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New Fishing Kayaks & More from ICAST 2022

These kayaks (paddle boards and a canoe, too) were unveiled at the year's biggest fishing show.

New Fishing Kayaks & More from ICAST 2022

BOTE's Rackham Gatorshell with Apex Pedal Drive won a Best of Category at ICAST 2022 in Miami. (Photo by Scott Bernarde)

These new fishing kayaks, and a few alternatives, were featured at ICAST 2022 in the trade show's New Products Showcase. Here's a quick look:

Hobie Mirage Passport 12.0 R

ICAST Kayaks: Mirage Passport 12.0 R
Hobie Mirage Passport 12.0 R (Photo by Scott Bernarde)

The 12-foot fishing kayak is the latest addition to the Mirage Passport series. Powered by MirageDrive GT pedal propulsion (with kick-up fin), the Mirage Passport 12.0 R is a versatile fishing craft, with an all-new rotomolded hull, loads of storage, two rod holders, two customizable accessory tracks, and under seat and gunnel tackle storage. Length: 12-0. Width: 34 inches. Capacity: 400 pounds. Fully-rigged weight: 83 pounds. MSRP: $1,869. Info: hobie.com

Jackson Kayak Knarr FD

ICAST Kayaks: Jackson Kayak Knarr FD
Jackson Kayak Knarr FD (Photo by Scott Bernarde)

Ready for the big water of oceans and big lakes, the Knarr FD Mark IV from Jackson Kayak features steering improvements to withstand almost any condition. TroTaks surround the new tall gunnel for safe storage of rods and gear. Pedal-driven. Weight: 140 pounds. Capacity: 425 pounds. Length: 13-9. Width: 37 inches. MSRP: $4,199. Info: jacksonkayak.com

BOTE Rackham Gatorshell with Apex Pedal Drive

ICAST Kayaks: BOTE Rackham Gatorshell with Apex Pedal Drive
BOTE Rackham Gatorshell with Apex Pedal Drive (Photo by Scott Bernarde)

ICAST's Best of Category winner for Boats and Watercrafts. BOTE makes the Rackham Gatorshell Paddleboard compatible with Apex Pedal Drive, utilizing a pedal port. Says BOTE: "Revolutionary adaptability so intuitive that it settles the battle between boards and kayaks. Everything you want out of a paddleboard with everything you need out of a kayak working in harmony to reshape the way you enjoy the water." MSRP: $3,249. Info: boteboard.com


NRS Pike Pro Inflatable Fishing Kayak

ICAST Kayaks: NRS Pike Pro Inflatable Fishing Kayak
NRS Pike Pro Inflatable Fishing Kayak (Photo by Scott Bernarde)

Lightweight and highly portable, the NRS Pike Pro Inflatable Fishing Kayak helps you access fishing spots many other boats cannot reach. Even makes portaging interestingly possible. Made of rugged material used for whitewater rafts. Comes with YakAttack accessories. Length: 12-6. Width: 39 inches. MSRP: $1,795. Info: hrs.com


Adventures Designs Trident Explorer

ICAST Kayaks: Adventures Designs Trident Explorer
Adventures Designs Trident Explorer (Photo by Scott Bernarde)

The Trident Explorer turned heads at ICAST 2022, most notably because of its unusual design. Part sit-on-top kayak, part pond boat, the portable fishing craft features hands-free maneuverability from an elevated seat, with paddle/foot drive, multiple storage areas, two rod holders, and rod-transport space under the deck extending from stern to bow. Transom allows for electric and small outboard motors. Integrated wheels makes easy launching by hand. MSRP: $2,499. Info: adventuredesignswatercraft.com

Live Watersports LX TunnelHill Paddle Board

Live Watersports LX TunnelHill Paddle Board
Live Watersports LX TunnelHill Paddle Board (Photo by Scott Bernarde)

If fishing from a paddle board is your thing, Live's newest and most advanced design is featured in the new LX. The result is the company’s fastest, most agile board. From the manufacturer: "With the LX is combination of an elevated deck and aerodynamic toe rail and advanced drainage channels it is designed to keep the deck as dry as possible creating a superior paddling experience." MSRP: $2,799. Info: livewatersports.com

Esquif Adirondack Elite Angler Canoe

Esquif Adirondack Elite Angler Canoe
Esquif Adirondack Elite Angler Canoe (Photo by Scott Bernarde)

Canoe-maker Esquif gives a reason to "return to a time when paddle fishing was much simpler," with its new Adirondack Elite angler canoe. Weighing only 45 pounds, it easily can be car-topped and transported to out-of-the-way small-water fishing hot spots. Made of T-Formex ABS for light weight and strength. Three stern upright rod holders and customizable for tackle management and electronics. MSRP: $1,599. Info: esquif.com

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