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Are you a kayaker looking for the best fishing kayaks available that are effective and also budget-friendly? Well, look no further because in this article, we’ll be showing you some of the best, efficient kayaks for the best fishing experience.
Have you tried fishing in a kayak before?
If you’ve tried, then I am pretty sure you know it requires kayaks with certain features and functionalities too. For example, fishing kayaks are required to be at least moderately stable to ensure a good fishing experience.
On a regular kayak, this is especially difficult to achieve as it can get pretty bad with water waves hence leading to a horrible fishing experience.
To get the best, cost-effective fishing kayak, I did profound research on this and found the best ones that are least expensive.
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The Ocean Kayak Prowler is a one-person sit on top kayak that is fast and comfortable. The Ocean Kayak Prowler fishing kayak is specially designed for speed, stability and also provides quietness even in rough waters or rivers.
Like the name says, the kayak is a sit on top kayak, which means kayakers sit on top while paddling or fishing. This Prowler also provides a pretty much good amount of space for storage of your items, accessories, and equipment.
The ocean kayak has a large, easy-to-open, click seal front hatch which provides easy access to bow-to-stern internal storage and gives room for multiple rods for easy storage below deck.
In addition, this kayak provides an over-sized tank-well which can store coolers (like the floating insulated cooler), crates and tackle boxes. It also includes 2-cup holders and two paddle keeps which measures 13 feet 4 inches and weighs about 56 pounds. The capacity? 325 pounds.
The Native Watercraft Slayer 13 Propel Kayak is a hands-free fishing kayak that is also perfect for you. It has a pretty comfortable size with 156 x 36 x 18 inches and weighs about 90 pounds.
One of the most important things that I love about this Native Watercraft Slayer Propel Kayak is, it features a unique pedal drive system. This feature allows the Propel Kayak to move either forward or backward. This is especially important for fishing as you could smoothly go either forward or reverse without having to disturb the waters, scaring the fishes away.
It also has open bow storage, which is also perfect for storing your kayak equipment and other accessories. Moreover, the native watercraft kayak provides ample foot pads for traction and to reduce noise too.
The vibe yellowfin kayak is a good one I came across few weeks ago. The Vibe yellowfin features a one (1) person sit on top kayak that is especially perfect for beginner kayaks or fishers. If I’m asked, this kayak is specially designed for beginner paddlers for easy kayaking, stable experience and maneuverability.
As a new kayaker, you wouldn’t want to go for complex kayaks that are difficult to paddle, move or maneuver; simply put, these issues comes into play while buying a kayak.
This is to say, the Vibe Kayak Yellowfin is an excellent fit for newbie kayakers because of its ease of movement and paddling. The 10ft, 57lbs features a mount for accessories and tools, 4 Flush mount fishing rod holders, and also Includes the comfortable Vibe, Framed Seat & a paddle.
It provides sufficient stability for the best fishing experience even as a new kayak fisherman.
The 2017 Wilderness Radar 115 Fishing sit on top kayak features a S.M.A.R.T. Hull Technology also provides one of the best stability, maneuverability, speed and tracking experience.
Like I’ve mentioned severally, the important thing you would love while fishing is stability and comfort of navigation. To aid this, the Wilderness Radar 115 Fishing Kayak utilizes a Helix PD (unique feature) for a better, off-hand fishing experience. What exactly is the Helix PD?
Well, the Helix PD is a built-in steering control system that gives easy navigation and hands-free steering to kayakers (especially fishing kayakers). To complement the Helix PD, the Wilderness radar kayak features an AirPro MAX package which aids or optimizes your positioning for any mode of travel.
What are other cool features the Wilderness Radar 115 Fishing Kayak provides?
It also includes an Air Pro Max Seat with length: 11'8", width: 34.5" and weighs about 82 lbs with a 450 lbs capacity.
The Sea Eagle SE330 Inflatable Sport Kayak Pro Package is one of my favorite fishing kayaks. Why’s that? Primarily because it is a two (2) seat kayak and is also inflatable. Interested?
The two (2) person capacity kayak weighs 26-lbs and also provides utmost comfort and stability. This particular kayak is designed in such a way that it easily resists crazy waters and windy areas. Unlike most reviews, this Inflatable sea eagle kayak is efficiently stable on water which makes it one of the best fishing kayaks to go for.
Like I’ve mentioned earlier, inflatable kayaks are the best when it comes to transportation and comfortability. To remind us, the kayak is blown to shape when it’s ready for use and deflated when you are done with kayaking. This makes the workload a lot lesser and also makes things easier to carry around by yourself or in your car.
Just like I said before, the Pro Kayak Package features two (2) movable, comfortable deluxe kayak seats which gives great comfort to your back and bum. This improved seat features a 5" high seats, two (2) paddles (most yaks provide just 1), a foot pump (for easier navigation) and also a carry bag.
This Sea Eagle SE330 Inflatable Sport Kayak Pro Package is personally one of my go to’s and is absolutely recommended for beginner and pro level kayak fishing experience.
