Ultimate Fishing Kayak Comparison Guide and Key

Do you want to find the best fishing kayak out there for your needs? Bass Fishing on lakes and creeks? Cobia on the oil rigs? Whatever you need, let our chart show you what the best fishing kayak is for you then read our reviews!

Why fish from the shore and not get to the best spots or spend huge money on a boat when you can get into the best fishing from a kayak? When fishing from a yak, you get the best of everything. Fish where the fish are, whether you want to get out to the rock piles where the lunker bass lie, go 10 miles out to hunt tuna or maybe just troll a lure to catch some fresh lunch while paddling from place to place.

If you’re reading this, you’re obviously someone who seeks adventure and wants to be close to the action. Trust me when I say that a 10lb fish from yak is like a 50lb fish from a boat. Compare how un-special 60mph in an SUV feels is to how fast and fun 60mph is on a go-kart!

Have you ever been fishing from the shore with not a fish to show for your efforts, watching the birds crash diving and fish leaping only 300 yards offshore and wished you could be there? Well with a kayak you can glide stealthily into the madness, no engine to spook the shoal.

With so many kayaks out there on the market and a bewildering amount of information it can be hard to make a decision on what really is the best fishing kayak for you.

The chart below and the analysis that follows will help you decide.

We are all different shapes, strengths and have different needs for the kayak so the guide will help you make the best decision so that you have a kayak that suits you perfectly.

Check out this article on how to choose the right fishing kayak for you!

Comparison Guide and Key

Included in the matrix are 13 columns:

  • Kayak brand and name/model – (click to view more details or to purchase from the cheapest possible source)
  • Overall Length – Feet
  • Width – Inches
  • Weight – kayak weight in lbs
  • Number of paddlers
  • Capacity – The maximum weight that the kayak can safely support in the water
  • Propulsion – Kayaks aren’t just paddled anymore!!
  • Tracking – The method that keeps the kayak straight when you paddle it.
  • Best for– The ideal waters for the kayak
  • Pros – The best thing about the kayak
  • Cons – The drawbacks
  • Fish standing? – These are kayaks that are actually designed so that you can fish standing up!
  • Price – These are approximate prices on Amazon.com and Backcountry.com  These change frequently based on availability, special promotions, and more.  But generally speaking: $ = under $699, $$ = $700 to $899, $$$ = $900 to $1099, $$$$ = $1100 to $1399

I’ll be the first to admit that there’s too many columns with information that it wont fit on the page!

This makes it hard to use online because it wont all fit!

You can go down to the bottom and then scroll right to access the other columns!

