You just hooked into a 16 lbs. bass, it’s fighting, but you finally manage to land it. Grinning from ear to ear, you hold your prize fish up for all your friend’s to see and you look down at your $2000 kayak and think, “Wow, this was so much more exciting in my expensive kayak compared to if I was in fishing kayak under $500???
Of course not!!!
There are those people who always need the most expensive and best of everything. Granted, a $2000 fishing kayak is going to be spectacular, its going to have so many bells and whistles, so many that you probably won’t use half of them. But fishing in the most expensive kayak definitely won’t make you a better fisherman.
You can have a great time out on the water in a cheaper fishing kayak and there are some decent quality ones for under $500. And through the years, if you stick with the sport, you can always sell it and put that money towards a nicer model with all the bells and whistles and not use half of them.
List of the best under $500
This is purely our opinion but we have been involved in the sport since the early 1990′s. So we think we know what we are talking about.
Sun Dolphin 10 foot Excursion
The Sun Dolphin 10 foot is definitely a well built and durable kayak. Would you agree that guy in the photo looks completely at ease enjoying his day? Plenty of places to put your rods but also realize this is a sit-inside kayak. This is a perfect example of great value for at $329.
Vapor 10 Foot Angler Kayak
OK, $499 is not very much under $500… This is one of the most popular kayaks in this price range many people are and have left many positive remarks on this one. You can read these customer reviews at Amazon. This is also a sit-inside model.
Tahiti Fishing Kayak
For $122 you might be able to buy two of these. The cheap price may already have you thinking that there is no way this is a quality kayak. Well, the day I wrote this review there were 59 customer reviews on Amazon and the overall rating was 4-star. This is an inflatable fishing kayak made from heavy duty 26 gauge PVC.
Pelican Castaway 100 Kayak
The day this review was done the price at Amazon for this sit-on-top was 379.99. This is an excellent price and Pelican consistently produces high quality kayaks.
Remember its not how much you pay that determines how much fun and how successful you are out on the water.
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