Welcome to the ultimate Fishing Kayak Buyers Guide 2021. Kayak fishing is booming and consumers are spoiled for choice when it comes to buying a fishing kayak. With so many brands and types of fishing kayaks to cover a whole range of budgets. Starting with entry-level traditional paddle kayaks with basic features, all the way to high-end kayaks with foot peddles or electric motors. Finished with an endless supply of exciting accessories to take your kayak fishing experience to another level. This detailed guide will provide you with helpful information to make an informed decision about what kayak to purchase.

It can become costly to buy a fishing kayak so we would highly recommend that you.

  • Set a realistic budget
  • Learn the real differences in stability between models
  • Forecast what features and accessories you will need
  • Understand how and where you will use the fishing kayak

Watch our maiden voyage reviewing the Hobie Pro Angler 14. Walking through its features and handling on the water.

Fishing Kayak prices on the market 2021

Forget about specifications and features the very first decision you will need to make is cost. Setting yourself a realistic budget before buying will help narrow your options. Below we have listed different fishing kayaks available from most major retailers. We have sorted this in price from highest to lowest. Remember many buyers will increase their budget once they truly understand the differences in stability and features between low and high-end kayaks. The prices below don’t include necessary extras such as rod holders, mounts, accessories, roof racks, trailers, ropes, wheels, sounders, life jackets, leashes, etc. It can become costly quickly but don’t worry we have detailed the costs of these extra needed items as well.

*Please note kayaks featured below have been sorted in price order from most expensive to cheapest. We understand that for most buyers high-end kayaks will be well out of their price range so please for scroll down to find the price ranges within your budget. Some popular and highly recommended options you should look at include the Hobie Outback, Kayaks2Fish NextGen 10 MKII, Hobie Pro Angler & Dragon Pro Fisher.

Hobie Pro Angler14 360

Hobie Pro Angler 14 360

The Hobie Pro Angler 14 ( 360 ) continues to be a standout choice. Years and years of refinements sees this kayak dominate the tournament scene whilst also being very popular with recreational anglers who don’t mind spending more. It has unparalleled stability, storage and accessories. The new features include the 360 mirage drive steering and kick up fins which takes this fishing vessel to another level. Great design, great features and great accessibility. Plain and simple if you buy one of these you won’t be disappointed. If this is out of your price point then consider an older model Hobie, a Hobie outback or entry-level pedal kayaks which are featured below.     

  • Price – $7,690
  • Drive type – Mirage 360 drive peddle
  • Length – 13 feet 8 inches
  • Width – 0.97 of a meter
  • Weight capacity – 272 kilograms
  • Kayak weight fitted – 67.4 kilograms
  • Material – Rotomolded Polyethylene
  • Features – 5 star
  • Storage – 5 star
  • Stability – 5 star
  • Drainage – 5 star

Hobie Pro Angler 12 360

Hobie Pro Angler 12 360

The Hobie Pro Angler 12 ( 360 ) is the more compact option to the Pro Angler 14. It’s 2 foot shorter, 0.06 thinner, and 7 kilos lighter which may appeal to many buyers ( also consider the new 2020 Outback ). It has less front hatch storage and less horizontal rod storage opposed to the PA14 which are small trade-offs for less size and weight. Like the Pro Angler 14 the PA12 is a standout choice. Years and years of refinements sees this kayak dominate the tournament scene whilst also being very popular with recreational anglers who don’t mind spending more. It has unparalleled stability, storage and accessories. The new features include the 360 mirage drive steering and kick up fins which takes this fishing vessel to another level. Great design, great features and great accessibility. Plain and simple if you buy one of these you won’t be disappointed. If this is out of your price point then consider an older model Hobie, a Hobie outback or entry-level pedal kayaks which are featured below.   

