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Top 10 Fishing Kayaks - Our Picks For Best Fishing Kayak Of 2015

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New and seasoned kayak anglers have more kayaks to choose from today than ever before. This can make the task of choosing the best fishing kayak 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.

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.

Wilderness Systems A.T.A.K best fishing kayak


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.

Jackson Kayak Kraken Offshore Fishing Kayak


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.

Native Watercraft Slayer Propel 13 pedal fishing kayak


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.

Hobie Outback hands free fishing kayak


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.

Jackson Coosa HD river fishing kayak


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.

Hobie Mirage Pro Angler 14


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.

Jackson Kayak Big Rig


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.

NuCanoe Pursuit fishing kayak


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.

Ocean Kayak Prowler Big Game II kayak.


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.

Old Town Predator 13


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.

Vibe Kayaks Sea Ghost 130

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# Dp4auburn 2015-09-17 19:11
Really surprised to see the sea ghost on here. Everyone I've talked to loves theirs. If it had a high seat option if would be a much bigger contender in the market. The $799 price point that includes everything you need to get on the water will take it far though.
# Blue Ranger 2015-09-18 13:48
I do a lot of blue water fishing and the hull storage on the Kracken is a big plus. That center hatch allows me to quickly store my catch. I have had a 150lb of fish in it
# Stevie G 2015-09-18 14:59
Feel Free Lure needs to be on here.
# louis-philippe 2015-09-18 14:59
Feelfree "Lure 13.5 and 11.5" is #1 to quebec, canada... 8) sorry for my anglis i am french lol
# coastieyaker 2015-09-18 16:04
surprised at the exclusion of the Feel Free Lure, but it is also a sign of the tight competition for the list
# techniq808 2015-09-19 13:37
Instead of the Coosa HD and BigRig the considered the FeelFree Lure 13.5 - IMHO. :-*
-4 # bwatts 2015-09-19 13:52
The Sea Ghost is low quality and is rightfully not on this list. All those features for only $799 screams generic. Made in China POS. Feel Free is made in Thailand. They try to make it appear as if they are made in New Zealand, but don't be fooled. All top of the line fishing kayaks are molded in the US. Also the Propel has no business being over the Outback. The Mirage Drive is a superior system. If you really need to go backwards, you can take the Mirage Drive out and put it in backwards. It takes 10 seconds.
+2 # RSmith 2015-09-19 16:13
Quoting bwatts:
Also the Propel has no business being over the Outback. The Mirage Drive is a superior system. If you really need to go backwards, you can take the Mirage Drive out and put it in backwards. It takes 10 seconds.

LMAO I hear folks saying this all the time... When you need reverse you don't have time to swap the damn mirage drive around. What do you do say "Ohh snap I need reverse, let me unhook my Mirage drive and snap it back in backwards, pedal 2x then swap it back again the correct way to adjust again.... RIGHT NO ONE EVER DOES THAT YOU ARE FULL OF CRAP!
# James T 2015-09-19 16:10
What happened, did FeelFree kayaks complain about not making the list and call out to their customers to comment... LOL
# Btown 2015-09-20 20:01
Propel is where it's at. Slayer Propel 13 run circles around the rest of them.
# raybilo 2015-09-23 08:00
Sorry, but not important because Feel Free did not make "The List" because they are #1 on my list. that's what counts to me.
# FatYak 2015-09-23 09:31
Just like F-150 vs Silverado you will never make everyone happy or it would be a top 100 kayaks list, and even then people would complain! I think it is a good list, especially for people who don't know much about fishing kayaks and want to learn about quality options. I would suggest your add the msrp so people know how much each cost.
# PredatorMX 2015-09-23 20:43
This is a great list of great kayaks! I am the proud owner of a Predator MX. I did much research before purchasing my yak and it fits me perfect. If I had more money I would have got a hobie as well to cover more water in less time for the Yak tourneys here in Ky on the larger bodies of water, but the Predator gets the job done. The choice would be different for each fishing situation and this list covers every situation with the kayaks mentioned. All quality!
# Btown 2015-09-24 19:44
This is a great list. The best thing about it is that it shows the amount of options that are available for the consumer. All of these kayaks could be number one in different categories.
# [email protected] 2015-12-27 00:41
thanks for the list. Prices would be nice next time.
# troutstalker 2015-12-31 11:46
None of these yaks would make my list. My number one yak is my 1995 Wilderness Systems Chesapeake.Beca use I fish for brook trout in the back country ponds of the Adirondack Mountains,I need a 36 pound kayak. All these yaks listed won't fit the bill!

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