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2021 Fishing Kayak Buyer’s Guide

Whether you’re a shore-bound fisherman getting into a kayak to reach new waters or a boat fisherman who recognizes a fishing kayak as an exciting way to get out on the water, there’s something in kayak fishing for just about anyone. Will you be fishing small ponds, open ocean, or both? Do you want to paddle or pedal? Do you value the stability of a stand-up platform or is a light and nimble hull more important to you? There are dozens of kayaks built specifically for fishermen, and each one offers a unique combination of stability, size, speed, and fishing features. While there is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to fishing kayaks, with all the different models available today, there’s a better chance than ever that you can find one to fit your fishing needs.


Bonafide EX123

Bonafide EX123

Length: 12’3″ | Width: 29.5″ | Weight: 67 lbs. w/seat | Capacity: 375 lbs. | Retail: $999

The “SUV of kayaks,” the Bonafide EX123 is a grab-and-go fishing kayak with a sit-inside design perfect for backwater honey holes. Whether it’s a quick after-work trip or a multi-day expedition, the EX123 is a stable, comfortable, and lightweight option. Check out a Bonafide Kayak in person.

 
Bonafide SS107

Bonafide SS107

Length: 10’7″ | Width: 34.5″ | Weight: 84 lbs. rigged | Capacity: 425 lbs. | Retail: $1,349

The compact Bonafide SS107 is a portable beast that boasts premium fishing features with a small footprint. It was designed for maximum stability without sacrificing paddling performance, and it comes loaded with angler-friendly features. Check out a Bonafide Kayak in person.

 
Bonafide RS117

Bonafide RS117

Length: 11’7” | Width: 33.5” | Weight: 77 lbs. rigged | Capacity: 425 lbs. | Retail: $999

The Bonafide RS117 offers budget-conscious kayak anglers an authentically designed fishing kayak that’s made in the USA. With a hybrid catamaran hull, the RS117 is a very standable platform that offers an excellent balance of stability and paddling performance. Check out a Bonafide Kayak in person.

 
Bonafide SS127

Bonafide SS127

Length: 12’7” | Width: 33.75” | Weight: 94 lbs. rigged | Capacity: 475 lbs. | Retail: $1,649

The Bonafide SS127 “sit/stand” fishing kayak is designed for stability without sacrificing performance. The ultra-high-back seat allows you to sit with your knees bent, taking pressure off your lower back. Whether lake, inshore, or offshore fishing, the SS127 is ready. Check out a Bonafide Kayak in person.

 

Hobie Mirage Pro Angler 360 Series

Hobie Mirage Pro Angler 360 Series (12 and 14)

Length: 12’/13’8” | Width: 36”/38” | Weight: 132.5 lbs./148.5 lbs. (rigged) | Capacity: 500 lbs./600 lbs. | Retail: $4,799/$4,999

With the MirageDrive 360, you can effortlessly spin and move the Hobie Mirage Pro Angler 360 in every direction. And Hobie’s Kick-Up Fins immediately retract on impact, so even shallow areas are now entirely navigable. It’s packed full of features, including rod holders and stain-resistant EVA padding.

 
Hobie Mirage Passport 12

Hobie Mirage Passport 12

Length: 12’ | Width: 34” | Weight: 83 lbs. (rigged) | Capacity: 400 lbs. | Retail: $1,699

The Hobie Mirage Passport 12 takes you where you want to go with ease, world-class authority, and pedal propulsion. The Passport’s wide cockpit with EVA floor padding provides a stable platform for standing and stretching your legs or casting a lure. It’s powered by the MirageDrive with glide technology and Kick-Up fins.

 
Hobie Mirage Compass

Hobie Mirage Compass

Length: 12’ | Width: 34” | Weight: 87 lbs. (rigged) | Capacity: 400 lbs. | Retail: $2,349

The Hobie Mirage Compass combines a blissfully simple hull with Hobie’s new MirageDrive 180 pedal system and Kick-Up fins. Outfitted with a breathable mesh seat, the Compass offers maximum stability, an oversized cockpit, and a flat deck for standing. Fishing features include molded-in rod holders, H-Track accessory mounts, and a transducer cavity.

