Technically, any kayak can fulfill the role of a fishing kayak if you just bring a rod with you. But there are kayaks specifically designed for fishing, and then there are subsets of fishing kayaks best designed for certain types of fishing.

We decided to feature a few of the most popular kayak picks for the 4 most common types of fishing:

1. Offshore Fishing 

Hobie Outback


Length:
12 ft 1 in / 3.68 m
Width: 33 in / 83.82 cm
Weight: 99 lb / 44.91 kg
Capacity: 400 lb / 181.44 kg

The Hobie Mirage Outback has everything the serious fisherman needs and wants: stability, speed, comfort and maneuverability. It features the new Vantage CT seating system with 3 height options along with the ability to recline. The Hobie Outback includes the Mirage Drive 180 for hands-free propulsion in both forward and reverse. The Outback includes a paddle as well as the Mirage Drive 180, molded-in rod holders and trays, storage compartments, Lowrance-Ready capability and a gear bucket that fits in the round hatch. The Outback has ample above and below deck stowage for all of your fishing gear.

Ocean Kayak Trident 13 Angler Kayak

Length: 13 ft 6 in / 4.11 m
Width: 29 in / 73.66 cm
Weight: 79 lb / 35.83 kg
Capacity: 355 lb / 161.03 kg

The Ocean Kayak Trident 13 has hit the perfect balance of speed, maneuverability, performance and stability. The Trident 13 was designed by professional kayak anglers looking to maximize features in a 13′ hull. The ACS2 seating system combined with the adjustable foot pegs allows almost any paddler to hit their comfort zone in stride. The Trident 13 performs well in almost any water application but you’ll notice the superb performance in breaking surf and rough seas.

Old Town Predator PDL

 

Length: 13 ft 2 in / 4.01 m
Width: 36 in / 91.44 cm
Weight: 117 lb / 53.07 kg
Capacity: 500 lb / 226.8 kg
The Old Town Predator PDL Kayak is bringing hands-free fishing to the Predator kayak family. The Predator PDL hull was designed in conjunction with the PDL Drive for the perfect combination of stability and speed. It will get you to your favorite fishing spots quickly and efficiently and and the seamless forward and reverse will give you exact boat control in wind and currents. The drive installs in and seconds and can be tipped up out of the way instantly for obstructions and shallow water docking. Coming in at 21 lbs, the PDL Drive is so lightweight that it will even float. In addition to the new PDL drive, the Predator hull still has everything you love about the Predator series including the Element seating system, center console, mounting plates, and generous storage options. The Predator PDL comes with the pedal drive and rudder so you are ready to get out on the water fishing right away.

2. Inshore Fishing

Wilderness Systems Radar 115

 

Length: 11 ft 8 in / 3.56 m
Width: 34.5 in / 87.63 cm
Height: 15 in / 38.1 cm
Weight: 82 lb / 37.19 kg

The Wilderness Systems Radar 115 is an exceedingly versatile fishing kayak. It can be paddled with a traditional kayak paddle, pedaled with the new Helix PD Pedal Drive, or powered by the Helix MD Motor Drive. The SMART hull technology combines stability, maneuverability, acceleration, responsiveness and tracking for optimal performance in multiple water environments and configurations. Design elements include an upswept bow for a dry ride, a defined keel line for excellent tracking, a rockered chine for responsive steering and a flat, stable platform for standing and freedom of movement in flat to rough water. The Radar features state of the art outfitting including the SlideTrax rails, multiple storage hatches, and generous rear tank well storage. The AirPro Max seat is as comfortable as it is functional; its quick-drying, breathable mesh fabric won’t fade in the sun, the quick-adjust levers let you slide the seat fore and aft, and it can be stored vertically to open up the deck for stand up fishing.

