In this extensive buyer’s guide, we’ll rank and provide overviews for the best fishing kayaks for sale in 2018. The guide separates the fishing kayaks by feature set and price point to help you find the best fishing kayak for your needs.
Top 10 Fishing Kayaks Comparison Chart
Below is the table that shows the top 10 best fishing kayaks for 2018. Each and every kayak was chosen after careful reviews by specialists.
Vibe Sea Ghost 110
(Best Fishing Kayak Under $1000)
13' Pro-Angler FK396
(Best Inflatable Fishing Kayak)
Old Town Twin Heron Angler Tandem Kayak
Sit On Top
Ocean Kayak 12-Feet Malibu Two Tandem
Sit On Top
Malibu Kayaks Trio-11 Fish & Dive Package
Sit On Top
Ocean Kayak Prowler 13 Angler Kayak
Sevylor Coleman Colorado 2-Person Fishing Kayak
Lifetime 10 Ft Sport Fisher Tandem Kayak
By keeping this list updated and taking feedback from the community, this will be a great resource for anyone looking to get a fishing kayak. I also highly recommend you read my Fishing Kayak Buying Guide below before making a purchase.
1. Malibu Kayaks Stealth 14 Fish & Dive Package - (Editor's Choice 2018)
Perhaps, the ultimate fishing kayak out there for the demanding angler. It is priced accordingly at the higher-end for kayaks. But for the price, it does deliver some great value with a bang.
Many people buy Malibu's for their stability and for their storage capabilities as well, and this doesn’t disappoint. Due to its stable design, it is one of the best fishing kayaks to stand on while fishing and it is also suitable for surfing, diving, and recreational kayaking.
While we wouldn’t recommend the Stealth 14 to a beginner or an average paddler, we can report that it is the top choice for the adventurer angler, diver or camper. To enhance your fishing experience, consider getting the X-seat so you can go for even longer fishing trips in comfort. Overall a this is an all-purpose fisherman’s kayak worth considering.
WEIGHT: 64 Ibs
MAX CAPACITY: 550 Ibs
Malibu Kayaks Stealth 14 Fish & Dive Package
We were instantly impressed with the voluminous storage capacity of the Malibu Stealth 14. It packs a lot of gear and has proven to be a very stable ride.
However, Malibus are not the quickest kayaks out there, so if you can, you should try to take only the basics with you on board the boat. You will notice an improvement in the boat’s speed even with a strong frontal or sideways gust of wind that typically make it harder to steer the boat without a rudder.
The boat’s features were also impressive. For example, it has the bait tank/livewell built right in the hull (in the space in front of the seat). We are happy that manufacturers of fishing kayaks are designing their boats with live bait on their mind now.
The livewell has a drain plug that can be removed to fill or drain water depending on the weight of the boat. Its location – right between the legs is also perfect, as it eliminates the need for you to reach behind you to grab some live bait.
The Stealth 14 also has four built-in rod holders that are positioned perfectly thus allowing you to have one rod up front and ready if you see a fish and need to make a quick cast. With the rods in the front holders, they will not interfere with your paddling. You can also use the rear holders for trolling and the front holders as extra hands while fishing from the kayak.
Other super cool features of this boat are a stand-up platform in the center of the boat that provides fishermen a stable place to stand and cast for fish as well as the seat scupper holes that have drain plugs. This gives you the option of keeping them open or closed depending on the type of water you are fishing in.
We must point out that one of the Stealth’s strongest selling point, is its beach fishing capabilities that allow for easy launch and re-entry in the surf as well as the ability to keep your gear intact at all times. We believe no one likes losing their personal effects in the surf.
The Stealth Fish & Dive is fantastic fisherman’s kayak that is ideal for most situations and then more. It is ideal for only serious anglers.
The Sea Ghost 110 is basically the bigger Sea Ghost 130, except that the 110 has a shorter platform that makes it an ideal fishing kayak for smaller water bodies. Any angler will love the stability, multiple color options, ability to stand and fish as well as the rich features the Sea Ghost 110 offers. It’s definitely a decent option for anyone who has a little bit more to spend and wants a kayak that comes with tons of fishing features.
