the versatility of fishing, and paddling. This kayak provides stability, durability and is quite big to accommodate extra storage on your fishing adventures.  

CONS:

This kayak is fairly large so traveling with it may pose a problem. This may not be suitable for someone looking for a quick and easy product to bring with them on hiking or camping adventures. 

Verdict

The Old Town Canoe kayak is the best bang for you buck when you are looking for something durable, spacious and affordable. At under $1,000 you can't get much better than this. 

Ocean Kayak Prowler 13

Durable fishing kayak


Suunto Core

The Ocean Prowler 13 is perfect for anyone looking to do some serious fishing. This kayak even comes with a built in scupper system!


Structure

Features

Material

Price

BEST FEATURES:

  • Wide platform stability. 
  • Re-designed scupper system at the deck of the prowler. 
  • Oversized stern tank well. 
  • Side paddle keeper. 

PROS:

One of the most impressive fishing kayaks on our review list. This kayak has it all and doesn't break the bank. With a re-designed scupper system, you will be able to sit back and relax, and wait to see where the fish actually are.  The new support foot brace system also helps prevent you from dipping into the water while reeling in a fish!

CONS:

May not be best for those who want a kayak they can also stand up in. With all the features has to offer, this kayak is more about a relaxing day on the water than an active paddle day. Other than that this kayak has very little downsides, and is an excellent investment for all fishing fans!

Verdict

The Ocean Prowler is a tad more expensive than some of the other options but still won't break the bank if you are in the market for an impressive high-quality fishing kayak. This kayak is fully loaded with everything you would want in a kayak. 

Solstice II Traveler Duo  

2 person touring kayak


Stuhrling Original Men's Aquadiver Dive Quartz Analog Waterproof Sports Blue Dial Wrist Watch

The perfect kayak for two. Lightweight, and fast. 


Structure

Features

Material

Price

BEST FEATURES:

  • Includes a kit: Backpack, paddle, pump &gauge, carry bag 
  • Lightweight
  • Seats two 
  • Durable

PROS:

An inflatable easy to assemble kayak that gently glides through the water. Easy to travel with, and perfect for active people looking to ge outdoors and get in the water without worrying about transporting a heavy kayak.

CONS:

Since this is an inflatable kayak it will not be as durable as some of the other fishing kayaks in this review. This kayak serves as more of a reacretional product than a professional fishing kayak.

Verdict

A great low-budget option under $500 for a fun day on the water for two that comes with added bonuses making this an excellent option.

Eddyline Skylark 

Cross-over kayak 


Stuhrling Original Men's Aquadiver Dive Quartz Analog Waterproof Sports Blue Dial Wrist Watch

This kayak fits into a new category of kayaks called transitional or cross-over. With the same size as a recreational kayak but the features of a fishing kayak.


Structure

Features

Material

Price

BEST FEATURES:

  • Great for both beginners, and more experienced kayakers. 
  • The cross-over feature gives you the opportunity to use this kayak for more reasons than one. 
  • Lighter weigth than some of the other options. 
  • Very smooth riding, and comfortable seating. 

PROS:

The Eddyline Skylark is a beautiful kayak that can be used for beginning kayaking to advanced sea kayaking. The kayak is lighter weight which makes it easier to transport. This kayak is really the best of both worlds, a fun recreational kayak or a more advanced fishing kayak.  

CONS:

This kayak does not contain some of the more advanced features like the ocean fishing kayaks do which may deter ocean kayakers from purchasing this product. This kayak is also lighter weight so  it may not be  as durable as some of the other options.

Verdict

The Eddyline Skylark kayak is the ultimate buy for a multi-purpose option. This is a beautiful light weight kayak that is worth the investment. With many different options, this kayak suites the needs of all kayaking levels. From beginners to advanced, this kayak has you covered.  

Not all kayaks are created alike. There are a lot of different models that offer different features that makes purchasing one a little confusing. Here are some things that you might want to look into before making your purchase. 

Ocean VS. Recreational Use 

If you are in the market for a fishing kayak, you will want to consider where you will be using this kayak. If you want a quality ocean fishing kayak, you will want to be sure the kayak you are about to purchase is durable enough and designed for that type of fishing. 

You will want to check out the features on each of the kayaks and compare and contrast what they have to offer. Some ocean fishing kayaks have built-in systems to help you detect when the fish are around making your fishing day a little bit more relaxing. 

Features

All kayaks have different features. It's important to investigate the features of each kayak before making a decision.

Before making your purchase, you will also want to understand if the kayak is able to serve as a seated kayak as well as one that you can stand on to paddle. Stand up paddling is an important feature for some fishers, and kayakers and not all kayaks offer this feature.

Warranty

When investing in something like a kayak you will want to check out what the warranty is for each product before purchasing. Don't forget to fill out any necessary warranty forms to cover your brand new kayak. 

​Transporting 

Fishing kayaks can be quite large and bulky which makes transporting them a little bit difficult. Before making your purchase think about where and how you plan to transport your new kayak, and if you need any additional products to help get the kayak from place A to B. Some kayaks are easier to transport than other, so taking a look into this will potentially save you time and money in the long run. 

Conclusion

While there are thousands of different kayak options available you have to really determine which one is going to suit your fishing needs. Each kayak will have a different feature than the rest, and determining how you plan to use the kayak, where you will use it, and how you will get it there are going to be key determining factors in your purchase decision. You will also want to take into account convenience, comfort, storage, and of course quality. 

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