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Popular Fishing Kayaks on AKFF

A kayak is a very personal thing. Your height, weight, available funds, and intended use will all play a part in determining what yak is right for you.

If you're looking to navigate tight, mangrove-lined waterways, and need quick turning power, then a short, nimble Kayak like the Australis Squid, the Malibu Mini-X, or the Feelfree Nomad, might suit you down to the ground. For something that performs well in open rivers, and can take on a little ocean work, perhaps a Viking Espri or Hobie Outback might be more your style. For the big game hunters amongst us, perhaps something like a Perception Swing, Hobie Adventure, or Ocean Kayak Prowler may be what you're looking for.

There are many, confusing options - but as a starting point, you may be interested to know what sort of Kayaks tend to be the most popular amongst the AKFF community as of June 2007. This list shouldn't be considered an indication of what yak might be best for you - but perhaps these will give your research a kick start, and help draw you in to the addictive world of Kayak Fishing.

We periodically run a an analysis of the kayaks brands and models that AKFF members said they owned. The last update was in October 2008. We summarised the kayaks that over 2900 members said they used for kayak fishing.

Link to a treemap that represents kayak ownership data: http://services.alphaworks.ibm.com/manyeyes/view/SgjIIQsOtha6RyUNTyRLQ2~


Manufacturer/ModelNumber of Owners
None Specified 733
Hobie Outback 210
Hobie Revolution 114
Ocean Kayak Prowler 13 105
Ocean Kayak Prowler Elite 4.5 87
Perception Swing 83
Viking Tempo 79
Hobie Unspecified 58
Hobie Outfitter 52
Hobie Adventure 50
Viking Profish 44
Hobie Sport 42
Hobie Quest 41
Viking Espri 39
Wavedance Kingfisher 39
Australis Bass 30
Ocean Kayak Scupper Pro 29
Viking Unspecified 27
Viking Nemo 22
Viking Tempo II 21
Cobra Fish N Dive 19
Malibu X Factor 18
malibu mini x 17
Perception Minnow 15
Pacer 14
Scrambler XT 14
Australis Squid 11
dagger voyager fx 11
Stealth 11
Viking Predator 11
Ocean Kayak Prowler 15 10

You can find the entire results here

http://services.alphaworks.ibm.com/manyeyes/view/SgjIIQsOtha6bmEDOnLKQ2~

Manufacturers and Models

Adventure Kayaks

Australis

Cobra

Dagger

Emotion

EMOTION GRAND SLAM ANGLER EOTION STEALTH ANGLER

Eric's Canoe (fishing ski)

Evolution

Finn

Feelfree

Fluid

Heritage

Hobie

Howe

Malibu

Ocean Kayak

Perception

Rosco

RTM

Viking

Voyager

Wavedance

Wilderness Systems

Freedom Hawk Kayak

Stealth

Build Your Own

Paddles

Here are several threads on paddle selection:

Transport

Australian Air Express will transport Kayaks and surfboards, airport to airport for very reasonable costs. To give an example, one AKFF member was quoted $110 to transport a prowler13 from Melbourne (Tullamarine) to Hobart airport. Of course, you have to be able to deliver it to Aussie Air Express's premises at the airport of departure and have someone collect it from the destination airport.

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