A fishing kayak is self explanatory really, it’s a kayak that is used for fishing. Fishing kayaks are an affordable means rather than purchasing a boat. Fishing kayaks are excellent for reaching fishing locations from the peer, harbor and hard to reach places. They are also ideally suited for lakes and rivers. Kayak fishing has gained popularity in recent times due to its broad appeal as an environmentally friendly and healthy method of transportation. Kayak fishing blends an enjoyable past time and as well as some great exercise. If you are a regular fisher, then kayak fishing can save you a lot of money compared to an engine powered boat. The most posy popular and best fishing kayaks are molded from polyethylene due to their durability and lower cost. Hard shell kayaks are more commonly used rather than inflatable kayaks. The reasons for this is that inflatable kayaks are more vulnerable to punctures. Although do we do not advise against inflatable fishing kayaks, in fact some inflatable kayaks are the best fishing kayaks available in the market. We do advise you to take note where you do plan to do your kayak fishing. Kayak fisherman who maneuver in shallow or rocky waters may not be best suited to use an inflatable kayak. Here are our recommendations for the best fishing kayaks.
Best Fishing Kayaks 2017
Sun Dolphin RED Aruba 12' SS Sit-in Lightweight Fishing Kayak w/ Rod Holders
- Lightweight, easy to carry
- Tracks and paddles with ease while offering maximum stability
- Rugged UV-stabilized Fortiflex High Density Polyethylene
- P.A.C. (Portable Accessory Carrier) can be used as a tow behind, extra storage compartment or a back pack.
- Adjustable foot braces
Sun Dolphin put the emphasis on comfort, tracking and stability. A hull that provides great stability, tracking and easy maneuvering. Designed to move thru the water with ease, they are perfect for short or long trips. The cockpit is surprisingly spacious and easy yo climb into. The kayak is reasonable comfortable with a decent quality adjustable backrest. This kayak is well suited to rivers and lakes.The rear accessory carrier can be removed and used as a tow behind to give you even more storage room for weekend camping trips. Over all this an excellent budget minded kayak. It’s light weight, tracks well, reasonably comfortable, very stable. It also has nicely placed rod holders, and also a nice large open cockpit. There’s a nice removable dry hatch for your more sensitive items. Some reviewers across have commented on the low ceiling where you place your legs. This may be a nonsense for some taller people but some reviewers have shared pictures of them removing it by hand by simply cutting 1″-2″ below the glove box and sanding the edges. This has only been an issue for some people and in mos cases it’s those who are extremely tall. The Sun Dolphin Aruba 12′ kayak is one of the best kayaks available right at such a bargain price. For these reasons it makes the list as one of the best fishing kayaks available in 2017.
- excellent budget minded kayak
- light weight
- tracks well
- reasonably comfortable
- Nicely placed rod holders
- Very Stable
- Looks Great
- removable rear dry hatch
- Low ceiling where you place your legs may be a nonsense for some people
Sun Dolphin Journey Sit-on-top Fishing Kayak (Olive, 10-Feet)
- Two flush mount rod holders and one swivel rod holder
- Large comfortable seating area and open cockpit allows the easiest of entry
- P.A.C. (Portable Accessory Carrier) can be used as extra storage, tow behind or a backpack
- Dry Storage compartment, shock cord deck rigging
- Adjustable foot braces
This is a fantastic piece of equipment and one of the best fishing kayaks available, especially for the price it’s offered at. Nowadays, kayaks are commonly sold for $1000’s and perform no better than what this kayak can offer. This kayak is a lightweight design, with the ability to carry plenty of fishing equipment. The kayak spec includes 3 fishing rod holders, a dry storage area perfect for you keys, cell phone, etc, and also an extra portable storage compartment that can be used simply as extra storage or a tow behind. A nice feature which can easily be overlooked is that this kayak comes with paddle holders on either side. This is a nice addition as it takes the worry away from trying to balance your paddle, hold your rod and maybe drink your beer. The kayak is suitable for all sizes, it’s adjustable foot pegs make it a comfortable ride. The foot pegs give you that extra support to really reel in the big ones. The kayak is very light which is often a good thing, but it;s lightweight makes it slightly more difficult to control. If the kayak came with a fitted rudder it would track even better, become faster and also easier to control. If you are on a budget and looking for a decent spec kayak this is the one for you. It’s no doubt one of the best fishing kayaks available.
