Best Pedal Drive Fishing Kayak: What Should You Buy? [2021]

Find out which Pedal Drive Fishing Kayak is the best for you!

So you want the Best Pedal Drive Fishing Kayak?

I know the guy above would appreciate a pedal kayak.

It can be hard to find the perfect fishing kayak. There are seemingly infinite options and information to understand before making a purchase, but all you want to do is just fish! This article will compare every single pedal driven fishing kayak that I have reviewed and deemed worthy! After reading this review you will figure out which one is the best for you in no time! So let’s get to it…

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What Makes a Good Pedal Drive Fishing Kayak?

As I said In my Previous Article: “There is no such thing as a bad fishing kayak. There is, I believe, a kayak for every occasion. At least that’s what I tell my wife when I buy another kayak…”

In Short A Good Pedal Drive Kayak Should Be:

stable, fast, maneuverable, and the pedals should be smooth and not get in the way

Let’s get to the review…

Kayak #1: Hobie Mirage Pro Angler 12 2021

9.5Expert Score
Awesome

(Best Pedal Drive Fishing Kayak 2021)

Style
9
Functionality
9.5
Quality
9.5
Stability
10
Positive
  • Stable
  • Pedal Driven
  • Rod Holders
  • Adjustable Seat
  • Leaning Bar
Negatives
  • Could've Down Payed my Niece's House

The Hobie Mirage Pro Tops the list again, what can I say…

Now it costs as much as a beater car, or 1,250 Copies of The Big Lebowski so any reasonable person may be wondering, is it worth it? And I can answer that with a resounding yes! Now I am not very heavy, so most kayaks are stable but this one was like walking on a foundation laid for a condominium! It’s very very heavy and sometimes hard to get into the water by myself, but oh boy it’s well worth it! Check out my full Hobie Mirage Pro Angler 12 360 Drive review here if you want something more in-depth.

Kayak #2: Predator PDL

8.5Expert Score
On The Prowl

(Best Value)

Style
9
Functionality
8.5
Quality
9
Stability
7.5
Positive
  • PDL Propulsion from Topwater
  • Very Quick
  • Very Dry
  • Stable
Negatives
  • Seat can be uncomfortable
  • Slower to get going if you just use the motor

The Predator PDL is Awesome! But there are some complaints about the seat so I definitely recommend trying it out before buying it! I did not have any problem with the seat and this kayak is super fast, super dry, and comparable to the Hobie Mirage, just with slightly different features and propeller type. 

This is one of the world’s most sophisticated pedal-powered fishing machines. It delivers you to your destination quickly and keeps you there without paddling. You’ll have precise boat control with forward, reverse, and nimble agility while your hands are free to focus on fishing. The detachable pedal drive takes seconds to install and quickly tips up for shallow-water docking. The carefully built hull of the Predator PDL achieves the ideal mix of smooth pedal stroke speed and stand-up stability.

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Kayak #3: Vibe Kayaks Shearwater 125

8Expert Score
Good Vibes

(Most Innovative)

Style
9
Functionality
8
Quality
7.5
Stability
7.5
Positive
  • Easily Customizable
  • Foam Pads for Standing are great
  • Tunnel Hull Balance Between Speed and Stability
Negatives
  • Expensive to Buy all the add-ons

I only recently got into Vibe Kayaks after reading a lot online about them. And they are just fantastic little things. They are tremendously fast, and stable, and great to look at. The pedal that comes with this is not a propeller and is similar to the Hobie one! I think Vibe Kayaks is highly underrated! 

 

Vibe Kayaks created a super customizable kayak with the Shearwater 125. The Vibe X-Drive pedal system, Bixpy Jet engine, and Vibe Evolve paddle—or a unique combination of all three—offer a variety of angling modification possibilities:  pedal, power, or paddle. This kayak is super well designed with its tunnel hull and reasonably priced for the base model and one add-on. 

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Kayak #4: Sportsman Bigwater PDL

8Expert Score
High and Dry

(Best Open Water Pedal Drive)

Style
8.5
Functionality
8
Quality
8
Stability
8
Positive
  • Easy Mount Fish Finder
  • Ideal For Open Water
  • Super Comfy Seat 🙂
Negatives
  • None

I really love Old Town! I kind of see this kayak as the non-powered alternative to the Sportsman 106. It’s 13′ so it’s a big a** kayak, but it only weighs 96 lbs! This is a great option for anyone fishing on open water, and was made for the deep!

 

On the Sportsman BigWater PDL 132 pedal kayak from Old Town, go to your position and stay there without paddling. You’ll experience precise boat control while keeping your hands free to fish thanks to quick forward and reverse propulsion, maneuverability, and stability. The pedal drive, which has won several awards, is one of the most reliable and user-friendly pedal drives on the market.