  • Price – $7,490
  • Drive type – Mirage 360 drive peddle
  • Length – 12 foot
  • Width – 0.91 of a meter
  • Weight capacity – 227 kilograms
  • Kayak weight fitted – 60.1 kilograms
  • Material – Rotomolded Polyethylene
  • Features – 5 star
  • Storage – 5 star
  • Stability – 5 star
  • Drainage – 5 star

Hobie Pro Angler 14

Hobie Pro Angler 14

The Hobie Pro Angler 14 is one of the most used fishing Kayaks on the market today. This is the older model PA14 which essentially is the same hull as the new 360 models but missing the 360 mirage and kick up fins. Please note that since 2010 there have been many revisions of the PA series so do check what year release it is. Example in previous models changes included Mirage 180 V2, improved turbo fins, multiple rudder controls, chair modifications etc. You can identify the year of a Hobie kayak using the serial number located at the back underneath the hull ). The older model Hobie Pro Anglers are still very common on the tournament scene and very popular with recreational anglers who don’t need the very latest bells and whistles. It has unparalleled stability, storage and accessories. An older model Hobie PA is a great option If this is out of your price point then consider a Hobie outback or entry-level pedal kayaks which are featured below.     

  • Price – $5,790
  • Drive type – Mirage 180 drive peddle
  • Length – 13 feet 8 inches
  • Width – 0.97 of a meter
  • Weight capacity – 272 kilograms
  • Kayak weight fitted – 65.5 kilograms
  • Material – Rotomolded Polyethylene
  • Features – 5 star
  • Storage – 5 star
  • Stability – 5 star
  • Drainage – 5 star

Hobie Pro Angler 12

Hobie Pro Angler 12

The older model Hobie Pro Angler 12 is the more compact option to the Pro Angler 14. This is the older model PA14 which essentially is the same hull as the new 360 models but missing the 360 mirage and kick up fins. Please note that since 2010 there have been many revisions of the PA series so do check what year release it is. Example in previous models changes included Mirage 180 V2, improved turbo fins, multiple rudder controls, chair modifications etc. You can identify the year of a Hobie kayak using the serial number located at the back underneath the hull ). The older model Hobie Pro Anglers are still very common on the tournament scene and very popular with recreational anglers who don’t need the very latest bells and whistles. It has unparalleled stability, storage and accessories. An older model Hobie PA is a great option If this is out of your price point then consider a Hobie outback or entry-level pedal kayaks which are featured below.     

  • Price – $5,590
  • Drive type – Mirage 180 drive peddle
  • Length – 12 foot
  • Width – 0.91 of a meter
  • Weight capacity – 227 kilograms
  • Kayak weight fitted – 58.2 kilograms
  • Material – Rotomolded Polyethylene
  • Features – 5 star
  • Storage – 5 star
  • Stability – 5 star
  • Drainage – 5 star

Old town predator pedal drive

Old town predator pedal drive

  • Price – $5,495
  • Drive type – PDL drive
  • Length – 13 foot 1 inch
  • Width – 0.91 of a meter
  • Weight capacity – 226 kilograms
  • Kayak weight fitted – 53 kilograms
  • Material – Polyethylene
  • Features – 4 star
  • Storage – 3 star
  • Stability – 4 star
  • Drainage – 4 star

Hobie Outback

Hobie Outback

The Outbacks have come a long way in recent years and new model Hobie Outback is an excellent choice. It’s cheaper than the Pro Angler range and also significantly lighter which will appeal to many buyers. Recent improvements include a wider hull, elevated vantage seat and kick up fins. Whilst providing excellent stability and storage, This is a versatile fishing vessel for rivers and estuaries and out in the bay in the right conditions. Many Pro Angler buyers are now stopping to look at the Outback because its cheaper, very stable and easier to handle than a Pro Angler. It currently doesn’t have 360 mirage steering but keep an eye on movement on the Outbacks because of there popularity Hobie has whispered of some new features to be released in the not to distance future.  

