Using an inflatable fishing kayak has many advantages. They are easy to transport in the trunk of your car and to store in your home even with limited space. You can easily find the best fishing spots as the inflatable kayaks are usually light enough to carry down trails to those out of the way secret spots. You also have the advantage of exploring different terrains and they are durable and light enough to carry across shallow or rocky areas of the river or lake you are fishing.
There are several options when searching for the right inflatable kayak to suit your needs. You will want to decide if you need a tandem or single, reasonable weight for back carrying down trails, and the added extras like rod holders and trolling motor attachments. Below you will find our recommended best inflatable fishing kayak and what it and others can offer you for your outdoor adventures.
The Coleman Colorado 2 Person Fishing Kayak is our pick as the best inflatable fishing kayak for 2016. It is priced well and constructed for rugged lake use with multiple air chambers for added safety in the event of a puncture. This kayak has adjustable seats for added comfort, rod holders for hands-free fishing, handles for ease of pulling in and out of water, and attachments for a Seyvlor trolling motor. This fishing kayak holds two people up to 470 lbs. and weighs about 40 lbs. Reviewers of the Coleman Colorado 2 person fishing kayak rave about the high quality, durable construction and stability on the water, even in rougher waters. Set up is fast and easy at an average time of about 10 minutes from car to water. They love the ample storage space and d-rings for hooking on extras. One minor con about this inflatable kayak is that the fishing rod holders can get in the way of paddling.
The Advanced Elements StraitEdge Angler Kayak is wide beamed and features a patented aluminum ribbed frame for added sturdiness and superior tracking. This is a single person inflatable kayak with high-backed seats for lumbar support and includes two rod holders, paddle holders, and abrasion pads for added durability. It includes a removable mounting rail that allows you customize your inflatable kayaks with the extras that appeal to you. The kayak weighs 41 lbs. with a weight capacity of 300 lbs. Customers love that this inflatable fishing kayak arrives pre-assembled, inflating and deflating in a matter of minutes. Even though this kayak is more expensive than most it does not include a pump or paddle.
The Sevylor Tahiti Hunt and Fish Kayak has a rugged design for lake use and multiple air chambers to stay afloat in the event of a puncture. It is designed to be low profile with a color that allows you to blend into the natural environment. This very affordable, tandem inflatable kayak, with a 400 lb. weight capacity, is very easy to haul weighing just 19 lbs. deflated. It is a great starter boat for those just delving into the world of kayaking. Customer reviews rave about its surprising sturdiness even with children and dogs onboard. The major flaw with this inflatable kayak is it does not include a pump and has the optional add-on of sold separately skeg. Buy the skeg! Without the skeg it will not track that well.
The Hobie Mirage i9s Kayak is priced higher than most of your standard inflatable fishing kayaks. However, it has a unique feature for all day anglers that want to explore large areas. Along with hand paddles, it also has the patented MirageDrive pedal which turns the fins into propeller blade! This added feature allows for longer trips that require endurance as you let your leg muscles do the work. The Hobie Mirage does weigh quite a bit more than most inflatable kayaks at 66 lbs. with a weight capacity of 325 lbs. However, it also features a rolling storage bag making it very easy to transport. Customers love this inflatable kayak for its efficient tracking, superior comfort, and sturdiness on the water.
The Intex Explorer K2 Kayak has a highly visible, sporty, streamlined design that is appealing to the eye and allows for easy movement through the water. This 2-person inflatable fishing kayak is light, at just 32 lbs., and compact for easy transport. Its low profile design is best suited for lakes and easy rivers. It does include a high output pump, two aluminum paddles, and a removable skeg. We love it for its affordability and durability. Many customers have great things to say about the convenience of set up and transport. We recommend the purchase of higher quality paddles and the skeg can be a problem.
Now that you know which general features to look for when purchasing your inflatable fishing kayak, you can decide which one is right for you. Each of these fishing kayaks offer all the elements needed for fun and successful fishing expeditions without the investment of purchasing a hard shelled fishing boat that would require storage and added costs of transport to and from the lake.