Best Tandem Fishing Kayak
Maybe you love fishing, we hear ya! Maybe you love paddling… again, we hear ya! But what about combining fishing and paddling together?
You’re likely here trying to find out more about the best tandem fishing kayaks, and what pros and cons to look out for. Well, today is your lucky day!
Quick Look: Top Tandem Fishing Kayaks
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Kayak fishing has taken off in a big way this last few years. It’s a very easy way to get out there amongst the rivers, lakes and seas. Easier to transport and maintain than a boat, yet equipped enough to do most things a boat does.
A kayak is a great water craft for the budding fishermen (and women!) out there.
Why Use A 2-Person Fishing Kayak?
There are reasons to go kayak fishing in a tandem, rather than solo. And hey, there are reasons to go the solo kayak route.
Let’s take a look…
This is probably the biggest reason to go for a two person ‘yak. Now don’t get us wrong, fishing alone can be awesome - just be safe! There’s no better way to get some quality ‘me’ time than fishing solo.
That being said, if you want quality time with others, there’s no better way than to paddle with a friend. Fishing from one kayak really can be good fun. Whether you’re out with friends, with family, or with an acquaintance from your workplace… fishing from a tandem kayak can be a wonderful shared experience.
If one of you aren’t into the actual fishing aspect, you can still enjoy all the paddling and sites. Then you can lie back and chill or read a book, while your fishing partner gets their fishing fix.
An extra pair of hands can really make a difference. If you’re fishing alone, it can be hard to position yourself, cast and reel in some big catch all at the same time. We can only really do only one thing at a time after all!
Having an extra person on board means that, with a little teamwork, you can hopefully catch more fish…faster.
While one of you positions the kayak into prime position, the other can be on the verge of casting. One could reeling in a ‘whopper’, while the other has the net on standby. Yup, there’s no doubt that having 2 pairs of hands can be a big advantage over one.
Harder To Get Around (especially if paddling solo)
This really depends on how experienced your partner is, or how well you both work together as a paddling fishing team!
While there’s no doubt that getting around in a solo kayak is probably easier for a solo kayaker, 2 people, as long as they are cohesive, can also manoeuvre around very well. But if you aren’t working well together as a team, the comradery can start to fall apart. Certainly, your paddling efficiency is going to suffer, so think about this.
You may also be thinking of opting for a tandem fishing kayak, just using it for solo fishing adventures. What’s to lose, right? If you travel alone, you have more storage space in that huge 2 person ‘yak, yes?
Well, yes and no. You will have more space. But just remember that the more gear you bring, the heavier the kayak is going to be. Heavy loads really can slow you down, and they can hurt the portability of the kayak. In fact, tandem kayaks are generally wider and longer, and this can really impact on how easy it is to paddle around.
Best Tandem Fishing Kayaks
1: Useful UH-TK181 12.5 ft Sit-On-Top Tandem Fishing Kayak
- Length: 12.5 ft
- Width: 30 inches
- Weight: 68 pounds
- Weight Capacity: 450 pounds
This 12.5ft SOT fishing kayak is a relative newcomer to the genre. It is also a kayak at the higher end of the budget range.
With very similar features to the Skipjack 120T (below), the UH-TK181 comes well equipped for fishing trips and expeditions. It’s got the rear storage area with bungee, 2 padded seats and the set of paddles with paddle holders (using bungee cords).
There’s also the rod holders. But Useful are not to be outdone on this one. Seven holders are dotted around this impressive ‘yak. Three of them are adjustable.
It is possible to carry up to 450 pounds in total. Kayak only weighs 68 pounds.
Comes in 5 different colors & patterns.
2: Vibe Kayaks Skipjack 120T Tandem Kayak Package
- Length: 12 ft 2 inches
- Width: 35 inches
- Weight: 72 pounds
- Weight Capacity: 500 pounds
Vibe Kayaks presents the Skipjack 120T. This 12 foot 2-person kayak is great for fishing.
It has 4 points for holding rods (2 holders just in front, either side, of each seat). There’s a further two rod holders directly in front of each seat. So, positioning your rod isn’t going to be a problem here!
Two seats come packed. You can either place both seats at the bow and stern ends, or if riding on your own, place one seat in the middle. You could fit 3 on board, as long as it’s a child – seated in the center.
The kayak reportedly does track well both tandem and solo. Just make sure you keep it away from any waves more than moderately choppy. Like any sit-on-top kayak, it isn’t really built for any vigorous surf.
There’s a storage area at the rear (with bungee cords). The hatch covers also have cup holders built into them.
Includes paddles and holders.
3: Lifetime 10 Foot Sport Fisher Tandem Kayak
- Length: 10 ft
- Width: 36 inches
- Weight: 60 pounds
- Weight Capacity: 500 pounds
Mid-priced fishing kayak, that can easily be used for one or two persons. In fact you can fit a third person on board, but this would be a child, rather than a adult.
It comes with two double-sided paddles, which can be clipped onto the kayak when not in use. There’s several foot wells to rest your feet and two padded backrests (sadly only the back is padded, not the bottom).
Fishing bonuses include 3 rod holders and a covered storage hatch at the rear. There is the capacity to fit a trolling motor should you want a break from the paddling.
The hull is made from tough polyethylene, designed to track well in shallower waters. Because this Lifetime ‘yak sits so low, it’s ok to fish standing up, or you can “side-saddle”.
4: Sevylor Coleman Colorado 2-Person Fishing Kayak
- Length: 10 ft
- Width: 39 inches
- Weight: 41 pounds (shipped)
- Weight Capacity: 470 pounds
On to an inflatable ‘yak from Sevylor/Coleman. The Colorado is a popular inflatable fishing kayak made from 18-gauge PVC.
It also comes with plenty of storage pockets, a fitting for a trolling motor, pump, paddle and rod holders (note that the pump and paddles are not included – they must be purchased separately). It comes with detachable padded seats and D-rings to carry it around.
So yes, if you’re ready to cast the hook, then the Colorado is ready to rock ‘n’ roll.
5: Old Town Canoes & Kayaks Twin Heron Angler Tandem Kayak
- Length: 13 ft 6 inches
- 31.5 inches
- Weight: 62 pounds
- Weight Capacity: 500 pounds
Last, and by no means least, we have an offering from Old Town. It’s the Twin Heron Angler. This is the only sit-in kayak offering on the list (but think of it as more of a hybrid – in between a sit-in and a sit-on).
There are 2 Cannon fishing rod holders, and a further 6 rod holder positions for you to choose from. It’s nice to sit in comfort when you’re gone fishin’. Luckily, Old Town have packed in two Comfort Flex seats so you can sit for longer periods.
The Auto Trim hull is particularly useful if you decide to paddle solo from the rear (stern seat). The hull cleverly keeps the bow in the water to help you glide through the water and keep control.
Carries up to 500 pounds and has a Glide Track adjustable foot brace system.Available in 2 colors. Brown and ‘Urban’ (which is basically light gray).
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