 
Hobie Mirage iTrek

Hobie Mirage iTrek (9/11)

Length: 9’5”/10’8” | Width: 40”/40” | Weight: 36 lbs./44 lbs. rigged | Capacity: 350 lbs./400 lbs. | Retail: $2,199/$2,499

High-performance lightweight construction boosts the speed, stability, and tracking of a rigid kayak without the extra weight. the Hobie Mirage iTrek features a rugged inflatable dropstitch hull with triple-chamber construction and it packs away in a roller duffle bag. Powered by the MirageDrive GT with Kick-Up fins and integrated rudder for dual steering, the iTrek 11 is fun, nimble, and lightning-fast.

 
Hobie Mirage Outback

Hobie Mirage Outback

Length: 12’9” | Width: 34” | Weight: 103 lbs. (rigged) | Capacity: 425 lbs. | Retail: $3,149

The Hobie Outback is a fully-loaded fishing machine built for every conceivable fishing expedition. The extra-wide standing deck offers an improved casting platform and convenient vantage point for sight fishing, while the new seat design provides extra width for unmatched comfort. Powered by the MirageDrive 180 with Kick-Up turbo fins.

 
Hobie Mirage Pro Angler Revolution

Hobie Mirage Revolution 13

Length: 13’5” | Width: 28.5” | Weight: 91 lbs. (rigged) | Capacity: 350 lbs. | Retail: $2,899

This offshore-capable hull is designed for quick moves and chasing down schools of fish, making the Hobie Mirage Revolution 13 one of the most popular kayaks among striped bass fishermen. The Vantage CT seat allows for comfortable all-day fishing, and the MirageDrive 180 with Kick-Up fins allows full-power reverse propulsion. Also available in an 11-foot hull and a 16-foot hull.

 

Hurricane Skimmer

Hurricane Skimmer 116 First Class

Length: 10’6” | Width: 32” | Weight: 43 lbs. rigged | Capacity: 315 lbs. | Retail: $2,899

The popular Skimmer 116, Hurricane’s lightest sit-on-top model, has been paired with Native’s First Class frame seat. The result is a extra stable, super comfy platform for fishing and cruising. Best of all, the Hurricane Skimmer 116 First Class only weighs 43 pounds with the seat installed.

 

Jackson Bite FD

Jackson Bite FD

Length: 11’6” | Width: 35” | Weight: 91 lbs. (hull only) | Capacity: 400 lbs. | Retail: $2,199

The Jackson Bite FD is an affordable pedal-kayak that doesn’t cut corners. It performs well whether paddling or standing, and the open-concept deck allows for ample storage with a system of touring-style bungie cords.

 
Jackson Liska

Jackson Liska

Length: 12’1” | Width: 34” | Weight: 82 lbs. | Capacity: 400 lbs. | Retail: $1,399

The Jackson Liska is the modern version of Jackson’s best-selling Cuda series. It’s wider, more stable, and updated with features that novice kayak anglers are looking for and anglers demand. A versatile inshore/lake kayak fishing platform.

 

Native Watercraft Slayer Propel 12.5 MAX

Native Watercraft Slayer Propel 12.5 MAX

Length: 12’6” | Width: 34” | Weight: 125 lbs. rigged | Capacity: 500 lbs. | Retail: $2,599

One of Native’s most popular designs, the Slayer Propel 13, has been updated to the max with ultra-comfortable elevated seating, an extended rudder, more fishing storage, and electronics-ready recesses and mounts. The hands-free pedal drive goes easily from forward to reverse, and the rockered bow gets up and over chop.

 
Native Watercraft Slayer Propel 10

Native Watercraft Slayer Propel 10

Length: 10’ | Width: 34” | Weight: 62 lbs. (w/o drive) Capacity: 400 lbs. | Retail: $2,199

The Slayer Propel 10 is a super-light, pedal-drive fishing kayak. The armchair-comfortable seat, rock-solid stability, and clutter-free cockpit empowers even an xxl angler to stand and sight-cast or to just relax and sip the beverage of the day. The rail mount system means easy on-and-off for rod holders and purposely-positioned rails for mounting cameras.

 
Native Watercraft Titan Propel 10.5

Native Watercraft Titan Propel 10.5

Length: 10’9” | Width: 37.5” | Weight: 121 lbs. rigged | Capacity: 500 lbs. | Retail: $2,499

The Native Watercraft Titan (10.5, 12, and 13.5) has proven itself to be a bass-fishing kayak extraordinaire. The shortest kayak in the lineup can more easily be transported in a truck bed while offering many of the same features as the 13.5’ model. All Titan models feature Plastifoam technology that adds flotation for safety and increased stiffness for performance. The stable platform is optimal for sight-casting and features easy-to-reach horizontal rod storage with rod tip protection.