  • Price – $4,890
  • Drive type – Mirage 180 drive peddle
  • Length – 12 foot 9 inches
  • Width – 0.86 of a meter
  • Weight capacity – 192 kilograms
  • Kayak weight fitted – 46.7 kilograms
  • Material – Rotomolded Polyethylene
  • Features – 4 star
  • Storage – 4 star
  • Stability – 5 star
  • Drainage – 4 star

Native Watercraft Titan 13

Native Watercraft Titan 13.5

Native Watercraft make excellent fishing kayaks, with a good mix of stability and features. But there are some things that you need to be aware of with the Titan and Slayer series of kayaks before buying one. The Hull design of the Titan and Slayer has poor water drainage and rely heavily on scupper plugs to drain water out of the vessel. General storage isn’t easily accessible meaning tackle boxes and terminal tackle needs to be stored in the front hatch which can be awkward to access. The kayaks have a limited range of available accessories and rely heavily on third-party vendors such as railblaza to make them more user friendly. Native watercraft a few years back were pioneers on being able to put the vessel in reverse using a propel system. However much has changed and this propel system now seems a little clunky and clumsy when compared to the newer Hobie 360 mirage drive with kickup fins. These kayaks are very good and our team enjoyed many years on the water with them, but they are priced similarly to a Hobie and don’t have the same set of features, storage, drainage and accessories. 

  • Price – $4,395
  • Drive type – Propel pedal drive
  • Length – 13 foot 5 inches
  • Width – 1.05 meters
  • Weight capacity – 249 kilograms
  • Kayak weight fitted – 70 kilograms
  • Material – Plastifoam
  • Features – 4 star
  • Storage – 4 star
  • Stability – 3 star
  • Drainage – 3 star

Native Watercraft Titan 12

Native Watercraft Titan 12

Native Watercraft make excellent fishing kayaks, with a good mix of stability and features. But there are some things that you need to be aware of with the Titan and Slayer series of kayaks before buying one. The Hull design of the Titan and Slayer has poor water drainage and rely heavily on scupper plugs to drain water out of the vessel. General storage isn’t easily accessible meaning tackle boxes and terminal tackle needs to be stored in the front hatch which can be awkward to access. The kayaks have a limited range of available accessories and rely heavily on third-party vendors such as railblaza to make them more user friendly. Native watercraft a few years back were pioneers on being able to put the vessel in reverse using a propel system. However much has changed and this propel system now seems a little clunky and clumsy when compared to the newer Hobie 360 mirage drive with kickup fins. These kayaks are very good and our team enjoyed many years on the water with them, but they are priced similarly to a Hobie and don’t have the same set of features, storage, drainage and accessories. 

  • Price – $3,795
  • Drive type – Propel pedal drive
  • Length – 12 foot
  • Width – 0.99 of a meter
  • Weight capacity – 227 kilograms
  • Kayak weight fitted – 49 kilograms
  • Material – Plastifoam
  • Features – 4 star
  • Storage – 4 star
  • Stability – 3 star
  • Drainage – 3 star

Stealth Profisha 525

Stealth Profisha 525

  • Price – $3,695
  • Drive type – paddle
  • Length – 17 foot 2 inches
  • Width – 0.61 of a meter
  • Weight capacity – 195 kilograms
  • Kayak weight fitted – 26.5 kilograms
  • Material – epoxy-based resin
  • Features – 4 star
  • Storage – 3 star
  • Stability – 4 star
  • Drainage – 4 star
  • Notes – Built for offshore fishing and speed. It’s lightweight and cuts through waves effortlessly

Hobie Compass

Hobie Compass

  • Price – $3,390
  • Drive type – Mirage 180 drive peddle
  • Length – 12 foot
  • Width – 0.86 of a meter
  • Weight capacity – 181 kilograms
  • Kayak weight fitted – 39 kilograms
  • Material – Rotomolded Polyethylene
  • Features – 4 star
  • Storage – 4 star
  • Stability – 4 star
  • Drainage – 4 star

