Best Fishing Kayak for 2018

Fishing is not a new sport, having been around for the past 40,000 years, Fishing is one of the earliest sports. At that stage, fishing was much more than just a game, but a lifestyle and way of survival.

Over the years fishing has developed through equipment and materials as well as different practices but the integrity of the sport has never wavered.

Many anglers prefer to fish from a boat, as a means of escape and freedom from the land, a fishing boat provides an opportunity to explore bodies of water not possible from the bank.

With new developments in technology and economy, larger fishing boats have been sold on, with many people opting for a fishing kayak as a better, more simple alternative.

A fishing kayak offers the same freedom of a Fishing boat, but without the high maintenance and storage costs. Being able to load your fishing kayak onto a rack and drive home at the end of the day with no need for trailers or moorings.

A kayak can be used in the shallowest of areas not normally possible for a larger motorboat. The quiet nature of the fishing kayak allows you to access even the calmest of waters with little disturbance.

With many new Fishing Kayaks, the designs have been well thought out. By providing a host of options and opportunities to build and upgrade your boat.

These fishing kayaks are stable and comfortable, they offer enough storage to take home even the biggest of catches as well as your stories of the ones that got away.

To select your perfect fishing kayak can be a tall order, with so many brands and designs currently on the market.

I will look at boat sizes, specifications and features as well as options for extras, pedal drives and motor drives.

A fishing kayak really is your platform to a new adventure, easy to launch and recover and fun to take out, on a lake or in the sea, a kayak is versatile for all the family to enjoy.

Best Fishing Kayaks Comparison:

 

Image Name Brand Length Width Weight Maximum Capacity
Pro Angler 14 Hobie 13”8 38” 144.5 lbs 600 lbs
ATAK Wilderness Systems 12”3 35” 86 lbs 400 lbs
Lure 11.5 FeelFree 11”6 34” 74 lbs 425 lbs
Radar 115 Wilderness Systems 11”8 34.5’’ 85 lbs 450 lbs
Slayer Propel 10 Native Watercraft 10” 34” 81 lbs 400 lbs
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Hobie 12” 34” 87 lbs 400 lbs
Tarpon 130 X Angler Wilderness Systems 13” 32” 72 lbs 375 lbs
Pescador pro 12 Perception 12” 32.5” 64 lbs 375 lbs
Thresher 140 Wilderness Systems 14”3 29” 75 lbs 400 lbs
Catch 120 NXT Pelican 11”8 34” 69 lbs 400 lbs
Mirage Revolution Hobie 11”6 29” 81 lbs 275 lbs
Prowler 13 Ocean Kayak 13”4 28” 56 lbs 325 lbs
Move Angler FeelFree 9” 29.75” 42 lbs 242 lbs
Skipjack 90 Vibe 9” 32” 46 lbs 300 lbs
Bilbao Bic 9”10 31” 50 lbs 264 lbs

Kayak fishing has been one of the fastest growing subdivisions of Paddlesports for a number of years with companies expanding designs and accessories for the ever growing demand.

Below are 15 of the top fishing kayaks available for 2018

 

 

 

 

 

Hobie Pro Angler 14 Fishing Kayak

What We Say

The Hobie Pro Angler 14 is a complete fishing platform packed full of features to help you spend more time on the water. The whole platform is based on the popular Vantage ST seat which can be lifted 5 inches to give you the ultimate seating position. Alongside the latest mirage drive 180 pedal drive system. The difference with the Pro Angler compared to some of the other Hobie models is the addition of the Hobie H-Rail. This system allows a host of accessories to be easily attached and deployed in a user-friendly configuration that can be moved and altered to suit the needs of the user.

The pivoting tackle management system allows easy access to everything you need. There are a number of optional extras available for the Mirage Pro fishing models including the H-Bar a standing stabilizer bar built with the standing fisherman in mind also the Hobie Livewell XL which fits into the rear well to provide live bait storage and additional rod holder capability. The Pro Angler is also available in 3 different sizes 12ft Pro Angler, 14 ft Pro Angler and a 17ft Pro Angler Tandem option to share the experience with a friend.

