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Thursday, 01 May 2014 00:00

10 Fishing Kayaks Under $1000

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Kayak fishing is a way for anglers to get onto the water without a huge investment in equipment. With the skyrocketing popularity of fishing kayaks, manufacturers have pushed the envelope and are designing fishing-specific kayak models with features only dreamed of a few years ago. However, these features come at a cost (literally).

With prices continuing to increase, we decided to come up with a list of kayaks that you can get into for under a grand. All the kayaks on our Top 10 Fishing Kayaks list needed to be from reputable manufacturers, and each fill a specific neigh in the kayak fishing community.

The list runs from lowest to highest manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP). With a little research, you might be able to find these kayaks on sale for less.

Emotion Kayaks "Grand Slam Angler"

Emotion Kayaks Grand Slam Angler

MSRP: $799.00 - [Read the reviews]


  • ST Performance Hull
  • Dual tankwell with cargo net
  • Bow storage hatch
  • Two flush mount rod holders
  • Adjustable foot braces


  • Weight: 72 lbs
  • Length: 14’5"
  • Width: 30.5”
  • Weight capacity: 350 lbs



NuCanoe “Classic 12”

NuCanoe Classic 12

MSRP: $799.00 - [Read the reviews]


  • Modular Bench Seats
  • Six Seat Positions
  • Can be rigged tandem or solo
  • Sealed hull
  • Ultra stable


  • Weight: 77 lbs
  • Length: 12’
  • Width: 42”
  • Weight capacity: 525 lbs


Native Watercraft “Ultimate 12 Basic”

Native Watercraft Ultimate 12 Basic

MSRP: $899.00 - [Read the reviews]


  • Air-Lite Seating System
  • Tunnel Hull
  • Stable sitting and standing platform


  • Weight: 50 lbs
  • Length: 12’1”
  • Width: 30”
  • Weight capacity: 350 lbs


Jackson “Cruise 12”

Jackson Kayak Cruise 12

MSRP: $949.00 - [Read the reviews]


  • Elite Hi-Lo seat
  • Bow hatch
  • Stand assist strap
  • Accessory hatch
  • Stern bungee storage area


  • Weight: 68 lbs
  • Length: 12’3”
  • Width: 31.5”
  • Weight capacity: 350 lbs


Wilderness Systems “Commander 120”

Wilderness Systems Commander 120

MSRP: $969.00 - [Read the reviews]


  • AirPro Freedom Elite Seat
  • SlideTrax mounting system
  • Skid Plate
  • Extended thigh and knee padding
  • Stern bungee storage area


  • Weight: 64 lbs
  • Length: 12’
  • Width: 30.25”
  • Weight capacity: 400 lbs


Feelfree “Lure 10”

Feelfree Lure 10

MSRP: $999.00 - [Read the reviews]


  • Gravity multi-level seat
  • Uni Track mounting system
  • Front oval hinge hatch
  • Rear flush mounted rod holders
  • Center console


  • Weight: 69 lbs
  • Length: 10’
  • Width: 36”
  • Weight capacity: 375 lbs


Ocean Kayak “Trident 11”

Ocean Kayak Trident 11

MSRP: $999.00 - [Read the reviews]


  • Comfort Hybrid seat back
  • Battery storage bag
  • Modular Fishing Pod
  • Rear flush mounted rod holders
  • Transducer-compatible scupper


  • Weight: 56 lbs
  • Length: 11’5”
  • Width: 30.5”
  • Weight capacity: 400 lbs


Hurricane “Skimmer 116”

Hurricane Skimmer 116

MSRP: $999.00 - [Read the reviews]


  • Bow storage hatch
  • Accessory hatch
  • Cup holder
  • Adjustable foot braces
  • AireStream seat


  • Weight: 42 lbs
  • Length: 11’6”
  • Width: 30.5”
  • Weight capacity: 300 lbs


Jackson Kayak “SUPerFISHal”

Jackson Kayak SUPerFISHal

MSRP: $999.00 - [Read the reviews]


  • Stable standing platform
  • Adapts for use with cooler as seat
  • Multiple mounting points
  • Accessory tray
  • Multiple included RAM and GoPro accessories


  • Weight: 69 lbs
  • Length: 11’7”
  • Width: 35”
  • Weight capacity: 350 lbs


Wilderness Systems “Ride 135”

Wilderness Systems Ride 135

MSRP: $999.00 - [Read the reviews]


  • AirPro Freedom Elite Seat
  • Recessed, No-Snag deck fittings
  • Skid Plate
  • Orbix bow and midship hatches
  • SlideTrax mounting system


  • Weight: 82 lbs
  • Length: 13’6”
  • Width: 31.5”
  • Weight capacity: 550 lbs

There are many great fishing kayaks that could have been added to this list. Did we miss one you think should have been added? Feel free to leave us a note below in the comments.

Read 53285 times Last modified on Thursday, 01 May 2014 08:01
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.


-2 # MarkyMark 2014-05-01 08:22
$999 should not count on this list. There are many solid boats that can be had for 800 and under.
+1 # WildCat 2014-05-01 08:37
Quoting MarkyMark:
$999 should not count on this list. There are many solid boats that can be had for 800 and under.

I just did a search and they have articles about kayaks under $400, under $500, under $600, and under $700. So you are mad they skipped 8 and 9 hundred? lol
+1 # Kayakjak 2014-05-01 08:25
The Emotion Stealth 11 is an incredible fishing machine for just $500 as well.
+2 # MarkyMark 2014-05-01 08:56
I suppose I stand corrected. I didnt see those other articles.
+2 # MarkyMark 2014-05-01 09:10
No wildcat you are right. I posted too quickly.
# Dan Roloff 2014-05-01 16:17
He didn't say these are the only kayaks for under $1000, it is just a few of them.

Mark with all the kayak companies you could make this a monthly article showing off four or five at a time. Keep up the good work.
+2 # Percfish 2014-05-02 00:56
How bout some love for the hobie quest! Last I checked it was 999 including a fiberglass paddle. Not quite the battleship that comprises most of this list but a very fishy rig!
+2 # Rontbeamer 2014-05-02 07:34
Malibu X-13 should be on this list.
I sold a couple of the kayaks on this list for one reason or another still have the Malibu X-13 because it's a great paddling boat.
# Elkhorn 2014-05-16 19:41
I would not count as "fishing" kayaks ones that have no recessed rod holders or tracks in place. Big difference between the Trident 11 and the Feelfree Lure 10 and boats like the Jackson Cruise, Hurricane Skimmer, and Native Watercraft Ultimate 12 Basic that have neither. These latter boats are ones that can be altered for fishing but that is not the same thing as a boat that I can take from the store and be out on the water fishing in minutes with nothing to rivet to the boat.
# Cameronh2612 2018-02-09 21:52
all the vibe kayaks should be on this list

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