Native Watercraft Slayer 10

Native Watercraft Slayer 10

Native Watercraft make excellent fishing kayaks, with a good mix of stability and features. But there are some things that you need to be aware of with the Titan and Slayer series of kayaks before buying one. The Hull design of the Titan and Slayer has poor water drainage and rely heavily on scupper plugs to drain water out of the vessel. General storage isn’t easily accessible meaning tackle boxes and terminal tackle needs to be stored in the front hatch which can be awkward to access. The kayaks have a limited range of available accessories and rely heavily on third-party vendors such as railblaza to make them more user friendly. Native watercraft a few years back were pioneers on being able to put the vessel in reverse using a propel system. However much has changed and this propel system now seems a little clunky and clumsy when compared to the newer Hobie 360 mirage drive with kickup fins. These kayaks are very good and our team enjoyed many years on the water with them, but they are priced similarly to a Hobie and don’t have the same set of features, storage, drainage and accessories. 

  • Price – $3,795
  • Drive type – Propel pedal drive
  • Length – 10 foot
  • Width – 0.86 of a meter
  • Weight capacity – 181 kilograms
  • Kayak weight fitted – 36 kilograms
  • Material – Polyethylene
  • Features – 4 star
  • Storage – 3 star
  • Stability – 4 star
  • Drainage – 3 star

Stealth fisha 500

Stealth fisha 500

  • Price – $3,195
  • Drive type – paddle
  • Length – 16 foot 2 inches
  • Width – 0.67 of a meter
  • Weight capacity – 200 kilograms
  • Kayak weight fitted – 27 kilograms
  • Material – epoxy-based resin
  • Features – 4 star
  • Storage – 3 star
  • Stability – 5 star
  • Drainage – 4 star
  • Notes – Built for offshore fishing and speed. It’s lightweight and cuts through waves effortlessly

Hobie Passport

Hobie Passport 12

  • Price – $2,550
  • Drive type – Mirage 180 drive peddle
  • Length – 12 foot
  • Width – 0.86 of a meter
  • Weight capacity – 181 kilograms
  • Kayak weight fitted – 33 kilograms
  • Material – Thermo formed Polyethylene
  • Features – 3 star
  • Storage – 3 star
  • Stability – 3 star
  • Drainage – 3 star

Old town predator MX 12

Old town predator MX 12

  • Price – $2,519
  • Drive type – PDL drive
  • Length – 12 foot 1 inch
  • Width – 0.86 of a meter
  • Weight capacity – 181 kilograms
  • Kayak weight fitted – 37 kilograms
  • Material – Polyethylene
  • Features – 4 star
  • Storage – 3 star
  • Stability – 4 star
  • Drainage – 3 star

Perception 10 Crank

Perception Crank 10.0

  • Price – $2,399
  • Drive type – PDL drive
  • Length – 10 foot
  • Width – 0.89 of a meter
  • Weight capacity – 159 kilograms
  • Kayak weight fitted – 40 kilograms
  • Material – Polyethylene
  • Features – 3 star
  • Storage – 2 star
  • Stability – 3 star
  • Drainage – 3 star

Kayaks2Fish Kronos

Kayaks2Fish Kronos

  • Price – $1,899
  • Drive type – PDL drive
  • Length – 12 foot 1 inch
  • Width – 0.88 of a meter
  • Weight capacity – 200 kilograms
  • Kayak weight fitted – 34 kilograms
  • Material – HD PE
  • Features – 4 star
  • Storage – 3 star
  • Stability – 3 star
  • Drainage – 3 star

Revolve 13 pedal fishing kayak

Revolve 13 Pedal Fishing Kayak

  • Price – $1,899
  • Drive type – Revolve drive
  • Length – 13 foot
  • Width – 0.85 of a meter
  • Weight capacity – 170 kilograms
  • Kayak weight fitted – 42 kilograms
  • Material – Polyethylene
  • Features – 4 star
  • Storage – 3 star
  • Stability – 3 star
  • Drainage – 3 star