 
Native Watercraft Versa Board Angler

Native Watercraft Versa Board Angler

Length: 12’3” | Width: 33” | Weight: 55 lbs. | Capacity: 300 lbs. | Retail: $799

The Versa Board is a hybrid fishing paddleboard built with extra volume for added stability, which you’ll appreciate when the big one bites. Optional seating means you can paddle it like a conventional sit-on-top kayak, making it Ideal for flat water or slow rivers.

 

Ocean Kayak Trident Angler

Ocean Kayak Trident Angler

Length: 11’6” | Width: 30.5” | Weight: 71 lbs. | Capacity: 305 lbs. | Retail: $1,299
Length: 13’6” | Width: 29” | Weight: 79 lbs. | Capacity: 355 lbs. | Retail: $1,399
Length: 15’6” | Width: 28.5” | Weight: 91 lbs. | Capacity: 455 lbs | Retail: $1,599

The Ocean Kayak Trident is available in three lengths. The Trident 11 offers a convenient, compact hull built for agility and easy transportation. The Trident 13 has the perfect balance of speed, maneuverability, and stability, performing especially well in breaking surf and rough seas. The Trident 15 is the choice for big excursions that cover water.

 
Ocean Kayak Prowler Big Game II

Ocean Kayak Prowler Big Game II

Length: 12’9” | Width: 34” | Weight: 70 lbs. | Capacity: 600 lbs. | Retail: $1,449

The Ocean Kayak Prowler Big Game II was designed for the angler looking for a high-capacity fishing kayak that’s big on stability and comfort. Its six strategically-placed mounting brackets allow the user to outfit the boat without having to drill into the hull.

 

Old Town Sportsman AutoPilot

Old Town Sportsman AutoPilot 120/136

Length: 12’/13’6” | Width: 37”/37” | Weight: 143 lbs./148 lbs. (with motor console) | Capacity: 558 lbs./660 lbs. | Retail: $3,799/$3,999

The Old Town Sportsman AutoPilot motorized kayak leverages Minn Kota’s Spot-Lock technology, motoring you to your fishing spot faster and holding your position over the hole. Command the kayak with a touch of your thumb using the Bluetooth-connected i-Pilot remote.

 
Old Town Sportsman BigWater PDL 132

Old Town Sportsman BigWater PDL 132

Length: 13’ 2” | Width: 36” | Weight: 96 lbs. | Capacity: 500 lbs. | Retail: $2,599

Get to your spot, then stay there without paddling, on the Old Town Sportsman BigWater PDL 132 pedal kayak. With instant forward and reverse, maneuverability, and stability, you’ll enjoy precise boat control while your hands remain free to fish.

 
Old Town Sportsman 106

Old Town Sportsman 106

Length: 10’6” | Width: 37” | Weight: 121 lbs. with motor console | Capacity: 525 lbs. | Retail: $2499

The Old Town Sportsman 106 motorized kayak is simple and intuitive, getting you on the fish faster in a compact, low-profile kayak you can fit on your car top.

 
Old Town Sportsman Salty PDL

Old Town Sportsman Salty PDL 120

Length: 12’ | Width: 34.5” | Weight: 104 lbs. with pedal console | Capacity: 450 lbs. | Retail: $1,899

If you fish and play in coastal areas, the Old Town Sportsman Salty PDL 120 pedal kayak is the craft for you. Outfitted for fishing, it is also at home in the waves and having fun. With instant forward and reverse, the award-winning PDL Drive is the most reliable and easy-to-use pedal drive on the market.

 
Old Town Sportsman PDL

Old Town Sportsman PDL 106 | 120

Length: 10’6’/12” | Width: 36”/36” | Weight: 94 lbs./106 with pedal console) | Capacity: 450 lbs./500 lbs. | Retail: $3,799/$3,999

The Old Town Sportsman PDL 120 pedal kayak provides hands-free fishing in a performance kayak that’s both nimble and stable. With instant forward and reverse, the award-winning PDL Drive is the most reliable and easy-to-use pedal drive on the market.

