If you would like a smooth & enjoyable fishing experience, a fishing kayak is the way to go. There is a time and a place for shore fishing from the bank, fishing from a small boat, fishing from larger boat, and fishing from a kayak. A fishing kayak will get you out on the water, up into those tight spaces where other boats won’t go, with more stealth, and a deeper connection to the sport of fishing. It’s just you, your kayak, the water, and the fish. Fishing from a kayak is one of the smoothest, peaceful, and most enjoyable fishing experiences you can have. With a fishing kayak, you can swoop into those hard to reach areas that boat anglers have to pass by. This gives you the edge of fishing spots that are less fished by most fishermen, giving you those lunker rights! A fishing kayak is also easier to launch when the water is low, and the launch ramps are out of water or are in rough shape. You can also get up in to more shallow water with less noise, putting a sneak on those older more picky and skittish fish. With a kayak, you can just throw it in your truck bed, and take it where you want to go. Then there comes the issue of gas, of which you don’t need or use any! Lastly, with most kayaks, you will be rowing, or pedaling, which gives you a great work out to help keep you in shape, and give you less guilt at the end of the day where you actually were out getting excercise, not just sitting in a boat all day. It’s almost like going to the gym!
How to Choose the Best Fishing Kayak
In choosing the right kayak, there are three different types of fishing kayaks. There is a powered kayak, a pedal kayak, and a paddle kayak. All three types of kayaks are great kayak styles, with models for different budgets.
Fishing Kayak Styles
•Powered Kayak•Pedal Kayak •Paddle Kayak
Powered Fishing Kayak
A powered fishing kayak is a motorized fishing kayaks that typically has a hull designed to handle bigger water while leveraging the power of a built in or added trolling motor. You can motor around to your fishing spot faster, and the newer high end trolling motor or specially made motor, depending on the kayak, can hold your position over the fishing hole with the built in auto pilot.
Pedal Fishing Kayak
A pedal kayak provides you with hands free fishing in a high performance kayak that is stable and nimble. In most models, you can instantly switch from forward to reverse. A pedal type fishing kayak is excellent for getting a great day of excercise while you pedal around to different fishing spots. You can also troll with a pedal kayak, though you will keep your feet and legs busy. Nothing beats the feeling of getting a great day of fishing in as you get a great day of exercise in at the same time. It is very easy to maneuver up close into the shore lines where the big boats can’t go to entice those lunkers into striking your lure with a pedal fishing kayak.
Paddle Fishing Kayak
A paddle fishing kayak was designed with the kayak angler in mind. Back to the old school roots of where kayaks were born from. They are simple, stable, and lots of room in the bow and the stern without the pedal equipment in place. A paddle kayak maneuvers very well, and allows you to sneak on up close, stealth style, up into your favorite fishing holes. Great for excercising your upper body while you are out on the water as well.
Hobie Mirage 360 Pro Angler 14 Pedal Fishing Kayak
The Hobie Special IKE Edition Mirage 360 Pro Angler 14 Pedal Fishing Kayakis a high end pedal fishing kayak for the ultimate fish chasing elite angler. It’s pure amazing, starting with the Firecracker Red Camouflage paint job that makes this kayak pop out loud. Hobie upped their game by adding Kick Up Fin Technology to its already award winning MirageDrive 360. This provides for a new level of unmatched power and control on the water with flippers that can turn 360 degrees to push the boat forward, backward, and to either side when you pedal the kayak. These Kick Up Fins will move up if you hit an obstacle under the water, so that they are out of the way and won’t get damaged. They will re-engage when you start to pedal again. You can add many different accessories to this kayak, with it’s H Rail system, such as rod holders, fish finders, and more.
Hobie Mirage 360 Pro Angler Fishing Kayak
The Hobie Mirage 360 Pro Angler pedal drive fishing kayak, with the revolutionary MirageDrive 360 and Kick Up fins, moves through the water without any constraints, will go exactly where you want to go. You can easily spin and move in any direction. Hobie’s new Kick Up Fins will immediately retract on impact so they don’t get stuck or damaged. Now you can even go into the shallows without any worries. Whether it’s logs, kelp, shallows, rocks, you can flow over them with no problems. The pro angler kayak is packed full of features, including six rod holders, an adjustable elevated Vantage ST seat, an extra wide hull and stain resistant EVA padding.
Ascend 133X Tournament Fishing Kayak
This kayak is engineered for amazing tracking and stability, the ASCEND® 133X tournament fishing kayak is the perfect kayak to enjoy the great outdoors out on the water. This kayak has generous storage, comfort and has many wonderful accessories to add to customize your kayak. It has an adjustable high back seating system to provide you with all day comfort. The wide open bow and stern storage areas let you load up all the gear you need for your fishing adventure. It has a dry storage hatch with nearly 11 by 15 inches of space to protect your essentials. Four built in 16 inch accessory rails allow for unique customizing. The included 2 flush mount rod holders will hold your rod in place as you deal with your other gear, are busy netting a fish, swapping electronics, or if you are just sitting back and relaxing. The foot braces are adjustable to accommodate kayakers of different heights.
BEST FISHING FLOAT TUBES AND PONTOONS
Pontoons and Float Tubes
Fishing pontoons, and float tubes, are a great way to get out on the water in stealth mode, and get out to a good spot to target bass, or whatever fish you want to fish for. A fishing float tube lets you sneak right in with the fish, and be as one, and catch those lunkers.
Caddis Inspire LC II Fishing Float Tube
The Caddis® Inspire LC II Fishing Float Tube provides for perfect mobility of a V-tube design so you can get to your fishing spot without having to waste a lot of movement. It’s custom oars give you full rotation and can be locked out of the way when they are not needed. It has a nice cushiony foam padded backrest fights fatigue when you are on on those long days on the water. This unit has plenty of storage for your tackle, snacks, and fishing gear. Has a built in fish measurer on the apron as well for convenience and quick and easy to measure your fish and let it go with less stress of it being out of the water too long. Great color, stylish cool look, pick up one of these fishing float tubes today and get your fish on!
Outcast Fishing Pontoons
Outcast fishing pontoon boats are a versatile alternative to a drift boat. As an example, the Fish Cat 13 offers numerous options for one or two anglers. The aluminum frame is built for two, but the removable front mod turns it into a single person boat. This fishing pontoon boat has plenty of space for overnighters on big water. You can also add a motor mount. Outcast is the best selling float tubes worldwide due to their many angler designed features that place a premium on fishing ease, comfort, and dependable durability. In their fishing float tubes, you will move across the water faster, stay warm and dry, and make more accurate casts thanks to the U boat design, above the water seating. That means that you will be able to spend more time on your favorite lake fishing as you are riding in comfort. The super strong urethane bladders have excellent stretch to help resist puncture holes.
The Colorado XT Fishing Pontoon Boat from Classic Accessories® is a 9' high capacity inflatable pontoon boat that will get you out onto the water to those spots you have always wanted to fish, without the wake and noise of a larger fishing boat. You will be able to sneak up on the fish and catch some real lunkers. About The Author Mike Mendenhall is the the founder of Mendenhall Outdoors. This website is an extension of the Mendenhall family’s lifestyle and passion for the great outdoors. Everything that they learn, and experience, along the way that they find may be valuable to our website visitors is on the site for you to enjoy. We highlight products and services that you might find interesting. We frequently receive free products from manufacturers to test. This does not drive our decision as to whether or not a product is featured or recommended. If you click a link on this page, then go on to make a purchase, we might receive a commission – at no extra cost to you, and does not impact the purchase price of any products that you may purchase. The Best Kayak Fishing Experience Awaits!