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Cheap fishing kayaks under $400

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We recently asked our community to scour the internet for cheap or “budget” kayaks that could be easily used for kayak fishing. Our goal was to show any prospective kayak anglers that you can get into this great sport on a tight budget. So here is our list of cheap fishing kayaks you can buy for under $400.

*All prices were taken from the lowest internet price as of 08/10/12, MSRP may differ.

 

 

Pelican Pulse Angler 10

PRICE: $249.99*

Pelican Pulse Angler
FEATURES:

  • RAM-X hull is durable
  • Adjustable oversize foot pegs
  • 24.5"W x 44.5"L cockpit offers plenty of room
  • Molded seat with an adjustable, padded backrest for comfort
  • 2 flush-mount rod holders
  • Stern storage hatch with adjustable straps keeps your gear secure
  • Convenient paddle tie-down
  • Elastic bungee cords in the bow
  • Bow and stern carrying handles make getting the boat in and out of the water easy

LENGTH 10’
WIDTH 28"
WEIGHT 39 lbs
MAX CAPACIT 275 lbs



Heritage Angler 10

PRICE: $349.99*

Heritage Angler 10

FEATURES:

  • Constructed of polyethylene plastic for durability
  • Back band allows you to stand upright
  • Scotty Spin-Cast vertical rod holder in front of the paddler and 2 recessed, flush-mount rod holders behind the seat
  • Small storage compartment and a stern tank
  • Paddle clip

LENGTH 10'
WIDTH 30"
WEIGHT 46 lbs
MAX CAPACIT 325 lbs



Pelican Apex 100

PRICE: $369.99*

Pelican Apex 100

FEATURES:

  • Adjustable padded backrest
  • Bottle holder
  • Bow and stern carrying handles
  • Elastic bungee cords in stern
  • Molded footrests
  • Molded seat
  • Self-bailing design
  • Stern storage platform
  • Ram-X® Hull

LENGTH 10'
WIDTH 30"
WEIGHT 43 lbs
MAX CAPACIT 250 lbs



Potomac Tidewater 100 Angler Kayak

PRICE: $399.99*

Potomac Tidewater 100

FEATURES:

  • Ram-X ™ hull materials
  • Padded seat with adjustable backrest
  • Two flush mount rod holders
  • External rod holder
  • Deck mounted dry hatch
  • Stern tank well
  • Paddle keeper
  • Molded-in footrests
  • Deck bungee
  • Carry handles
  • Drain plug
  • Manufacturer's 2-year warranty

LENGTH 10'
WIDTH 30"
WEIGHT 45 lbs
MAX CAPACIT 250 lbs



Pelican Castaway 11

PRICE: $379.99*

Pelican Castaway 11

FEATURES:

  • Multilayered RAM-X hull is UV- and impact resistant
  • Self-bailing design keeps the cockpit clear of water when it gets rough
  • Molded seat with adjustable backrest and bottle holder for comfort
  • 2 flush-mount rod holders for convenience
  • Bow storage hatch to stow your gear; stern shock cords for additional storage options
  • Adjustable foot pegs for a customized fit
  • Paddle tie-down to safely store the paddle when not in use

LENGTH 11’6”
WIDTH 28.5"
WEIGHT 57 lbs
MAX CAPACIT 275 lbs

Hopefully the above boats have shown you that you don't have to break the bank to get out onto the water and start kayak fishing. A big thanks to navyation, magnetik, adam, soccerdad, Bayouscoot, RedFishJax, Buck306, and erickalvarez for scouring the internet for these budget kayaks!

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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.

Comments  

 
# Bob 2012-08-10 20:33
Good info for those folks who want to pull the trigger but are on the fence. I started with an '08 model Castaway DLX and was happy with it. I also have the Heritage Redfish 12 (not the box store version) that I am more than pleased with.
 
 
+3 # YakSushi 2012-08-10 21:40
That was the goal, to give new kayak anglers a cheaper option when starting. Some will complain that they don't have this or that but for under 400 bones your not going to be rocking a Jackson Cuda or Hobie PA. As long as it gets you out onto the water it good in my book! ;-)
 
 
# Westwindmike 2012-08-12 19:45
Thanks for this article. I'm currently looking for my first fishing kayak and am having a hard time making up my mind on which boat to buy. I guess I had it in my head that a 10' boat was too small and that I had to have a 12. The 12's seem too hard for me to cartop, so I'm seriously looking at the 10's again. I sat in the Heritage Angler 10 on Saturday and liked it except for the lack of a padded seat. I also looked at the Perception Pescador 10. I do like it a lot but it is $100 more than the Heritage.
 