This is probably the most complete Fishing Kayak setup currently available on the market with a host of extras this boat can be fully tuned to whatever your fishing style. Comfortable to paddle or peddle and a joy to use, Hobie certainly has one of the best fishing kayaks currently on the market.

Manufacturers Information

Hobie’s original Pro Angler packs extreme fishing utility, with scads of (that’s six) horizontal rod lockers, enough tackle compartments to empty a store, and an elevated Vantage ST seat that’s as much easy chair as captain’s perch.

There’s a non-skid deck for standing—a huge advantage for sight fishing—and veritable acres of H-Rail for mounting rod holders and electronics. All this on a spacious 14-foot platform, with no need for a gas tank. Hobie’s unique MirageDrive with Glide Technology provides efficient, quiet propulsion.

Specifications

Hobie Mirage Pro Angler 14 Fishing Kayak
Specifications
Length 13”8
Width 38”
Weight 144.5 lbs
Max Capacity 600 lbs

What we liked

  • Horizontal rod storage for up to 6 rods
  • Dual steering so the fishing kayak can be steered from the left or right side of the boat
  • Vantage seat is a premium quality captains chair seat with plenty of adjustment for maximum comfort.
  • Hobie H-Rail system is user-friendly for a fully customizable experience

What we didn’t like

  • Additional weight of the boat
  • H-Bar and Livewell Tank not included in the package, Only available as optional extras

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wilderness Systems ATAK 120 Fishing Kayak

What We Say

The ATAK – The Advanced Tactical Angling Kayak
Wilderness Systems have been building some of the best fishing kayaks for some time now. With the introduction of the ATAK Series, brought a new series of quality fishing platforms. The ATAK 140 has been a best seller now for a couple of years. Now with the introduction of the smaller ATAK 120 brings a more manoeuvrable boat, with all the same best selling features. The ATAK 120 offers stability and performance without compromise. The 120 is both shorter and lighter than its bigger brother.

We love the outfitting options of the ATAK with so many extras available including both pedal drive and motor drive systems. The Platform is stable and convenient with no space wasted. The ATAK offers plenty of standing space with the option of the AirPro 3D seat to allow for an almost standing position to fish from on this comfortable platform allows you to spend more time on the water.  

Manufacturers Information

The award-winning design of the A.T.A.K. 140 is now available in a compact package for increased manageability both on-and-off the water. The A.T.A.K. 120 is a continuation of the 140, maintaining all the core attributes that have set a new standard for fishing kayaks – an open customizable platform, unmatched stability, and a wind-shedding deck – yet the 120 brings an entirely new set of specialized performance attributes to the table. Rocker has been increased to better negotiate moving water, a secondary transducer scupper has been added to accommodate electronics (including side-scanning technologies) while utilizing the Helix MD™ Motor Drive, a new quick-release cam lever now allows the AirPro MAX seat to be adjusted fore/aft on-the-fly, and much more.

Specifications

Wilderness Systems A.T.A.K. 120  Fishing Kayak
Specifications
Length 12’3
Width 35”
Weight 86 lbs
Max Capacity 400 lbs

What we liked

  • Shorter and lighter than the larger A.T.A.K 140
  • Increased Stability and manoeuvrability
  • Large range of accessories available
  • Option of Helix Motor Drive Unit
  • Option of Helix Pedal Drive Unit

What we didn’t like

  • Circular stern hatch is sometimes difficult to open
  • Footrests can feel flexible
  • Lack of solid colour options available

If you like this A.T.A.K 120 take a look also at the A.T.A.K 140 for increased speed and load capacity

 

 

 

 

 

 

Feelfree Lure 11.5 Fishing Kayak

What we Say

The Lure 11.5 from FeelFree is one of my favourite boats, This boat is both comfortable and well equipped.