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Kayak #5: Big Fish 108 PDL Fishing Kayak 2021

9Expert Score
Big Fish 108

Great Pick! (Best Design)

Style
9
Functionality
8.5
Quality
8
Stability
9
Positive
  • Motorized! And Fast!
  • Light
  • Durable
  • Rod Holders
  • Adjustable Seat
Negatives
  • Expensive

What a Beautiful Kayak, I know I say that a lot! But it’s true, this thing is big and fat, and nice to sit in. Easy to stand up with two little feet holders for your feet! Driving this thing around is similar to a golf cart to me for some reason. It’s just really smooth and calming. The motor is super quiet so this thing still feels stealthy, and the coloring camo is also pretty nice. Overall a wonderful kayak and my new go-to for motorized Kayaks. 

Want to know more? Read the full 108 pdl review here

Kayak #6: Perception Pescador Pilot 12.0

8Expert Score
Me Gusta Pescar

(Honorable Mention)

Style
8
Functionality
7
Quality
8.5
Stability
8
Positive
  • You can easily last a fully day on the water
  • Light
  • Spacious
  • Fast
Negatives
  • Not the best for the ocean

Amazing, the Pescador 12.0 you know and love with a pedal drive! The propeller is pretty deep, but it’s retractable and makes this kayak super fast! I love the sunburst color myself, even if it scares the fish!

 

Perception Kayaks’ Pescador Pilot 12 sit-on-top kayak is an inexpensive sit-on-top kayak with plenty of fishing capabilities and a Pilot Propulsion pedal drive system. The Pilot Drive is ergonomically designed for all-day, hands-free fishing and is performance-engineered to achieve the right mix of simplicity and inventiveness. A Captain’s Chair, on-the-fly changeable gear tracks and tension knobs, and four molded-in rod holders round out the Pilot 12.

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Conclusion 

Unlike my other lists, nearly every kayak here is top of the line. That’s for a reason. When it comes to buying pedal drives, and drives of any matter really. You going to have to spend over $1,000. Due to the quality of the drive and the machinery involved. To be honest, I’ve only ever bought one kayak below $1,000: The Mako 12, and it was kind of a disaster. I’m pretty sure I got a defective one but the pedal snapped when I started driving up the speed. 

OK, the rest of this article will be dedicated to showing you what specs of a stand-up fishing kayak are the most noteworthy.

You can also check out the best stand up fishing kayaks if you didn’t like any of these

 

Important Features in Pedal Drive Kayaks:

hobie drive

Courtesy of Hobie

#1 The Drive System: 

The method of propulsion is super important, it determines how efficient, how fast, and how smooth your pedaling will be. Hobie offers Mirage Drive, then you got the HyDryvve, H2Pro Drive… blah blah blah blah. Basically, there are two types of drives on the market and I will explain the differences. There are fins and there are propellers: 

Propulsion Methods**These are Generalizations
VS
Added Weight
~8 lbs
VS
~ 15lbs
SpeedHow Fast Is the Fastest I've Gone
4mph
VS
4.5 mph
Maneuverability
Auto-retracts
VS
Bulky, have to pull up in shallow
Debris Handling
Rarely Catches
VS
Murky Water Clogs it Up
Instant Forward and Reverse
VS
Most of the Time

 

#2 Height and Width

The longer the boat the faster: the wider the boat the slower. So take that as you will for pedal driving, it’s really up to your preference here!

The stability is all relative to width and height combined, so if you had a 35-inch width, but a 20 ft kayak, it would still feel unstable. A shorter boat can usually get away with a smaller width and vice-versa so be on the lookout and make sure the kayak you want has a decent ratio. Use the ratio: 32-inch width on a 10ft kayak as a super stable reference. so a ratio of 3.2 inches/ft. 

hull types stand up fishing kayaks

Courtesy of Austin Kayak

#3 Hull

Now I won’t go very much into detail because I am not an engineer, just an old fisherman. But based on the countless kayaks I’ve tried out, I can definitely say V-shaped and round hulled kayaks are the least stable by far! 

I wouldn’t suggest a specific hull for a pedal drive kayak, it’s really up to your preferences!

 

#4 Accessories and Features that Help

 

Rudder:

If your pedal drive kayak doesn’t come with a rudder or you installing a pedal drive on a kayak, then you will want a rudder so you can control the direction.

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Training Wheels!

These were mostly supposed to be  funny prank. But they are actually quite useful check them out!

AIRHEAD SUP Training Wheels, set

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