The Best Fishing Kayak Reviews in 2016

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    For fishing enthusiasts there aren't many things in life better than a successful fishing trip. It's about peace and quiet, being in nature all alone or with the people you love and, of course, about catching fish.

    And for many people catching fish from a good fishing kayak is their favorite method. But what makes a good fishing kayak and what do the best fishing kayaks have in common? Although there are individual preferences that vary from one angler to the next, it basically all boils down to stability, weight capacity and tracking.

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    The Best Fishing Kayaks for Sale

    • Coleman Colorado™ 2-Person Fishing Kayak
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    • Price: $$
    • Length: 10' 9″
    • Weight: 37 lbs; Capacity: 470 lbs
    • Quick Inflation & Deflation
    • 1 Year Warranty, Carry Bag & Pressure Gauge Included
    • Our Overall Rating: 92.5%

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    • Ocean Kayak 12-Feet Malibu Tandem Sit-On-Top
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    • Price: $$$
    • Length: 10'
    • Weight: 57 lbs; Capacity: 375 lbs
    • Top-notch Multipurpose Kayak
    • Comfort Plus Seats, Carry Handles, Gear Straps
    • Our Overall Rating: 92%

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    • Sun Dolphin Journey 12-Foot Sit-on-top Fishing Kayak
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    • Price: $$$
    • Length: 12'
    • Weight: 45 lbs; Capacity: 395 lbs
    • Great Stability, Effortless Paddling
    • 3x Fishing Rod Holders, Extra Storage Space Included
    • Our Overall Rating: 84%

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    Ocean Kayak 12-Feet Malibu Tandem Sit-On-Top

    What We Like

    The Ocean Kayak Malibu Tandem Sit-On-Top recreational kayak is one of the best multipurpose kayaks on the market as it can be paddled solo or tandem and can be used to go fishing. Its length measures 12' 0" (WIDTH 34") and the weight capacity is 375 lbs, which should be sufficient for two adults with average weight.

    With this sit-on-top kayak you can choose between 3 different seating positions in bow, stern and middle (if going solo). 2 of these molded-in seat wells are Comfort Plus seats.

    The Malibu kayak features overlapping foot wells, bow and stern molded-in carry handles as well as gear straps and a skid plate. High quality seat backs are included in the package, too.

    •    Price: $$$
    •    Length: 12' 0"
    •    Weight: 57 lbs
    •    Capacity: 375 lbs
    •    Warranty (Years): 5
    •    Dry Storage:

    Due to its great stability, this kayak does not only do well on lakes with large boat waves, it handles the ocean just fine. Furthermore it is ease to paddle and self-draining.

    Probably one of the biggest advantages is the free Amazon Prime freight shipping! Usually shipping costs add another $150 to your order.

    What We Don't Like

    Unfortunately, there are no storage compartments to store your fishing accessories in. Instead you can use the straps to tie everything you need onto the kayak. Above that, paddles are not part of the scope of delivery.

    Our Verdict

    If you're looking for a compact tandem, this is it! The Ocean Kayak Malibu Tandem Sit-On-Top recreational kayak is significantly lighter than most other tandem kayaks. It is a premium product for sure and outdoes most of the other tandems out there. It is also called "The Swiss Army Knife of Kayaks" as you can use it for almost any purpose.

    Coleman Colorado™ 2-Person - Best Fishing Kayak under $500

    What We Like

    The Coleman Colorado 2-Person Fishing Kayak is manufactured by Sevylor, best known for its expertise in designing great (inflatable) fishing kayaks. And first things first, what we really like about this kayak is the fact that it comes at an affordable price and above that is often on discount.

    The kayak is made of 18-gauge air-tight PVC material most suitable for fishing on a lake, solo or tandem style, with a maximum weight capacity of 470 lbs.

    Due to the fact that it is an inflatable, it is lightweight and therefore easy to transport, which is perfect, if you are planning to visit many different places. For that, a carry bag is part of the scope of delivery.

    •    Price: $$
    •    Length: 10' 9″
    •    Weight: 37 lbs
    •    Capacity: 470 lbs
    •    Warranty (Years): 1
    •    Dry Storage:

    Additional accessories are adjustable Berkley rod holders for fishing enthusiasts, mesh storage pockets and a pressure gauge.

    Multiple air chambers add extra safety and will keep you from sinking in case that one of the chambers is punctured, which is unlikely due to the kayaks tarpaulin bottom and nylon cover.

    What We Don't Like

    This kayak is suited for fishing in calm waters and not a touring kayak, so if you are planning to do long tours, you better opt for a hard-shell kayak. Unfortunately, and air pump and paddle(s) are not included in the package.

