MemberDecember 15, 2019 at 3:42 pm
Aussie fisherman here.
Looking on advice for purchasing a kayak for fishing. All prices are in AUD.
AUD -> USD = $0.68 -> $1
I’m currently tossing up between getting something entry level around the $400-500 mark or going in a bit harder and getting something closer to the $2k mark like the FeelFree Lure 11.5 which retails for about $1800.
Totally happy to spend up to $2k. But am looking for cheaper options to keep things in the home happy.
My theory with the lower price point is that it’s a quick fix. In that it’ll keep my partner happy (haven’t spent $2k on myself) and that if I really like fishing from a kayak I can always sell it, recoup some of the money spent (cheap rental) and get something better (comfier, more features like a stand pad, pedals etc.)
I do know that a lot of responses are going to tell me to get what I can afford, but there are kayaks out there that are clearly more bang for buck and if I don’t have to spend $2k I would go for that cheaper option.
I should mention at this point that I have a new born and would like to eventually take her fishing with me in the kayak, but as it is a few of years down the track it’s a minor consideration.
1daypastGuestDecember 15, 2019 at 3:42 pm
I bought a Tamarack Angler for $220 usd from walmart with the same thought. I went cheap to make sure I would enjoy kayak fishing. I love it and use it every chance I get. This spring I plan to upgrade to something a little nicer.
KrrastGuestDecember 15, 2019 at 3:42 pm
I really recommend the Vibe kayaks for people getting into the sport, you cant beat their price tag for a mid range boat and they come with pretty much every option you can want while you get adjusted to fishing from a kayak. Comfy seat, stability, good weight allowance, rudder, it’s a great package for the price! Take a look at the seaghost 130.
OfMichaelAndMenGuestDecember 15, 2019 at 3:42 pm
Crescent lite tackle
Serio27GuestDecember 15, 2019 at 3:42 pm
I bought my first kayak used and got a good deal. I ended up spending more money on everything else that goes with it. I really enjoyed fishing in it and just traveling to new spots. So, later on I felt comfortable spending some bucks on a paddle board.Knowing it would get used frequently and I would get my money’s worth out of it.
Also, plan to sell the canoe since the family not into it. Oh well, I’m going to sell it and use the money to get a used sit on top kayak instead of a sit inside kayak which I already have. Anyway, what I suggest is you buy something cheap then when you have a better idea of what you want or need then drop some bucks knowing it’s not money wasted. Good luck
deadly_wobbygongGuestDecember 15, 2019 at 3:42 pm
I looked at a cheapie pedal kayak last weekend (I fly fish). Then on Tuesday my Gumtree alert popped up an immaculate 12 year old Noble Revolution 13 for a good price.
Can’t stand to cast, but it’s in the garage and first shake down planned for the weekend.
If you do your research there are good 2nd hand deals out there.
iTzGiggityGuestDecember 15, 2019 at 3:42 pm
The Lure 11.5 is a solid yak for the money. If you can find em, i’d look into Nucanoe. They make some of the most versatile and customizable kayaks on the market. You can pay about 900 USD for the flint up to 1600 for the Frontier.
matwickGuestDecember 15, 2019 at 3:42 pm
The Lure 11.5 is going to be my first Kayak. I’ve rented, borrowed, and watched countless hours of reviews. I’d say you just get it. The little one will fit up front in a car seat.
Here are the Kayaks I came down to comparing (best in price category)
[Cheapest with the features that I want, but confirmed a bit tippy](https://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/pelican-maxim-100-fishing-kayak-yellow-0798340p.html#srp)
[Absolute Cheapest worth getting](https://www.costco.ca/Pelican-Argo-100XP-Angler-Kayak-with-Paddle.product.100469062.html)
[Getting into an actual fishing Kayak for under 1k](https://outlet.cap-it.com/products/catch-100-fishing-kayak?variant=26806294052964¤cy=CAD&gclid=CjwKCAjwtuLrBRAlEiwAPVcZBoscuRijDzPMX6cBDYg4N48w60NC-ScsejShqTHhuye-cHZ8u7UMPBoCwZoQAvD_BwE)
[The Glory Hole – Why not spend the extra cash on just getting what you want, Kayak](https://www.mec.ca/en/product/5046-507/Lure-11-5-Kayak#reviews)
I decided to get the Feel Free 11.5 in April and decided I’d cancel one of my streaming services and cut out buying Steam games for 8 months to g et the one I wanted. I’m now $400 saved on top of my original $800 – so we’re sitting at $1200 in November. I’m not going to get it until Spring, so I anticipate I’ll be able to get the Lure 11.5, a padde, and PFD for around $1500 by then. DeeHeeee CENT!