WEIGHT: 62 Ibs
MAX CAPACITY: 425 Ibs
Vibe Sea Ghost 110 Fishing Kayak
The Sea Ghost 110 fishing kayak is a very stable one person sit-on-top fishing kayak best for rivers and flat waters. You can literally stand in it and throw cast net off of it all day long.
It has a comfortable seat and comes with multiple storage areas where you can put away and protect all the fishing gear you will need for long kayak fishing trips on the water.
The hull of the yak is very well balanced and offers both speed and stability. It has 33’ width, thus making it wider than usual, so anyone can fit in and even stand in it easily. Also, there are many great accessories, like a built-in cup holder, which make this model look more modern and practical for storing your drink.
The Sea Ghost 110 has a rudder system that is toe-controlled and designed to save your energy on long trips. It also works well even under undesirable weather conditions and water current. Some might find this excessive and want to take it out but after a long day our fishing, you might actually be thankful to have this option to propel you back to shore.
A major problem that is often mentioned about the Sea Ghost 110, especially for beginners, is that it is quite a heavy kayak. It weighs 62 Ibs– so it might be a bit difficult to move it around, especially if you load up with a lot of fishing gear on your yak.
Quick Tip: You might want to dismantle the seats of the Sea Ghost 110 before transportation as they are held by bungees.
All in all, there is no doubt that this is a great quality fishing kayak for the price. If you like kayak fishing, plain kayaking or camping, this is one great option that should be on your short list to buy. It offers the steady ride that won’t disturb the fish, and don’t forget – it really is a beauty!
3. 13' Pro-Angler FK396 Inflatable Kayak - (Best Inflatable Fishing Kayak)
The FK396 is an awesome inflatable fishing rig that is well built and gets the job done for any serious angler at a reasonable price. It is comfortable to fish from, looks and feels very sturdy and stable on water but don't expect it to glide on water like a sit-on top kayak. You will be pleasantly surprised by how comfortable this kayak is that you might find yourself spending more time kayak fishing. If so, don't forget to share your experience with us and to thank us also.
If you like the flexibility offered by inflatable kayaks and you like to fish in everything from small rivers and ponds to large lakes and inshore ocean bays, then this boat meets all these.
INTERIOR WIDTH: 14"
TUBE DIAMETER: 12"
WEIGHT: 43 Ibs
MAX CAPACITY: 700Ibs
FLOOR TYPE: High-Pressure Air Deck
13′ Pro-Angler FK396 Fishing Inflatable Kayak
The FK396 comes with a storage bag which makes it easy to carry it and store it anywhere. It is also lightweight at only 43 lbs and, is easily handled by one person. The boat also comes with a good high-pressure hand pump but we recommend you use the electric one – the kayak will be inflated and ready for use in about 15 mins.
The boat is made from high quality materials, primarily heavy duty 1,100 Dtex high strengt PVC fabic coated on both sides so that it is puncture proof and abrasion resistant.
The FK396 further stands out because of its exceptional stability for an inflatable kayak. This separates if from similar boats such as the Sea Eagle. Besides, the stability of the FK396 can be further enhanced with the removable fin, used for the directional stability.
But even without the removable fin, the FK396 kayak handles itself perfectly on water and can carry even 250+ Ibs paddlers quite easily.
You will also like the flexibility this kayak gives you to accessorize it any way you like. For example, if you find the benches that come with kayak are too high for you, you can remove them and install a kayak seat with full back support. Or if you want, you can put on additional seats on top of the benches.
Although the material used to make the kayak, we recommend you add carpet to protect it against tearing or damages. You should definitely do this if you are taking your dog with you or using the kayak for fishing. If for no other reason, you’ll make sure that no fishing hook can damage the yak.
