The inflatable water-sport industry has seen a rapid increase in the past five years after people started finding alternatives to rigid paddle boards. By today, there are hundreds of different inflatable paddle boards selling for $400 that have over 7,000 positive reviews on Amazon, and the next-up is obviously the kayak world.
The inflatable industry all started from swim platforms that proved to offer perfect solutions to a large problem. Anyway, down here you’ll find another sub-division of where the technology has reached in the past decade.
Standard vs fishing kayak?
- Rod holders
- Separate chambers for safety
Why prefer an inflatable fishing kayak?
- Portability – Take it with you anywhere
- Easy & fast maneuverability
Are fishing kayaks safe?
- Avoid using on windy ways
- Avoid using near motorized boats
STAR Challenger Fish Inflatable Sit-On-Top Kayak
MSRP $895 REI
The Star Challenger is made of a thick rigid high-pressure drop-stitch PVC deck that has 9 in. side tubes for outstanding stability, letting you stand and move around with confidence. The comfortable aluminum-framed suspended-mesh seat sits you up high enough for good visibility and easier standing; the seat folds back down for easier transport.
Rigging options include bow and stern daisy chains, as well as 5 YakAttack® SwitchPad™ flexible surface mounts for attaching rod holders, fish finders, anchor locks, and more. What’s also great is that the All-Water fin offers enhanced tracking. Deck type is a self-bailing deck that allows the fast-moving water to flow past freely. The package also includes a carry bag, pump, and a repair kit. There’s also a 3-year manufacturer’s retail warranty on this deal!
*You’ll need to buy a paddle separately
- 10’8″ x 38″
- Weight: 27lbs
- Capacity: 275lbs
Aquaglide Chinook 100 Inflatable Kayak
MSRP $500 REI
You are looking at a $500 vessel that can get you to the water from pretty much anywhere you can think of. Aquaglide is a trusted brand and this Chinook 100 entry-level model is no exception. It has got all the features for a fun day at the water catching fish and simply kicking back and having a good time in general. You don’t need any roof racks for a rigid kayak, or a trailer for a fishing boat, instead – step into the world of innovation and look further at what’s there to rely on it.
With a cockpit size of 94″ x 14″, the Chinook 100 is equipped with a tracking fin, rod holders, D-rings, bungee cord, and of course, the seats to rest your back. Although this kayak comes with a duffel carry-bag, you should look into an electric pump for the best time and energy consumption. Also, you’ll be needing to get the paddles unless you already have one or a pair from your previously started hobby of kayak fishing!
It is also easy to clean as there is a cockpit plug to let the water run out of the kayak. The Kayak is made of 600-denier ripstop polyester which has been a standard for years!
*You’ll need to buy a paddle & electric pump
- 10′ x 36″ x 14″
- Weight: 23 lbs
- Capacity: 400 lbs
Feedback & Reviews
“Durable and sturdy and great to take on floats”
“I’m a big fan of this kayak and so are my daughters. A great addition to my collection”
Intex Excursion Pro
You are looking at the cheapest two-person inflatable fishing kayak. This is an all-inclusive budget package including all the features you’d expect from a kayak bundle – it comes with two adjustable paddles, a hand-pump, a 3-chamber design. There are obviously rod holders and seats that help a ton for fishermen.
For cleaning, there’s an internal drain plug, the I-beam floor is both rigid and comfortable. The material is made of 3-ply high impact and abrasion-resistant material. The valves are made using the spring-valve technology for quick inflation and deflation so you wouldn’t lose any water when removing the pump.
- 12’7″ x 3’1″ x 1’6″
- Weight: 35lbs
- Capacity: 400lbs