BEAVERTAIL STEALTH 2000

Beavertail Stealth 2000

  • Price – $1,899
  • Drive type – Paddle
  • Length – 12 foot
  • Width – 0.91 of a meter
  • Weight capacity – 170 kilograms
  • Kayak weight fitted – 54 kilograms
  • Material – 100% custom compound polyethylene
  • Features – 2 star
  • Storage – 4 star
  • Stability – 3 star
  • Drainage – 2 star

Kayaks2Fish NextGen 10 MK II

Kayaks2Fish NextGen 10 MKII

Theses kayaks are excellent value for money and have become very popular amongst kayak anglers on a budget. They offer a good range of features and stability on the water. Several of our team members own these kayaks and have rated them well for lakes, rivers and the bay on calm conditions. Do be careful of marketing hype ( as shown below ) as these kayaks are advertised as extremely stable featuring commercials that look to be a little misleading filmed in calm conditions and shallow water. We have had mixed reactions in testing and mixed responses from many who have bought these kayaks. Many saying the kayaks are stable and excellent value for money and others saying the found the kayaks reasonably stable but needed to add stabilisers. If you get the chance test one yourself before buying to make your own conclusion as everyone will have different usage needs for the kayak and different skill and balance. 

  • Price – $749
  • Drive type – Paddle
  • Length – 10 foot
  • Width – 0.79 of a meter
  • Weight capacity – 185 kilograms
  • Kayak weight fitted – 25 kilograms
  • Material – UV10 Stabilized plastic Roto Moulded High-Density Polyethylene
  • Features – 3 star
  • Storage – 3 star
  • Stability – 3 star
  • Drainage – 3 star

Dragon Pro Fisher Kayak

Dragon Pro Fisher Kayak

These kayaks are also excellent value for money. Sold exclusively through BCF you can often pick up these kayaks for cheaper than $749 with regular specials. This is a no-frills kayak that offers a basic good range of features and stability on the water. Team member Mark used one of these kayaks for 12 months with much use out in the bay. He was pleased with its price, stability and he had added his own customisations with a basic sounder and extra storage. If you do plan do buy one of these do keep an eye on clearance sales from BCF. If you get the chance test one yourself before buying to make your own conclusion as everyone will have different usage needs for the kayak and different skill and balance. 

  • Price – $749
  • Drive type – Paddle
  • Length – 9 foot 1 inch
  • Width – 0.86 of a meter
  • Weight capacity – 150 kilograms
  • Kayak weight fitted – 22 kilograms
  • Material – virgin UV rated linear polyethylene
  • Features – 1 star
  • Storage – 2 star
  • Stability – 3 star
  • Drainage – 2 star

Pryml Legend Fishing Kayak

Pryml Legend Fishing Kayak

  • Price – $549
  • Drive type – Paddle
  • Length – 9 foot 4 inch
  • Width – 0.84 of a meter
  • Weight capacity – 140 kilograms
  • Kayak weight fitted – 22 kilograms
  • Material – UV linear polyethylene
  • Features – 2 star
  • Storage – 1 star
  • Stability – 1 star
  • Drainage – 1 star

Other noteworthy kayaks

 

OLD TOWN SPORTSMAN AUTOPILOT 120 MOTORISED KAYAK

Old Town Sportsman autopilot 120

Multiple delays getting this kayak into the country means that it’s still new and unproven. Please check back at a later date with more specifics once it’s here and been tested. This is an extravagant setup, with purpose-built electronics. But for most buyers, this will simply be out of there price point. 

