What was first called a gimmick is now ubiquitous in fishing kayak design as every major manufacturer has added a pedal drive to their line-up. Old Town, Ocean Kayak, Hobie, Feelfree, Jackson Kayaks and Perception have introduced reliable pedal systems allowing for hands-free fishing and easy propulsion. Here are a few of the best fishing kayaks with pedals for the upcoming year.
Big Fish 108 with Pro Drive
The Big Fish 108 is the newest edition to the popular Big Fish kayak series specially designed to accommodate the Pro Fish Pedal Drive. At about 11 feet long and with a capacity of 500 pounds, the Big Fish 108 is an all-around, have fun or go fish kayak for the masses utilizing a Cathedral Hull design that is super stable yet easy to maneuver.
Mirage Pro Angler 14 with 360 Drive
Truly the ultimate fishing machine. The 2020 Pro Angler 14 with the MirageDrive 360 and Kick-Up Fins delivers power in every direction for unprecedented maneuverability and control. Staying on top of the fish has never been easier. It features everything elite anglers are looking for in a fishing kayak—total control, power, stability, performance, stealth, comfort and plenty of features.
The Kilroy HD hull has been reshaped for more storage and more stability, and features a Bow2Stern track system and a layout more suited for functional modification. Fish today, hunt tomorrow or take the family or dog on an expedition. Rig your own adventures without limitations. Use the Kilroy HD’s versatile modular setup to match your craft to your adventure as you see fit.
Jackson Kayaks YuPIK
The YuPIK is inspired by those who first hunted from a kayak. Bow2Stern track systems and storage pockets molded in along the boat allow you to rig your own adventure without limitation. Customize your fun with more room, and even second seat capabilities. Additions, like the fully trimmable seat pan and a unique moving standing pad system, make the YuPIK one of the most versatile kayaks out there.
Ocean Kayak Malibu Pedal
Dive in feet first with the Malibu Pedal. It features an advanced PDL Drive System that makes for a fresh new kayaking experience. It’s fun, zippy, stable and has turn-on-a-dime performance. A kid’s jumpseat makes family outings a breeze, and it even has plenty of room to bring your dog along for a complete family adventure.
Old Town Predator PDL
One of the most advanced pedal-powered kayaks just got an upgrade. The award-winning Predator PDL gets you to your favorite fishing spot fast, and keeps you there without paddling. With forward and reverse maneuverability and stability, you’ll experience precise boat control while your hands remain free to focus on fishing. The removable pedal drive installs in seconds and tips up instantly for shallow water docking.
Old Town Topwater PDL
Expanding on one of the most coveted series of fishing kayaks to hit the water, Old Town is proud to debut the all-new 12-foot-long Topwater 120 PDL. The new Topwater 120 PDL joins Old Town’s esteemed family of pedal-powered kayaks, featuring the industry’s best PDL Drive system. Maintenance-free and saltwater-ready, the PDL Drive system, backed by an industry-leading five-year warranty, provides anglers hands-free control with the ability to pedal forward and reverse instantly.
Wilderness Systems Recon 100
Wilderness Systems’ proven and improved Helix PD Pedal Drive in an all-new open fishing platform, the Recon is the definitive DIY kayak with sure-fire stability for extreme fishability. With revolutionary features—an open deck, a new take on storage, and a unique, comfortable and adjustable seating system—coupled with proven pedal power, the Recon is destined to be a class leader.