3 Best 2 Person Inflatable Fishing Kayaks

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Hey there my fellow fishing enthusiasts. Today I am going to venture into a subject that I admittedly had not really thought too much about in my fishing exploits as I look at my 3 best 2 person inflatable fishing kayaks to puff up in 2021. As I mentioned in a previous post, I have fished on kayaks for years on my own but have never considered an inflatable model nor adding another person to the vessel.

However, the more research I have undertaken around kayak fishing, the more evidence I have seen around just how popular 2 person inflatable kayaks are when it comes to getting out there amongst the big ones. So with all that in mind let’s see if we can get you started on a nice inflatable vessel for you and a friend…

My 3 recommended 2 person inflatable fishing kayaks

I will review these in more detail below but if you just want to get moving without all the carry on, my 3 are listed here for your convenience:

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2 person inflatable fishing kayaks - option 1Intex Excursion Pro 2 Person Inflatable Kayak$CURRENT PRICE
2 person inflatable fishing kayaks - option 2Sevylor Coleman Colorado 2-Person Fishing Kayak$$CURRENT PRICE
2 person inflatable fishing kayaks - option 3Elkton Outdoors Steelhead Inflatable 2 Person Fishing Kayak$$$CURRENT PRICE

What is a 2 person inflatable kayak?

So, traditional kayaks are most often made from high density polyethylene (plastic) or even fiberglass for some of the sit in models. Inflatable kayaks however, are generally made of thick PVC that can be inflated and deflated as required.

The advantages of Inflatable kayaks lie in the fact that they can be deflated for easy transport and storage (i.e. you will not need a rack like the traditional hard bodied options). I was always worried about an inflatable model and the sheer amount of sharp objects – you know knives, hooks, fish spikes etc. – that are involved with fishing. However I have found that they are also not as easy to puncture as I thought they could be.

Added to this then is the 2 person element as well. There are a number of obvious reasons for this such as couples who like to fish together or parents taking their children out safely. I have also seen it as a good way for those with physical conditions or even the elderly to get out for a fish without having to do all the paddling.

So for the purposes of this post we are categorizing a 2 person inflatable fishing kayak as one that has two actual designated seats for two actual people and is fitted out for fishing as well. They are generally a lot longer than the single paddler options and not one where someone ‘dinks’ on the back.

Types of Kayaks

Kayaks generally come in one of two options as follows:

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1. Sit on Top kayak – As the name suggests, these are the style that you sit on top of as you paddle along. These are great for fishing as they are generally wider and more stable than some of the others as well as giving you the ability to swing a rod 360 degrees around the vessel with ease – which is a good thing where two people are involved.

2. Sit in Kayaks – These are the ones where you site inside the kayak (via the little ‘cockpit’ at the top). They can be just as effective for fishing as the sit on top models and work well in areas with stronger current. They do tend to be narrower and longer making them a little faster across the water although this makes them a little less manoeuvrable as well. I have however not seen a lot of inflatable sit in models that are set up for 2 people and fishing.

From what I have seen, inflatable kayaks tend to fit in the middle of the above, riders do sit on top of the vessel however most have side walls that inflate with the base.

In addition to the above, there are a number of variations that you can look into as well. So as you start to look into the type of inflatable kayak you would be looking to purchase, the first thing to consider is where you will be using them. Think about:

Location

As mentioned above, whilst they are in fact quite strong, inflatable kayaks can of course be punctured and are additionally not as manoeuvrable as they hard bodied cousins. So when it comes to where you intend to use them, consider the following:

  • Water type – Will you be on a lake, in an estuary or on the open sea? Check the recommended usage locations for any model that you are thinking about. Generally, ocean models are longer than those used in smaller or stiller bodies of water so a 2 person may work well in that environment as well
  • Current – Estuaries generally are susceptible to tidal currents – if these are strong then a longer model might suit better if you have to paddle a distance to get to where you want to fish – which is ok as 2 person models do tend to be longer. If the fish are where you launch however, then the stability of a shorter, wider model will work better.
  • Hazards – Some water locations (especially lakes) contain hazards such as rocks and fallen trees etc. which do offer extra ripping hazards if just under the water. Longer, narrower 2 person kayak models are not as easy to turn around between rocks and/or trees in the water so care may be needed here.
  • Rapids – Look, if your kayak is built for fishing, it is probably not going to perform too well in any environment where there are rapids to deal with – such as a river, stream and upper reaches of an estuary. In all honesty, I would be looking at converting a more appropriate vessel to allow for fishing if you were looking at spending a bit of time within these areas.