  • Price – $8,499
  • Drive type – Motorized
  • Length – 12 feet 1 inch
  • Width – 0.94 of a meter
  • Weight capacity – 250 kilograms
  • Kayak weight fitted – 53 kilograms
  • Material – Single Layer Polyethylene
  • Features – 5 star
  • Storage – 3 star
  • Stability – TBC
  • Drainage – TBC

 

 

  • Viking Profish GT E with Bixpy Electric Jet – $3,999
  • Viking Pro Fish GT – $1,799
  • Pedal Pro Fish XL – $1,765
  • Viking Pro Fish 400 – $1,599
  • Pedalfish 10 – $1,533
  • Revolve 10 Pedal fishing Kayak – $1,499
  • Serge Fusion 10 pedal – $1,499
  • Pedal fish Sea Lion – $1,299
  • Kayaks2fish Triton – $1,099
  • Aqua Yak Ranger – $850
  • Malibu Stealth 12 – $849
  • Prymal Titan – $719
  • Dragon Slayer – $699
  • Gremlin 9x – $569
  • Aqua Yak snapper Pro – $550
  • Berkley angler kayak – $299

The real cost of owning a kayak

As we mentioned earlier buying a kayak is the first step. The second step is buying necessary items for safety, transportation, and accessories for usage. Yes, there there are many costs associated with owning a fishing kayak. Below is a rundown of some of the costs you can expect to take on once buying a fishing kayak.

  • Paddle – $100
  • Life Jacket – $150
  • Single rod holder with port – $50
  • Esky – $90
  • Leashes – $10
  • Kayak trolley wheels – $100
  • Basic Fishfinder ( Lowrance Hook Reveal 5x ) $379
  • Battery to power Fishfinder – $235
  • Fishfinder sun visor – $39
  • Fishfinder mount – $48
  • Tie-downs – $40
  • Trailer – $1,500
  • Roof racks – $250
  • You may also consider insurance to cover your kayak from theft or damage.

Fishing Kayak Buyers Guide. The video below walks you through the features and upgrades added to our Hobie pro Angler which you might find helpful.

Fishing Kayak stability guide

Stability should be the most important factor when buying a fishing kayak. Like price, there is a massive difference between models and brands. You get what you pay for so never don’t the importance of stability. Budget can get in the way of having a truly stable kayak.

I’ve received countless messages over the years from followers with horror stories nearly drowning after buying a supposedly stable kayak. When buying a kayak be very careful about the advertising you see and the recommendations of retail sales staff. Try not to belive all of the marketing hype and false advertising. It’s almost criminal how some of the low-end kayak manufacturers advertise their kayaks as extremely stable. This type of false advertising is what puts people’s lives at risk. Some making bold claims that their cheap kayak is as stable as a Hobie Pro Angler.

The best advice we can offer is if you’re unsure on stability choices that suit you than trial a fishing kayak before buying one. Some shops will allow you to try before you buy or have scheduled open trail days. You may also know someone who has the fishing kayak model that your interested in buying who would be willing to meet you and let you try it. I have actually don’t this on countless occasions to help others.

When it comes to stability you get what you pay for and nothing compares to high-end kayaks such as the Hobie pro angler but not everyone can afford one of these. The video below runs you through 10 fishing safety tips on a Native watercraft kayak and then we hot the water and find ourselves surrounded by a school of aggressive salmon.

Fishing Kayak Guide for usage and features

Before buying a Fishing kayak stop and consider these basic questions. Here are some points to stop and consider starting from the most basic ideas.

  • Will you use your kayak in lakes, rivers or offshore? ( this will influence the model you choose )
  • Will you travel frequently with your kayak
  • Are you able to lift a kayak on your car roof by yourself?
  • Would you prefer an elevated seat, so your not spending the session sitting in water
  • Do you prefer internal storage of fishing gear
  • Would you prefer a rudder so you can steer using hand controls instead of a paddle
  • Do you need a foot peddle kayak or are you OK with a basic paddle kayak
  • Will you require lots of accessories as Hobie has the biggest available range
  • Do you plan to ever use an electric motor

Asking yourself these questions before buying will help you to identify the most suitable brands and models.

Additions and corrections

Thanks for reading this Ultimate Fishing Kayak Buyers Guide 2021. If you have any questions, corrections or additions then please direct them to enquiries@fishingmad.com.au and we will get back to you as soon as we can.