One major downside to the FK396 is that the paddle holders are set too high, so you might continuously hit them while paddling. What you basically should do is change your paddle stroke, but once you get used to it, you’ll stop noticing it.
There is no doubt that this is a nice recreational kayak that doubles as a solid fishing platform and it is designed to be used for rivers, lakes, ponds, and oceans. Importantly, for the great price this kayak sells for, you will be getting a boat that promises many years of adventure and funfilled kayak fishing.
4. Old Town Twin Heron Angler Kayak
A kayak suited for anglers that like company (a dog or another person) while out fishing or just paddling around. Besides the small issue of no drain holes in this boat so you do have to sponge out any water, the Twin Heron is surprisingly responsive and relatively fast. It is a great option if you want a robust kayak for fishing and occasionally making day trips in pairs also.
LENGTH: 13'6" | 4.11M
WIDTH: 31.5" | 80.01 cm
WEIGHT: 60 Ibs | 27.22 Kg
MAX CAPACITY: 500 Ibs |226.8 Kg
TYPE of KAYAK: Sit Inside
Old Town Twin Heron Angler Tandem Kayak
The Heron Angler is perfect for those who, from time to time, like to take a partner or a dog along for recreational paddling or kayak fishing. The boat is roomy and works great for both single rides and tandem rides.
The front seat can be removed which gives you additional space for your fishing gear or catch. It is also very useful if you are planning a camping trip that will last for a couple of days because you can take your camping and fishing gear with you.
We also like that the Heron Angler Kayak is very easy to get it in and out of the water due to its molded carrying handles. However, you’ll need a partner to help you with it.
The design of the boat is strikingly beautiful and stands out from other similar models. A unique feature you will admire is that the kayak has modernized auto trim hull which manages to ensure that the kayak stays in the upright position. It also offers absolute stability even with only one paddler because it keeps the bow down.
The seats are comfortable with extra padding and are designed to provide a full-day support for your back. They can also be adjusted by simply pulling a cord. Even with two paddlers, cockpit area is large enough for gear storage and the width of the kayak is 31 inches while the maximum carrying capacity is 450-500lsb.
Some people report that the cords that attach the seats tear easily, but luckily, you can replace them easily. You also have to bear in mind that this is a recreational kayak but you can use it for a family day out on the water or some recreational fishing. Nevertheless, if you have any special requirements, you can customize it to suit your needs.
The Twin Heron Angler Tandem Kayak offers a great value for the price and can be used for long fishing trips, frequent weekend excursions and, is beginner friendly.
The Tarpon 100 is a top kayak that is built for the sportsman. You can maneuver it very well and paddle it next to river banks without any problems. If you are looking to do some leisure paddling or some hard fishing, you will love the comfortable adjustable seat that this kayak offers. The Tarpon 100 also tracks very well, is not to heavy to maneuver by one person and feels as stable as a top 12' fishing kayak. If you're looking for a kayak to do more than just paddle, then this is a top option to think consider. It is an anglers dream platform!
WEIGHT: 55 Ibs / 24.95 Kg
Max Capacity: 325 Ibs / 147.42 Kg
Wilderness Systems Tarpon 100 Kayak
The Tarpon 100 Kayak is an amazing little kayak which is easy to handle and it steers great in the water. It is perfect for rivers and lakes and its maneuverability is great even when there are strong winds.
It is smaller than usual, only 10ft length, but that makes the Tarpon 100 one of the leading contenders for single angler kayaks. You can spend up to 14 hours on the water and bring anything you need with yourself since there is a plenty of dry storage. There are also side pockets where you can leave things you need to be at hand like water, sun cream or some snacks.
The great thing about this kayak is that you have some plates in the front where you can mount many add-ons. It also has a fantastic railing system on both sides of the boat where you can mount GPS, camera, depth finder or cutting boards. Those small details will make your fishing experience more pleasant.
The carrying capacity is around 325 lbs which is above average for a kayak of this size.