The boat comes as standard with Feel free’s Gravity seat. This seat is built with a breathable mesh which is also fast drying, The Seat is easy to adjust with different seat heights for maximum comfort on long days out.  The hull is very stable with a large standing area just in front of the gravity seat The thoughtful stand assist strap is built into the kayak to assist standing from the seat. The removable sonar pod is easy to remove and perfect to add additional electrical equipment to the boat. The Rear wheel is large and stable this makes moving and transporting the boat very easy even when fully loaded.

The Uni Track system works a lot like the Slide track System from Wilderness Systems but unfortunately, the two are not compatible as the tracks are of different widths but a whole host of accessories are available for both systems. You can also purchase a Uni Trac accessory plate or Uni Trac Adaptor which will adapt to fit a wide variety of aftermarket accessories from Scotty and Ramball.

The Feel Free fishing kayaks are well built on a proven design with 3 size options available in the Lure model. With the largest model, the Lure 13.5 pushing the payload up to a whopping 500 lbs perfect for even the biggest catch.

The Smaller edition the Lure 10 is the ideal fishing kayak for shorter trips packed with all the great features so you can choose any size without compromise

The Colour options are a mix of both stealth and exciting so perfect for any budding angler in the household.

Manufacturers Information

Feel free Kayaks is taking kayak fishing to a new level of stability, comfort and versatility with the new 2015 Lure series. The Lure 11.5 is the Lure 10’s bigger brother designed for longer paddling trips on rivers, lakes and oceans with more capacity and additional deck space.

The kayak also comes with a variety of unique features seen on Lure series kayaks including a removable multi-level extra wide Patent Pending Gravity Seat, Feel free’s patented wheel in the keel and Uni-Track system. The Gravity Seat offers a wide range of seat heights, which is adjusted with the simple function of a lever and is removable. What really sets the Gravity Seat apart is the ability to sit flush on the deck of the kayak when additional stability and a more efficient paddling position is needed for longer distances. Another key feature designed specifically for the Lure 11.5 is a removable sonar & electronic pod. The pod makes it easy to install of a fish finder and transducer without having to drill any holes into the kayak.

The Lure’s super-stable 36” wide hull paired with a padded standing platform gives you the option to paddle or cast in either the sitting or standing position whether fishing inland waters or wide open oceans — this kayak fears no water.

Specifications

Feelfree Lure 11.5 Fishing Kayak
Specifications
Length 11”6
Width 34”
Weight 74 lbs
Max Capacity 425 lbs

What we liked

  • Very stable design perfect to sit or stand.
  • Gravity seat is easily adjusted and comfortable
  • Large wheel is great for easy transport
  • Footrest can be easily adjusted whilst sitting
  • 3 size options available

What we didn’t like

  • Uni Trac non Compatible with Slide track System without additional adaptor

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wilderness Systems Radar 115 Fishing Kayak

What We Say

Wilderness Systems have led the way with comfort and control over the years with some of their older designs, The Radar from Wilderness systems is no exception this Fishing Kayak has been built with the fisherman in mind, creating a stable fishing platform with plenty of upgrade options. The Slidetrax systems allow easy upgrades with many mounts and accessories with no need to drill the hull a simple Slide Trax sliding slot system for your ever-increasing arsenal of accessories.

The storage spaces are large and easily accessible with enough room to stand in the boat also.

This boat at just 11.5 feet is one of the shorter of the boats in our list, The shorter length makes it more manoeuvrable and easier to transport than some of the larger designs, If you are looking for larger loading capacity then definitely take a look at the Radars bigger brother the  Radar 135

This Fishing Kayak comes as standard with the Airmax pro seat which is both comfortable and adjustable, the boat can be upgraded with either a pedal drive or a motor drive system quickly and easily for endless opportunities and even more hours on the water.