 
# gotopless 2012-08-12 21:44
The pelicans are very tippy . I had the tidewater (it was under a pelican name.), which if you'll look close its the exact same kayak as the apex. I ended up getting a Future Beach Angler 144. Ive even seen them on sale for 375. Best of luck to whatever kayak you chose. The main thing is, get out there have some fun....
 
 
# soccerdad 2012-08-15 08:37
Just this week I bumped into a guy (turns out he is a fellow member of GKF) on the Chattahoochee river in Atlanta. I was wade fishing and he was in his Heritage Angler 10. I was impressed - good boat and he has rigged it well.
 
 
# whiteriveryak 2012-09-05 11:42
I just sold my Pelican Castaway 100. It was about $380-ish new. I sold it for $180. It came with 2 flush mount rod holders behind the seat and a rod holder in front of the cockpit. I feel like I got my money's worth out of it in less than one year of use. It's not going to satisfy an angler in big water, or that wants to stand up, but it will get you on the water. It's the same as the tidewater 100 shown above.
 
 
# nivek 2013-03-04 19:24
where did you get those prices cant find them for that cheap?
 
 
# YakSushi 2013-03-04 20:32
Quoting nivek:
where did you get those prices cant find them for that cheap?

All prices were taken from the lowest internet price as of 08/10/12, so the prices I found might have changed.
 
 
# seabass 2013-03-13 13:41
What is a "back band" and how does it help you stand upright in the heritage? Has anyone tested and can comment? Thanks.
 
 
# YakSushi 2013-03-13 14:15
Quoting seabass:
What is a "back band" and how does it help you stand upright in the heritage? Has anyone tested and can comment? Thanks.

Seabass, unfortunately Heritage no longer makes the Redfish, Native Watercarft has taken over the Redfish line. The featured mentioned I believe is referring to the lack of anything in the seat pan of the kayak. I'm not sure why they listed this as a feature... Unless they thought it would allow people to also stand in the seat pan area of the kayak... Wish I had more info sorry. :sigh:
 
 
# Rick Liiby 2013-03-30 00:45
What is a good pedal powered kayak that is stable and still reltively inexpensive?

Rick
 
 
# YakSushi 2013-08-14 15:50
Quoting Rick Liiby:
What is a good pedal powered kayak that is stable and still reltively inexpensive?

Rick


Rick you will be very hard pressed to find any peddle kayak that is under $1400 new. You are going to have to find a used one. Both Hobie and Native Watercarft make pedal drive kayaks.
 
 
# Craig1802 2013-04-14 22:46
I am currently looking for a fishing kayak. I have fished the bays my whole life out of a boat but I want to try it out with a kayak. I like the Native redfish angler 10' and I think that would be a good fit for me. If anyone on here has a kayak that is similar for sale please let me know! Thanks
 
 
# YakSushi 2013-04-15 05:44
Quoting Craig1802:
I am currently looking for a fishing kayak. I have fished the bays my whole life out of a boat but I want to try it out with a kayak. I like the Native redfish angler 10' and I think that would be a good fit for me. If anyone on here has a kayak that is similar for sale please let me know! Thanks

Craig you might also try posting to our "Buy Sell and Trade" forum.
 
 
# TOPLESSANGLER 2013-12-12 08:09
Anyone has info on the Ascend D10T
 
 
# YakSushi 2013-12-12 09:27
Quoting TOPLESSANGLER:
Anyone has info on the Ascend D10T


Here is a review by one of our users:

http://www.yakangler.com/fishing-kayak-review/314-ascend-d10t

I personally have not tried on out.
 
 
# Robb 2014-07-27 22:05
I am looking for a kayak new or used looking for good advise
 
 
# YakSushi 2014-07-28 05:46
Quoting Robb:
I am looking for a kayak new or used looking for good advise

Robb the best place to get great advice would be the forums. Head over there and ask your questions. We have a great community of kayak anglers that are always willing to help answer questions.
 

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