Peter WilkinsAuthor: Peter Wilkins
Last Updated: November, 2019

fishing kayak for beginners

Fishing is a great pastime and an even better way to enjoy the outdoors and with the popularity of fishing kayaks, there has never been an easier time to get on the water and chase some fish. But with popularity comes a wide range of fishing kayaks on the market to choose from, all suited for different types of fishing and levels or expertise.

If you are a beginner and looking to start out fishing from a kayak, this article should help you understand the pros and cons of different beginner kayaks available so hopefully, you can get out on the water this summer and enjoy time fishing – or even just exploring your local creek, lake or river.

When looking for a kayak there are a number of important factors to consider. These include:

  • Your height and weight
  • Whether you want a sit-in, or sit on top kayak
  • Inflatable or solid
  • Single or two-person

With these factors in mind, we have explored the top beginner fishing kayaks available online and found the best.

”When starting out fishing from a kayak it’s best to start with something simple. There is no point spending 1000’s on the latest hi-tech fishing kayak.

My first kayak was a cheap yellow plastic that was actually pretty good – it floated, had a few rod holders and a folding chair – at the time it had all I needed. I have since upgraded several times as my confidence levels and style of fishing has changed over the years.

Matt, Focus Fishing.

Focus Fishing Matt

Best Beginner Fishing Kayak for 2019 - Reviews

SIT ON TOP

1. Ocean Kayak Frenzy Recreational Kayak

Main Features

  •  

SIT ON TOP

2. Ocean Kayak 12-Feet Malibu Two Tandem

.

Main Features

  •  

SIT ON TOP

3. Vibe Kayaks Yellowfin 100 | 10 Foot | Angler Recreational Sit On Top Light Weight Fishing Kayak with Paddle + Adjustable Hero Comfort Seat + Flush Rod Holders + Built in Storage

Sun Dolphin Review

.

Main Features

  •  

Sit In / Canoe Style

4. SUN Dolphin Phoenix 10.4 Fishing Holiday Vacation River Lake Sit-in Kayak, Paddle Included (Sea Blue)

.

.

Main Features

  •  

Sit In / Canoe Style

5. Old Town Canoes & Kayaks Discovery 119 Solo Canoe

.

.

Main Features

  •  

Inflatable

6. Sevylor Quikpak K1 1-Person Kayak

.

.

Main Features

  •  

Inflatable

6. Intex Challenger K1 Kayak

.

.

Main Features

  •  

Inflatable

7. Sevylor Coleman Colorado 2-Person Fishing Kayak

.

.

Main Features

  •  

Inflatable

8. Sevylor Fiji Kayak Travel Inflatable

.

.

Main Features

  •  

Buying Guide: Fishing Kayaks for Beginners

So you want to start fishing from a kayak; well firstly there are a number of factors you should consider when purchasing a beginner kayak (also consider buying a good fish finder to make it easier for yourself). Let’s take a look at some of them.

Types of Kayak

There is a wide range of kayak types available so its best you first decide what type you would prefer to suit your needs. Here are the most common types:

Sit On Top Kayaks

These are a very common type of kayak and are very easy to use. They are best used in warm climates as the user can often get a little wet at times. The kayaks are usually made of a plastic moulded hull where the user sits on top of the kayak – hence the name. These kayaks are very popular in the fishing world as they can have a wide range of accessories mounted to the kayak. Specialist kayak companies make all sorts of accessories including rod holders, fish finders mounts, electric motor mounts, padded seats, pedals and more.

Sit-In Kayaks

These are more like canoes in that the user sits inside the kayak and is protected from the water. They can be a little more restrictive as the kayak has high sides. There is less mountable area to attach various accessories, but internal space for storing bags and other belongings. These type of kayak is often used when fishing rivers in cold climates where you don’t want to risk getting wet.

Inflatable Kayaks

These have become quite popular recently as they are very convenient for people who don’t have a lot of storage space, or small cars that can’t carry a larger kayak. Being inflatable, they probably aren’t ideal for fishing as hooks and knifes used when fishing could damage the kayak.

Pedal / Touring Kayaks

These are ideal for people looking to travel long distances in their kayak. Often used when fishing offshore, the pedals allow for ease of use and also hands-free travel, which is great when fishing. Not ideal for beginners, and they can also be quite expensive.

Folding Kayaks

These are another form of kayak that has recently become more popular thanks to various Kickstarter type businesses. The folding kayak is ideal again for those who don’t have much storage space or can’t transport a larger kayak. Whilst not ideal for fishing, they can be a good beginner kayak.

Things to consider when buying a beginner kayak

Weight Limit

One of the most important factors is the weight limit of the kayak. You have to be sure that the kayak you are buying can adequately support your weight. It’s no point buying a cheaper kayak if its load rating is less than what you weigh. It’s also not ideal buying an oversized kayak as this will be harder for you to manoeuvre and also transport around. Every kayak will list it’s maximum weight restrictions so be sure to take note.

Safety

Safety when on the water is paramount, and this especially applies to kayak fishing and kayaking in general. Be sure to choose a kayak that is appropriate for your weight as mentioned earlier and also your height. Your kayak must be stable, and when fishing this is very important. You don’t want to cast your rod and have your kayak tip over.

Ease of use

When fishing from a kayak you want to be sure that the experience is a pleasurable one. Make sure the kayak is easy to use, tracks well and has a good range of features. When out fishing it’s highly likely you will have many accessories and tools with you, so ensure your kayak has appropriate mounting points for additional accessories such as rod holders, and also waterproof compartments – this mostly applies to sit on top kayaks.

Transportation

It’s no point getting a large 10-foot kayak if you have no way of transporting it. Choose a kayak that best suits your current situation. If you only have a small car or even a bike, you can look at purchasing from the range of collapsible or inflatable kayaks on the market. Whilst not ideal for fishing, they can be a great way for beginners to get used to kayaking and build up confidence on the water. You might also want to consider buying a pair of top fishing sunglasses, a kayak fish finder, maybe even a cheap trolling motor to make it easier. Get out there and start kayaking! So with the above information in mind, you should be able to start identifying suitable beginner fishing kayaks that will suit your needs. Just remember to be safe on the water and comply with any local or state rules in regards to water safety. We recommend the use of a PDF or water life jacket for anyone on the water, not just beginners.

Safe kayaking!

About The Author

Peter Wilkins

Peter WilkinsWhen I’m not out fishing trying to land my next pb, you can find me writing about fishing, or reviewing the latest in fishing gear. Hopefully, our articles will help you make an informed decision on your next fishing tackle purchase, and ideally catch more fish!

More info…