New and seasoned kayak anglers have more kayaks to choose from today than ever before. This can make the task of choosing the best kayak for fishing a little overwhelming. That is why we’ve listed our Top 10 fishing kayaks for 2015. We used the same selection process as last year; we polled over 1000 people, and came up with a list of twenty three fishing kayaks. From those, our staff of anglers from around the country narrowed them to the Top 10 lineup.
Hobie unveiled the ultimate portable fishing vessel this past week at Outdoor Retailer 2015. The “i11s” is an extremely stable inflatable SUP that integrates with Hobie’s MirageDrive system. The clean and open deck of the i11s allows the kayak angler the ability to set it up specifically for them. We had a chance to test out the i11s at Outdoor Retailer and were extremely impressed.
Wilderness Systems gives one of their best performing fishing hulls a reboot with the “Tarpon 130x” fishing kayak. The hull of Tarpon 130x has remained basically the same, but Wilderness Systems has added several new features that are sure to make it stand out in today’s competitive fishing kayak market.
As kayak anglers, you know space is at a premium. That is why the new Bending Branches “Angler Optimus” is so exciting. The Angler Optimus will transform your standard Bending Branches Angler kayak paddle into an all-in-one paddle, push pole, stake-out pole, and canoe paddle system.
With the introduction of the “Ultimate FX” series of kayaks last year, I knew it was only a matter of time before Native Watercraft added the hands-free fishing capabilities of the Propel drive. Last month at ICAST 2015, we got our first look at their prototype “Ultimate FX 13 Propel” and some of the cool additions they have made specifically to the Propel version.
Kayak anglers are constantly modifying their kayaks – adding some rod holders, an internal hatch for storage, mounts for GoPro and other waterproof video cameras... This DIY spirit runs deep in the kayak fishing community, but all this drilling, cutting, and gluing can have a price: rigging remorse.
At ICAST last year Wilderness Systems gave us a sneak peak at the “A.T.A.K”. There were so many cool and unique features about this fishing kayak but we were sworn to secrecy with the threat of an untimely demise by Confluence Outdoors Marketing Manager Evan Lyendecker.
Eddyline is batting 1000 at their first trip to ICAST. They picked up the award for Best Boat and Best of Show with the “C135”. We stopped by their booth to get a full walkthrough of their flagship fishing kayak.