1 Wilderness Systems “A.T.A.K.” – New this year, the Wilderness Systems A.T.A.K is an extremely versatile fishing kayak. The A.T.A.K has aspects from some of the most popular angling kayaks in the Wilderness Systems lineup. These include the ultra-comfortable “Air Pro Max” seat, stable hull, and multiple gear tracks. Also included is the FlexPod OS, which allows you to easily mount any electronics, available Torqeedo motor, or possible pedal-drive system (which we hope will work with the A.T.A.K). The versatility of the A.T.A.K is why it was our top pick for best fishing kayak of 2015.
2 Jackson Kayak “Kraken 15.5” – Jackson Kayak’s blue-water fishing machine, the Kraken 15.5 is the brainchild of designer Tony Lee and kayak fishing legend Jim Sammons. Called “A paddler’s fishing kayak” by many, the Kraken 15.5 has the speed, glide, and adjustable trim to get kayak anglers out to where the big girls live. A large hinged center hatch allows all your rods and fishing gear to be safely stowed below deck. A large bait pump scupper works with the included KKrate live well. The Kraken comes in 13.5’ and 15.5’ models.
3 Native Watercraft "Slayer Propel 13" – Number five on last year’s Top 10, the Slayer Propel 13 moves up to number three this year. The clean and stable deck, comfortable “First Class” seat, and the only pedal drive on the market that offers reverse are all aspects our staff and voters loved. Native Watercraft makes the Slayer Propel in 10’ and 13’ models.
4 Hobie "Mirage Outback" – The Outback has made our list for the past three years, and that shouldn’t be a surprise for anyone who has fished out of one. Hobie has made a solid fishing kayak that was recently updated to solve many of the complaints kayak anglers had about previous models. The framed “Vantage CT” seat, flattened deck, and updated MirageDrive with Glide Technology are why the Outback made our list again this year. The Outback comes in the standard and LE (Limited Edition) versions.
5 Jackson Kayak “Coosa HD” – Released this year, the Jackson Kayak Coosa HD adds on to the already-popular Coosa model. The hull is slightly wider and longer, giving the Coosa HD more stability and better tracking. A removable center console allows you to mount electronics that can be easily taken out when not in use. The Coosa HD is still a river fishing kayak, but will perform well on lakes and inshore coastlines.
6 Hobie “Mirage Pro Angler 14” – We have had a Mirage Pro Angler model on our Top 10 kayaks list every year since 2012, and for good reason: they are the SUVs of the kayak fishing world. The Mirage Pro Angler 14 was updated last year with a retractable skeg for increased tracking. The H-Rail has replaced the standard hand rails, and the PA14 now comes standard with the new MirageDrive with ST Turbo Blue Fins.
7 Jackson Kayak “Big Rig” – The Big Rig is the perfect kayak for anglers looking for a large, stable platform to stand and fish, and still say they own a kayak. The hull of the Big Rig was designed to have the performance of a kayak with the stability of a boat. The Big Rig comes Power-Pole Micro Anchor-ready, and includes a ton of bonus kayak fishing accessories.
8 NuCanoe “Pursuit” – Once synonymous with large, stable fishing kayaks, NuCanoe took a new direction with the Pursuit. The Pursuit was designed to be much faster than the Frontier and original NuCanoe, but still offer the stability and clean deck that made NuCanoe such a popular company with kayak fisherman. The Pursuit comes with four build-in rod tubes, gear tracks throughout, and the “Pursuit Seating System” that gives you 5” of high-low travel.
9 Ocean Kayak "Prowler Big Game II" - The Prowler Big Game II made the list again this year. The “Element Seating System” gives the paddler three different positions: Travel, Attack, and Stand-Up. Solid performance and a well thought-out deck have helped the Prowler Big Game II become a favorite among kayak anglers.
10 Old Town "Predator 13" - The Predator 13 is very similar to the Prowler Big Game II; we think this is why they have been ranked so closely together the past two years. The Predator 13 has rod tip protectors and solid molded-in bow and stern handles. Predators come in three different models: the smallest MX, the 13, and the XL with Minn Kota motor.
Honorable Mention: The Vibe Kayaks “Sea Ghost 130” was submitted frequently by the community, but the lack of staff seat time in the kayak caused it not to make the official list. The Sea Ghost 130 comes equipped with a retractable rudder system, four flush-mount rod holders, paddle, and deluxe kayak seat.