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Top 10 Fishing Kayaks - Our Picks For Best Fishing Kayak Of 2014

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We decided to take a different direction this year for our Top 10 Fishing Kayaks list. We polled the kayak fishing community and came up with an initial list of nineteen fishing kayaks. From there, we asked our staff to rank these 19 from a “best overall fishing kayak” standpoint. With this input from the public and our staff, here are what we think are the best “all-around” fishing kayaks currently available on the market.

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.

 

Like or don’t like the kayaks in our list? Tell us how wonderful and smart we are, or that we don’t have a clue, in the comments below. Click here to see the Top 10 Fishing Kayak for 2013.

 
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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.

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+1 # Joe Hays 2014-10-23 11:10
Not sure why you put 2015 kayaks in the best of 2014 kayaks..
 
 
# FatYak 2014-10-23 11:52
Quoting Joe Hays:
Not sure why you put 2015 kayaks in the best of 2014 kayaks..


Think they wanted to distinguish that they put the 2015 Outback in the top spot not the other models as they are much different. All the models on this list are currently available for purchase by the public.
 
 
# Bill Liston 2014-10-23 14:45
Seriously! No mention of any Ocean Kayak? I guess the new requirement of a fishing kayak be a lawn chair and a pre rigged for 87 different attachments.
 
 
# YakSushi 2014-10-23 15:31
Quoting Bill Liston:
Seriously! No mention of any Ocean Kayak? I guess the new requirement of a fishing kayak be a lawn chair and a pre rigged for 87 different attachments.


Number 4 on the list.... :o
 
 
# Snakegirl 2014-10-23 15:57
No Hobie Revo
 
 
# apoly 2014-10-24 03:27
What about stealth kayaks ? Why they are not in your list ?
 
 
# Renrag39 2014-10-24 13:33
All barges, bar the Reload. All very good I'm sure but I guess this is an American market bias.
 
 
# biscuitlad 2014-10-29 09:06
Yep, fat plastic yaks only. Very disappointing. Guess you guys don't get out to sea very often...
 
 
# YakSushi 2014-10-29 11:16
Quoting biscuitlad:
Yep, fat plastic yaks only. Very disappointing. Guess you guys don't get out to sea very often...

Biscuitlad, what would have made your top 10 list for “best overall fishing kayak”?
 
 
+1 # HarryHalibut 2014-10-31 09:30
The Jackson Big Rig should be on here. A great kayak for those who are vertically gifted and abundantly proportioned.
 
 
# Yak Chum 2014-11-03 09:38
Quoting HarryHalibut:
The Jackson Big Rig should be on here. A great kayak for those who are vertically gifted and abundantly proportioned.


Completely Agreed!
 
 
# Jesse12 2015-08-28 08:17
When will the 2015 list be published?
 

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