 
Old Town Discovery 119 Solo Sportsman

Old Town Discovery 119 Solo Sportsman

Length: 11’9” | Width: 32.5” | Weight: 56 lbs. | Capacity: 354 lbs. | Retail: $999

Offering the simplicity and utility of a classic solo canoe with the agility and sleek handling of a kayak, the Discovery 119 Solo Sportsman hybrid canoe is a stable, lightweight craft that is easy to handle on and off the water. Enjoy unique features like tackle and rod storage, comfortable seating, and an accessory track on this grab-and-go canoe.

 

Pelican Catch PWR 100

Pelican Catch PWR 100

Length: 9’9” | Width: 39.75” | Weight: 75 lbs. | Capacity: 450 lbs. | Retail: $999

Pelican’s Catch family is growing, with a personal watercraft that is ready to take your choice of gas or electric motor. The Pelican Catch PWR 100 is pre-wired so you can stow the battery in the front compartment while easily connecting your motor in the back.

 
Pelican Catch 110 HyDryve II

Pelican Catch 110 HyDryve II

Length: 10’6” | Width: 34” | Weight: 67 lbs. | Capacity: 350lbs. | Retail: $1,299

Pelican’s HyDryve system brings pedal-drive technology within reach of budget-minded anglers on this rudder-controlled fishing kayak. Made with RAM-X Premium, a multi-layer polyethylene with an advanced resin in the top layer imparting a glossy finish and providing significantly more rigidity than standard polyethylene, the Pelican Catch 110 HyDryve II remains light, stiff, strong, and easy to move.

 
Pelican Catch 100

Pelican Catch 100

Length: 10’ | Width: 34” | Weight: 54 lbs. | Capacity: 350 lbs. | Retail: $649

The Pelican Catch 100 features a tunnel hull for amazing stability, making it easy to stand while casting. Well-planned-out accessories help keep everything conveniently stowed, and yet it’s light enough for most people to carry and launch on their own. The Catch 100 is ideal for the smaller angler looking to access new waters.

 

Sea Eagle 350fx Fishing Explorer

Sea Eagle 350fx Fishing Explorer

Length: 12’6” | Width: 36” | Weight: 45 lbs. | Capacity: 635 lbs. | Retail: $1,099

Designed by and for avid fishermen, this inflatable kayak features nearly indestructible 2000 denier reinforced protective layers, 6 built-in rod holders, and a fully adjustable foot brace. The Sea Eagle 350fx Fishing Explorer offers a huge max load capacity of 575 pounds and is completely self-bailing.

 
Sea Eagle 385fta FastTrack Angler

Sea Eagle 385fta FastTrack Angler

Length: 12’6” | Width: 40” | Weight: 45 lbs. | Capacity: 500 lbs. | Retail: $1,149

The Sea Eagle FastTrack Angler is a rugged fishing kayak you can take anywhere the fishing is great. The patented, state of the art, external, rigid, inflatable NeedleKnife™ Keel makes for a faster, smoother paddling experience. The sharper, narrower, tapered bow allows for faster entry through wind, waves, and current.

 
Sea Eagle FishSUP 126

Sea Eagle FishSUP 126

Length: 12’6” | Width: 40” | Weight: 45 lbs. | Capacity: 500 lbs. | Retail: $999

This incredibly stable, bow-to-stern tapered, swallowtail inflatable stand-up paddleboard is designed specifically for anglers. The Sea Eagle FishSUP‘s’ removable transom gives you the ability to run it with an electric motor. It stows in your car trunk and sets up in under 10 minutes.

 

Wilderness Systems Tarpon 120

Wilderness Systems Tarpon 120

Length: 12’3” | Width: 31” | Weight: 63 lbs. | Capacity: 350 lbs. | Retail: $999

A legendary original in the fishing-kayak realm, the Wilderness Systems Tarpon 120 has been revamped with improved comfort, stability, speed and paddler interface. Equally at home on rivers, lakes or oceans, the new Tarpon delivers a dynamic on-water performance with enhanced agility and stability, while well-executed and innovative features elevate the overall experience. Also available as Tarpon 105.

 
Wilderness Systems Recon 120

Wilderness Systems Recon 120

Length: 12’2” | Width: 38” | Weight: 95 lbs. | Capacity: 450 lbs. Retail: $1,099

The Wilderness Systems Recon 120 is a factory-loaded boat that you can rig your way. With a fully customizable open platform, a lineup of revolutionary new features, and the freedom to choose the preferred mode of propulsion – paddle, pedal, or power. Recon pedal drive sold separately.

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