Top 10 Fishing Kayaks (2019 Review)

Fishing is one of the most popular outdoor activities.  In US, 49 million people went fishing in 2017, and the number is keep increasing over time.

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Most people first start fishing from the shore.  At some point, they start exploring their own fishing spot. Because most of the shore fishing spots they search from google are already full of fishermen and fisherwomen, there aren’t much fishes left and really difficult to get a bite.   

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Finding your own fishing spot from the shore is not an easy task, because many times you won’t be able to access to a certain point without being on a boat. So, you may start thinking to buying a boat. After doing some research, you will realize that owning a boat needs a lot money.

Even though you have enough money to buy a boat, there are lots of things to consider: boat license, boat insurance, storage place, sports trailer, maintenance, etc. 

Other option you can think of is Kayak Fishing which is getting more and more popular. If you just want to do fishing on the water like rivers, lakes, and ponds, then kayak is much better than boat. 

For fishing activities, kayaks have the following pros and cons when compared to boats:

What are the pros kayaks have?

  1. Cheaper than boat (affordable)
  2. Stealth (no motor sounds when approaching to fishing spot)
  3. Works well on skinny water (freshwater, lake, river, pond)
  4. No need to plan for long hours trip (less work before and after fishing)
  5.  Low maintenance (almost ZERO)
  6. Anyone can start from tomorrow (easy to learn)
  7. Launch and fish anywhere

What are the cons kayaks have? 

  1. Backaches (Resolve: get high quality of seat, stand up fishing)
  2. Can get wet
  3. Limited amount of equipment can be loaded

Quick Answer: Best Fishing Kayaks

Inflatable (Option: Electric Motor): 1. 385fta FastTrack™

Inflatable (Option: Gas or Electric Motor): 5. 435ps Paddleski™

Hard Shell (Pedal System): 3. PK14

Hard Shell: 4. Yellowfin 130T

Hard Shell (Modular; No Roof Rack Needed): 6. Point 65 N Tequila

Top 10 Fishing Kayaks (2019 Review)

1.  Sea Eagle – 385fta FastTrack™ Inflatable Fishing Kayak

385fta FastTrack™ model is a fishing tandem kayak designed for incredible tracking and is less affected by the wind with a tapered profile.

Anglers that need to be able to cut through water quickly will appreciate everything this 12 foot kayak has to offer. Not only will you have better tracking abilities thanks to this kayak set up, but you’re also going to have plenty of extra room and space for all of your fishing tackle and gear as well.

Not only are they extra reinforced for strength and durability, but the kayak itself has also been protected further with Non-slip crocodile hide EVA foam protective floor pad that guarantees you don’t have to worry about punctures if your fish throws the hook before you reel them in.

This model is a tandem setup that can accommodate up to three people with a maximum capacity of 635 pounds. However, it is great size for two adults fishing together.

You can choose to install an electric motor which costs around $300 for Motor and Motormount.  The engine capacity can handle 34 pounds of thrust and the design of this kayak allows it to handle white-water rapids all the way up to Class II.  With motor, you can easily get to many fishing spots. And if you are really into the fishing, you better want to save your time and energy from paddling.

Average Review Score: 4.9/5.0 (Total 16 Reviews)

  • Weight Capacity: 635 lb
  • Person Capacity: 3 persons
  • Length x Width (ft): 12.5 x 3
  • Interior (ft): 11.6 x 1.5
  • Hull Weight: 44 lb
  • Inflation time: 7 min
Features & Warranty
  • Plenty of storage for fishing gears
  • Built-in 36″ fish ruler
  • 18 D-rings to secure seat and gear
  • 2 Open and close drain valves
  • Front & rear spray skirts
  • Built-in rod, tool, hook and lure holders
  • Non-slip crocodile hide EVA foam padding on floor
  • More durable 29% thicker 1000 denier
  • 3 Years warranty, 120 days risk-free period

2.  Sea Eagle – 350fx Fishing Explorer™

350fx Fishing Explorer™ model can be used for any type of kayak activities such as whitewater kayaking, fishing, and touring. This model is designed by and for avid fishermen, so it has convenient features for fishing activity.  The six individual rod holders are the real star of the show with this kayak.

Thanks to its unique construction and form factor, however, it can be inflated inside of just seven minutes, can be completely deflated inside of three minutes, and has an overall carrying capacity of 575 pounds. They’ll be plenty of room to bring home the days catch alongside everything you need to reel it in.

Compare to 1. 385fta FastTrack™ inflatable fishing kayak above, this model is more robust, more buoyant, and has 16 high-capacity self-bailing drain valves versus two on the 385fta which makes comfortable using in almost any type of water imaginable – aside from open seas.