This is one of the best kayaks for 2018 with its classic lines and performance accessories this fishing kayak will carry you and all of your equipment safely to any location. Whether sea fishing or Lake fishing the Radar has the plenty of options.

Manufacturers Information

Introducing the Radar series – Wilderness Systems’ first tri-powered kayak with paddle, power and pedal capabilities. The Radar features S.M.A.R.T. Hull Technology that combines Stability, Maneuverability, Acceleration, Responsiveness and Tracking throughout the entire design for ultimate performance in multiple water environments. In addition to a flat platform for standing and freedom of movement, the Radar boasts state-of-the-art outfitting including expansive SlideTrax™ rails, a multitude of storage opportunities, and scupper options to deploy the Helix MD™ Motor Drive, the Helix PD™ Pedal Drive* and even multiple electronics options including down-imaging, side-scanning or both. When utilizing the Helix PD™ (see video below), a built-in steering control system affords easy navigation and hands-free fishing, while the AirPro MAX complements the package with optimized positioning for any mode of travel.

Specifications

Wilderness Systems Radar 115 Fishing Kayak
Specifications
Length 11’8
Width 34.5’’
Weight 85 lbs
Max Capacity 450 lbs

What we liked

  • The Wilderness system brand inspires confidence and security
  • Option to upgrade to pedal or motor drive
  • Airmax pro seat is comfortable and adjustable
  • Large load capacity
  • Shorter length for easy transportation

What we didn’t like

  • No solid colour options
  • Prefer the larger oval front hatch from the Radar 135

 

 

 

 

 

 

Native Watercraft Slayer Propel 10 Fishing Kayak

What We Say

The Slayer Propel 10 from Native Watercraft is one of the best-equipped fishing kayaks which is surprising for its short length at just 10 feet the slayer is equipped with a reversible pedal drive system alongside a good sized standing area. The Slayer has a full-length rail system which will fit a host of Scotty accessories and the comfortable seat has a lot of adjustment.

The large front hatch and rear tankwell make sure no space is wasted in this compact model.

The slayer is also available in 3 size options Slayer Propel 10, Slayer Propel 13 and the Slayer Propel 12 lightweight version.

Manufacturers Information

WHAT’S THE BIG DEAL WITH THIS LITTLE FISHING KAYAK?

Weight– or lack of to be more precise. Weighing in at 62 lbs (without the drive unit) the Slayer Propel 10 is the lightest 10′ pedal drive fishing kayak on the market. Light enough to lift car top or effortlessly slide into the back of a pickup, this little titan is the master of hands-free fishing.

Powered by Native Watercraft’s unique Propel Pedal Drive System which boasts forward and reverse, the Slayer Propel 10 keeps you on the fish and provides a major aid landing the catch of the day. Armchair-comfortable seat, rock-solid stability, clutter-free cockpit: the design empowers even the largest of anglers to stand and sight-cast or to just relax and sip the beverage of the day. Propel speeds vary depending on currents and wind, but we find pedalling 3.5 miles per hour all day long smooth and easy.  Bow to stern rail mount system means easy on-and-off for rod holders from major brands like Scotty, Ram, Railblaza, and purposely-positioned rails for mounting cameras to capture your trophy catch.

Specifications

Native Watercraft Slayer Propel 10 Fishing Kayak
Specifications
Length 10”
Width 34”
Weight 81 lbs
Max Capacity 400 lbs

What we liked

  • Easily accessible flush mounted rod holders
  • Reversible pedal drive propel unit
  • Large storage areas
  • Premium deck padding for standing area

What we didn’t like

  • For use in the Sea a larger boat is prefered
  • All colours are dark Camo options

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hobie Mirage Compass Fishing Kayak

What We Say

The Mirage Compass from Hobie Kayaks is the newest boat in Hobie’s line up building on the proven Mirage Drive system to create a virtually hands-free fishing platform. The large rear storage area is the ideal place to store your crate or livewell. With 2 rear flush mounted rod holders and a clean design with no clutter. The seat is a stretched mesh seat which can be easily removed for use on the beach. The new transducer cavity is a good addition providing easy installation with no drilling required to fit a fishfinder to your fishing kayak.

