The 14 Best Fishing Kayaks for Big Guys in 2019
It can be tricky finding larger kayaks designed for bigger guys at mainstream retailers. Fortunately, many manufacturers are now producing kayaks suitable for carrying heavier people, along with their equipment.
Modern advancements have now made it easier to find affordable, sturdy, and comfortable kayaks to support heavier, larger framed individuals.
So the good news is if you are a bigger guy you should have no problems anymore finding the right kayak for yourself and your fishing gear.
The following section discusses some features worth considering if you are looking for a larger kayak to fit your needs.
The main specifications to consider include:
When choosing your kayak, it's vital to take note that each kayak has its own particular weight limit. So, it's important to take note of what its maximum capacity is, to make sure you won’t be surpassing its limits. Don’t forget to factor in the weight of your fishing gear and any other items you intend to carry with you.
Weight of the kayak
The vast majority of kayaks are designed to be lightweight this means they are more likely to be easily maneuverable. A light kayak also requires less effort when speeding up. Just because a kayak is lightweight, that doesn’t mean it isn’t strong and durable. Many lightweight kayaks are very resistant to bumps and rocks.
Selecting a kayak with a cockpit that suits your body type is vital. A cockpit that is roomy enough enables greater maneuverability in tougher conditions. It should feel comfortable getting in and out.
“Keyhole cockpits” tend to be easier to get into, and they usually measure in at around 32 inches in length. Another good feature is that they are adjustable, allowing for ample leg room and comfortable sitting.
“Ocean cockpits” are another option. They come in a range of shapes, including elliptical and oval shape. They also have a large width, are compact, and they usually measure in between 20 inches in width and 26 inches in length.
“Recreational cockpits” usually have dimensions of 20 inches in width and 36 inches in length. They come in oval/square shape and provides ample space for entry and exit.
The material of your kayak will likely determine its lifespan as well as its weight. If you are spending a fair amount you want to make sure that your kayak will serve you for many years ahead.
Here are our favorite kayaks of 2018 for the bigger guys.
1. Lifetime Sport Fisher Angler 100 Kayak
Lifetime makes brilliant, high-quality kayaks. This one, in particular, can hold up to 500lbs and seat up to 2 people. It is super compact at 10 feet in length, with a nice width of 36 inches making it easy to get into.
It comes with a 5-year warranty. The hull design makes it very stable with great tracking. It is made from strong, durable, high-density UV-Protected Polyethylene.
It also comes with paddles, so you won’t have to worry about buying additional ones. Its designed to be able to accept the Lifetime Power Mate motor mount which is sold separately enabling the use of an electric trolling motor.
It also comes with fishing pole holders. Weighing at only 60lb (27kg), the Lifetime Sport Fisher Angler 100 is super transportable, lightweight, and perfect for any kayaking enthusiast.
2. Sun Dolphin Journey 12-Foot Sit-on-top Fishing Kayak
Coming in at number 2, the Sun Dolphin Journey can hold up to 395lb. This 12-foot kayak has plenty of space allowing for an easy entry.
It features a super handy portable accessory carrier and three fishing rod holders, one swivel and two that are flush mount.
It’s lightweight and easy to carry thanks to its retractable carrying handles.
3. Intex Explorer K2 Inflatable Kayak
The inflatable Intex explorer is a brilliant kayak, especially for those on a budget. Weighing in at only 37.5lb, it boasts the capacity to carry 350lb and can seat two adults. It is 10.25 feet in length.
The cockpit is made for space and comfort. It has inflatable seats as well as an adjustable backrest.
This compact, lightweight kayak is easy to assemble and move around. It comes with a bonus pump and repair kit as well as a removable skeg which ensures directional stability.
4. Perception Kayak Pescador Pro 12.0
The Perception Kayak Pescador Pro boasts the ability to hold up to 375lb/170kg. Weighing in at 64lb/29kg, it’s a wonderful kayak that is quite lightweight for its length. At 12 feet in length, it gives its riders plenty of leg room and maneuverability. It is quite easy to get into at 32.5 inches in width.
5. Wilderness Systems Tarpon 100 Angler Kayak
The Wilderness Systems Tarpon 100 Angler is a sit-on-top kayak that is perfect for lakes and ponds. It measures 10 feet in length and 30.5 inches in width. It has the capability of carrying up to 325lbs.
Its design makes it easy to use. It also comes with an adjustable foot brace system and a padded backrest. The hull is made of high-density polyethylene which increases its durability. It has a molded-in storage compartment with a shock cord that keeps the crate as well as dry bags secure.
6. Ocean Kayak Prowler Sit-on-Top
This kayak has stood the test of time. It’s a classic and one of the oldest and best kayaks on the market. The Prowler is designed for fishing. It has been a popular kayak over the years and is known for its versatility being usable in rough waters.