Average Review Score: 5.0/5.0 (Total 2 Reviews)

  • Weight Capacity: 575 lb
  • Person Capacity: 1 person
  • Length x Width (ft): 11.5 x 3.2
  • Interior (ft): 10 x 1.4
  • Hull Weight: 51 lb
  • Inflation time: 7 min
Features & Warranty
  • 16 Rapid self-bailing drain valves
  • Plenty of storage for fishing gears
  • Built-in 40″ fish ruler
  • 12 D-rings to secure seat and gear
  • Front & rear spray skirts with built-in rod, tool, hook and lure holders
  • Right & left side anchor trolley attachment D-rings
  • 3 Years warranty, 120 days risk-free period

3.  Brooklyn Kayak Company – PK14

If you are interested in this kayak, see 3. PK14 from Top 10 Tandem Kayaks (2019 Review).

Average Review Score: 4.8/5.0 (Total 9 Reviews)

  • Weight Capacity: 660 lb
  • Person Capacity: 2 persons
  • Length x Width (ft): 14 x 2.8
  • Hull Weight: 99 lb
Features & Warranty
  • Dual Pedal Drive System
  • Rudder-Controlled Steering
  • Ergonomic Seat Design
  • 3 Watertight Hatches with Dry Bag insert
  • 12 Scupper Plugs
  • 6 Different Colors Option: Blue, Red, Yellow, Camo, Blue Camo, Grey
  • 5 Years Warranty: Hull and deck
  • 1 Year Warranty: Parts and accessories

4.  Vibe – Yellowfin 130T

If you are interested in this kayak, see 1. Yellowfin 130T from Top 10 Tandem Kayaks (2019 Review).

Average Review Score: 4.7/5.0 (Total 24 Reviews)

  • Weight Capacity: 500 lb
  • Person Capacity: 2 persons
  • Length x Width (ft): 13 x 2.9
  • Hull Weight: 80 lb
Features & Warranty
  • Comfortable, adjustable seats and foot braces
  • 2 Flush mount fishing rod holders
  • 2 Mounts for rectangular base accessories (Fish-finder)
  • Tackle tray holders: Fits PLANO™ 3600 tackle tray
  • Tackle toss tray for quick tackle changes
  • 12 scupper holes and rudder included
  • 1 Year Warranty

5.  Sea Eagle – 435ps Paddleski™ Inflatable Kayak 

If you are interested in this kayak, see 6. 435ps Paddleski from Top 10 Tandem Kayaks (2019 Review).

Average Review Score: 4.4/5.0 (Total 37 Reviews)

  • Weight Capacity: 650 lb
  • Person Capacity: 2 persons
  • Length x Width (ft): 14.5 x 3.2
  • Interior (ft): 12.5 x 1.3
  • Hull Weight: 42 lb
  • Inflation time: 7 min
Features & Warranty
  • Catamaran design, pontoon style (super stable, sailed safely in winds up to 15 knots)
  • Three aluminum yokes for a rigid structure
  • 16 D-Rings to secure seats and gear
  • 2 Skegs for directional stability
  • Option to install gas motor or electric motor
  • 3 Years Warranty, 120 Days Risk-free Period

6.  Point 65 N Tequila! GTX Solo Angler Modular Kayak

You may not heard about Point 65 Sweden, but it is one of the leading outdoor brand with backpacks and kayaks since 1996 in Northern Europe.

This modular kayak, Tequila, is just amazing. If you don’t have or don’t want to spend extra money on a roof rails, roof racks, or sports trailer, but still prefer hard shell kayak, this is the best option for you. This kayak can be fit in the back of most cars.

The good thing about this kayak is, if you want to make your single kayak to tandem kayak, you can just buy middle piece separately (around $350) and connect with your two pieces from single kayak. According to many buyers’ reviews, this single kayak doesn’t track well, but after you make it to tandem kayak, it tracks pretty well and is maneuverable.

This kayak is not for rough waters. It is for lakes and calm rivers, and it is not recommended if you are a big and tall person because the length of the kayak is 9’6″ and the weight capacity is only 265 lb.

Average Review Score: 4.0/5.0 (Total 1 Review)

  • Weight Capacity: 265 lb
  • Person Capacity: 1 person
  • Length x Width (ft): 9.7 x 2.5
  • Hull Weight: 48.5 lb
Features & Warranty
  • Fits into most cars, small elevators & even under the bed
  • Comfortable padded AIR seat with pneumatically-adjustable backrest
  • 2 integrated rod holders behind the seat
  • Deck-mounted rod holder can be swapped for GPS, fish finder or other hardware
  • 2-year manufacturer warranty

7.  Innova Halibut Inflatable Fishing Kayak

Specifically designed for anglers that are looking for an adventure, you will be immediately impressed at just how stable and how agile this kayak is once you get into the water.