- Lightweight and easy to transport
- Tracks well
- Extra Storage which can be used as a tow behind
- Rod holders
- Dry storage compartment
- It would be so much better if it included a rudder.
Sun Dolphin Bali SS Sit-on top Kayak (Blue, 10-Feet)
- Tracks and paddles with ease while offering maximum stability
- P.A.C. (Portable Accessory Carrier) can be used as extra storage, tow behind or as a backpack
- Dry storage compartment with shock cord deck rigging
- Open cockpit allows the easiest of entry
- Large, comfortable seating area with protective thigh pads, adjustable foot braces and paddle holder
One of the most popular angler kayaks on the market, the Ocean Kayak Prowler 13 combines performance with features. it’s equipped with a large bow hatch, an over-sized tank well and several places to mount fishing gear. This kayak may also be suited not only to the fisherman but also perhaps to the duck hunter who likes to change things up a bit. This kayak is an amazing piece of gear. It tracks the water beautifully at ease, and doesn’t get knocked around to easily. The kayak has a large bungee well for storage and at the front a dry hatch. The kayak is really stable so don’t worry so much about tipping. Probably the only concern we have it that you need to have some great balance if you plan on fishing while standing. You are free to try it out but we’d recommend you do it with an empty kayak; removing your fishing tack and equipment. This is an attractive looking kayak, a real eye catcher if you are looking for something a little different from the standard bright colored kayaks you often see on the market. Overall this Kayak is fast, stable, and tracks well. It’s designed with the fisherman in mind with some really thoughtful fishing features with some plenty of storage for your equipment and… Beer!! For these reasons it gets a thumbs up fro us one of the best fishing kayaks available in 2017.
- Built for the fisherman in mind
- Glides and tracks nicely through the water
- Lots of storage
- Plenty fishing features built into this kayak.
- The look/style might not be to some peoples taste. But we think it’s cool
- Not very fast
Lifetime Sport Fisher Tandem Kayak with Paddles and Backrest, Camouflage
- Seats up to 3 People with 3 Fishing Pole Holders
- Comfortable Ergonomic Seating
- Hull Design provides Ultra Stability and Great Tracking
- Multiple Footrest Positions for Different Size Riders
- Weight Limit 500 Pounds
The Sport Fisher sit-on-top kayak from Lifetime Products is the ultimate fishing kayak! Up to 3 people can ride high and dry in with the kayak’s balanced seating, but 2 and a small child or pet is more recommended maybe. 3 fully grown adults is a bit of a squeeze. Tunnel hull design of this kayak provides serious stability making it possible to stand up and fish, this is a nice feature and some other fishing kayaks are a little more difficult to stand up on than others. This kayak has plenty of awesome built-in features that will improve your fishing experience. The kayaj is equipped with paddle clips, up to three fishing pole holders, a cup(beer) holder, and multiple foot wells for some additional leverage when you’re reeling in some bid ones. This kayak has front cargo area with shock cord straps, but unfortunately only has a small 6″ storage compartment. It’s perfect for your keys, phone and maybe a camera/gopro but that’s all that will really fit in there. We can recommend it to anyone looking for a lower priced but high quality and stable fishing kayak. If you are of a tall or strong built this is the one for you. Being a wide and relatively short kayak, it’s not exactly built of speed but instead it’s strong balanced and sturdy. It sometimes has issues with tracking but’s not a deal breaker. It’s designed for your leisurely fisherman and occasional paddler. If you want a sleek fast cruiser, check out some touring kayaks. As a sit on top, you’re legs will get a little wet as you paddle. It’s inevitable as you paddle side to side, fear not though as you can simply pull on the plugs in the back and the foot wells will drain for you while you paddle. The sport fisher is one of the best fishing kayaks available, it’s perfect if you have an interest in both fishing and some recreational paddling.
- Fits up to 3 people
- Excellent fishing features
- Nicely balanced to improve stability for fishing while standing up
- Foot wells for standing up
- Very reasonable for the features offers
- The kayak is heavy
- Small storage compartment
- Will get wet when paddling
- Doesn’t track as well as others
These are the kayaks we feel are the best fishing kayaks currently available in the market. We hope you enjoyed our review of the ‘Best Fishing Kayaks 2017’,if you like this article please share it and like us on Facebook. Thanks for reading and happy kayaking.