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Under $1000 - Fishing Kayak Buying Guide

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Published November 12, 2021 | Updated April 10, 2022

Believe it or not l, when the Inuits, Aleuts, and Yup’iks invented the kayak all those years ago, they did use it for fishing, but we can bet they never imagined it’d be on Amazon one day, selling for big bucks. That said, the modern day trend of not having the full equipment for our activities continues to be one of those questions that seem to have the right straightforward answers, it is either you are priced out or just cannot get any particular equipment to last because they are not the epitome of durability and originality the brochure made them out to be.

Fishing is no exception to the rule, with new models of our favorite equipment rolling out almost every day to match a demand that is quite frankly head and shoulder above supply. Everybody wants the best possible equipment because it guarantees maximum satisfaction and even when we lack the means to sign off a large sum without blinking, we still want only the best value for our hard earned money. What this means for you and me who love a good time on our Kayaks in the open is that the balance between quality and price swings back and forth like a pendulum.

Luckily for you, we decided to save you all the time you will spend searching, by doing some deep digging of our own. This is a list of the top 3 fishing Kayaks below $1000

Best Fishing Kayaks Under 1000 - Buying Guide And Reviews 2022

Best Fishing Kayaks Under 1000

The Intex Excursion Pro

You might be tempted to downplay this one at the sight of the word inflatable, but this polyester core beast reinforced by a 3-ply laminated PVC  is according to over 200 customer reviews, “a diamond in the rough”. Lightweight (45 lbs), stable, very portable, quickly inflatable, with deep and shallow water skegs, the Intex Excursion Pro is a well thought out kayak with attention to details such as adjustable foot rests, sit boosters, fishing rod holders amongst others. The kayak can comfortable sit two persons and carry a total weight of 400lbs without breaking a sweat. It also has storage space in the bow and Stern, with multiple holding brackets for extra accessories, which are easily adjustable and removable.

For less than $300, this is unbeatable price for quality or at least to closest to it. The Intex Excursion Pro is just perfect for a day out with your loved ones, or if you just want a leisurely time alone.

The Excursion Pro kayak, however, has something to say for its durability due to it being inflatable. Though you are sure to get a few solid years out of it, keep an open mind as to using the patch kit down the line. If you’ve paddled a Heritage Angler before then you have a slight idea of the tracking of the Excursion Pro. Ultimately, the pros far outweigh the cons, and at such a price that this can only be regarded a steal and of the best fishing kayak under 300.

The Sun Dolphin Aruba 10 Sit-in Kayak

Holding on a UV-stabilised fortiflex high density polythene core, the Aruba 10 is all the quality of simplicity in a fishing kayak. The simple design and very tidy assembly takes nothing from the functionality of the Aruba 10, but rather adds an aesthetic to it. The kayak has a shock cord deck rigging, a comfortably large cockpit with adjustable braces for the feet. The detail is as minute as adding a paddle holder (this is such a relief), with a spray deflector collar. You may want to roll this out in the ocean, in which case the Aruba 10 can hold its own, but where the kayak excels is in the smaller bodies of water. 

At just about $500, you are getting solidity, durability and oh did we mention? It is pet friendly. Who says you can’t take your cat out on for a fishing trip? These features makes this really one of the best fishing kayak under 1000 as it even cost twise as low!

The Ocean Kayak Prowler 13 Angler Sit-On-Top Fishing Kayak

Weighing in at 56lbs, the Ocean Kayak Prowler 13 Angler is another in a long line of high performance Kayaks from Ocean Kayak. Built to endure, the Prowler 13 Angler capitalises on the performance hull that brings an extra stability and speed to the 13.4 x 28 X 20 inch one-person kayak. The attention to detail is great, with a big hatch that allows for stress-free access to the internal storage, which can hold multiple rods below deck. The kayak also boasts paddle keeps, two rod holders, a skid plate and a thoughtful tank that can handle coolers, tackle boxes, SCUBA tanks and even crates.

The high performance hull makes this kayak an endurance kayak of sorts and for less than $300, you are getting a kayak that is simply a sweet deal.

You may also consider a fishing paddle board or a tandem fishing kayak. Both are great options as well!

Jay Schwartz author of Kayak Guidance

About the Author - Jay Schwartz:

Hey there kayak lovers! I’m Jay Schwartz, the author here at Kayak Guidance! You know water sports – you know me! My life is all about it. Kayaking, Paddleboarding, Fishing, Snorkeling and so much more. I love to share my passion and knowledge with all of you. 

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