There is more to this but from the point of view of fishing from an inflatable kayak, as long as none of the above are too extreme, then you should be ok in any model.

Transport

Can you transport a hard kayak? If no, then go inflatable. Do you have storage space for a hard kayak? If no, then go inflatable.

Length

Kayaks, like most other floating devices, come in a range of lengths starting at around 8 ft up to 13 – 14ft. However, as mentioned above, 2 person inflatable kayaks start at the higher range simply based on the fact that they need to fit two people in them. So depending on the environmental factors we have discussed above, you may consider the following:

10 – 12ft – In my research, this appears to be the standard length for a 2 person kayak. They can handle 2 people in most water conditions whilst maintaining stability with a little more speed. They are a little harder to manoeuver than the shorter single person craft (8 – 10ft) but a little faster with better water glide (a.k.a. tracking) to keep the craft moving forward with momentum. The perfect length for those looking to fish in a number of areas and/or environmental factors with 2 people.

13ft+ – If speed a must, or are you planning to do a bit on the open ocean, then I would suggest a longer kayak option (13+ ft is still considered longer for a 2 person kayak). Manoeuvrability and turning is a problem here (think Titanic) however but if you are chasing fast fish – or need to travel larger distances to get to the fishing grounds – then good length is a must.

Width

Width also plays a role here but to be honest, I have always looked at length as my main factor (other may disagree so please comment below if you do). In short though, the wider the craft, the more stable it will be on the water. Narrower boats tend to be faster and maybe a little more manoeuvrable (longer boats however still will not turn as well as shorter ones).

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Fishing assistance

If you have read any of my other posts on fishing kayaks, you will know my golden rule that if you are looking at a kayak and it doesn’t have at least some rod holders, then it is not a fishing kayak. This is especially pertinent when looking at inflatable kayaks as many do not have them as a standard inclusion. This doesn’t make them useless for fishing in, just a little harder.

Another key factor is that there is only really a certain amount of space and fishing does generally need a little bit of equipment such as a rod and reel (obviously), bait and a knife at a minimum. So regardless of the width or length, look for a kayak with the following:

  • Rod holders – As above, these are in my opinion a must for a fishing kayak – even if these are the only fishing related options on the vessel. I mean, where do you put your rod when you are paddling otherwise?
  • Storage – These are standard in hard bodied options but not common in inflatable models so if there is somewhere to store your extra tackle, water, cell phone and car keys etc. then you are on a winner.
  • Bait cavity – These are little sections in the top of the kayak where you can put your bait (some are round for drinks as well). These are not critical (as you can use a bait belt) but very nice to have.
  • Netted storage – These are generally located at the very front or back of the kayak where you can put larger stuff such as a life jacket (if not mandatory to wear), tackle bags, drink coolers and so on…
  • Hard bottom liner – In order to assist with puncture protection, some inflatable kayaks have hard plastic liners on the bottom to resist hazards such as coral and oyster beds etc.

The number and setup of these will obviously vary from kayak to kayak dependent upon the length (where they can fit more in, and price paid). For a good inflatable fishing kayak however, I would love to see some of the above at the very least.

Inflating processes

And finally, check out how they are inflated. We have a blow up SUP which has a hand pushed pump that quite literally takes forever to pump up (well that may be an overreaction but it does take a while and I am pretty tired by the end of it). Some however have powered pumping capabilities that are either battery powered or run from a car ‘cigarette lighter’ port.

If you can get one of these – again – do it!

What Do I use?

Ok, so I do a lot of kayak fishing in a tidal estuary where I use an 8.5ft hard plastic sit on top model with all of the options listed in the previous section above. It is perfect for what I use it for which is drifting up and back with the tidal current with two small rods running a lure and locally sourced bait (small crustations we call ‘yabbies’).

If I were to be looking for an inflatable option, the opinions of some other I have come across out on the waters state that when there are two in the vessel, the more storage and rod holding abilities that it has, the easier it is with two on it. Most 2 person kayaks I have seen are around the 12 – 14ft mark as well.

