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Top 5 Kayaks to Bring Home this Holiday Season

Top 5 Kayaks to Bring Home this Holiday Season

5 Fishing Kayaks to Give as a Gift This Holiday Season

Holiday shopping is one of the most exciting, and stressful, times of the year. Trying to find the perfect gift for that special someone in your life takes time and planning. If you've found us here at Eco Fishing Shop, chances are you have someone in your life who loves fishing, being on the water and adventure.

Fishing kayaks provide a unique, more intimate experience on the water. No matter where you fish or what species you plan to target, fishing from a kayak is a challenge all anglers fall in love with. With so many fishing kayaks on the market, let's look at five fishing kayaks for all different budgets to gift this holiday season.

Seastream Angler 120 PD Fishing Kayak

Length: 12'3" | Width: 35" | Capacity: 400lbs | Weight: 97lbs (without drive)

First up is the Seastream Angler 120 PD. Currently selling for $1,299, the Seastream Angler is one of the most affordable pedal fishing kayaks currently on the market. If you are purchasing your first fishing kayak, the Seastream Angler is a great place to start. Combining affordability with a pedal drive is a hurdle many kayaks can't clear.

This kayak was specially designed to accommodate the Rapid Pedal Drive, featuring the smooth steer system and is combined with an oversized Beaver Tail rudder for an improved propulsion and steering experience.

While the Seastream Angler 120 PD is a great all-around kayak for recreational use, it comes with many useful built-in features for kayak fishing:

  • Feelfree gear UNI-Track accessory rails
  • Horizontal rod storage & tip protectors
  • 2X flush mounted rod holders with rod leashes
  • Stable pontoon style design with reinforced standing platform
  • EZ Rider multi-position seat
Seastream Angler 120 PDL

If you are looking for a fishing kayak that has a drive to fish hands free, is affordable, and still has plenty of features for your favorite angler, the Seastream Angler 120 PD is a great place to start.


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NuCanoe Unlimited

Length: 12' 6" | Width: 41" | Capacity: 600lbs | Weight: 80lbs

If you value versatility and customizability, it is hard to surpass NuCanoe kayaks. NuCanoe's Unlimited is a canvas waiting to be painted however you see fit and is one of the most customizable fishing kayaks available.

Solo or tandem, paddle, pedal or powered, the NuCanoe Unlimited offers the ability to build out your kayak however you can imagine. At 41" wide, it has a massive weight capacity and offers stability that is rivaled by few. Lets look at some of the other features:

  • Plug & play ready for pedals, power, and electronics
  • Wiring access plates
  • Gear pod ready
  • 10 10" gear tracks
  • Bow & Stern ThruHull wiring ports x2
  • 2 flush rod holders
  • XL transducer pod
  • Rod tip holders
NuCanoe Unlimited

Truly unlimited in the way you can build and rig your kayak, the NuCanoe Unlimited is a perfect fit for someone who loves to tinker, build, customize and adapt to their surroundings. Start small with a paddle and have the option to upgrade over time. The NuCanoe Unlimited is ready to be built to match any water and any adventure, solo or tandem.


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Feelfree Lure 11.5 Overdrive V2 Fishing Kayak

Length: 11' 6" | Width: 34" | Capacity: 425lbs | Weight: 87lbs (without seat & drive)

Feelfree's Lure 11.5 is designed for longer paddling/pedaling trips on rivers, lakes and oceans with big capacity and additional deck space. With the only two-in-one pedal drive, the forward/reverse capable Overdrive can be converted to power with an easy to add Motordrive attachment (sold separately).

Feelfree's Lure 11.5 is one of the more comfortable fishing kayaks on the market. A favorite of many owners is the removable multi-height adjustable Gravity Seat that offers all-day comfort for those long days on the water. A great all-around kayak, the Lure 11.5 doesn't forget about kayak anglers with these accessories:

  • Uni-track system for accessories
  • Flush mounted rod holders
  • Rod tip protection
  • Molded in crate recess
  • Multiple storage areas for gear
Feelfree Lure 11.5



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Hobie Mirage Compass Fishing Kayak

Length: 12' | Width: 34" | Capacity: 400lbs | Weight: 87lbs (with drive)

If your favorite angler finds themselves fishing in water with any type of debris (kelp, stumps, or rocks), Hobie kayaks and their patented Kick-Up Fin Propulsion Drive system are a perfect match. Fish hands-free with one of the best fin drives on the market.

Powered by the MirageDrive 180 pedal system and Kick-Up Fins, your angler can fish shallow waters with debris with peace-of-mind. Unique to the Hobie fin drives, forward and reverse motion is as easy as pulling a cord to go either direction. Get in and out of any spot using the MirageDrive 180 fins with reverse.

The Compass offers maximum stability, an oversized cockpit and flat deck for standing, and these other great features for fishing:

  • Pre-installed rod holders
  • H-track accessory mounts
  • Transducer cavity for Lowrance fish finders
  • 8" Twist & Seal storage hatch
  • Two rod holders
Hobie Mirage Compass

If you are looking for a top-of-the-line brand fishing kayak with maneuverability, stability, speed and all-around water capability, the Hobie Mirage Compass is worth the price jump. Get your hands on one of the market's best fin drive kayaks available.

Starting at $2,899

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Old Town Sportsman BigWater 132 PDL

Length: 13' 2" | Width: 36" | Capacity: 500lbs | Weight: 96lbs

Making canoes and kayaks since 1898, Old Town is one the oldest personal watercraft makers in the country. With more than a century of experience, Old Town crafts some of the best fishing kayaks available to anglers on the market.

With instant forward and reverse, maneuverability and stability, the Old Town BigWater 132 is one of the more responsive kayaks available and a favorite of river anglers. Old Town's award-winning PDL Drive is reliable, easy-to-use and utilizes a quick-dock feature for easy removal. Other BigWater 132 features include:

  • 4 total accessory rails for your gear
  • Non-slip EVA deck pads for standing
  • Dry storage hatch
  • Universal transducer mounting system
  • 3 flush-mounted rod holders
Old Town BigWater 132 PDL

Old Town's BigWater 132 PDL is a fishing kayak built to perform in both open water and in the river. With a more traditional v-shaped hull, the BigWater 132 tracks well, knifes through the water with speed, and conserves energy. The BigWater 132 PDL is a great fit for adventurers and anglers looking to attack big water or navigate rivers.


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Helpful Guides to Help You Decide

It is easy to feel overwhelmed when researching fishing kayaks. You may be asking yourself a million questions. What kayak is best for rivers, or salt water? What are the different drive systems and what does each type do best? What accessories are important?

You are not the only one to have these questions. We have discussed many of these topics with both newcomers and kayak anglers with years of experience. If you are unsure about which kayak to get for your special someone, check out some of these resources to help you in your research:

Didn't see the kayak you were looking for in this list? Eco Fishing Shop offers many different kayak brands and models with FREE shipping. Shop our full collection. If you have any questions, we are just a chat button click or phone call away and would love to help you with any questions or concerns you may have. You can also ask questions to our online community to get real first-hand customer experiences. Happy Holidays!

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