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5 Fishing Kayaks Under $500

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Talking to many perspective kayak anglers, one thing I often hear is “I can’t afford a $1,000 - $2,000 kayak”. Many fishermen looking at buying a kayak feel overwhelmed by the cost of many popular fishing kayaks. Folks you don't need to rock a 2K dollar kayak to catch fish. I’ve compiled a list of 5 sit on top kayaks that are under $500, giving you some cheaper options to get out onto the water and fish.


Please see our updated 2017 version of this article here

*All prices were taken from the lowest internet price as of 10/4/11, MSRP may differ.


Ocean Kayak Scrambler 11 Kayak

PRICE: $442.00*



  • Molded-in seat well
  • 6" Cam Lock Hatch with storage bucket
  • Oversized tank well with bungee
  • Molded-in cup holder
  • Built-in ergonomic bow and stern handles
  • Side mounted carrying handles
  • Paddle keepers


LENGTH 11' 6.5"
WIDTH 29.5"
WEIGHT 49 lbs
MAX CAPACIT 300-350 lbs


Emotion Stealth Kayak

PRICE: $450.95*



  • (Comfort Rest System) CRS Seat provides comfort & fold down convenience
  • Triple Threat Fishing Configuration 2 flush mount & 1 deck mount rod holder
  • Ledge Lock Paddle Keepers to secure the paddle when not in use
  • Molded in Freedom Foot Wells for
  • comfortable & secure foot bracing
  • Large Solace Hatch for storing additional gear inside the kayak


LENGTH 10' 3"
WEIGHT 51 lbs


Ascend FS12T Sit On Top Angler Kayak

PRICE: $479.99*



  • Advanced computer designed, hydrodynamically shaped hull
  • Made from the highest quality virgin high density linear polyethylene
  • Large open cockpit design
  • Ergonomic, cushioned, and adjustable seat and five-position foot rests
  • Versatile storage in cockpit, multipurpose sternwell, and dry storage hatch in the bow
  • Dual position, quick hold bungee paddlekeepers
  • Threaded, sealed drain plug and multiple drain holes
  • Dual flush mount rod holders
  • Fully adjustable, light tackle rod holder


WEIGHT 56 lbs


 Malibu Kayaks Mini X

PRICE: $480.00*



  • All the features of the X-Factor in a 9' boat
  • Flush mount rod holders
  • Round hatches
  • Large center hatch


LENGTH     9' 3"
WIDTH     33.5"
WEIGHT     40 lbs
MAX CAPACITY     325 lbs


Pelican Apex Kayak 130 DLX

PRICE: $480.00*



  • Molded footrests
  • Bow storage hatch
  • Elastic bungee cords in stern
  • Self-bailing design
  • Adjustable padded backrest
  • Stern storage platform
  • Bow and stern carrying handles
  • Molded seat with bottle holder


WEIGHT 63 lbs

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Mark Watanabe

Mark "YakSushi" Watanabe is the Co. Founder of YakAngler.com, "He built this site!". He considers himself a mediocre fisherman and an unexceptional writer. He's the devoted father of a ton of little sushis (Air Quotes) and everyday tech ninja.


+1 # inrll 2011-10-06 21:19
Great article idea!
# YakSushi 2011-10-07 07:38
Quoting inrll:
Great article idea!

Thanks, so many people feel like because they see many of us in 1k+ boats that they can afford to get into the sport. I thought this might help.
# Aiden 2012-08-01 08:15
Wher do these come from
# YakSushi 2012-08-01 08:30
Quoting Aiden:
Wher do these come from

All the boat prices were pulled from the internet while researching the kayak prices "October 2011". Since then some prices may be different.
# Steve-o 2016-10-04 16:49
**Update** the FS12T is now $600 at Bass Pro, but has great reviews and more than likely worth the wait if you are saving for your kayak.

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