You’ve watched a few kayak fishing video on YouTube and now you’re hooked!

You’re ready to get your first kayak but you want to keep it relatively inexpensive while still getting the most out of your purchase. We always recommend getting a kayak that you won’t want to upgrade from immediately; believe us, we know how addicting the sport can be. You’ll want to look for a kayak that’s durable, stable, and paddles efficiently. Don’t always jump at the first deal you see, and be prepared to do your research!

For this blog, we’re here to help narrow down the selection for you.

Here are 10 of our favorite fishing kayaks for under $1000! (In order from $ – $$)

Perception Pescador 12.0 – $579.00

The Perception Pescador 12.0 kayak’s versatility makes it popular for both recreational paddlers and anglers. Extreme stability ensures a drier ride that’s easier to get in and out of. The 375 lb. capacity rating packed into a 12-foot kayak means plenty of room for you and your gear.

Compared to its shorter sibling, the longer length adds speed, storage, and stability. Multiple storage options, fish-ready features, and an incredibly comfortable seat keep you on the water for longer.

Customer Review: “I bought two Pescador kayaks from ACK last spring and they are awesome! The Pescador 12 is very stable and tracks well, even for a 240lb 6’1” guy. They have 3 access points to the interior of the hull. The front hatch is large enough for my mask, fins, dry bags, and fishing equipment.

A smaller hatch is on the floor between my knees and a third is on the flat space between the seat and the back well where I have more fishing gear in my milk crate. The interior has stayed completely dry and no problem accessing the compartments while out on the water. I have enjoyed the Pescador 12 and if I had it to do over, I’d buy it again!” – Doss P.

Wilderness Systems Tarpon 100 Angler – $794.79

The world asked for a shorter Tarpon with a tank well. Ta-da. The Wilderness Systems Tarpon 100 ACK Angler Kayak has enough volume for the “huskiest” paddler and their stuff. This one comes rigged up for fishing with just about all you need to do just about anything you want, fishing or paddling!

The Angler comes rigged for fishing with all you need to do just about anything you want. The ACK Angler Package is furnished and installed by ACK with similar or identical products to factory angler.

Customer Review: “I’ve had this kayak for less than a year and have lost count how many times I’ve used it. I usually spend 4-5 hours at a time on lakes and ponds with no discomfort. I was looking for a kayak that tracked well, comfortable to sit in for long periods of time and light weight to carry. I’m extremely happy with my purchase.” – Craig M.

 

Feelfree Moken 12.5 Angler – $799.00

The FeelFree Moken 12.5 Angler takes fishing technology to a whole new level. FeelFree’s new Uni-Track quick-release track system lets you customize your kayak with all of your accessories and the Easy Seal hatch offers one of the driest hatches on the market.

The Moken 12.5 Angler is stable, maneuverable, and easy to transport thanks to FeelFree’s unique Wheel in the Keel. The Wheel in the Keel gets you from your tailgate to the action without wearing you OR your kayak out. It also features a standing platform, internal rod storage, molded-in carry handles, built-in rod holders, center-mount flip-up console, ample rear storage for a storage crate or bait tank, adjustable footrests, and a comfortable Kingfisher seat. The Moken 12.5 Angler is everything you ever thought about in a fishing kayak.

Customer Review: “Outstanding Yak. The material is as thick and high quality as any top tier yak on the market. For a boat this size it is light and easy to carry with all of the molded handles. The seat is WAY better than I was expecting. A 1 inch foam pad underneath the seat and it was perfect. A 7 hour float and my back & but feel like I was at the office not paddling all day. I am 6’2 240 lbs and this is a perfect fit kayak for me. Tracks and paddles well. LOVE the center console.

Perfect for phone, snacks, lures, etc. This yak has tons of holding capacity for multi day outings as well. Massive holding well in the back and very dry hatches. Have only has a few droplets of water in the hull after floats. This boat easily compares to kayaks twice the price. My fishing buddies are all envious of the quality I got for the price I paid. Best boat for the money, no questions asked. Stop looking. This is the kayak you want!” – Kevin F.

3 Waters Big Fish 105 – $799.00

The all new 3 Waters Kayaks Big Fish 105 has all the performance, comfort, and technical features you need to get on the river, lake, or ocean. The modern-style cathedral hull offers an extremely stable fishing platform, whether you’re sitting in high seat position or standing up on the reinforced standing platform.

It also tracks incredibly well even without a rudder and paddles smoothly and efficiently. The Big Water seat has four positions: high, low, recline, and flip away. It can also double as a lean bar when flipped up for sight casting. Additional features include rod tip storage at the bow, a removable sonar pod, 2 molded in rod holders, bungee tankwell, 2 pairs of accessory tracks, and a molded in bow handle.

Customer Review: “Worth every dollar, very stable kayak. I would recommend purchasing the 3 Waters Rudder Kit as well. Full of great features found in the expensive brand models. You really won’t find a comparable kayak within $300 dollars of this model.” – Justin C.

Perception Pescador Pro 12.0 – $879.00

The Perception Pescador Pro 12.0 Kayak is for anglers looking for a performance-driven fishing kayak. Getting more of an overhaul than just a refresh of the beloved Pescador series, the Pescador Pro is a real fishing boat for real enthusiasts that’s chock full of fishy features withthe tracking and stability discerning anglers have come to expect from today’s fishing kayaks.

Featuring a removable stadium-style seat with two seating positions – upright and recline – that can move on the fly with a molded-in accessory track recess. Storage and rigging opportunities are abundant with a stylish bow tankwell with mesh cover, rear tankwell, molded-in rod holders, recessed tackle box storage, and even a center console for rigging fish finder electronics. Just add water and fish on!

