Best Inflatable Fishing Kayak
In recent years, kayaks have become more and more popular with fishing folk. As a result, inflatable kayaks, aimed towards the angler-at-heart, have also seen a surge in popularity.
Sneak Peak: Rated Inflatable Fishing Kayaks
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Newcomers to kayaking or fishing are probably thinking “won’t a blow-up kayak puncture easily because of fishing hooks?”. Don’t worry, kayak material has come a long way over the years, and they can withstand a lot of abuse.
Aside from rips or holes, there are other things to consider. You can relax though, because we’re going to run through what you need to be thinking about before you decide whether or not to buy an inflatable fishing kayak.
So making a choice should hopefully be a whole lot easier for you!
Why Fish Using An Inflatable Kayak?
The big positive for inflatable kayaks is portability and getting around easily. Inflatables don’t need to be lifted up onto the roof rack of your car. You don’t have to tie the kayaks down onto the roof or trailer, or have the worry of the kayak accidentally coming off loose…disaster! In fact, you don’t even need to buy a trolley or a trailer.
Inflatable fishing ‘yaks can simply carried around in a bag, and then placed in the trunk of your car (or even just carried around on the bus, train or plane). Then, when you get to your destination, simply take it out of the bag and pump up. This only takes a few minutes. When you're done having fun fishing, simply paddle ashore again and deflate, then pack away. Now that’s pretty cool.
Inflatable ‘yaks are pretty tough, so don’t worry about damage and/or holes. It’s pretty difficult to get a puncture in these (but not impossible). You may want to think about purchasing an inflatable with several air chambers if you’re worried. More on this later.
If you’re an occasional fishing fanatic, or are just trying out the hobby, then an inflatable might be more suited to you. Inflatables are generally less expensive and are a cheaper solution for those who want to try out fishing with a kayak. If after some time you are still really enjoying it, you may want to upgrade to a hard kayak if you really want to get into it (and have the storage room!).
Features To Consider When Choosing An Inflatable Fishing Yak
If the thought of a sinking kayak sends shivers down your spine, then consider opting for a ‘yak with at least several air chambers.
The more chambers, the less likely you are to be sat on board watching the river, lake or sea rise up! You really want to be looking out for multiple chambers if you aren’t a great swimmer and/or have the kids with you out far from dry land.
- Of course, no matter how many chambers your kayak has, always wear a life jacket!
Now this is a tricky one that has a lot of variables.
Different kayaks have different weight capacities. Of course, the tandems hold more weight than solo kayaks. But you need to consider how heavy the paddlers are going to be. You also need to consider how heavy all the fishing gear you plan on taking is going to weigh. All of it, combined.
It can be harder to paddle around with a lot of weight, especially if you’re going solo, so think long and hard about this.
How Will You Use The Kayak?
First of all, will you mostly be fishing from the kayak, or are you looking for a kayak to take you out to an area to go angling?
If you are just looking for some transport, the functionality of the kayak isn’t so important. You won’t need so many (if any) fishing related features, and you also won’t care so much for stability. You just need to get where you’re going as quick and easily as possible.
If you’re fishing from the inflatable, then you want to be looking out for all the fishing accessories. You’ll want rod holders, so you can sit back and relax if needs be. Paddle holders, so you don’t have to worry about them when you actually fish. And you’ll want stability. This is crucial for when you’re casting and reeling in the big catches. You want to be sitting stable and as still as possible during your fishing trip.
It goes without saying that you’ll want a kayak made from toughened material. This is particularly the case if you are bringing your dog. A dog’s claws can get pretty sharp, and of course a “man’s best friend” doesn’t know that they can put holes in your little vessel and put you all in danger.
Remember that dogs can get excited when out on a kayak. Their behavior can be erratic, and they might try jumping off the ‘yak at any time, increasing the chance of digging in those claws!
And of course, there’s the fishing gear itself. Hooks, rods and other fishing bits and pieces can get sharp. You want to make sure your inflatable is protected against any accidents.
Top 3 Best Inflatable Fishing Kayaks
Note that these 3 kayaks are specifically fitted out for angling...
1: Sevylor Coleman Colorado 2-Person Fishing Kayak
- Length: 10 ft
- Width: 39 inches
- Depth: 9 inches
- Weight: 41 pounds (shipped weight)
- Weight Capacity: 470 pounds
The Colorado is a tandem inflatable constructed with tough 18-gauge PVC. There are five air chambers to help ensure you stay afloat should the worst happen.
There are fittings for a Sevylor trolling motor and it has the obligatory paddle holders, D-rings for pulling or tieing, a handle at the bow, and mesh pockets for storing away the valuables. It also comes with two adjustable padded seats.
The Colorado is specifically designed for 2 persons, but can easily be used by the solo fisherman. Many buyers have reported that they use it for single use with no problems whatsoever.
Now onto the features that are going to help you out with your fishing...
As we mentioned before, there are fittings for a small motor, and there are holders so you can keep your paddles out of sight while you get on with the important task of catching!
What about rod holders? Well, there are 2 Berkley ‘Quick Set’ holders on board, which are fully adjustable.
A carry bag and pressure gauge are included. You’ll need to purchase paddles and a pump separately however.
2: Aquaglide Chelan HB One Inflatable Kayak
- Length: 11 ft 4 inches
- Width: 36 inches
- Weight: 32 pounds
- Weight Capacity: 300 pounds
The Chelan HB One from Aquaglide is, as the name suggests, for the single kayaker.
This is more of an all-rounder inflatable kayak (and a good one at that), which also has integrated fishing rod holders in place, so we are including it our line-up of recommended kayaks….for fishing.
It’s great for tracking (due to it being almost 12ft in length), and made from commercial-grade Duralex.
A Splashguard is located at the front of the cockpit to help keep the water away while paddling. Bungee cords are located at both ends to keep down whatever you need for storage.
Like the Sevylor Colorado above, there are unfortunately no pumps or paddles included.
3: Advanced Elements Straitedge Angler AE1006-ANG Kayak
- Length: 9th 8 inches
- Width: 35 inches
- Weight: 41 pounds
- Weight Capacity: 300 pounds
Another solo kayak. The Straitedge is a fishing kayak made from an aluminum rib frame with multi-layer material and abrasion pads to keep it protected against heavy use.
This is not the longest inflatable out there, measuring 9ft 8in in length. Maximum carrying capacity is 300 pounds.
There are storage areas at both bow and sterns ends and it comes with 2 fixed rod holders. A nice addition is the removable mounting bar, which you can use to attach gadgets (like a fishfinder or GPS/phone) and/or another rod.
The seat is adjustable. There’s extra back support in the form of an inflatable lumbar that can be pumped up as much as is comfortable for you.
It’s pretty easy to set up. Here’s a detailed video from Advanced Elements themselves showing you all the steps
What about you? Do you have an inflatable kayak that you use for fishing? Tell us about it below!