Best Stand Up Fishing Kayaks

9 Best Stand Up Fishing Kayaks: The Ultimate Guide in 2019

You want to all the advantages of a kayak like mobility and versatility but you want to have a sturdy platform to fish from like your still on the dock.

Enter stand up fishing kayaks.

These are like regular fishing kayaks only they’re super sturdy and easy to stand up in.

editor's choice

Vibe Yellowfin 100

Vibe Kayaks Yellowfin 100 | 10 Foot | Angler Recreational Sit On Top Light Weight Fishing Kayak with Paddle + Adjustable Hero Comfort Seat (Caribbean Blue - Caribbean Blue Evolve Paddle)
  • Sturdy
  • High seat position
  • Amazing value for the price

best value

Sun Dolphin Boss SS

SUNDOLPHIN Boss SS Sit-On/Stand On Top Angler Kayak (Gray, 12.3-Feet)
  • Wide deck
  • Flat bottom hull
  • Most affordable stand up

How to Find the Best Kayak For You

Kayaking is so much fun and it’s such a great way to access the best fishing spots.

Here are the specs that a kayak must have if you want to stand-up fish out of it:

  • Sit-on-top
  • Paddle holders
  • Stadium seat
  • Stability

Sit-inside vs. Sit-on-top

There are really two kinds of kayak frames: Sit-inside and sit-on-top.

Pretty much every fishing kayak on the market is a sit-on-top and for good reason. There’s more room for casting and they’re easier to customize. Not to mention the fact that it’s impossible to stand up in a sit-on-top kayak.

There are a few special features that you should look for in a stand up kayak.

Paddle Holders

In order to stand up in your fishing kayak, you’ve got to have some way to secure your paddle while you cast. It’s pretty irritating when your paddle falls in the water while you’re trying to real one in.

Stadium Seat

Generally speaking it’s going to be much easier to go from sitting to standing if your seat is a little bit higher.

If you can squat ass to grass (as they say in weightlifting) while keeping your heels down in the kayak I’ll be mighty impressed and maybe you can get away with a seat that’s flush to the kayak.

Keep in mind that not all of the kayaks on this list have elevated seating and that’s because it’s somewhat of a high end feature. Going from sitting to standing easily without having to use your hands is a nice feature but it definitely isn’t a necessity.

Stability

Ideally, you should be able to stand up comfortably in a fishing kayak.

It won’t be as easy as standing up out of a chair but it shouldn’t take trapeze artist level balance either.

At the very least, staying upright should be easy because you don’t know what the fish is going to do while it fights for its life. You might release him after you catch him but he doesn’t know that.

I’ve never actually seen it because I’ve never seen anyone fish out of a jenky kayak but I bet that seeing a fish tip someone out of their kayak would be hysterical.

Don’t be that guy.

Get a sturdy kayak.

9 Best Stand Up Fishing Kayaks

The ability to stand up or sit down in a comfortable kayak is game changer for kayak anglers.

Keep scrolling down to check out our 9 best stand up fishing kayaks for 2019!

Perception Pescador Pro Sit On Top Kayak for Fishing - 12.0

Model & Accessory Specs:

  • Length: 10’6
  • Weight: 57 lbs
  • Material: Polyethylene
  • Maximum Capacity: 325 lbs
  • Accessories: Stadium seat, mesh bow cover, rear tankwell bungee, 2 molded in rod holders and molded in cup holders
  • Price: $$$

Getting more of an overhaul than just a refresh of the beloved Pescador series, the Pescador Pro is a real fishing boat for real enthusiasts that’s chock full of fishy features with the tracking and stability discerning anglers have come to expect from today's fishing kayaks. Featuring a removable stadium-style seat with two seating positions - upright and recline - that can move on the fly with a molded-in accessory track recess.

Why Choose This Model?

This is a proven kayak that you can easily go from sitting to standing in at a price that you won’t find anywhere else.

These lists aren’t necessarily in order but for me I looked no further than the Perception Pescador.


Vibe Kayaks Yellowfin 100 | 10 Foot | Angler Recreational Sit On Top Light Weight Fishing Kayak with Paddle + Adjustable Hero Comfort Seat (Caribbean Blue - Caribbean Blue Evolve Paddle)

Model & Accessory Specs:

  • Length: 10’
  • Weight: 57 lbs
  • Material: Polyethylene
  • Maximum Capacity: 375 lbs
  • Accessories: 4 capped flush mount rod holders and mounting point for Scotty, RAM and Vibe mount accessories, Adjustable foot rests for customized comfort, Hero Seat
  • Price: $$$

This kayak is definitely not a well kept secret.

