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The Best Kayaks of 2015

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The kayak fishing industry continues to grow at a phenomenal rate and with it, innovations in kayak designs. New kayaks have been introduced and older molds received much needed improvements. While lots of kayaks changed, these five, in no particular order, have made the biggest splash in 2015.


The Kraken- Jackson   $1800, $2000 with rudder.



At 15’ 7”, the Kraken has caught a lot of attention this year. It is built as a big water paddling kayak and was the long time dream of Jim Sammons. Unlike most long distance kayaks, this one also adds stability without giving up much speed.


Length (ft, in)    15′ 7″

Width (in)   30″

Height   15.5″

Weight   85lbs (90 w/seat, 110 with all standard accessories)

Capacity   400 lbs



The Thresher 155- Wilderness Systems   $1500, $1700 with rudder.



You’ve heard of junk in the trunk, well the Thresher moved the trunk to the front. Offering one of the largest available covered front wells, it can hold more than just a Plano box. Made for long trips and big water, the Thresher is the big brother (on steroids) to the Tarpon series from Wilderness Systems. Available in 14 and 15 and a half foot models, these kayaks offer accessories and innovation at every turn. If you haven’t paddled one yet, you should fix that.


Length  15'6"

Width   30"

Height   14.75”

Weight   80 lbs

Capacity   450 lbs



The Slayer Propel 10- Native Watercraft  $2300


The knock on pedal craft has long been weight. Woody Calloway at Native sought to break that barrier and succeeded with the Slayer Propel 10. Weighing in at only 57 pounds, you can haul the 10 without a trailer. Heck, you can carry it on your shoulder. Great weight capacity and the Propel drive are tops on reasons to buy one. It is also easy to paddle should the inclination strike. Probably the best 10 foot boat I’ve ever been in; you should give it a look.


Length: 10'

Width:  34"

Weight:  57 lbs

Height   13"

Capacity:   500 lbs



The Outback (2015)- Hobie Cat $2300



How long have Outback fans been waiting for a good standing platform and a nice chair seat? Those dreams were answered this year. For those wanting something more manageable than a Pro Angler and wanting the ease of the Mirage Drive while still getting a frame style seat, they now have the kayak they wanted. The critics have now been answered. This could be a really big year for the Outback.


Length: 12'1”

Width:  33"

Weight:  78 lbs

Height   15"

Capacity:   400 lbs



Lure 13.5- Feel Free  $1500, $1650 with rudder.



The Lure 10 and 11.5 reeled us all in with the comfortable seat and revolutionary height adjustment system. Combined with the stability, the only thing missing was a longer offering. Enter the Feel Free Lure 13.5. Taking all the great things of its predecessors and building on them, the 13.5 is a paddle kayak almost everyone can enjoy.

Length: 13'5”

Width:  36"

Weight:   95 lbs

Height   15"

Capacity:   500 lbs



Bonus Kayaks

Folks are still arguing whether motorized kayaks and barge sized pedal kayaks are actually kayaks at all. It really doesn’t matter for the purposes here. I realize these two kayaks have more of a niche market than others but they broke some barriers this year. For more on these, click on the links provided.

Predator XL- Old Town

Pro Angler 17T- Hobie Cat

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Chris Payne

I've been fishing over 30 years and the majority of my time on the water has been spent in Texas with the occasional trips out of state. In 2003 I bought my first kayak and a new era in my fishing life was born. I learned the ropes quickly about gear, paddling, fishing, packing, safety and got a degree from the school of hard knocks with a major in kayak fishing. I learned a lot of ways to not do something.

I love kayak fishing and I want to share it with as many people as possible. That's the bottom line. 

Website: www.kayakfishingblog.com

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# Justmarty 2014-10-20 22:42
:lol: Love them all their is no bad kayak but love the picks
# Pete Nunnery 2014-10-22 16:20
Hobie 14 and 17T rule. That is all.
# Geoff 2015-02-24 10:16
Go Native or go home 8)

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