It holds up to 475lbs, and at the back of the seat, there is a large tank that has bungee cords ideal for securing bigger items, such as crates or a cooler. The Prowler also contains a large storage hatch and paddle holders on the side.
It is 13 feet long with a width of 28 inches. The next best feature the Prowler boasts is its stability and speed. Its narrow structure makes it great for traveling at high speeds. It is easy to paddle and makes a wonderful companion on fishing trips.
7. Vibe Kayaks Sea Ghost 130 Angler Kayak
This one person sit-on-top fishing kayak is a tough unit. It can support up to 550lbs. The kayak is 13 feet in length, weighing 75 pounds. It comes with an adjustable seat as well as a paddle. The Sea Ghost is 33 inches in width, making it easy to get into. It is loaded with features, including 2 sealed hatches with bag inserts. The Sea Ghost 140 has a large sealed center console equipped with accessory mounting points as well as two tackle tray holders. To top it off, it even has a built-in cup holder. The kayak is super comfortable and easily transportable thanks to its 4 easy grip carrying handles.
8. Vibe Kayaks Skipjack 90 Sit-on-Top
With a length of 9 feet and weighing in at 36lb, this compact unit allows for phenomenal maneuverability. Its width is 32 inches and is very sturdy. In fact, it allows one to fish even whilst standing. It can support up to 300lbs, which is impressive relative to its weight. The Slipjack 90 also has ample storage space, comprised of two sealed dry storage hatches with bag inserts for protecting your valuables. It also has 5 grippy carry handles, making it even more portable and easy to transport.
9. Brooklyn Kayak Company BKC UH-RA220
With the ability to facilitate up to 450-500lbs, this kayak is a fantastic choice. Measuring up at 11 and a half feet, the BKC comes in 5 different colors and looks fantastic. It is packed with some genius features, including a foot-pedal operated rudder for maximum control in all water conditions. The RA220 is equipped with rod holders and stand-up stability, so you can stand up and go for long casts without losing balance. It also features a waterproof storage compartment and a large cargo area, so you can bring along all the necessary supplies for a long day of fishing. It is even suitable for multiple day adventures thanks to its large storage space.
10. BKC UH-TK219 12 Foot Tandem Sit On Top
Measuring in at 12.3 feet and weighing only 70 pounds, this compact kayak is a brilliant kayak for anyone’s needs. It can support up to 440 pounds in weight and seat up to 3 people. Its equipped with 6 rod holders, 4 of which are flush-mount holders and 2 of which are adjustable, allowing for multiple lines in the water at once. The TK219 has multiple storage areas, dual watertight storage compartments for the safe housing of smaller items, and a rear cargo area with bungee tie-down straps suitable for larger gear. It conveniently has 4 carrying handles.
11. Hobie Pro Angler 12 Sit-On-Top Pedal Kayak
Ideal for the heavier fisherman or those that like to be well equipped, the Hobie Pro Angler can accommodate up to 500lbs. It is 12 feet in length and is a sit on top kayak. The Pro Angler 12 has dual steering, and specially designed seating with lumbar support, perfect for long and patient fishing adventures.
12. Wilderness Systems ATAK 140
The Wilderness Systems ATAK 140 is a sit on top kayak for the solo fisherman. It has a capacity of 550lbs and is 14 feet in length. It is best for fishing, equipped with 6 rod holders, 2 Plano tack boxes, and under seat tackle storage. The ATAK 140 comes with a MirageDrive 180 with ST turbo fins, a Vantage St seating with Boa System lumbar support, as well as dual steering. It has a large cargo area for additional storage.
13. FeelFree Lure 13.5
The FeelFree Lure is 13.5 feet in length and can facilitate up to 550lbs. Its ideal for fishing and is jam-packed with features, ensuring that you are as prepared as possible for your next fishing trip. It has an intelligently designed seat for maximum comfort. The seat is custom designed by FeelFree, and is known as the patent-pending gravity seat. It comes with a removable sonar and electronic pad and a front oval hinge hatch. It even has a cooler/console with an integrated cutting board. For people that love to fish standing it also includes a large standing platform.
14. Ocean Scrambler 11
The Ocean Scrambler 11 measures in at 11 feet with a maximum weight capacity of 350lbs. It is a single person sit on top kayak and designed for maximum versatility. Featuring a thread hull drain plug and a durable foam padded seat, it provides cushioning and support for all-day paddling. It includes overlapping foot wells for comfortable seating positions no matter how tall you are.
A 6-inch cam lock hatch is included for dry storage as well as a cup holder. Equipped with deck bungees, a paddle keeper, paddle holder, a tank well, and molded in side handles. For greater durability, it also has a replaceable rear skid plate.