Are Inflatable Kayaks Really That Good?
Inflatable fishing kayaks are rapidly gaining popularity as more and more people become aware of their advantages.
The biggest one is storage and ease of transport. Forget about strapping your kayak on top of the car, now you can simply fold it, store it in a bag and carry it with you. This will also make it very easy to store it at home, even if you don’t have a lot of extra space.
Inflatable kayaks are very light compared to traditional hard-body kayaks and won’t give you a tough time whenever you have to carry them.
Also, they’re made of strong, durable synthetic materials such as PVC (the most common material) that ensure their durability and performance.
Want to know what’s hot in 2020? Here’s a shortlist of the best inflatable fishing kayaks on Fisherman’s Tips:
Sevylor HUI Sport and Fishing
Price range: less than $100
Features: 1 person seat, fishing rod holder, storage area, stringer attachment
Sevylor Tahiti Hunt and Fish
Price range: up to $150
Features: 2 person seating, anti-leak technology, spray cover, carry bag
Price range: $500 and over
Features: 2 person seating, advanced multi-chamber construction, rod holders, paddle holders, space to add a trolling motor
Saturn 13ft Pro Angler
Price range: $599 and up
Features: 2 person seating, two aluminum mounts, plenty of storage room
Advanced Elements Straightedge Angler
Price range: $750
Features: 1 person seating with lumbar support, removable mounting rail, aluminum rib frame
Trolling Motor: Fish Longer, Have More Fun
If you’re ready to kick it up a notch and already have a kayak that can support carrying the additional weight of a troller, why not go for it?
Having a motor changes your fishing perspective and comes with several advantages:
- get to your favorite fishing spots in less time
- no paddling means you won’t get as fatigued
- extra power enables you to bring more accessories with you
There’s a lot to consider when choosing the right motor: motor voltage, thrust, hand-operated vs foot-operated motor, and of course the price.
Fisherman’s Tips reviews of kayak trolling motors give a lot of info about what to take into consideration and how to choose the right trolling motor for you. The reviews go into detail about ten different motors, each with their own strengths and advantages for different types of anglers:
Watersnake FWDR54-48 Shadow Bow Mount Foot Controlled Motor
Features: 54 lbs thrust, 48 in composite shaft, stainless steel 3-blade propeller, waterproof motor compartment
Saturn Electric Short-Shaft Motor
Features: 55 lbs thrust, 5 forward and 3 reverse speeds, extendable handle, battery indicator
Watersnake T18S 24-Inch Asp Motor
Features: 12 V motor, 2-blade propeller, high and low speed, forward/reverse switch, anti-rust coating
Gorplus Mounted Freshwater Motor 36-Inch Shaft
Features: 86 lbs thrust, 36 in shaft, 3-blade propeller, LED battery indicator
Newport Vessels NV 36-Pound Saltwater Transom Motor
Features: 36 lbs thrust, 30 in shaft, forward and reverse speeds, LED battery indicator