Best Stand Up Fishing Kayak: What Should You Buy? [2021]

Find out which Stand Up Fishing Kayak is the best for you! Hobie, Old Towns, and 3 Waters Oh My!

It Can Be Hard To Find A Good Stand Up Fishing Kayak

But you’re in luck, this article will compare every single stand up fishing kayak that I have reviewed. Now 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… After reading this review you will figure out which one is the best for you in no time! So let’s get to it!

If for some unholy reason you don’t want a kayak. A SUP board will also be fine for stand up fishing. I found that Blue Fin has high-quality boards that aren’t that expensive. Enough about silly boards let’s get to the stand up fishing kayak stuff!

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What’s A Stand Up Fishing Kayak?

When you first think about kayaking, you think of an Inuit tribesman in a seal skin sit-in kayak, or maybe your brother in his new fancy law chair-esque sit-on-top kayak. Surprisingly, most people actually like to stand up on the kayak! Yes, there’s still on a seat for stand up fishing kayak. But they have platforms on both sides in the middle of the deck, meant to stand on. Lucky for us, any sit-on-top kayak has the capability to let you stand up…. but some are better than others. The main thing I look for is stability and some standing pads! Let’s get to the review…

Kayak #1: Hobie Mirage Pro Angler 12 2021

9.5Expert Score
Awesome

Best of the Best! (Best Stand Up 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 Nieces House

Now it costs as much as a beater car, or 250 American Flags 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 house! 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 and to really see why this got the best stand up fishing kayak!

Kayak #2: Old Town Sportsman 106 Powered by Minn Kota 2021

9Expert Score
What a Beast

Great All Around! (Most Innovative)

Style
8.5
Functionality
9
Quality
8.5
Stability
8.5
Positive
  • Motorized!
  • Suprisingly Light
  • Durable
  • Rod Holders
  • Adjustable Seat
Negatives
  • Still pretty pricey
  • Slower to get going if you just use the motor

This was my first battery-powered fishing kayak! It kind of felt like cheating but I still enjoyed it! The motor is kind of small, but it sure is powerful if can push this big-ass boat. The color and design were just beautiful on this kayak and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I only loaned it for a week to test it so I cannot speak too much about it, but my friend who loaned it to me, says he doesn’t think he’ll have to buy a new kayak again! 

Super stable, easy to stand on. Maybe even more stable than the Hobie Angler as it’s wider, but really the difference is negligible if you have a decent sense of balance. Super spacious and just relaxing to sit on. I highly recommend this kayak.

Now if you’re thinking you can’t decide between the Old Town Sportsman 106 and the Hobie Mirage Angler 12 then click on this Super Epic Graphic Masterpiece comparison page.

Or if you’re interested in buying read the full review here

Kayak #3: Big Fish 108 PDL Fishing Kayak 2021

9Expert Score
Two Motor Kayaks in a Row

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 stand up fishing kayaks. 

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

Kayak #4: Perception Pescador Pro 12.0 Sit-On-Top

8Expert Score
Smooth on the Water

Great Choice that Doesn't Break the Bank! (Best Value)

Style
8
Functionality
8
Quality
8.5
Stability
8
Positive
  • Stable
  • Rod Holders
  • Adjustable Seat
Negatives
  • More Balance Required

If you have strong balance, the Perception Pescador Pro 12 is a fishing kayak that might be stable enough to stand on. I totally fell in a few times, I will not lie! There is also a 10-foot option.

The Pescador Pro 12 includes a height-adjustable seat, which I absolutely adore. The mesh-covered seat also has an adjustable backrest! It can be removed for usage on the beach at the end of the day, I have done so during the week I borrowed this for testing. Sadly, I heard that the seat has to be purchased separately.

This boat offers plenty of space for your fishing equipment, including a huge rear tank well with bungees – ideal for storing your crate or cooler. There is also a mesh-covered storage deck at the bow, as well as a center console where you may put a fish finder. My brother had one of these installed and aren’t they the coolest things ever! I will be writing an article soon about these!

 

If this sounds like your type of kayak read the full perception pescador review here

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Kayak #5: Big Fish 105 Fishing Kayak 2021

7.5Expert Score
Amazing

Incredible price for what you get! (Best Overall)

Style
7
Functionality
9
Quality
7.5
Stability
8
Positive
  • Stable
  • Big Fish Seat brings ultimate comfort
  • Rod Holders
  • Sonar Box
Negatives
  • None at this price

3 Waters has done it again! My youngest son just recently got into Kayak Fishing after all my insistence, and he bought what nearly everyone buys the Big Fish 105 Fishing Kayak (This thing is out of stock everywhere). And now I can definitely say there is a reason why everyone buys this thing. 