We found the Tarpon 100 to be beginner friendly also and partly thanks to its polyethylene hull which provides the perfect stability for the kayak. It tracks very well, and it is very light at about 55 lbs. So it can be handled by one person without any problem.
It is intended to be used primarily for fishing but it can also help you explore the nature during the longer camping trips. Thankfully, the Tarpon’s seat is comfortable and the bottom can be adjusted depending on your height.
Every issue that you might have with WILDERNESS SYSTEMS Tarpon 100 Kayak comes from its short length. Although this kayak is easier to maneuver than the longer one, you have to paddle much harder than in a longer boat. Also, the glide does not last long enough when you stop paddling. So be prepared that you will need a lot of energy to work this boat.
In summary, this is a great fishing kayak for the money – it is easy for anyone to handle. Even if you are a beginner, you won’t have any problem getting it in and out of the water. While it offers fantastic stability, very important for people who do not have a lot of experience, it is also suitable for more experienced paddlers since they can maneuver it perfectly and access fishing spots that they wouldn’t be able to otherwise.
6. Ocean Kayak 12 Ft Malibu Two Tandem - (Best Quality Kayak)
The Malibu II is noted as being one of the world’s most popular sit on top kayak designs. It is a great family recreational boat that can be paddled solo or tandem and does just about anything. Its simple design offers great versatility and stability on the water and it can carry two adults and a child very easily.
For those looking for a multi-purpose compact kayak to fulfill multiple functions, then I will encourage you to give this kayak a second look.
WEIGHT: 66 Ibs
MAX CAPACITY: 500 Ibs
Ocean Kayak 12 Ft Malibu Two Tandem
The Malibu 2 XL is a great sit-on-top kayak for recreational paddling and family fun. It is the new version of the older Malibu Two and we really like this yak for just about every purpose you would want to use a kayak.
Its design incorporates the perfect blend of stability, comfort, and performance on the water. About the only trick, you need to know to surf the Malibu Two is to never lean the boat. It is almost impossible for one person to flip these yaks.
The Malibu 2 is great for two people or even one person where maneuverability isn’t key. It is a 2+1 sit-on-top kayak, meaning it has two full-size adult seats and an additional center seat in the middle of the kayak. This allows the Malibu 2 to happily carry two adults in the front & rear seats and a child in the center seat.
It also tracks well and is easy to paddle in a straight line even for newcomers to the sport. The Malibu 2 is suitable for use on almost all types of water including coastal, estuary, lakes, rivers, canals & other inland waterways.
Some reservations we have about the Malibu Two are: (1) Some have reported their legs going to sleep while touring with this yak. One solution is to get padded seats. (2) The handles on the Malibu Two are very heavy and could be difficult for some to load onto a roof rack by themselves. And finally, (3) A little bit more storage space would be great.
If you are looking for a fun, low maintenance, affordable and family-friendly recreational and angler paddling, this is the one to buy. Just don’t expect high-end performance.
The Trio 11 is a longer replica of the very popular Mini-X. It is a very appealing option for kayak enthusiasts seeking to share their kayaking fun and experience with family and friends.
The Trio 11 is a unique hybrid and multifunctional kayak that can seat three (one large, and two median-small persons) comfortably, providing you with an awesome ride - be it fishing, diving or touring with the family. While it is an appealing family kayak, our view is that a slightly elevated seating option from the manufacturer would have been nice.
WEIGHT: 48 Ibs
Max Capacity: 500 Ibs
Malibu Kayaks Trio-II Fish & Dive Package
The Trio 11 takes the tandem kayak design to the next level and is a first of its kind that seats three comfortably and still offers mass storage space with excellent stability.
It combines two extra molded seats in the front and rear of the kayak and thanks to the unique hull design of this boat, all three seating positions are guaranteed maximum stability.
What we liked about the Trio 11 is that it is an affordable way for a small family to enjoy some time together on one boat without worrying about space, storage or stability on the water. Sure it is not a fast boat and it loses some responsiveness when turning, but it does track great.