Make & Model
Length
Width
Weight
No. Of Paddlers
Capacity
Propulsion
Tracking System
Best For
Pros
Cons
Fish Standing Up?
Price
Riot Kayaks Escape 12
Riot Kayaks Escape 12
12′ 30″ 68lbs 1 300lbs Paddle Rudder Lakes/Rivers 5 Rod Holders, Great Rudder Better Out There for he Money No $
Perception Sport Pescador 12
Perception Sport Pescador 12
12′ 28″ 60lbs 1 350lbs Paddle Keel Lakes/Rivers Rebadged 2008 Wilderness Tarpon at a Cheaper Price! A Jack of all Trades No $
Wilderness Systems Tarpon 100
Wilderness Systems Tarpon 100
10′ 30.5″ 55lbs 1 325lbs Paddle None Lakes/Rivers Stable Not so Good in the Open Ocean No $
Wilderness Systems Tarpon 120
Wilderness Systems Tarpon 120
12’3″ 30″ 64lbs 1 350lbs Paddle None Lakes/Rivers Stable Hard to Paddle for Lighter Users No $$
Ocean Kayak Malibu Two XL Tandem
Ocean Kayak Malibu Two XL Tandem-thumb
13’4″ 34″ 61lbs 2 500lbs Paddle None Flatwater, Rivers,Inshore Can be Paddled Solo or With a Partner Very Slow When Paddled Solo No $$
Ocean Kayak Prowler Big Game
Ocean Kayak Prowler Big Game
12’9″ 34″ 69lbs 1 600lbs Paddle None Open Water Enough Spare Capacity to Carry Home That 300lb Tuna! Not Too Nimble on Small Rivers and Streams No $$$
Jackson Kayak Cuda 12 Kayak
Jackson Kayak Cuda 12 Kayak
12’6″ 31′ 68lbs 1 350lbs Paddle Optional Rudder Absolute all Rounder Great all Round Kayak for Ocean, Lakes and Rivers Not as Good as Bigger Brother for Long Distance No $$$$
Jackson Kayak Cuda 14 KayakJackson Kayak Cuda 14 Kayak 14’3″ 30.5 80lbs 1 400lbs Paddle Optional Rudder Absolute all Rounder Great all Round Kayak for Ocean, Lakes and Rivers Not as Manouverable as Smaller Brother for Small Waters No $$$$
Native Watercraft Slayer 12 Kayak
Native Watercraft Slayer-thumb
12′ 31″ 70lbs 1 400lbs Pedal None Great for Ponds and Intercoastal Waterways Standing Up and Sight Casting It’s great Stability is a Trade off for Speed Which it Lacks Yes $$$$
Hobie Mirage Pro Angler 12
Hobie Mirage Pro Angler 12
12′ 36″ 120lbs 1 500lbs Mirage drive Optional Rudder Everywhere Very stable, Mirage drive Heavy to Lift onto Roofracks Yes $$$$$+
Hobie Mirage Pro Angler 14
Hobie Mirage Pro Angler 14
14′ 38″ 110lbs 1 600lbs Mirage drive Optional Rudder Everywhere Very stable, Mirage drive Heavy to Lift onto Roofracks Yes $$$$$+
Wilderness Systems Ride 115 Kayak – Sit-On-TopWilderness Systems Ride 115 11’6″ 33″ 76lbs 1 500lbs Paddle Movable Seat, Optional Rudder Rivers Super portable and stable Not Great on Bigger Waters No $$
Wilderness Systems Ride 135 Kayak – Sit-On-TopWilderness Systems Ride 135 Kayak 13’6″ 31.5″ 82lbs 1 550lbs Paddle Movable Seat, Optional Rudder Rivers, Estuaries, Lakes Fast Cruiser for Longer Distances Than the 115 Bit less stable but not really. No $$$
Ocean Kayaks Torque
Ocean Kayaks Torque
13′ 10″ 29″ 86lbs 1 475lbs Motor/ Paddle Rudder Open Water, Long Distances Allows You to Go Further and faster than before Very Heavy to Load on to Car etc. No $$$$$+
Hobie Mirage Revolution 11
Hobie Mirage Revolution 11
11’6″ 29″ Hull 57lbs Rigged 70.3lbs 1 275lbs Mirage Drive/Paddle Rudder Rivers, Lakes, Inshore Perfect for Lighter People, Ladies and Teens. Too small for anyone under 180lbs No $$$$$
Hobie Mirage Revolution 13
Hobie Mirage Revolution 13
13’5″ 28.5 Hull 69.5lns Rigged 82.8lbs 1 350lbs Mirage Drive/Paddle Rudder Rivers, Lakes,Inshore, Offshore Fast Yet Manouverable Outback is better for people over 200lbs No $$$$$+
Hobie Mirage Outback
Hobie Mirage Outback
12’1″ 33″ Hull 75lbs Rigged 88.3lbs 1 400lbs Mirage Drive/Paddle Rudder Rivers, Lakes,Inshore, Offshore Stable, Great All Rounder for Bigger Yakkers Needs a User of 190lbs to Sit Properly in the Water No $$$$$+
Hobie Mirage Adventure Island
Hobie Mirage Adventure Island
16′ 42″ or 9’4″ with the Amas Hull 86.5 Rigged 115lbs 1+ 350lbs Mirage Drive / Sail / Paddle Rudder Open Water The Absolute Ultimate Open Water Cruiser, Deep Sea Big Game? NO PROBLEM! Not So Good in Small Bodies of Water Due to Size Yes $$$$$++
Sea Eagle SE370 Inflatable Kayak
Sea Eagle SE370 Inflatable Kayak
12’6″ 34″ 32lbs 2 650lbs Paddle Skeg River/Lake/ Very Calm Conditions Light and Portable, Cheap, Good Way Test the Waters Very Easy Blown About by the Wind No $
Lifetime Sport Fisher Kayak
Lifetime Sport Fisher Kayak
10′ 36″ 60lbs 1/2/3 500lbs Paddle None Flat water, River,Lakes, Inshore Versatile family day out or fishing boat. More of a first kayak to test the waters. Yes $

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