Tandem fishing kayaks are a great option for parents wishing to fish with their children, couples wanting to spend time together, and friends looking to pitch on one vessel instead of having to buy two. The key is making sure you get along with the person you choose to paddle with.
There are a variety of options for two-person fishing kayaks. Choose between inflatable or hard-shell, paddle- or pedal-powered, sit-on-top or sit-inside, as well as a range of storage solutions and features, to find the double fishing kayak that will perfectly suit your preferences and needs.
These kayaks from Hobie, Wilderness Systems, Sea Eagle, Native Watercraft, Old Town, Viking Kayaks, Ocean Kayak, Advanced Elements, Feelfree Kayaks and more offer a wide range of fun- and performance-ready fishing kayaks for hitting the water with friends or family.
Here are the best tandem fishing kayaks on the market today:
- Hobie Mirage Pro Angler 17T
- Wilderness Systems Tarpon 135T
- Sea Eagle FastTrack 385ft
- Native Watercraft Ultimate 14.5 Tandem
- Old Town Twin Heron Angler
- Viking Kayaks Tempo Fisherman 2
- Ocean Kayak Malibu Two XL Angler
- Advanced Elements StraitEdge 2 PRO
- Lifetime Sport Fisher Angler 100 Kayak
- Feelfree Kayaks Lure II Tandem Overdrive
[This article is part of the Kayak Angler Buyer’s Guide for The Best Kayak Fishing Kayaks for 2021. Find all the best fishing kayaks from the top brands for all situations.]
The Mirage Pro Angler 17T tandem fishing kayak from Hobie has multiple seating options for one or two casters. Set up the fully adjustable Vantage XT Seating (extra tall) in the in-line tandem (guide style), face-to-face (ideal for fishing with small fry), or single-seat (so much space) configurations. Three steering handles cover all the possibilities. Fishing rod storage is located at both the front and rear of the boat and holds an astounding dozen rods.
The Tarpon 135T from Wilderness Systems offers a fast and nimble tandem paddling experience while remaining highly stable and supremely comfortable. It features Phase3 AirPro outfitting, abundant storage, and two sets of SlideTrax to accommodate fishing gear and other accessories for an equally enjoyable time on the water for both paddlers.
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The FastTrack 385ft from Sea Eagle is ready for kayaking, fishing, camping, nature photography, carrying gear, tending and whatever else you can think up. This boat can be used in mild whitewater (up to class II) or ocean surf, and can handle up to a 34-pound thrust electric motor. It’s made of super-tough, 1,000-denier-reinforced PVC with a patented external, rigid, inflatable NeedleKnife keel for faster, smoother paddling. The FastTrack 385ft is a high-performance kayak for families and paddlers of all skill levels.
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The Ultimate 14.5 Tandem from Native Watercraft is one of the lightest tandem hybrids on the market. It’s comfortability, durability and open canoe-like layout make it a great family, fishing or recreational kayak. Easy to pack up for a day or overnight trip, the American-made Ultimate is budget-priced and ready to take you and the family on an adventure of a lifetime.
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The Twin Heron Angler from Old Town is a truly unique two-person kayak. Thanks to the innovative Auto Trim Hull that’s designed to prevent the bow from popping up when someone is seated solo in the stern seat, the Twin Heron performs just as well paddled solo as it does when paddled tandem. If that’s not enough, you can completely remove the front seat, creating the perfect place for your dog to ride along or your hunting or fishing gear to be stored and be easily accessible. The Twin Heron is a great option for the outdoors family looking for a versatile craft.
The Tempo Fisherman 2 from Viking Kayaks double answers the long-awaited call for a stable, roomy, fishing and expedition double kayak. It features comfortable moulded seats, backrest, and large front and rear wells for fish and gear. These kayaks are super stable and have been designed to be powered by an electric motor. Paddle or motor, you will enjoy many happy hours in your Tempo 2 kayak, whether you are fishing, diving, free diving or on an expedition.
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The Malibu Two XL Angler from Ocean Kayak is one of the first tandem sit-on-tops specifically set up for kayak fishing. Over 450 pounds of capacity plus great stability adds up to a great choice for two anglers and their gear. Perfect for dads (and moms) who want to introduce the sport of fishing to their kids. You’ll never want to fish alone again.
The StraitEdge2 Pro from Advanced Elements is a 13-foot sit-on-top tandem kayak combining aluminum rib frame technology in the bow with rigid drop stitch technology in the floor to provide exceptional paddling performance. It features open-close bail ports, adjustable foot pegs, high-back seats, rod holders, gear tie-downs, and three seating positions for setup as a solo or tandem.
The Sport Fisher Angler 100 from Lifetime is one of the most versatile fishing kayaks on the market. The comfortable tiered seating allows for the kayak to be paddled solo or tandem and can even transport a third smaller passenger in the center seat. The tunnel hull design boasts 500 pounds of weight capacity and is incredibly stable, making it nearly impossible to tip over. The Sport Fisher includes two kayak paddles, two padded backrests which can be moved to any of the three seating positions, three flush-mounted fishing rod holders and a six-inch hatch for added storage access beneath the deck. It is also designed to accept the Lifetime Power Mate motor mount accessory (sold separately) making it possible to add an electric trolling motor to your kayak.
The Lure II Tandem Overdrive from Feelfree Kayaks features the modern evolution of pedal-powered kayak propulsion, offering effortless speed and ease of use. The Overdrive is a two-in-one system that offers forward and reverse pedal- or power-driven capabilities in a single unit when paired with the optional Motordrive. It features the 8-Ball Steering System and Gravity seat adjuster for superior accessibility and comfort. Also available without Overdrive.
How we chose the best tandem fishing kayaks
We consider several factors when choosing the best two-person fishing kayaks. From ensuring we judge the kayak according to its intended purpose to making sure you’re actually able to buy it, here are the things we consider when picking the kayak in each category:
- Purpose. Comparing apples to apples.
- Performance. How well does it do its job?
- Features. Sometimes we’re all about bells and whistles, sometimes not.
- Real-world testing. We put them to the test on the water.
- Price. Is it affordable? Does its performance justify its cost?
- Sales. Best-selling models are best-sellers for a reason.
- Availability. It won’t be good if you can’t buy it.
- Designer and brand interviews. We ask the people who made it why.
Let’s find you the perfect tandem fishing kayak
Use the Kayak Angler Buyer’s Guide‘s reviews, specs and expert rankings to help you find the right kayak at the right price. Find all the best fishing kayaks from the top brands for all situations in The Best Fishing Kayaks for 2021.