Taking advantage of next generation proprietary whole material created by the folks at Innova, this inflatable kayak is resistant to abrasion, punctures, aging, as well as overall UV degradation. This is the kind of kayak you can expect to look and operate just as good as brand-new for years and years to come.

A solo operator with a 441 pound capacity, it’s 12’3” length and 46 pound weight make it a dream for those that want to put in on backwaters and big rivers. It also tracks relatively straight thanks to the included tracking fin, and piloting this kayak is a dream.

Average Review Score: 4.0/5.0 (Total 1 Review)

  • Weight Capacity: 441 lb
  • Person Capacity: 1 person
  • Length x Width (ft): 12.3 x 3.2
  • Hull Weight: 46 lb
Features & Warranty
  • High-strength Nitrilon fabric
  • Slip-resistant plywood floorboard offers a stable fishing stance
  • Self-bailing design with stern drain opening
  • Bottle holder and safety/anchor rope on both sides
  • 2 Year warranty

8.  NRS Pike Angler Inflatable Fishing Kayak

Simplicity is the name of the game with this particular kayak, a kayak that measures in at 12’8” long, 39 inches wide, and has a 46 pound weight for the hull.

Pike Angler can carry upwards of 400 pounds which means your average solo angler is going to have plenty of room for gear and equipment when they put in with this kayak.

2000 denier PVC tubes allow this kayak to inflate at 2.5 psi throughout, providing a strong, stable, and easy to maneuver kayak platform compared to some of the other options on the market today. The removable tracking fins improve your overall stability while also help you to focus on the fishing rather than paddling your new boat.

Average Review Score: 5.0/5.0 (Total 2 Reviews)

  • Weight Capacity:  400 lb
  • Person Capacity: 1 person
  • Length x Width (ft): 12.7 x 3.3
  • Hull Weight:  46 lb
  • Inflation time: min
Features & Warranty
  • Removable self-bailing PVC-coated drop-stitch floor (inflates to 8-10 PSI)
  • Collapsable/removable/adjustable seat
  • 3 Scotty Mount attachment mounts
  • 32 stainless steel D Ring attachment points
  • 3-year manufacturer warranty

9.  Advanced Elements StraitEdge Angler PRO Inflatable Kayak

If you are going to be doing a little bit of kayak fishing in rough and choppy water, anticipate plowing down rapids and rivers that can get pretty hairy, you’re going to want to take advantage of the internal aluminum ribs of StraitEdge that provide a lot of extra strength and durability you wouldn’t have been able to enjoy elsewhere.

The aluminum ribs and a lot of extra rigidity that improves tracking and speed but also obviously reinforces the hull so that it becomes essentially “bulletproof”. The entire structure feels identical to a traditional kayak with the type of responsiveness you’d expect as well.

Measuring in at 10’6” and only weighing 45 pounds this is one of the most compact inflatable kayak you’ll find on the market today, but it’s also one of the most maneuverable. The strength and durability of this kayak let you fish places you wouldn’t have been able to before – and lets you fish with a lot more confidence in your boat than you would have had otherwise.

Average Review Score: 5.0/5.0 (Total 2 Reviews)

  • Weight Capacity: 400 lb
  • Person Capacity: 1 person
  • Length x Width (ft): 10.5 x 3.2
  • Hull Weight: 45 lb
Features & Warranty
  • Multi-Layer Construction for Maximum Durability
  • Drop-Stitch Floor
  • PVC Tarpaulin Hull Material
  • Front and Rear Accessory Frame Systems
  • Superior tracking and performance

10.  Star – Pike Fishing Inflatable Kayak

Star Pike is 12’8” long and weighs 45 pounds, which gives it extra length and strength compared to some of the other inflatable options on the market today. That extra length definitely helps this kayak track better, track smoother, and gives it a lot of extra “front-end speed” over flat water for sure.

Engineered specifically for more relaxed water, this is the kind of inflatable kayak you want to bring on bigger and lazier rivers, ponds, and larger lakes. It isn’t quite capable enough to tackle chop and seawater, but it’s going to handle everything else you throw at it for sure.

Average Review Score:

  • Weight Capacity: Unknown
  • Person Capacity: 1 person
  • Length x Width (ft):12.7 x 3.2
  • Hull Weight: 45 lb
Features & Warranty
  • Superior abrasion resistance, longevity and air retention at a great value
  • Seat back folds down for easier transport
  • 5 Scotty mount bases provide attachment points for rod holders, fish finders, and more
  • 3 Year manufacturer retail warranty

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