    Our Verdict

    For less than $500 you can do so many great and unforgettable fishing trips with your buddies with the Coleman Colorado™ 2-Person Kayak. And except for the paddles, with the package you get all the necessary accessories you need to do just that.

    Sun Dolphin Journey 12-Foot Sit-on-top Fishing Kayak

    What We Like

    The Sun Dolphin Journey 12-Foot Sit-On-Top Fishing Kayak is the perfect kayak for beginners. It is great for lakes and calm rivers, but not suited for the sea, due to a lack of stability when the waves get a little bigger.

    Its hull is made from rugged UV-stabilized high-density PE and consists of two pieces that are bonded together towards the top.

    The kayak features 2 flush mount rod holders and an additional swivel rod holder as well as seats with a seat cushion, thigh pads and an adjustable back rest.

    •    Price: $$$
    •    Length: 12' 0″
    •    Weight: 45 lbs
    •    Capacity: 395 lbs
    •    Warranty (Years): ?
    •    Dry Storage:

    A dry storage compartment is the perfect place to stow your valuables and the shock cord deck rigging can be used to strap your fishing gear onto the kayak. Additionally, the P.A.C. can be used as a tow behind or extra storage compartment.

    The 12-feet kayak has a weight capacity of 395 lbs, weighs about 45 lbs and tracks well with good stability and easy paddling. Moreover it is lightweight and thanks to the retractable handles easy to carry and transport.

    What We Don't Like

    The only thing that is worth criticizing is the seat that could be a little more comfortable. One way to solve this problem is to cut some memory foam and use it as extra cushion.

    Our Verdict

    Considering the price, the Sun Dolphin Journey 12-Foot Sit-On-Top Fishing Kayak is one of the best ones out there. Rod holders are great, stability is great and it rides with little to no effort.

    Ocean Kayak Frenzy Sit-On-Top Recreational Kayak

    What We Like

    The compact Frenzy Sit-On-Top Recreational Kayak manufactured by Ocean Kayak measures 9' 0" in length, and weighs only 43 lbs making it a lightweight kayak that is not only easy to lift and transport, but easy to carry to and from the water, too. Bow and stern carry handles and molded side handles are very helpful here.

    It has a maximum weight capacity of 325 pounds, which is absolutely sufficient for a single kayak even if you take a lot of fishing accessories with you.

    Furthermore it is easy to maneuver, stable and behaves well on calm water and therefore a great kayak even for beginners and children. The tracking is great and you can go fast with little to no effort, if you want to.

    •    Price: $$
    •    Length: 9' 0"
    •    Weight: 43 lbs
    •    Capacity: 325 lbs
    •    Warranty (Years): 5
    •    Dry Storage:

    Additional features are the molded-in cop holder and a replaceable rear skid plate for added durability.

    Is this kayak suited for long fishing trips? Yes, thanks to the adjustable and padded Comfort Plus backrest which supports your back.

    What We Don't Like

    One negative aspect about the Frenzy Sit-On-Top is that there is no dry storage available. There are straps at the front and the rear of the kayak for your cargo and dry bags, though.

    Our Verdict

    If you are new to kayaking and looking for a compact kayak with great stability, the Ocean Kayak Frenzy might be just the right choice for you. You can use it to go fishing on rivers, lakes and the ocean when it's calm.

    KL Industries Sun Dolphin Journey SS Fishing Kayak Review

    What We Like

    This kayak is clearly suited for beginners. It weighs about 40 lbs only and is therefore easy to carry to and from the water. Maneuverability on the water is great, when used on calm lakes or rivers. Due to the slim shape, you can move between different fishing spots quickly.

    The Sun Dolphin Journey SS kayak features 2 flush mount rod holders and an additional swivel rod holder. You also have the choice between 2 different sizes and 3 different colors; so everybody should be able to find his or her favorite constellation.

    An open cockpit makes getting in and out of the fishing kayak a piece of cake. Adjustable foot braces fit kayakers of different sizes and improve comfort.

    •    Price: $$
    •    Length: 10' 0″
    •    Weight: 40 lbs
    •    Capacity: 250 lbs
    •    Warranty (Years): ?
    •    Dry Storage:

    Last but not least, a dry storage compartment comes in handy, if you are looking for a place to put your valuables.

    What We Don't Like

    As soon as the water becomes a little rough, the Sun Dolphin SS kayak lacks stability and tracking declines, too. Additionally, the kayak's weight capacity is 250 lbs max, which means that if you are really tall and heavy, you might want to look for a different yak.