Customer Review: “Have had my Pescador Pro 120 for a little over a week and have fished out of it twice (one full day and one half day). I love it! Seat is very comfortable, cockpit is roomy and nice, and the kayak tracks well and handles the wind pretty well too. I am upgrading from an OK Scrambler, so the Pescador Pro is a very big upgrade for me and it looks like I made a great choice with this kayak. The rod holders are terrible (as others have pointed out) and the drink holder is borderline worthless, but the rest of the yak is great, especially for its price. ” – Mickey E.

Kaku Wahoo 10.5 – $899.00

The Kaku Wahoo 10.5 Fishing Kayak offers a roomy and stable platform for fishing in a sub-11 foot length. The open cockpit gives you plenty of space to move around for sighting and casting. The raised seat is comfortable for long days on the water. The Wahoo 10.5 has four top-load gear tracks, 2 flush mount rod holders, and is Micro Power Pole ready. It also offers plenty of storage in the bow hatch, rear tankwell, and rear day hatch.

OldTown Topwater 106 – $899.99

The all-new Topwater 106 offers large fishing kayak performance in a compact, lightweight package. A marriage of stability and performance, the Topwater, with the all-new ultra-stable DoubleU Hull, quietly glides through any water condition while providing a stable, comfortable stand-up fishing platform. The new breathable ElementAir seat has high/low position options and offers unmatched comfort for this price.

The Topwater is the first and only Old Town boat to feature the revolutionary universal transducer mounting system to make mounting your transducer easier than ever. It also features an oversized stern tankwell, impressive hull capacity of 440 lbs, multi-position rod holders, and onboard rod and tackle storage. Even the saltiest of anglers will be impressed by the overall fishability of the new Topwater series.

Customer Review: “Crazy stability for such a compact fishing kayak. Paddles and tracks incredibly well. Great hull design. Open cockpit makes it feel much larger than it is. Seat is really comfortable. Would definitely buy again. Highly recommend as a portable grab-and-go fishing kayak.” – Frank C.

 

3 Waters Big Fish 120 – $999.00

The all new 3 Waters Kayaks Big Fish 120 has all the performance, comfort, and technical features you need to get on the river, lake, or ocean. The modern-style cathedral hull offers an extremely stable fishing platform, whether you’re sitting in high seat position or standing up on the reinforced standing platform. I

t also tracks incredibly well even without a rudder and paddles smoothly and efficiently. The Big Water seat has four positions: high, low, recline, and flip away. It can also double as a lean bar when flipped up for sight casting. Additional features include rod tip storage at the bow, a removable sonar pod, 2 molded in rod holders, bungee tankwell, 2 pairs of accessory tracks, and a molded in bow handle.

Customer Review: “I would have to say the big fish 120 is a great kayak. I wanted something that I could stand and fish, had lots of room to store my fishing gear, and a seat that wouldn’t hurt my back. The big fish 120 has it all. Very happy with this product.” – Kevin S.

Feelfree Lure 10 – $999.00

Feelfree Kayaks is taking kayak fishing to a new level in stability, comfort, and versatility with the Lure 10 Kayak. It is ideal for shorter trips on rivers and lakes and has all the features of the Lure 11.5. It comes standard with a variety of unique features including a removable multi-level, multi-position extra wide Gravity Seat, Feelfree’s wheel in the keel, and Uni-Track system.

The patent pending Feelfree Gravity Seat offers the widest range of seat heights which is adjusted with the simple function of a lever and is removable – the Feelfree Gravity Seat is the new high. The Lure’s super-stable 36″ wide hull paired with a padded standing platform gives you the option to paddle or cast in either the sitting or standing position whether fishing inland waters or wide open oceans – this kayak fears no water.

Customer Review: “This is my first Kayak and after careful research I went with the Lure 10” A very stable kayak once you get used to it, learned rather quickly that when the gravity seat is fully extended you can tip rather easily if not careful..so take your time getting a feel for this kayak before moving your seat up to a higher setting, you will stay a bit dryer on your first day out.

Love the compartments that hold all your gear and both keep water out even when the kayak is rolled…. Love the wheel on the back which makes transporting to a from the water a breeze, its a bit heavy at 70 pounds but nothing I can’t handle loading into my pickup.. I am very happy with my purchase and the seat is extremely comfortable and the best on the market.. Nothing but high marks thus far on the Lure 10.. I highly recommend it for your fishing needs… For the price you can find no better Kayak.”

 

Old Town Topwater 120 – $999.99

The all-new Topwater 120 offers large fishing kayak performance in a compact, lightweight package. A marriage of stability and performance, the Topwater, with the all-new ultra-stable DoubleU Hull, quietly glides through any water condition while providing a stable, comfortable stand-up fishing platform. The new breathable ElementAir seat has high/low position options and offers unmatched comfort for this price.

The Topwater is the first and only Old Town boat to feature the revolutionary universal transducer mounting system to make mounting your transducer easier than ever. It also features an oversized stern tankwell, impressive hull capacity of 500 lbs, multi-position rod holders, and onboard rod and tackle storage. Even the saltiest of anglers will be impressed by the overall fishability of the new Topwater series. 


While there are plenty more fishing kayaks out there, these are just 10 of our favorites. We recommend checking out our blog “6 Kayak Fishing Tips – How to Select a Kayak for Fishing” in order to give you a better idea of what features and characteristics you should look for when shopping.

If you have any questions about selecting your first kayak, be sure to ask us in the comments below!