*edit * don’t actually put your new kid in a car seat on your kayak – wait until she/he can swim and have a life jacket.
Brandt_cant_watchGuestDecember 15, 2019 at 3:42 pm
I went through the same thought process you did when I decided to get a kayak. If you have the money to get a better kayak I would go for it. I would also suggest that you get something with a pedal drive. If the oars/paddle are in your hand your not fishing. I think about it the opposite way you are. If you like kayak fishing you wont have to upgrade which in the end will save you money. If it turns out that you don’t like kayak fishing then it will be easier to sell and probably retain more of its value. I ended up with a hobie compass and while the price was hard to swallow I have never regretted it and enjoy fishing from it every time I go.
YukonBrawlerGuestDecember 15, 2019 at 3:42 pm
Used or demo boats are the best bang for your buck.
I assume you’d want a peddle drive for offshore angling?
MarkociusGuestDecember 15, 2019 at 3:42 pm
Look at the Hobie Passport. For about $1500 to $2000 USD depending on what you upgrade. It is a light, stable kayak. Comes with a decent seat, and the peddle drive is awesome.
I bought mine used, at $1600 USD. It came with a fish finder, the upgraded Mirage Drive with reverse.
She’s small enough to fit inside my apartment, and worth every penny I paid for it.
The passport is great for small lakes and rivers. She is quite capable for bigger water too. I am leary of taking it in the ocean, but I am sure it would handle just fine.
On a calm day, at a leisure pace, I can maintain 3.5 MPH for long distances. So she’s good enough to get me where I want to go. Not bad for an old fat man, if ya ask me.
Good Luck on your hunt. You’ll find your boat soon.
deadly_wobbygongGuestDecember 15, 2019 at 3:42 pm
CubitsTNEGuestDecember 15, 2019 at 3:42 pm
Hey mate, whereabouts in this great land are you, and what are you looking at fishing for? There’s a tonne of variation.
I would recommend buying second hand off gumtree, as you’ll get great bang-for-buck, and the kayak won’t depreciate so you’ll be able to sell it without a loss if you want to move on later.
I’m partial to viking kayaks as they’re mostly made on the sunshine coast and they’re the biggest brand in the country. They’re everywhere, perform well, and it’s easy to get parts.
Hobies are also huge here if you want a pedal. I do like the revolution and outback.
There’s a national facebook group called “Yak Hunters” which will be able to supply you with way more local knowledge, give you a go in their yaks, etc. Give that a look, it’s a great community!
I’m on the gold coast personally, so if you’re around here I’ll give you a go in my small fleet. :p
TacticalqueefsssGuestDecember 15, 2019 at 3:42 pm
Hobie outback. I use mine on the ocean and freshwater. You cannot go wrong with that one. I would try to stay in the 12ft range.
iron40GuestDecember 15, 2019 at 3:42 pm
I wasn’t going to chime in because you have a lot of good responses here, but what I will say is that you definitely need to narrow down what do you want to go with a standard paddle kayak, or a pedal kayak. This is going to have dramatic affect on your budget.
For someone who is going to mostly fish from the kayaks, pedal is definitely a huge advantage. But then your $2000 budget kind of becomes entry-level.
For a standard paddle kayak, I see no reason to even approach $2000. There are so many affordable models that will do what you need to do for well under 1000 bucks, and leave you plenty of budget for customization, which is inevitable. Very few models are available out of the box that will soup all of your individual needs.