    Our Verdict

    The Sun Dolphin Journey SS is a solid kayak. There is a 10' and a 12' version available that are both lightweight and easy to maneuver. Keep in mind though, the purpose of this kayak is fishing, not touring.

    Lifetime Sport 10 ft. Single or Tandem Fisher Review

    What We Like

    The 10-feet long Lifetime Sport Fisher kayak weighs 65 lbs and is capable of holding up to 500 lbs in weight, which means that 2 people can sit in the ergonomic seats equipped with soft backrests and fish at the same time.

    The kayak's high density PE chassis is not only UV-rays protected, but shaped in a way to keep it more steady with superb tracking.

    To improve your fishing experience, the kayak comes with 4 fishing pole holders, ditty trays and shock-cord straps to secure loose items. Scupper holes drain the cockpit area and a rear storage hatch provides space to store your catch.

    •    Price: $$
    •    Length: 10' 0″
    •    Weight: 65 lbs
    •    Capacity: 500 lbs
    •    Warranty (Years): 5
    •    Dry Storage:

    Sitting in a kayak all day can become quite uncomfortable. Luckily, the Lifetime Sport Fisher kayak allows you to change the placing of your feet due to the various footrest positions. Above that, the kayak's stable hull allows you to stand up or sit sidesaddle for improved comfort.

    2-piece sport paddles are part of the scope of delivery, as well.

    What We Don't Like

    One fact that we don't like is that there were costumers complaining about receiving damaged kayaks. Moreover, this kayak is meant for fishing. Therefore, it moves rather slowly in the water. Last but not least, water might run into the storage.

    Our Verdict

    This kayak is a great choice for anyone who is planning to go on long fishing trips and does not care about touring at high speeds. It provides everything you need to go fishing on your own or with a buddy of yours and have lots of fun!

    Review of Sun Dolphin Excursion Sit-In Fishing Kayak

    What We Like

    In terms of dimensions the Sun Dolphin Excursion Sit-In fishing kayak is similar to the previous Sun Dolphin SS Sit-On-Top. 12-feet length, 40 lbs of weight and 2 carrying handles make the kayak easy to carry to and from the water.

    The kayak's seat is adjustable for more comfort. Additionally, the kayak features adjustable foot braces and thigh pads.

    Its hull is well balanced and made of durable high density UV-rays protective PE. Tracking and maneuverability are best suited for calm waters, such as lakes and calm rivers.

    •    Price: $$$
    •    Length: 12' 0″
    •    Weight: 40 lbs
    •    Capacity: 250 lbs
    •    Warranty (Years): ?
    •    Dry Storage:

    The package includes: 2 flush mount rod holders + 1 swivel rod holder and shock cord deck rigging. In the storage compartment you can place all the accessories that you need for your trip.

    What We Don't Like

    The Sun Dolphin Excursion has a maximum weight capacity of 250 lbs, which means that if you are really tall and heavy, this kayak might not be suited for you. In addition to that, if you are planning to spend long hours on the water, do yourself a favor and take extra cushions for the seat, since the ones provided with the kayak are not of the best quality.

    Last but not least, customers complained that the carrying handles and foot braces might break easily.

    Our Verdict

    Is this the best fishing kayak out there on the market? No! But it's still good value for the money and best suited for fishing enthusiasts who would like to go on a fishing trip every once in a while. Keep in mind: You won't be too overwhelmed by the quality of this kayak.

    More Great Kayaking Content

    Apart from our many reviews, we would also like to provide you with more great and interesting kayak fishing content, which is why we include this "More Content" section at the bottom of our reviews page. Make sure to take a look and tell us which content you like best!

    Canoe & Kayak - Outstanding Magazine for Water Sports Enthusiasts

    The Canoe & Kayak Magazine is very popular among most water sports enthusiasts with approximately 100.000 facebook likes. Jeff Moag is the editor in chief. The magazine is available in print at $24.95 for a 2-year subscription (10 issues) and available in digital format for Apple, Android, Kindle, Nook and Zinio users and provides outstanding content for greenhorns and pros.

    One of the most impressive section is the "Travel" section with regular reports of recent kayaking experiences. Furthermore you should make sure to check out the photo & video section with amazing content - click here to check out one of my favorites!

    Zoffinger - YouTube Video Channel

    Another source of great kayaking content which I do not want to keep from you is the YouTube channel "Zoffinger" by a guy called Marty who creates some of the best videos about kayak fishing. Marty uploads new videos onto his channel every other day. Here is his introduction video:

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