Hobie Mirage Revolution 13

Length: 13 ft 5 in / 4.09 m
Width: 28.5 in / 72.39 cm
Weight: 88 lb / 39.92 kg
Capacity: 350 lb / 158.76 kg
With the Hobie Revolution 13 fun meets form and function. Whether you are in need of a nimble kayak, a floating SUV, or an all-out dragster for casually racing your friends, the Hobie Revolution Kayak is ready to play. Featuring a lightweight, low-drag hull shape, the Hobie Revolution 13 is designed to accelerate quickly and maintain speed with minimal effort. The Mirage Drive 180 offers hands-free propulsion in both forward and reverse. The Revolution 13 has Lowrance-Ready capability to make it one of the most versatile kayaks in the Mirage line. The Vantage CT seat has three height positions. Three enclosed stowage spots (bow, midships and stern) and a generous stern cargo area facilitate everything from a quiet evening paddle to a multi-day adventure.

Feelfree Lure 13.5

Length: 13 ft 5 in / 4.09 m
Width: 36 in / 91.44 cm
Weight: 95 lb / 43.09 kg
Capacity: 500 lb / 226.8 kg
The Feelfree Lure 13.5 offers larger deck and wide open standing platform. It features a multi-use console positioned immediately behind the bow hatch and a removable sonar pod to make electronics installation a breeze. The lid has an inlaid cutting board for prepping bait or cutting fish and is insulated so the console can be used with the optional cooler insert to keep your drinks, bait, or fish cold. An integrated transducer recess and port make for easy installation of a fish finder. The Lure 13.5 still includes all the other great feature of the Lure family like the removable multi-level, multi-position extra wide Gravity Seat, Feelfree’s wheel in the keel, and Uni-Track system.

3. Freshwater Fishing 

Hobie Pro Angler 12

Length: 12 ft / 3.66 m
Width: 36 in / 91.44 cm
Weight: 129.5 lb / 58.74 kg
Capacity: 500 lb / 226.8 kg

The lightweight more compact, Hobie Mirage Pro Angler 12 Kayak is the most versatile fishing boat ever designed by Hobie. It features the Mirage Drive 180 Turbo so now you can get to your fishing spot quickly, and with the reverse ability, you can stay on your spot no matter which way the wind or current is moving. From lakes to rivers to open ocean, this boat has no boundaries – stand and fish with incredible stability, securely store four rods horizontally, two vertically and access your tackle with ease. Integrated dual-steering controls for left or right handed accessibility while under way. Vantage Seating provides ultimate comfort and adjustability in a lightweight, easily removable form, along with Boa system lumbar support technology. Lowrance Ready installation system makes adding a fishfinder a breeze. The H-Rail mounting system offers nearly unlimited customizing opportunities. The 12-sided rail offers quick and easy attachment for a variety of accessories.

Bonafide SS127

Length: 12 ft 7 in / 3.84 m
Width: 33.5 in / 85.09 cm
Weight: 75 lb / 34.02 kg
Capacity: 475 lb / 215.46 kg

The SS127 fishing kayak from Bonafide delivers the Ultimate Fishability™. It was designed by anglers, for anglers and is loaded with features you won’t find anywhere else. The hybrid cat hull design provides maximum stability without sacrificing paddling performance. The SS127 features the incredibly comfortable HiRise™ seating system. The ultra-high seat allows you to sit with your knees bent, taking pressure off of your lower back. If you want to really dig in and cover some distance, the SeatRack™ and foldable seat frame allow quick and quiet conversion to a lower position. The SS127 provides enough stability that you can stand on the gunwales for a better vantage point while sight casting. Surprisingly, a boat this wide and stable still paddles efficiently with exceptional tracking.