What To Consider Before Choosing A Budget Kayak?
Now here’s the thing;
To get the best fishing kayak that suits your need(s), you need to look into or evaluate your wants before considering which kayak to go for. For example, earlier, I wanted to get a kayak that was designed suitably to overcome little lake waves and would not have to worry about getting extra accessories or equipment like the ‘Complete Folding Anchor System.’
What is the Complete Folding Anchor System?
Basically, it is a kayaking equipment that is used to aid fishing. For those who have tried fishing on a kayak, you know how annoying it can be to fish when your kayak is unstable. That’s where the Folding Anchor system works; it primarily keeps your kayak stable.
What this equipment does is keeps you steady in the water, mud, or even rough surfaces holding you still to be able to fish effectively.
Now, with the proper kayak, I (or you) would never have to worry about spending any extra bucks to get this Anchor System.
In a nutshell, getting the perfect kayak for your fishing experience strongly depends on your personal needs and evaluation.
Talking about your evaluation, let’s first discuss the necessary things to consider when deciding which kayak to go for;
Storage Needs: Storage needs are always key when it comes to kayaking (or fishing). Most kayakers tend to look out for kayaks with storage capacity that is sufficient for their respective purposes; that is absolutely vital. By the way, what’s a fishing kayak without ample storage capacity?
Different kayaks have different storage space and capacities to serve different purposes.
For example, the Sit-in kayaks usually have extra storage capacity than most sit-on-top kayaks. This is simply due to the enclosed spacing designed for kayakers to sit in and paddle.
It has been always in your mind that storage capacity is vital and a kayak that has more storage capacity is always advised. This way, kayakers will not have to get extra storage capacity or accessories to enjoy a good fishing experience.
A good example of these extra (or external) storage devices is the ‘Floating Insulated Cooler’ which has a 30 qt Capacity container and holds 30 12 oz cans, 20lbs of Ice and has four (4) drink holders on deck.
Stability: Like I said earlier on, this was the major thing I considered when I was selecting the perfect kayak for my personal fishing experience. Now if you are like me, then stability is a key feature a kayak must have before I consider getting it.
To enjoy a stable fishing experience, the best stable kayaks are advised. For example, kayaks that are a little heavier or more dense have more stability than lighter ones.
Another feature of stable fishing kayaks is the wideness. Wider fishing kayaks tend to provide a stable fishing experience for kayakers.
On that note, kayakers should note that these features (wider and heavier yaks) tend to capitulate to a slower kayaking experience but for me, speed is not a priority when fishing thus I would go for more stable kayaks that are wider and heavier.
Comfortability: Comfort is also very important for kayakers. To have a great fishing experience, you must be comfortable all the times. On a personal note, I prefer sit-in kayaks for more comfortability because of the extra enclosed space provided for your legs.
To make this article even clearer for you, let’s look at the different types of kayaks and canoes for fishing but for this article, we’ll cover the basic types of kayaks that are easily available.
Sit In Kayaks: Sit in kayaks are pretty much the most popular types of kayaks people use today. The sit in kayaks have an enclosed space provided in the kayak where kayakers sit in. Unlike the regular canoes, sit in kayaks allow paddlers to stretch inwards while the upper body is outside.
Personally, I prefer the sit in kayaks because they provide a little more space and comfort while paddling.
When fishing, this is something you would want to have at your disposal.
Sit On Top kayaks: Sit on top kayaks are just the opposite of sit in kayaks. Basically, the sit on top kayaks allow paddlers to sit on top of the kayak (just as the name implies) while paddling. What makes the difference?
In the sit on top kayaks, the whole body of the kayaker is outside the kayak (or on the kayak) while in the sit in kayaks, the lower part of the body (legs) is in an enclosed space below the kayak.
Also, sit on top kayaks are usually pretty wide thus allow more stability when fishing.
Inflatable Kayaks: Just as the name implies, inflatable kayaks are ones that are blown (or pumped) to shape. When talking about ease of transportation amongst kayaks, the inflatable kayaks are the best. Why is that so?
With the inflate and deflate ability, you can easily pump in air when you want to use and deflate when you are done kayaking.
Now there may be one thing you might be thinking of;
“How stable can an inflatable balloon be on water, and how can I enjoy fishing with this balloon”?
Well, I also thought about how an inflated balloon could float on water and be stable for fishing. If you’ve thrown a balloon on water before, you would know it is easily displaced by wind or water waves.
Funny enough, these inflatable kayaks are pretty much more stable than I myself thought. In regards to that, you may see some articles, reviews or even videos of people saying these are not stable thus they are not advised.
Here’s the thing;
This could be true and not true also. This is why I advise you to avoid the less expensive inflatable fishing kayaks and go for the more expensive inflatable kayaks. This way, you would be sure you are not getting what you thought was just a blown-up balloon that would easily be displaced by water waves or wind.
Now that we've talked about the different types of kayaks suitable for fishing and also discussed the various things you must consider when purchasing a kayak for fishing, it's up to you to select the kayak according to your necessity.