5 Best Types of Fishing Kayaks & Their Pros and Cons

  • November 17, 2015

Fishing kayaks are specifically designed for those people, who love to fish. These Kayaks have the best accessories, which can be used in this adventure sport. There are rod holders, as well as coolers, and much more present in these Kayaks. They even have GPS receivers, lights and hatches, which are specially designed for the purpose of catching fish.

Paddle and pedal Powered Kayaks

There are paddle kayaks and pedal powered kayaks.


Pedal powered kayaks, as compared to paddle kayaks, do not make you feel fatigued while you cover a long distance. It is much easier to drive a pedal powered kayak as all one has to do is press it down by foot. However, paddling requires a lot more energy to get the Kayak moving so it is not possible to cover very long distances on a paddle kayak.


However, if something goes wrong with the pedal powered Kayak; you might get stuck in the middle of nowhere, if there are no paddles available.

Pedal powered kayaks are more expensive compared to paddle kayaks.

Sit on Top Kayak

Those who love to fish, have to choose between sit-on top or sit in kayaks. There are pros and cons of sit on top kayaks.


  • They can easily get out of the kayak if they have to and access their fishing equipment.
  • They are good for those who are inexperienced in paddling.
  • They are also good for those who have a lot of gear, as there are different compartments.


  • It can make you wet, because there is no cover that can protect you.
  • A wet ride can make you sick and cold as well; this would negatively affect your fishing experience.


Tandem fishing kayaks are also called double kayaks; it is called so because it has space for two people to sit in. This means that two people would be driving the same kayaks, at the same time, which would shed the load of work.


  • If you do not like to fish alone and want your fishing partner in the same boat, then this is the best option.
  • In tandem fishing kayaks, one person can sit in the front and teach a person, preferably a beginner in the back.


  • The problem with Tandem kayaks is that they are heavy, as they weight about 75-100 pounds. People have difficulty carrying them.
  • Shorter tandems are not very stable.
  • It would not be of any use if your partner does not want to come with you.

Recreational Kayaks

The cockpits of recreational kayaks are large and they are different from sit-on-top kayaks. The cockpits have soft-chinned hulls and they are manufactured using rotationally-molded polyethylene plastic.


  • They are not very expensive.
  • They are more stable as compared to sit-on-top kayaks.
  • The cockpit is enclosed, which means the paddler is protected from external elements.
  • If recreational kayaks are properly outfitted, then they are perfect for fishing.


  • When taken out in rough seas, they do not perform well.
  • They are slow, as compared to other kayaks.
  • A lot of effort is needed when paddling them.
  • They are heavy as compared to other kayaks.

Day Touring Kayaks

Day-touring kayaks are longer and slimmer. The length of the kayaks ranges from 14 feet to 18 feet. They are different from recreational kayaks.


  • The hull designs are more efficient; they are efficient as compared to sit-in and sit on top kayaks.
  • They are speedy, which means that the paddler can paddle as fast as he wants. The paddler does not even have to put much effort.
  • Offer good stability.
  • The cockpits are comfortable


  • The cockpits are smaller and this would be bad for those paddlers who easily feel claustrophobic.
  • They are very expensive.

To have a good fishing experience, it is necessary to choose the best Kayak. While choosing a kayak, consider their pros and cons as well as your fishing requirements.