Pescador Pro Pilot 12

Length: 12 ft 5 in / 3.78 m
Width: 33.75 in / 85.73 cm
Weight: 74 lb / 33.57 kg
Capacity: 525 lb / 238.14 kg

The Perception Pescador Pilot is an affordable sit-on-top kayak packed to the gills with fishing features and complete with the included Pilot Drive pedal drive system. The Pilot Drive is performance-engineered to achieve the perfect balance of simplicity and ingenuity, and is ergonomically optimized for all-day hands-free fishing. Outfitted with a Captain’s Chairwith on-the-fly adjustable gear tracks and tension knobs, four molded-in rod holders, two YakAttack accessory tracks, a transducer scupper,and two storage consoles for mounting electronics. The best feature? A price that propels the Pescador Pilot into a class all its own.

Native Slayer 13 Propel

 

Length: 13 ft 2 in / 4.01 m
Width: 33 in / 83.82 cm
Weight: 120 lb / 54.43 kg
Capacity: 500 lb / 226.8 kg

The Slayer 13 Propel has the same open deck layout and fast stable hull as the Slayer series, plus an extra large rudder for quick maneuverability. The Propel system is the only pedal drive that can be pedaled in reverse, an essential capability when battling the catch of the day. The seat can be quickly adjusted forward or backward for a total travel distance of 11″ and still have plenty of room behind the seat for tackle boxes. The Slayer 13 features ample foot pads on the deck to increase traction and reduce noise. The open bow trunk is perfect for Native fish bags, PFD storage, and comes with scuppers for drainage when punching through waves or surf, and with Native’s groove track mounting rails located on each side from bow to stern customizing the Slayer is a cinch.

4. Fly Fishing

Diablo Adios


Length:
12 ft 6 in / 3.81 m
Width: 36 in / 91.44 cm
Weight: 69 lb / 31.3 kg
Capacity: 400 lb / 181.44 kg

When out on the water you may feel the need to stand up to fish and sit down to paddle. Then again, you may want to do the opposite. The Diablo Adios Kayak is inspired by the stability of a stand-up paddleboard and the maneuverability of a sit-on-top kayak combined to create a very unique and versatile watercraft. The stability of the Adios can be attributed to its wider body that also allows it to handle a weight capacity of 400 pounds. Because of this a longer than paddle is recommended. One of the greatest features of the Adios is the ability of it to get into shallower water than most kayaks thanks to the Tri-Hull design, so you can fish those out-of-the-way places your buddies can only talk about.

 

Length: 12 ft 3 in / 3.73 m
Width: 35 in / 88.9 cm
Height: 16 in / 40.64 cm
Weight: 70 lb / 31.75 kg
Capacity: 400 lb / 181.44 kg

The Wilderness Systems ATAK 120 – Advanced Tactical Angling Kayak – is taking the kayak angling world by storm. It features an open design that can be customized to meet the needs of almost any angler. The deck is highly walkable and stable – a feature that was achieved without needing to add more width to the boat, allowing for sustained speed and glide. The deck is low-profile and intentionally designed to shed wind. Storage opportunities are abundant and are thoughtfully located throughout. The exclusive Flex Pod OS system, combined with two additional hatches, provides the 120 ample storage space as well as the option for electronics or Helix MDTM Motor Drive integration. A secondary transducer scupper also has been added to allow more flexibility for electronics, including side-scanning. The ATAK is highly adaptive boat that can fish any environment and target species.

Length: 11 ft / 3.35 m
Width: 34 in / 86.36 cm
Weight: 31 lb / 14.06 kg
Capacity: 250 lb / 113.4 kg

All right, so this is a stand up paddle board. But it gives anglers a fishing platform with all the accessories they need to be effective on the water. Its side to side and front to back stability allows you to confidently move around the board to make accurate casts and land fish. It also has 6 stainless D-rings to help you maximize options for attaching fishing gear.


People always wonder where to start when it comes to purchasing a kayak, and our first response is “Well, what are you planning on using it for the majority of the time?” If you’re looking beyond recreational paddling, the next question to ask yourself is where you’re planning to fish.

And that’s where this list comes in handy! Share it far and wide to spread the knowledge, and let us know if you have questions about any of the boats we featured.