New Fishing Kayaks from ICAST 2017 Show

by • July 24, 2017 • Kayak Reviews, Product ReviewsComments (0)6687

While there wasn’t as much fanfare or hype at ICAST 2017 as there was the year before, there were some pretty amazing new fishing kayaks being unveiled at this year’s show.While the hype wasn’t as high as last year, this year still had some pretty amazing new fishing kayaks at ICAST 2017. Let’s be honest here, nothing gets a kayak angler more excited than new fishing kayaks. Everyone was excited about the new venture from YakAttack owner, Luther Ciphers, with Bonafide Kayaks. While it definitely did not disappoint, there were other kayaks being debuted at this year’s ICAST show. We’ll touch base on each kayak that was unveiled at this year’s show.

Bonafide Kayaks

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Bonafide Kayaks jumped on the scene this year mere months before the ICAST 2017 show with much fan fare. Bonafide has two offerings in its line up: the SS107 and the SS127. Anglers alike were excited to check out the newest introduction into the kayak fishing community. With such features as a hybrid cat hull design, a under the seat sliding tray, hatches that open both ways, retractable handles for transporting, and a super comfortable seat. The new Bonafide Kayaks will quickly become a favorite for anglers everywhere.

Specs (SS127)

  • Length: 12’7″
  • Width: 33.5″
  • Weight: 75lbs
  • Capacity: 475lbs
  • MSRP: $1599

Specs (SS107)

  • Length: 10’7″
  • Width: 34.5″
  • Weight: 67lbs
  • Capacity: 425lbs
  • MSRP: $1299.00


NuCanoe kept an amazing secret close to the vest leading up to ICAST 2017, then showed up big time with their new fishing kayak, the Flint. Smaller, lighter, and packed with tons of amazing features, the Flint is a great looking new fishing kayak.


Length: 11′ 3″
Width: 33″
Weight: 67lbs
Capacity: 400lbs
MSRP: $999.00

Ocean Kayak

Ocean Kayak entered the pedal drive market with the introduction of the Malibu PDL. Granted this is being promoted as a recreational kayak, but I’ve never met a kayak angler who wouldn’t jump at that challenge. A great feature for those anglers who like to take their kids fishing, the rear tankwell also serves as a seat for the little ones.


  • Length: 12′
  • Width: 34.5″
  • Weight: 100lbs
  • Capacity: 450lbs
  • MSRP: $2199.00


Bote Board really caught a lot of attention for their latest with the new Rover. It took the prestigious “Best of Show” Award for ICAST 2017. Designed to be a paddle board, which can also accommodate a small outboard engine, this new set up from Bote takes paddle board angling to a whole new level.


  • Length: 14′
  • Width: 40″
  • Weight: 105lbs
  • Capacity: 500lbs
  • Max Outboard: 6HP
  • MSRP: $3499 (includes paddle & MotoRac)

Pelican Sport

Pelican added a new kayak to their arsenal with a smaller version of their popular Catch series of kayaks with the Catch 100. The CATCH 100 will be the co-star in all your fishing trips. Built on a tunnel hull it is very stable, maneuverable, and provides excellent tracking. This 10ft sit on top angler kayak features the ERGOCAST dual position seating system. It allows you to adjust the seat to a high or low seating position. Other features are a quick lock hatch, a storage platform with bungee cords to store your fishing gear, flush mount rod holders and accessory eyelets. Manufactured with RAM-X PREMIUM, it is lighter, stiffer, and stronger.


  • Length: 10′
  • Width: 34″
  • Weight: 60lbs
  • Capacity: 350lbs

Sun Dolphin

The new Boss 12 SS kayak from Sun Dolphin was surprisingly well set up at the ICAST 2017 show. Featuring a true open deck sit on top kayak with an updated seat will sure have newcomers to the sport of kayak fishing interested in this updated Sun Dolphin kayak.


  • Catamaran hull design with a flat stable platform
  • Front/rear storage wells large enough for a milk crate or bucket
  • Non-slip pads and stand up strap
  • One swivel and four flush mount rod holders
  • Below deck storage
  • Dual position fold down seat
  • Universal mounting plates
  • Adjustable foot braces
  • Carry handles and paddle holders
  • Beverage holder


  • Length: 12’3″
  • Width: 32.5″
  • Weight: 70lbs
  • Capacity: 500lbs


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