In fact, it’s one of the highest rated kayaks on the market. Vibe kayaks out of Atlanta, Georgia has a great reputation so no surprise there.

The Yellowfin has a ton of storage options, both dry and on deck, mounting points for accessories, and a stadium seat that gets you up of the water a little bit and makes it easier to stand up.

Why Choose This Model?

The Yellowfin 100 is a beautiful kayak that works as good as it looks.

If you’re looking for a sturdy kayak that’s well respected in kayak angling circles you can’t go wrong with the Yellowfin 100.


3 Waters Big Fish 120 Kayak - Green Camo

Model & Accessory Specs:

  • Length: 12’0
  • Weight: 75 lbs
  • Material: Polyethylene
  • Maximum Capacity: 420 lbs
  • Accessories: stadium seat, 4 seating postions, multiple storage options
  • Price: $$

Whether you’re on on the river, lake or ocean, this kayak has all the performance, comfort, and technical features you need. The unique Cathedral Hull tracks well and is exceptionally stable while standing. The Big Fish 120’s deck is centered around the stadium seat which has 4 comfortable seating positions: High, Low, Recline, and Fly Away (which doubles as a lean bar for standing). You will also find a convenient reinforced standing platform, removable sonar pod, and heaps of storage for tackle, fishing rods, and a cooler!

Why Choose This Model?

Make no mistake, this kayak is a beast.

It’s great for larger folks and anyone looking for an excpetionally stable and spacious fishing ‘yak that slays fish like no other.


SUNDOLPHIN Boss SS Sit-On/Stand On Top Angler Kayak (Gray, 12.3-Feet)

Model & Accessory Specs:

  • Length: 12’4
  • Weight: 51 lbs
  • Material: Polyethylene
  • Maximum Capacity: 500 lbs
  • Accessories: Stadium seat, wide catamaran hull, front and rear storage,
  • Price: $$

Anglers everywhere will love the functionality of the BOSS 12 stand up kayak. This one person fishing kayak features a lightweight, easy to carry design that isn’t quite as durable as some of the $1,500-$3,000 models but hey, it’s only 1/6th of the price! It’s also got one of the widest hulls available which makes it sturdy as all get out.

The kayak's large, open cockpit offers adjustable foot braces and padded seat for comfort, AND plenty of rod holders to easily store all of your fishing rods.

Why Choose This Model?

Sun Dolphin is a company that just wants to get people out on the water. Come one, come all as far as they’re concerned. They have a passion for kayaking and it shines through in their affordable yet good quality fishing kayaks.

If you’re on a budget but you still want to get out there and catch some fish then the Sun Dolphin Boss SS is your kayak.


Vibe Kayaks Sea Ghost 130 | 13 Foot | Angler Sit On Top Fishing Kayak with Adjustable Hero Comfort Seat (Blue Camo)

Model & Accessory Specs:

  • Length: 13’
  • Weight: 75 lbs
  • Material: Rotomolded Polyethylene
  • Maximum Capacity: 500 lbs
  • Accessories: Stadium seat, 4 integrated gear tracks, toe controlled rudder system,
  • Price: $$$$

I have paddled a lot of Kayaks in the last few years -- from Montana to Florida -- and in my experience with stability vs. tracking you always end up sacrificing one for the other.

If it’s stable then it paddles like a freighter.

But if it tracks and paddles well then it’s like standing on a pool noodle and trying to cast a rod.

The Sea Ghost 130 is longer than your average stand up kayak so that coupled with the foot action rudder system makes this kayak knife like a sea kayak but it’s still wide and sturdy enough to stand up and cast with ease.

Why Choose This Model?

I’m a huge fan of Vibe Kayaks and they did arguably one of the best jobs striking a balance between paddle speed and stability while standing with the Sea Ghost 130.

It’s a killer kayak -- get it -- you’ll thank me later.


Hobie Mirage Outback Kayak Ivory Dune

Model & Accessory Specs:

  • Length: 12’1
  • Weight: 100 lbs
  • Material: Polyethylene
  • Maximum Capacity: 400 lbs
  • Accessories: Stadium seat, Rod Holders, Mesh Covered Storage Pockets, Cup Holder, Rudder Control, Utility Trays, Cargo Area with Bungee Tie-Downs, Twist and Stow Rudder System,
  • Price: $$$$

Hobie really hit this one out of the park (we would expect nothing less from them). It’s just awesome in every respect.