The Trio 11 is a wide boat and you have to get used to wide strokes, or you’ll hit the hull with your hand. That said, paddling straight is easy enough if you are paying attention.
We liked the weight capacity of the Trio 11, especially for its weight. This, along with its seating space and versatility should make it a very appealing option for kayak enthusiasts who want to share the experience with their family.
Our only reason for holding back on fully endorsing the Trio 11 is that the manufacturer hasn’t joined the high (elevated) seat trend as these kayaks would perform very well with them.
Totally pleased with this kayak from Ocean Kayak. Easy to paddle. Easy to fish from. The Prowler was designed with the fisherman in mind and is one of the most popular kayaks you can buy. It combines performance with features and you can tell a lot of thought went into the design of this boat.
Whether you fish in creeks, small ponds, large lakes and off the beaches, the Prowler gets the job done. It offers you an oversized tankwell that fits most coolers or your homemade fishing crate so you are spoilt for storage. The Prowler is recommended for paddlers looking to step up from a beginner kayak to something that packs a bit more punch.
WEIGHT: 56 Ibs
MAX CAPACITY: 325 Ibs
SEAT WIDTH: 17"
LEG LENGTH: 52"
Ocean Kayak Prowler 13 Angler Sit-On-Top Fishing Kayak
A lot of thought went into the design of the Ocean Kayak Prowler 13. This is why it is one of the most popular fishing kayaks on the market today.
For right around $1,000, the Prowler 13 Angler is a good option for anyone who has a moderate budget and who wants to get into ocean kayak fishing or sport fishing in general.
The 13.4ft Prowler 13 tracks straight, which helps with speed when hunting down fish in the lake or ponds. Its slightly longer frame makes it more stable but, unfortunately, also makes it a bit harder to steer in rough waters and to stand in the kayak. The molded in foot pegs in the hull makes standing difficult.
A constant observation among owners of the Prowler is that the seat sucks, especially for longer 8+hrs trips. Many owners opted to upgrade their seats and this seemed to have solved that problem.
Thankfully, storage spaces within and above the Prowler is more than enough for all tools and accessories required for a long day of touring/fishing. Still on storage, one of my favorite features of the Prowler is the hull storage space that allows for rods to be stored away inside the hull. We love it.
With the different types of angler kayaks available on the market, the Prowler is really a great high-quality option for under $1,000 in total cost which is very hard to beat.
Professionals and amateurs have consistently listed the Prowler as a favorite. We are not surprised. It is one kayak no angler should live without.
You will be excused if you mistook the Coleman Colorado fishing kayak for a canoe rather than a rugged fishing kayak. Sevylor, the manufacturers of the kayak, did a great job rigging this boat particularly for fishing. Just don't get carried away and try to stand while casting. For the ultimate experience using the Coleman Colorado, consider mounting a trolling motor to the kayak so that you can even pack in more hours on the water and fish to your heart's content.
WEIGHT: 41 Ibs
MAX CAPACITY: 470 Ibs
Sevylor Coleman Colorado 2-Person Fishing Kayak
The Coleman Colorado 2-Person Kayak is an inflatable fishing kayak, easy to store, transport and maintain. It can easily be operated by one person, and it is great for fishing trips on the lakes, slow rivers, ponds or bays.
The kayak comes packed in the bag, and it is easy to inflate and deflate it and pack it again. However, unlike other leading inflatable kayak models, the Coleman Colorado does not come with a pump, but you’ll get a pressure gauge which is equally very useful.
The Coleman Colorado has multiple separated air chambers, which prevents the boat from deflation if one of the chambers is punctured by accident. However, that is not likely to happen because this kayak is made of waterproof tarpaulin with PVC nylon cover that provides additional protection.
The designers of this kayak took every precautionary measure to make it safe by adding the double-lock inflation system that is guaranteed by the manufacturer not to leak air. In addition, it has the capacity to carry 470 lbs. which is more than enough for two people and some fishing gear.
