3 Best Sit On Top Fishing Kayaks (Reviews 2017)
To help you in your search for the best sit on top fishing kayaks, this article introduces you to three models you shouldn't miss. In case you're not fully convinced of the virtues of sit-on-top kayaks, here are 7 reasons why sit-on-top kayaks rule for fishing.
- Very stable. Sit-on-top fishing kayaks are often wider than sit-inside kayaks providing more stability on the water.
- Practically unsinkable. Most SOT kayaks are made of roto-molded plastic that is hollow inside and floats on its own whether it's right-side-up or upside-down.
- Self-bailing. Holes in the bottom of SOT kayaks called "scupper holes" allow water to drain so you don't have to worry about the cockpit filling up with water.
- Easier to get on and off. With a SOT, if you happen to fall overboard, you can simply climb back on top of your kayak and get back to fishing.
- Better for sight fishing. You sit much higher off the water in a SOT kayak than you do in a sit-inside kayak. With the higher vantage point, you'll be able to see further distances across the water, giving you a better chance of spotting fish.
- Standing is possible. Some of the best sit on top fishing kayaks are so stable that you can actually stand up in them, making them even better for sight fishing and casting.
- More deck space for gear and accessories. Since you don't have an enclosed cockpit to work around, SOT kayaks have considerably more open deck space to lash down your gear, add extra rod holders, store your cooler, and bring along anything else you might need for a day of fishing.
For those seeking a sit-on-top fishing kayak that can handle just about any type of water from lakes and bayous to inshore estuaries and the open ocean, the Old Town Predator 13 is one that demands attention.
The model that is currently available is an entirely new incarnation of the Predator, completely redesigned to be as fishing-friendly as possible.
The Old Town design team went over every detail and created a kayak where everything is intentionally laid out to be as easy as possible to use while fishing. The seat, rod holders, paddle holders, and hatches on the Predator 13 are all strategically placed for the benefit of the angler.
One of the most user-friendly features of the Predator 13 is the Element seating system. The seat is entirely adjustable and offers three distinct positions: one for paddling and covering water; one that's slightly higher for fishing; and one that makes it easy to go from sitting to standing for stand-up fishing.
That's right, you can stand up all day in the Predator. The extremely stable "Tri-Hull" design gives you a solid platform on which to stand, and the slip-resistant Exo-Ridge deck ensures secure footing.
Fishing-specific details are found all throughout the Predator 13. While it doesn’t have flush mount rod holders, there are six removable accessory plates that allow you to add your favorite accessories — rod holders, GPS holders, fishfinder holders, etc. — without drilling into the deck of the kayak.
And if you plan on adding a fishfinder to the kayak, the Predator 13 comes equipped with a Humminbird transducer scupper hole that makes installation a breeze.
The Predator 13 has excellent gear storage potential with a bow hatch that gives you ample below-deck storage and a cargo area behind the seat gives you all the space you need to lash down a cooler or milk crate. The Predator 13 truly is one of the best sit on top fishing kayaks on the market today!
Width: 34 inches
Weight: 86 lbs
Capacity: 425 lbs
The highly stable hull makes it incredibly easy to stand up and fish, and even when you're sitting down, you have a higher vantage point than most fishing kayaks, making it the ideal vessel for visual anglers.
The open deck design of the Ascend is very reminiscent of a stand-up paddleboard, and all of the space is very functional. There are bungee cargo areas at both the bow and the stern, providing space for a cooler, milk crate, tackle bags, fish bags, or anything else.
Both gunnels have flat tops that serve as a rail where accessories like Scotty rod holders can be mounted. Every inch of the Ascend serves a purpose.
There are four flush mount rod holders, two behind the seat, and two up front. A paddle holder on the left gunnel makes it easy to quickly stow your paddle while you make a cast or land a fish.
The Ascend FS128T certainly isn't the most conventional kayak on the market, but its unique design is oozing with fishing potential.
It is a heavier kayak, and its extra stable hull design makes it slightly slower in the water. But if you want a solid platform for stand-up fishing, the Ascend FS128T is one of the best.
Weight: 96 lbs
Capacity: 350 lbs
If you like the idea of hands-free paddling, the Hobie Mirage Revolution 11 is the kayak for you. Featuring Hobie's industry-leading pedal drive system, the Mirage drive, the Revolution 11 can be powered entirely by pedaling, leaving your hands free for casting.
The shorter, lightweight hull makes the Revolution 11 incredibly nimble and easy to maneuver on the water with either the Mirage drive or the paddle.
The bow has an aggressive pointed shape that helps the kayak pierce through the water and charge forward whether the water is glassy and calm or choppy and blown out.
There are two molded-in rod holders behind the seat, plus there's plenty of cargo space behind the seat to add your milk crate with extra rod holders.
There's tons of below deck storage to keep your goods dry, and is accessible either by two twist-and-seal hatches or the large bow easy-access hatch.
The Hobie Revolution 11 comes ready for the water, including the Mirage pedal drive, two-piece paddle, and the super-comfortable Vantage seat.
Weight: 81 lbs
Capacity: 275 lbs
Each one these kayaks offers something slightly different! The Old Town Predator 13 is great for all types of water and is intentionally designed to be highly fishing-efficient, while the Ascend FS128T is something you can stand up on with certainty.
Not to be out done, the Hobie Revolution 11 capitalizes on the big muscles in your legs to drive you forward, leaving your hands free for maximum fishing opportunity.
If you're in the market for a new kayak, go with one of the best sit on top fishing kayaks we've presented here and you won't be sorry.