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Best Fishing Kayak Under 600$ – (Guide & Reviews 2019)

There are quite a good many choices out there for fishing kayaks. So it can be useful to filter down based on your needs when selecting one.  

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Product

DETAILS

OUR RATING

Ocean Kayak 12-Feet Malibu Two Tandem Sit-On-Top Recreational Kayak

Ocean Kayak 12 Malibu.

  • Constructed with highly durable polyethylene rotomolding, with a wide design that grants it good stability.

Our #1 Rated

Vibe Kayaks Skipjack 90

Vibe Kayaks Skipjack 90

  • Wide and highly stable on the water despite only being 46 lbs. Performs well on rivers – tracks excellently for its length due to its long keel.

Our #2 Rated

SUNDOLPHIN Sun Dolphin Aruba

Sun Dolphin Aruba.

  • Weights just 50 lb, which makes it quite easy to manoeuvre (in good conditions) and very speedy.

Our #3 Rated

Sea Eagle SE370 Inflatable Sport Kayak

Sea Eagle SE370 Inflatable Sport.

  • Holds up to three people and a weight of 650 lb.

Our #4 Rated

Lifetime Lotus Sit-On-Top Kayak with Paddle

Litetime Lotus.

  • Super light at 38 lb and wide for quick access in and out and high stability.

Our #5 Rated

Why Fish in A Kayak?

Fishing can be relaxing or sportive but oftentimes involves dealing with boredom. As a result Kayak fishing has become a hot trend, adding novelty and adventure. You’ll require some time to adjust to this approach but after a couple of hours you should be in your rhythm…

What To Look Out For?

  • Shape & weight:

Shorter kayaks tend to be more manoeuvrable. Longer, skinnier and lighter feature kayaks tend to be faster. Somewhere in the middle can give a blend of manoeuvrability and speed.

  • Speed & manoeuvrability:

A speed advantage helps to seize opportunities as they are presented. Imagine seeing a flock of birds on a section of water and having moments to get to the school of fish underneath, before they swim out of reach.

  • Sit-in, sit-on-top or inflatable feature:

A wider kayak is more optimal for standing. Standing can increase the area of water you’re able to fish by sight. Sight-fishing (being able to see fish before casting) can aid baiting strategy. But if you plan not to fish in shallow waters then it can become less of a factor.

Kayaks with a sit-on-top feature make for swifter exits and entry. They are also constructed with a double-hull that contains trapped air inside. With drain holes that also feed collected water out of the cockpit, this makes them practically unsinkable.

What Features Are Important?

  • Self-bailing or bucket feature:

Self-bailing kayaks contain several holes in the floor. Water drains from the kayak on its own, while “bucket kayaks” require you to remove the water manually if it collects in the vessel. Note: as the drainage requires speed to happen, you’re probably best off sealing the holes on a still body of water like a lake.

Sit-on-top kayaks have a self-draining feature, and this can help to keep you dry. And with less added water weight, handling is often better in a fast-moving body of water.  All of the above generally place self-draining kayaks at a higher premium.

  • Materials:

If you’re looking for a durable kayak, it’s quite important to ensure that it’s polyethylene rotomolded. If you buy a thermoform seamed kayak, these tend to only become durable (and very high quality) at the upper price tiers beyond this article’s scope. Before this point, they lean towards disposability.

How Can You Choose The Right One?

  • Length of use:

Do you plan on using your fishing kayak for years to come? General wisdom is that kayaks priced under $350 are not durable, and should more-so be considered disposable. Higher quality kayaks tend to hold their value better long-term.

  • Entry versus intermediate features :

As you will have a difficult time finding advanced model kayaks for under $600, the main question is whether you want to go entry or intermediate level. Entry-level kayaks have enough features to get you out there, while intermediate models differ most in that more careful consideration is put into the design.


Best Fishing Kayak Under $600 Reviews.

There are lots of fishing kayaks under 600$ could possibly choose from but we have done an expansive research to reduce the stress of choosing the best one available. We will be mentioning some of them in subsequent paragraphs.

Product

DETAILS

OUR RATING

Ocean Kayak 12-Feet Malibu Two Tandem Sit-On-Top Recreational Kayak

Ocean Kayak 12 Malibu.