The Coleman Colorado’s seats are removable and adjustable, and you can position them anywhere in the boat. If you want to make your fishing experience more comfortable, you can add the trolling motor and you also have paddle holders that can secure the paddles and rod holders that provide hands-free fishing.
Sevylor Colorado Kayak is equipped with many useful accessories like pockets that can keep your accessories dry and a lot of D-rings where you can attach your dry-bags or equipment.
The biggest problem with this model is that it does not come with the paddles or the pump so you have to get them separately. The seats also do not provide enough back support for taller people, but they work great for women. Some customers also complain about having trouble with casual paddling because their paddles were always hitting the pop up rod holders.
The Coleman Colorado is easy to set up as it takes only a couple of minutes. So you can bring it with you to any location. After the fishing, it dries out very fast so you can pack it in almost immediately without wasting any time. It is also easy to get in and out of the water.
In conclusion, we find the Coleman Colorado to be very stable and is easily maneuverable on rivers and lakes and since it has the width of 9 ft it is almost impossible to flip it. It works well for both tandem and single paddlers. It is is a great solution if you have to travel a long time to get to your location and it will make your life easier.
10. Lifetime 10ft. Sport Fisher Tandem Kayak
For the ultimate fishing kayaking experience, this Lifetime product has proven its mettle. With a whole host of advanced built-in features, you can be assured of a smooth ride with great stability.
What we loved most about this beauty is the tunnel hull design which makes it possible to stand and fish or even sit side-saddle without worrying about it toppling over. All the wonderful features and the fact that you can get this for around $700, makes it stand out.
WEIGHT: 60 Ibs
MAX CAPACITY: 500 Ibs
WARRANTY: 5 years
Lifetime 10ft. Sports Fisher Tandem Kayak
I get a lot of inspiration from nature and color plays a big part in this so the aesthetic look of the olive green shade of this Kayak really appealed to me.
Despite its relatively low price, you still get a kayak made of durable, high-density polyethylene for superior strength and stability.
Don’t expect it to be breaking any speed records since it’s a relatively short and wide kayak. That being said, if you’re interested in a smooth, stress-free fishing experience with a couple of friends then you really can’t beat this one. I just felt that it’s a bit heavy compared to others in its class. However, it is not so heavy that it looses many of its superior qualities.
Finally, keep in mind that this is primarily a fishing kayak and not a touring kayak. Most of the features have been put in place to make standing up, sitting down and casting fairly easy. It also comes with paddles, paddle holders and a deep rod holder on the sides to add to the convenience factor.
Oh!. The Sport Fisher Kayak is also backed by a 5-year limited manufacturer warranty. I like that.
How to Choose a Kayak
If you are just a beginner when it comes to kayak fishing and you are worried that you do not know how to do it at all, our advice to you is to just keep going. There is no point getting discouraged and giving up, as every angler has been where you are right now. We have all tipped over, and the only reason we improved was that we got back up again.
The ten+ fishing kayaks above are the best in the market right now. They all have incredible features, are durably designed and, have the ideal price to value ratios in our opinion.
With any type of kayak you are purchasing, whether it is an inflatable kayak or a hard sit-on-top kayak, we always recommend looking for durability above all else. What good is a kayak if after just the first few uses it falls apart? You need one built by a reliable company and one that is going to last you a long time, which all ten+ kayaks above have in spades!
If we had to choose our favorite fishing kayak from the list above it would be the Malibu Kayak Stealth 14′ Fish n Dive Package. We believe this kayak has an edge when compared to the others, just because of its rich features specifically for anglers. Whether you are experienced or a beginner, this kayak is going to do the job for you.
We strongly encourage you to go to the store in person and check these out for yourself. While it is great to purchase them online, even more, it is great to test them out in person. This is going to avoid disappointment, so at least test them in store and then purchase them online if you can find a better price.
We wish you all the best in your future kayak fishing and hope you make a purchase that you can feel happy about. Stay safe out on the water, and most of all, have fun!