Manufacturers Information

Set your course with the new Mirage Compass, the newest addition to Hobie’s fleet of award-winning kayaks.

Simplicity defined, its time-tested MirageDrive pedal system with Glide Technology moves you easily through the water. Outfitted with a breathable mesh seat, the Compass offers maximum stability and an oversized cockpit and flat deck for standing. A sharp turning radius makes it nimble in tight quarters, yet able to speed over open water in stealthy fashion. Fishing features include molded-in rod holders, H-Track accessory mounts and a transducer cavity ready for you to install a Lowrance® fishfinder.

Specifications

Hobie Mirage Compass Fishing Kayak
Specifications
Length 12”
Width 34”
Weight 87 lbs
Max Capacity 400 lbs

What we liked

  • Mirage drive system is very effective
  • Deck is clean and uncluttered
  • Solid colour options available
  • Transducer cavity for easy electronics fitting

What we didn’t like

  • No front mounted rod holders
  • Rear flush mounted rod holders are set a long way behind seat
  • Molded carrying handle is flexible

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wilderness Systems Tarpon 130X Fishing Kayak

What We Say

No list could really be complete without the inclusion of a kayak from the Tarpon series.

For many years the Tarpon has really led the way with quality and performance. The Tarpon was one of the first sit on top kayaks which added the solid backrest for increased comfort. With this latest generation of fishing platforms, the Tarpon 130x builds on its predecessors with the addition of the adjustable Airpro Max seat provides a drier more comfortable ride. The mesh seat lining is also very breathable so will be fast drying for all-day convenience.

The Tarpon 130X is a really great package complete with the slide track system to allow the easy addition of accessories combined with the time-proven stable hull the Tarpon 130X  also offers the addition of the Helix MD™ Motor Drive, or the Helix PD™ Pedal Drive units.

Manufacturers Information

Building upon the heritage of the revered Tarpon – the craft that pioneered kayak fishing

the Tarpon 130X maintains a sleek, speedy, and exceptionally stable platform with modern shaping and abundant feature upgrades such as the versatile Flexpod OS, allowing for storage, electronic and propulsion opportunities with Helix MD™ Motor Drive compatibility. The ultra-comfortable Air Pro LITE seat features a new slide-on-track system for increased fore/aft trimming while maintaining all of the comfort features found and loved in the AirPro MAX seat.

Specifications

Wilderness Systems Tarpon 130X  Fishing Kayak
Specifications
Length 13”
Width 32”
Weight 72 lbs
Max Capacity 375 lbs

What we liked

  • Time Proven Classic design redeveloped
  • Optional addition of the Helix Motor or Pedal Drive units
  • Addition of the Airpro seat brings extra comfort.

What we didn’t like

  • Currently only available in one size at 13”
  • No real standing space on the kayak deck.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Perception Pescador Pro 12 Fishing Kayak

What We Say

The Perception Pescador has been built with the beginner fisherman in mind. Providing an angling platform packed full of features but built on a user-friendly design. Perception as a brand bring confidence and quality with many years experience building boats from whitewater to recreation perception have a strong heritage. The Pescador Pro is designed for maximum durability and optimized weight. The boat is fitted with the Yak Attack Gear Trac. This makes sure the boat is easily upgradable and can be customized for the best possible user experience. The Pescador Pro is built in 2 sizes a 12 ft and a 10ft design. The 10ft Pescador allows greater manoeuvrability to the longer 12ft version.