  • Constructed with highly durable polyethylene rotomolding, with a wide design that grants it good stability.

Our #1 Rated

Vibe Kayaks Skipjack 90

Vibe Kayaks Skipjack 90

  • Wide and highly stable on the water despite only being 46 lbs. Performs well on rivers – tracks excellently for its length due to its long keel.

Our #2 Rated

SUNDOLPHIN Sun Dolphin Aruba

Sun Dolphin Aruba.

  • Weights just 50 lb, which makes it quite easy to manoeuvre (in good conditions) and very speedy.

Our #3 Rated

Sea Eagle SE370 Inflatable Sport Kayak

Sea Eagle SE370 Inflatable Sport.

  • Holds up to three people and a weight of 650 lb.

Our #4 Rated

Lifetime Lotus Sit-On-Top Kayak with Paddle

Litetime Lotus.

  • Super light at 38 lb and wide for quick access in and out and high stability.

Our #5 Rated

Ocean Kayak 12 Malibu.


Ocean Kayak 12-Feet Malibu Two Tandem Sit-On-Top Recreational Kayak

Quality

Price

Our rating

This is the centrepiece of the Ocean kayak family. Perhaps its tropical beach colour scheme is the reason behind its name.

PROS

  • Constructed with highly durable polyethylene rotomolding, with a wide design that grants it good stability.
  • Lots of storage space and room for two people, with additional space for a pet or child (350 Ib capacity and ability to remove a seat for solo expeditions.

CONS

  • At 12 feet and 65 pounds, this is a heavy carry.  Transport may be difficult for a single person.  

Vibe Kayaks Skipjack 90


Vibe Kayaks Skipjack 90

Quality

Price

Our rating

The most sophisticated kayak on this list and could be classified intermediate level. Suitable for a single person.

PROS

  • Wide and highly stable on the water despite only being 46 lbs. Performs well on rivers – tracks excellently for its length due to its long keel.
  • Comes with many thoughtfully designed features including: an aluminium paddle, inserts for outriggers, six scupper holes with plugs, and nicely sealed hatches with removable storage bags inside.
  • Many rod holders, with one that swivels in the centre that can be positioned at different angles, saving you arm strength.

CONS

  • Only 9 foot long – can only hold one person. 

Sun Dolphin Aruba.


SUNDOLPHIN Sun Dolphin Aruba

Quality

Price

Our rating

A good entry level fishing kayak with a simple design. With it you can jump into things on a budget. The Sun Dolphin may hold good value especially if resold during the summer period.

PROS

  • Adjustable foot pegs for comfortable leg positioning.
  • Lots of storage space.
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    Weights just 50 lb, which makes it quite easy to manoeuvre (in good conditions) and very speedy.
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    Useful comfort features like padding on sides for knees and strap with clip to hold a water bottle.

CONS

  • The rear storage seal is not super tight.
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    Not very stable and moves in the wind.
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    If the kayak fills you sink.

Sea Eagle SE370 Inflatable Sport.


Sea Eagle SE370 Inflatable Sport Kayak

Quality

Price

Our rating

A super convenient, fun and storable kayak that can be used for fishing.

PROS

  • Holds up to three people and a weight of 650 lb.
  • Saltwater and sun resistant material.
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    Inflates in 8 minutes to over 12 feet, for convenient storage.

CONS

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    No paddle or fishing pole holders.
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    Could feasibly pop, although all boats come with a repair kit.
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    Wider and so not as fast as hard-shell kayaks.

Litetime Lotus (Sit-On-Top). 


Lifetime Lotus Sit-On-Top Kayak with Paddle

Quality

Price

Our rating

A particularly lightweight kayak.

PROS

  • Super light at 38 lb and wide for quick access in and out and high stability.
  • High quality polyethylene material for durability.
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    Great for still waters.

CONS

  • Slow for a hard-shell kayak.
  • Not for a weight over 250 lbs.
  • Tracking is not heavy.

Conclusion.

Choosing a fishing kayak is a matter of factoring in your needs and perhaps personality. The Ocean Kayak 12 Malibu is a long, sociable kayak. If you’re a team of two, or a couple with a child, the Malibu may be perfect for you.

Larry Wilson
 

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Robert R. Acevedo - January 20, 2019

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