Oh Boy, do you want to feel like a king on the water without paying thousands of dollars? This is the kayak for you. There’s just something about the way this thing is built that makes it ultimately comfortable. It’s super wide and easy to stand up on if you want, now I know there is a bigger brother of this kayak the Big Fish 120, but I haven’t got a chance to review it. But I’ll try to in the next few months!

Are you torn between the pescador and the big fish 105? Lucky for you I did a super-comprehensive comparison!

Full review of the big fish 105 here

Kayak #6: Lifetime Tamarack Angler 100 Fishing Kayak

7Expert Score
Good for You Young Anglers

Great Kayak to Start with (Best For Beginners)

Style
8
Functionality
7
Quality
7.5
Stability
6.5
Positive
  • Affordable
  • Lighter
  • Rod Mounts
  • Adjustable Seat
Negatives
  • Takes Practice To Be Good Standing Up

What a great kayak for beginners or people that just want a basic kayak! I started with a Lifetime kayak so this holds a place in my heart! You could pay more for a slick paint job, a heavier boat, and a stadium adjustable seat (I have). Alternatively, you can get a Lifetime Angler with no bells and whistles and then update it to meet your specific needs. With an anchor trolley, a milk carton, a cushioned PFD, and some additional rod holders, you have a highly useful fishing vessel. Plus, it’s more fun to personalize and make it your own if you don’t have a large budget or are just starting. 

 

Interested? Full lifetime tamarack angler 100 review here!

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Kayak #7: Intex 68310VM Dakota K2 2-Person Heavy-Duty Vinyl Inflatable Kayak

5.5Expert Score
Uhh why is this on the list?

Best Inflatable (Best For People That Just Want To Try Kayak Fishing)

Style
6
Functionality
7
Quality
5
Stability
3.5
Positive
  • Cheap
Negatives
  • Stand Up Kayak Fishing Has Never Been So Hard

Now I know what you might be thinking, this isn’t a stand up fishing kayak! Well maybe it’s not meant to be… but I wanted to include something inflatable on the list. And I will only suggest this to people who just want to try it, who don’t want to commit over $200 dollars on a massive fishing kayak and then decide oops I don’t want to do kayak fishing anymore, even though that is super rare, because Kayak Fishing is the best sport ever. 

 

I fell in a lot! A lot, a lot a lot! Luckily this is tandem so you can store your gear in the back, and it’s bigger and more stable… so really guys only buy this if you are just trying kayak fishing out, and maybe return it and get a real fishing boat if you want to continue on your journey!

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Still don’t know what you’re looking for? 

That’s OK, the rest of this article will be dedicated to showing you what specs of a stand up fishing kayak are the most important. So continue reading to find out how to compare two of these kayaks if you are stuck between choosing, or just want to learn more about kayaks.

You can check out our pedal drive fishing kayak article for more options

 

Best Features in Stand Up Fishing Kayaks:

stand up diagarm fishing kayak

#1 Width: 

Width is always going to be super important for the stability of a kayak. And when you are looking for a stand up fishing kayak width is crucial. You should search for a kayak with a width of at least 30 inches for standing. I personally prefer as wide as they come 35 inches is really nice to stand on. Wider kayaks will alleviate any uneasiness caused by uneasy water. This is especially true when your mind is focused on fishing rather than getting around or avoiding falling into the water!

 

#2 Height

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! The world of hulls gets a lot more complicated than the ones above, like a tunnel hull or a cathedral hull, but the overall shapes will tell you something about their design.

For a stand up fishing kayak I would suggest a Flat or Pontoon hull! 

 

#4 Accessories and Features that Help

Assist Strap:

A kayak assist strap can help you feel more stable when standing up, but may make it harder to fish while holding. Use this to first gain your balance when standing up and then let go and fish, or just use it to practice

Kayak Stand Up Assist Strap Accessories for Kayaker – Black 

 
Training Wheels!

I bought these as a joke, but they are actually pretty handy and useful! You just attach them to the sides and you gain quite a bit of stability, though they do block mobility quite a bit. 

AIRHEAD SUP Training Wheels, set

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