Best Fishing Life Jackets for 2020

Before catching fish, paddling miles and taking in the scenery, safety should be the primary concern for kayak anglers.

The easiest way to prevent injury or death is wearing a comfortable and reliable life vest.

Fishing life vests combine the function of a floatation device with the convenience of pockets and attachment points for tools and tackle.

Life jackets by Onyx, Old Town and Stohlquist have balanced form and function to keep anglers safe to enjoy the fishing.

Take a look at the selection below.

Old Town Lure Angler PFD

Price: $129.99

Performance high-back fishing life jacket. Designed with the performance kayak angler in mind, the Lure Angler jacket comes equipped with many features and adjustments that are designed to keep you fishing in comfort longer.

Featuring a high-back construction, which nests comfortably with tall kayak seats and the AirComfort system to keep you cool on the hottest days..



Onyx Pike Paddle Sports Vest

Price: $89.99

The low-profile Pike Paddle Sports Vest has a segmented foam design for increased range of motion when paddling and casting.

Other features include contoured lower back foam to fit the body comfortably, adjustable neoprene shoulders, reflective piping on shoulders for increased visibility, six adjustment straps to cinch vest up for a snug fit, and six zippered pockets for storing essential gear. D-ring included.




Onyx A/M 24 Inflatable PFD

Price: $209.99

This inflatable life jacket can be converted from automatic/manual to manual-only inflation, making it easier to use when paddling, but it still keeps you safe.

Utility pockets for storing gear, padded air mesh for additional comfort, a heavy-duty outer shell fabric and a padded, fleece-lined sunglass pocket are other important features.

Use ReArming Kit #1352 when a replacement CO2 cartridge is needed.


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Stohlquist Keeper

Price: $149.95

Soft foam combined with Stohlquist’s exclusive Graded Sizing and Cross-Chest Cinch harness create one of the most comfortable fishing PFDs on the market.

The thin back design is perfect for tall seat backs.

Multiple zippered pockets and mounting points ensure your tackle is close at hand when needed.

Available in both hi-vis and low contrast colors.



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Ric Burnley
“Thank God my dad wasn’t a podiatrist,” jokes Ric about following in the footsteps of a famous outdoor writer. After graduating from Radford University and serving two years in Russia with the Peace Corps, Ric returned to Virginia Beach and started writing for The Fisherman magazine, where his dad was editor. When the kayak fishing scene exploded, Ric was among the first to get onboard. His 2007 book, The Complete Kayak Fisherman is one of the first tomes to introduce anglers to paddle fishing and hundreds of articles and seminars have brought countless anglers into the fold. When he’s not chasing every fish that swims, Ric teaches English at a school for at-risk teens.


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