My three recommendations 2 person inflatable fishing kayak

So based on the information above, and my own experience, I recommend the following options:

1. Intex Excursion Pro 2 Person Inflatable Kayak

This first one is a very well appointed model that would work well for those looking to do some fishing across a number of environments and conditions. It is feature rich with the capacity to more than handle any basic fishing needs. It is light in weight with high pressure inflation for greater stability and manoeuvrability with specifications as follows:

  • Length: 12.7ft
  • Composition: Laminate PVC with polyester core
  • Rod Holders: 2
  • Dry Storage: none (space around feet for small dry pack)
  • Bait cavities: none (space around feet for small bucket)
  • Netted Storage: No

Other inclusions:

  • 3 air chambers
  • Adjustable foot rests
  • Removable bar to mount fish finders etc.
  • 2 x removable skegs for deep and shallow water
  • 2 x Inflatable seat boosters
  • Hi-output air pump with high pressure spring-loaded valves for easy inflation and fast deflation
  • Hand pump and gauge included
  • Carry bag
  • 2 x Paddles included

Why have I chosen it?

I like this one purely for its lightweight design and ease of use for those looking to get out amongst them with their buddies for some kayak fishing and/or just be able to ‘throw’ it in the car for a leisurely recreational paddle. At 12ft in length it will definitely everything from calmer inland waters to tidal estuaries with great stability and manoeuvrability. Its strong PVC build however is highly resistant to damage from abrasion, impact and sunlight.


2. Sevylor Coleman Colorado 2-Person Fishing Kayak

This next one adds a little more strength and toughness for those who plan to fish in areas with a few more hazards. It is a great length with reinforced sides and bottom and most of the extras that a good fishing kayak needs. It also comes with multiple air chambers meaning if one area does happen to puncture, then you still have enough flotation elsewhere to get home. Other specifications include:

  • Length: 10.9 ft
  • Composition: 18-gauge PVC with 1000D tarpaulin bottom
  • Rod Holders: 2 with mounts for two more
  • Dry Storage: none (space around feet for small dry pack)
  • Bait cavities: none (space around feet for small bucket)
  • Netted Storage: no – there are however mesh storage pockets on inside

Other inclusions:

  • Sevylor trolling motor fittings
  • Clip in paddle holders
  • Drainage plug

Why have I chosen it?

As mentioned above, this is a nice strong kayak for those who fish in areas where underwater hazards are evident. It is slightly shorter than the others here which also makes it a bit more manoeuvrable but still long enough to make it not a bad option should the fishing holes be a little further away from the launch point. It is also lightweight (4olb) with good space for fishing and storage. This is a kayak suitable for beginners and experienced fishermen alike.

On the downside, this one doesn’t come with a pump or paddle.


3. Elkton Outdoors Steelhead Inflatable 2 Person Fishing Kayak

I have chosen this final one based on the fact that is a great length with added stability in the double stitch flooring to allow standing if required (and protects from underwater hazards as well). It is well appointed, super strong and will handle most onshore and close offshore environments with specifications as follows:

  • Length: 12.6 ft
  • Composition: 1000D Reinforced Layered PVC
  • Rod Holders: 6 x hard mounting points
  • Dry Storage: 1 (Extra room for dry bag)
  • Bait cavities: No (plenty of room for small bucket)
  • Netted Storage: yes x 1

Other inclusions:

  • Lightweight breakdown paddles
  • Removable skeg
  • Travel bag with backpack straps
  • Padded high back adjustable EVA seat
  • Drop-In adjustable foot rest
  • Dual action high volume / high pressure hand pump

Why have I chosen it?

As mentioned above, this is a great kayak for a good price. It is perfectly suited to many locations such as estuaries and lakes alike. It is easily manoeuvrable with a lot of extras not usually found on an inflatable vessel of this size. Good, solid kayak for beginners and experienced fishermen alike.

Conclusion

And there it is – my 3 best 2 person inflatable fishing kayaks puff up in 2021. I hope it has been helpful and as usual, please let me know of your experiences with them.

Also, please do not hesitate to comment below if you have any questions, concerns, corrections or would like me to check anything else out for you.

Until next time

Have fun

Paul

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