1 Hobie "Mirage Outback" (2015) - The updated 2015 Hobie Mirage Outback solves many of the complaints kayak anglers had about previous models. The addition of a framed “Vantage CT” seat, a cockpit facelift, flattened deck, and updated MirageDrive with Glide Technology are why we choose the Hobie Mirage Outback as our number one pick for best all-around fishing kayak.
2 Jackson Kayak "Cuda 12" - The Jackson Kayak Cuda 12 is a close second. It comes ready to fish straight from the factory, with a ton of accessories from RAM®, GoPro™, and Nalgene. This rigging plus great performance in a multitude of waters and conditions place the Cuda 12 near the top of our list. Jackson Kayak makes the Cuda in 12’ and 14’ models.
3 Old Town "Predator 13" - The Old Town Predator 13 is a solid all-around fishing kayak that was number one on last year’s list. We love the removable mounting plates on the Predator line - no more worrying about putting holes in your kayak.
4 Ocean Kayak "Prowler Big Game II" - The Ocean Kayak Prowler Big Game II has many of the same features as the Old Town Predator 13, but with added weight capacity.
5 Native Watercraft "Slayer Propel 13" - Love using your legs to pedal, but want the added benefit of reverse? The Slayer Propel 13 should be your next fishing kayak. Native makes the Slayer Propel in 10’ and 13’ models.
6 Hobie "Mirage Pro Angler 12" (2015) - Many kayak anglers consider the Hobie Mirage Pro Angler series to be the Cadillacs of kayak fishing. Although not classified as a kayak by Hobie, the Mirage Pro Anglers seem to make our list every year. Hobie has three models of Mirage Pro Anglers: the 17T, 14, and 12.
7 Viking Kayaks "Profish Reload" - New to the US, the Profish Reload is a good all-around performer that truly excels in larger bodies of water. The many fishing features and its “paddability” landed the Profish Reload on our list.
8 Wilderness Systems “Ride 115X” - The addition of the “Phase 3 AirPro Max” seat and well -thought-out deck make the Ride 115X one of our Top 10 picks for 2014. Wilderness Systems makes the Ride in two lengths - 11.5’ and 13.5’.
9 Jackson Kayak “Big Tuna” - The only tandem on our list, the Jackson Kayak Big Tuna has become the go-to fishing kayak for many of our staff members.
10 Feelfree “Lure 11.5” - Released late last year, the Feelfreel Lure 11.5 took the kayak fishing industry by storm with its multi-level “Gravity Seat” and clean, open fishing deck. Feelfree now has Lure models in 10’, 11.5’, and 13.5’ lengths.
Honrable Mention: The Wilderness Systems “Ride 135 Max” (2015) was not available to the public when this list was created, or it would likely have made it towards the top of our list. We have always liked the Ride series, and the addition of the Phase 3 AirPro Max seat makes this kayak even better.
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