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Top 10 Fishing Kayaks 2013

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2013 saw many companies following the industry trend of the “lawn chair” style kayak seat. Six of this year’s best fishing kayaks picked in our community poll have a framed seat, proving consumers are looking at comfort while fishing as one of their top priorities. Half the kayaks from last year’s Top Ten list managed to stay on for 2013, and almost half are brand new models for 2013/14.

top 10 fishing kayaks 2013 chart

1. Old Town “Predator 13” is new this year and was the top pick among kayak fishermen, capturing 15% of the votes. Old Town has two Predator models: the Predator 13, and the more maneuverable “Predator MX”.


predator 13 fishing kayak


2. Hobie “Mirage Pro Angler 14” made the list again this year. The Hobie Pro Angler 14 was picked by 12% of the kayak fishermen surveyed. There are two models of Mirage Pro Angler the 12 and 14.


Hobie proangler 14 fishing kayak


3. Native Watercraft “Slayer 14.5” rounded out the top three fishing kayaks with a little over 11% of the votes. This was Native’s best-selling fishing kayak for 2013. There are two Slayer models - the Slayer 14.5 and 12 - and a Propel pedal model will be released this fall.


slayer 145


4. The Hobie “Outback” came in fourth with 7% of the community votes. The Outback and Pro Angler are the only two pedal kayaks in our list this year.


hobie outback ocean kayak


5. Wilderness Systems “Ride 115X” was fifth on our list. This new Ride model from Wilderness adds the Phase 3 Air Pro seating system and removable electronics console. Wilderness Systems has two other Ride kayaks: the “115” and “135”.


Ride 115X river fishing kayak


6. The Jackson Kayak “Cuda 12” was right behind the Ride 115X and Outback, picking up 5% of the votes for sixth place. Jackson Kayak has two different Cuda versions: a 12’ and 14’ model.


Jackson cuda 12 kayak for fishing


7. Ocean Kayak “Trident 13” was tied for seventh with 4% of the vote. This well-rounded fishing kayak comes in three different models in 11’, 13’, and 15’ lengths.


Ocean Kayak Trident 13


8. Feel Free’s “Moken 14” picked up 4% to tie for seventh place. Feel Free makes three versions of their signature fishing kayak: the “Moken 10 Lite”, “12.5”, and “14”.


Moken 14 kayak


9. NuCanoe’s “Frontier 12” was the third kayak tied for seventh place with 4%. NuCanoe also added a 10’ version to their lineup this year.


Frontier 12 kayak


10. The Jackson Kayak “Kilroy” is another new kayak this year, and picked up the last spot on the list with a little over 3% of the votes. The Kilroy is also the only sit-in kayak that has ever made our list.




Last modified on Monday, 24 November 2014 14:17
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.


# Sterling Novotny 2013-12-30 22:31
Where is some more info on NUMBERS of kayaks sold? where did you get these stats from??
# YakSushi 2013-12-31 06:03
Quoting Sterling Novotny:
Where is some more info on NUMBERS of kayaks sold? where did you get these stats from??

Most kayak companies are privately owned and do not give out their sales data to the public. We polled the public to get our results.
# Ronan McCarter 2014-04-01 05:00
HUH I like my SIERRA ANGLER 2014 it has an anglers seat and all of the stuf that u need to get u started
# steve02 2015-06-21 06:18
nice article. i really love old town vapor. i guess the predecessor vapor 10 was continued to be improved. by the which kayak paddle should suit these kayaks. i read about the shoreline marine kayak paddle. may be you guys should check it out. http://bestgamefishing.com/best-kayak-paddle/

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