An upgraded version is also available with a paddle drive system  The Perception Pescador Pilot is the same hull with the addition of the new Pilot Drive with Quick Key Zero

Manufacturers Information

The Perception Pescador Pro 12.0 kayak leads the pack with serious fishing performance, stability, and comfort. The sit-on-top design offers generous storage and accessory mount options that make it easy to outfit the boat for all-day excursions. The removable and adjustable camp chair is the most comfortable seat found on any fishing kayak. The longer length remains manoeuvrable while adding speed, cargo space, and stability—perfect for accessing quiet waters beyond the reach of other boaters.

Specifications

Perception Pescador Pro 12.0 Fishing Kayak
Specifications
Length 12”
Width 32.5”
Weight 64 lbs
Max Capacity 375 lbs

What we liked

  • Pro Seat is comfortable and adjustable
  • Boat is stable and durable
  • Good storage space both forward and aft

What we didn’t like

  • Keeper footrest difficult to adjust whilst seated
  • No solid colour options available
  • No standing deck pads as standard

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wilderness Systems Thresher 140 Fishing Kayak

What We Say

The Thresher from Wilderness systems brings with it confidence and quality from this well-known brand. The Thresher builds on the heritage from other models to provide a really exciting 14” kayak. The thresher can be well suited to people who want something fast and comfortable. The extra length along with the narrower width gives the thresher increased speed through the water this combined with the increased payload gives this boat a host of options.

Whether you fish on a lake or the sea the Thresher will work well. If you really want to increase your water distance the Thresher is fitted with the flexpod removable console so you can easily upgrade with a Helix MD™ Motor Drive, or the Helix PD™ Pedal Drive unit.

The Thresher is fitted with the older style AirPro seat but do not let this deter you, the seat is still both comfortable and breathable, the lower seat will also provide better stability for windy or choppy conditions.

Manufacturers Information

The Thresher series ushers in the next generation of high-performance sit-on-tops. The hull is efficient and quick, yet stable and predictable to handle ever-changing open water conditions. The deck is sleek and modern, with a thoughtful layout for the maximum gear storage, capacity and accessibility.

Specifications

Wilderness Systems Thresher 140  Fishing Kayak
Specifications
Length 14”3
Width 29”
Weight 75 lbs
Max Capacity 400 lbs

What we liked

  • Lower seat position provides increased stability even in rough conditions
  • Good length for use in the Sea
  • Faster hull which is enjoyable to paddle all day

What we didn’t like

  • Airpro seat is set lower into the boat so creates a wetter ride
  • Just available in one size option
  • No standing space on the deck

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pelican Catch 120 NXT Fishing Kayak

What We Say

The Catch NXT Fishing Kayak is an update from the popular Catch 120 the NXT is a well-equipped fishing platform full of features. The ergo cast dual position seating system provides both high and low seating positions to put you in the optimum position. The Catch 120 NXT has ample storage options and standing space with the addition of a stand assist strap. The rigging tracks are well positioned to support a wide range of Scotty rod mount holders.

Overall a really stable platform for all of your adventures.

Manufacturers Information

The Pelican Premium CATCH 120NXT* is the exciting evolution of the great CATCH 120. Built on a tunnel hull platform, it is very stable and manoeuvrable and provides excellent tracking. This sit-on-top fishing kayak features adjustable footrests, an ERGO CAST dual position seating system allowing you to adjust the seat to a high or low seating position, an anti-slip carpet, a stand assist strap, bow and stern quick lock hatches, and a tank well with bungees to store your fishing gear, flush mount rod holders, rigging tracks and accessory eyelets, paddle and rod tie-downs and an angler ruler. Made of RAM-X™ PREMIUM, a multi-layer polyethene with an advanced resin providing significantly more rigidity than standard polyethene, it is lighter, stiffer and stronger. Built to last, the CATCH 120 NXT will co-star in your many fishing adventures and help you create memorable stories worth sharing with everyone.