It works everywhere, does everything from freshwater, inshore, and ocean. With the new 2015 seat, its just as comfortable as your couch (this is very important especially for pedal kayaks).

But I wouldn’t add it to this list if it wasn’t sturdy but I’ll just say this -- if I weren’t surrounded by water I could forget I was standing on a kayak. It’s that sturdy.

Why Choose This Model?

This is NOT a cheap kayak. In fact, it sets the standar for quality and performance so you’ll have to shell out a few more crisp benjamins than the budget models, but my god does the Hobie Mirage Outback perform well.

Hands down, absolute best fishing kayak on the market.


Feelfree Lure 10 Kayak Red Camo

Model & Accessory Specs:

  • Length: 10’
  • Weight: 69 lbs
  • Material: Polyethylene
  • Maximum Capacity: 375 lbs
  • Accessories: 3 rod holders, stadium seat, flip up console, wheel in the keel
  • Price: $$$$

This is a wide and sturdy kayak specifically designed for kayak anglers that like to stand up.

However, the Feelfree Gravity Seat offers the widest range of seat heights which is removable AND highly adjustable. The Feel Free Lure has 36 inch wide hull and a padded standing platform that makes it sturdy in just about any water and just about any position.

Simply put, this kayak fears nothing.

Why Choose This Model?

It’s not a cheap kayak, nor is it lightweight -- it’s a serious kayak anglers kayak that with performance that’s so good you’ll just have to experience the Feel Free Lure 10 yourself.


Lifetime Sport Fisher Single or Tandem Kayak, 10 Feet, Olive Green

Model & Accessory Specs:

  • Length: 10’
  • Weight: 60 lbs
  • Material: Polyethylene
  • Maximum Capacity: 500 lbs
  • Accessories: 2 person capacity, 2 paddles, 3 rod holders, rear storage hatch
  • Price: $$

The Lifetime Tandem is not the fanciest kayak but it’s an absolutely excellent choice under certain circumstances.

 It’s nice and wide, which is one of our stand up criteria, so although it doesn’t have a stadium seat for easy transition once you do get up you won’t have too much trouble keeping your balance.

Why Choose This Model?

Picking this kayak comes down to one word:

Family.

Dad wants to take it fishing one weekend (solo or with the kiddos)? Check.

Mom wants to paddle with a friend for the weekend? Check.

Couples outing? Check.

Let the kids paddle around in the surf? Check.

Seriously this kayak is so versatile that I can’t think of a better family friendly kayak that ALSO serves as a stand up fishing kayak than the Lifetime Tandem.


Vibe Kayaks Skipjack 90 | 9 Foot | Angler and Recreational Sit On Top Light Weight Fishing Kayak with Paddle and Seat (Caribbean Blue)

Model & Accessory Specs:

  • Length: 9’
  • Weight: 46 lbs
  • Material: Rotomolded Polyethylene
  • Maximum Capacity: 300 lbs
  • Accessories: 5 capped flush mount rod holders, 2 paddle parks, 3 sealed hatches, large bungeed rear tank, 5 carry handles
  • Price: $$

This is yet another excellent kayak from Vibe that is considerably more affordable than the other models on this list. At 9 feet in length it’s pretty short for a fishing kayak but has plenty of width so it’s sturdy enough to stand up in.

Why Choose This Model?

This is an awesome compact kayak that’s perfect for smaller individuals yet versatile enough for your average “big guy”. It’s got plenty of storage space and handy fishing features at a price that can’t be beat. We highly recommend the Vibe Skipjack 90.


Benefits of Owning an Amazing Kayak

Sometimes you’ve got to stand up for what you believe in…

And other times you’ve got to stand up in your fishing kayak to get a better look at your surroundings or to throw a hail mary cast.

I’m a big believer in both which is why we came up with this list of the absolute best stand up fishing kayaks.

9 Best Stand Up Fishing Kayaks: The Ultimate Guide in 2019

Picture this…

You’ve been fishing a section of coast for 30 minutes or so without much luck so you decide to stand up and take a look around.

Aha!

You see some foam next to a big rock… and you know what they say about foam and rocks right?

Foam is home and rocks rock.

Good thing you could stand up or you might have missed it!

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