Specifications

Pelican Catch 120 NXT Fishing Kayak
Specifications
Length 11”8
Width 34”
Weight 69 lbs
Max Capacity 400 lbs

What we liked

  • Rigging Tracks are well positioned throughout the kayak
  • Ram-X material is strong, stiff and lightweight
  • Angler ruler well position on the interior of the boat

What we didn’t like

  • Single colour option
  • No options for additional drive units

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hobie Mirage Revolution 11 Fishing Kayak

What We Say

In 1997 Hobie revolutionized the sit on top kayak market with their first introduction of the pedal drive. The option to continue moving whilst using your hands to continue fishing or taking photos is an exciting prospect. The Hobie Mirage Revolution is fitted with the newest generation of pedal drive the Mirage Drive 180. This latest drive system allows both forwards and reverse drive with the simple flick of a switch The drive system is easily stowed for shallow water landings.

The rest of the fishing kayak is also very impressive the 11ft version is fast and extremely manoeuvrable being able to turn quickly. The Mirage is also equipped with the twist and stow rudder with a simple hand control for a paddle free alternative. The Vantage seat is comfortable and breathable with a lumbar support to give extra comfort for long days on the water

The Mirage Revolution is also available in 13 and 16-foot versions for ultimate speed and load capacity

Manufacturers Information

The sleek “Revo 11” is lightning fast off the line, a MirageDrive powered pocket rocket that’ll turn in its own length. Performance in a tidy 11-ft package, easy to transport and store.

The eye-catching Revolution 11 comes with all the essentials available on larger models, at significantly reduced weight: moulded-in rod holders, multiple hatches and a spacious storage well. There isn’t a single wasted inch on this compact fish-capable cruiser.

Specifications

Hobie Mirage Revolution 11 Fishing Kayak
Specifications
Length 11”6
Width 29”
Weight 81 lbs
Max Capacity 275 lbs

What we liked

  • Mirage Drive system is a proven design which is simple to operate
  • Additional lumbar support on the seat for increased comfort
  • Large rear cargo area
  • Single colour options available

What we didn’t like

  • Molded carrying handles are simple but do not inspire confidence as a fixed handle would.
  • Little space to mount accessories
  • Rod holders are mounted a little far behind the seat
  • No forward mounted rod holders

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ocean Kayak Prowler 13 Fishing Kayak

What We Say

The Ocean Kayaks Prowler has been a firm favourite for a number of years built to last, the proven design has had subtle updates over the years but kept the same hull and characteristics throughout. The Prowler is at home on the sea as it is on a lake at 13 feet long the boat carries its speed and handles waves with ease. At only 28” wide the boat is narrower than some of the newer designs. The seat is an adjustable foam seat pad and backrest which is set low to the boat. The Prowler is fitted with 2 flush mounted rod holders just behind the seat.

The Prowler is a proven classic. Having passed the test of time and still catching the Prowler is a great choice.

Manufacturers Information

One of the most popular angler kayaks on the market, the Prowler 13 combines performance with features. A large bow hatch, an oversized tank well and several places to mount fishing gear, the Prowler 13 was designed to produce results.

Specifications

Ocean Kayak Prowler 13 Fishing Kayak
Specifications
Length 13”4
Width 28”
Weight 56 lbs
Max Capacity 325 lbs

What we liked

  • Proven design
  • Narrow beam is fast and easy to paddle
  • Large rear tank well

What we didn’t like

  • No front mounted rod holders
  • No standing space
  • No option for motor or pedal drive systems

 

 

 

 

 

 

Feel free Move Angler Fishing Kayak

What We Say

The Feel free Move takes many of the outstanding features from the Feel free range and puts it into a smaller package perfect for children or smaller paddlers. The Move has been a best selling family fun kayak for a number of years but with the addition of flush mount rod holders allows this fishing kayak to be multi-use.

The rear wheel is a really nice addition to this boat, allowing the boat to be easily transported to any destination. The Seat is a basic foam seat pad and backrest easy to fit and adjustable to provide support and comfort. The Feel Free move is just 42 lbs making it one of the lightest fishing kayaks on the market. At just 9” the shorter boat and light weight make it really fun to paddle both on lakes and on the sea.

Manufacturers Information

The Move Angler is the perfect kayak for kids and smaller paddlers getting into the sport of kayak fishing. It is based off the popular Move kayak, which has been a favourite among paddlers for years, with a full arrangement of features specific to fishing including two-rod holders with security rod leashes as well as Feel free’s Kingfisher seat. In addition, the Move Angler comes equipped with all the great features paddlers have come to expect in a Feel free kayak: moulded in handles, recessed fittings and the patented Wheel in the Keel. It also utilizes a “tri-hull” design, which offers great stability and efficient tracking while paddling. The Move Angler is very nimble on the water. Its hull, which weighs only 42 lbs, combined with the Wheel in the Keel makes it very easy for any solo paddler to manoeuvre the kayak on or off the water — even the younger paddler. Share your passion for kayak fishing with your children and give them the independence to explore the outdoors on their own!

Specifications

Feel free Move Angler Fishing Kayak
Specifications
Length 9”
Width 29.75”
Weight 42 lbs
Max Capacity 242 lbs

What we liked

  • Lightweight and small enough for children and small paddlers
  • Rear wheel allows easy transportation

What we didn’t like

  • Foam, Fabric seat is less comfortable than other models
  • No Uni Trac System included

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vibe Skipjack 90 Fishing Kayak

What We Say

The Vibe Kayaks Skipjack is certainly one of the best value packages available to get you on the water, The kayak is sold as a package including the Paddle and deluxe backrest.The kayak is both stable and user-friendly. It is lightweight and an ideal boat for all of the family. The Vibe Skipjack is fitted with 4 flush mounted rod holders as standard. The Kayak is just 9ft so is better suited to short distances but can be used both in fresh water and on the sea.

The Skipjack is available in 3 different colour options.

Manufacturers Information

Vibe Skipjack 90 delivers great manoeuvrability and stability in a smaller package. It’s smaller size means greater portability and flexibility while still being fully equipped. The Skipjack 90 package comes equipped with a paddle, deluxe seat and 4 flush mount rod holders. At 46 pounds, this kayak is easy to handle and even fits in the back of many SUVs.

Specifications

Vibe Skipjack 90 Fishing Kayak
Specifications
Length 9”
Width 32”
Weight 46 lbs
Max Capacity 300 lbs

What we liked

  • User-Friendly and fun for all the family
  • 3 Colour options available
  • 4 flush mounted rod holders

What we didn’t like

  • Basic Package suitable for beginners
  • Foam seat pad not as comfortable as other designs

 

 

 

 

 

 

BIC Bilbao Fishing Kayak

What We Say

If you are looking for something user-friendly and functional look no further. The Bilbao from BIC is 100% recycled so is both fun to use and good for the environment. BIC uses a thermoforming technology to create a lighter hull weighing in at just 50 lbs. The Bilbao offers the same proven hull from the standard Bilbao but with the extras of duel flush mounted rod holders and the front hatch to provide extra storage. If you want a boat you can share with the family the Bilbao is perfect for children and friends to use also.

The rear roller is both genius and simple to use, just lift the front and the boat will follow making it easy to transport without the use of extra trolleys.

Manufacturers Information

With its very rounded hull shape and narrow tips, the Bilbao Fishing has great glide and excellent stability, guaranteeing you complete safety for your solo fishing trips. The intelligent deck design and quality fittings allow you to carry any kind of load. Its reduced length and weight make it easy to store and transport.

Specifications

BIC Bilbao Fishing Kayak
Specifications
Length 9”10
Width 31”
Weight 50 lbs
Max Capacity 264 lbs

What we liked

  • Included rear wheel for easy transport
  • Boat is perfect for all the family to use
  • Lightweight thermoformed build

What we didn’t like

  • Only one colour option available
  • No seat included in the package
  • Single size design

To help you make your choice be sure to look at the guide to buying a fishing kayak.

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