These days, when every family seems to be on a tight budget, fishing kayaks have enjoyed an all new level of popularity. Durable, highly portable, and affordable, models like the Elkton Outdoors Cormorant tandem kayak are dominating the market. This model is built tough and features some great extras. However, it’s shorter length means it’s not exactly the fastest kayak on the water. Yet for most anglers, speed isn’t quite as important as durability and easier handling.
Our Verdict: The shorter length of the kayak should tell you right off the bat that it’s not designed for speed. However, it can handle rougher water conditions like a champ. If you often stick to fast-moving rivers and tight channels, then this kayak has what it takes to get you where you’re going.
Read on to find out what makes the Cormorant stand out from the competition and why it’ll be the last angling kayak you’ll ever need to buy.
Overview and Features
One of the best fishing kayaks of this size, the Cormorant can be fully inflated in just ten minutes.
This set comes with:
- Six rod holders
- Two adjustable seats
- Carry bag
- Foot pump
- Repair kit
- Double-sided oars
User Weight Capacity
The kayak as a weight capacity of four hundred and fifty pounds, which can seriously limit you in terms of how much gear you’re bringing along. However, if you’re fishing solo, then the max weight will work out just fine.
The durable design makes this kayak suitable for ocean angling and flatwater use. The kayak is made out of eighteen-gauge 1000 denier PVC. This material is highly resistant to abrasions, rips, and punctures, significantly reducing the kayak’s chances of springing a leak.
This model also comes with three separate air chambers, all of which are removable. This design makes it easy to quickly remove an air chamber and repair a leak using the included kit. The level of air in the chambers can be adjusted based on user preference. However, since balanced air in each chamber is crucial for a solid performance, we recommend using an air gauge. The kayak should be pumped up using a moderate amount of pressure. If you’re using an electric pump, please make sure you only do so if you have a pressure gauge, otherwise, you can easily overinflate the air chambers.
Deflation and Inflation
As we mentioned earlier, inflating can be accomplished in under ten minutes. Releasing the air is just as easy, allowing you to fold the kayak up into a small package that easily fits inside the included carry bag.
Control on the Water
Shorter kayaks are much easier to control compared to models that are twelve feet long or more. This model comes in at ten feet and is easy to guide and maneuver. The kayak’s double-sided oars also make guiding the kayak, even in choppy waters, a breeze.
The aluminum double sided oars are lightweight and can be taken apart for easier storage. Each oar consists of three sections, featuring a twist and design lock that makes it easy to disassemble and assemble.
The kayak features a total of four built-in mesh pockets where you can store your supplies and fishing gear. The rear and front D rings are perfect for tying down any extra gear.
With a lightweight design, the kayak is easy to get in and out of the water. The built-in handles allow you to smoothly launch or pull the kayak out of the water.
Sufficient Storage Space
The kayak comes equipped with a total of four mesh pockets that you can use to store personal items, fishing and camping gear, and more.
Advantages and Disadvantages
- Durable PVC construction
- Plenty of storage space
- Four rod holders
- Built-in paddle holders
- Three separate removable air chambers
- Lightweight design
- Can struggle with tracking in choppy water
Is This Kayak Too Slow for Ocean Angling?
Speed isn’t usually a top priority for most anglers, however, if you often find yourself traveling further out to reach underfished areas, then a faster kayak may be a better option. Unfortunately, shorter kayaks like this ten-foot model are sluggish and can’t slice through the water like a longer, narrower kayak can. If you’re looking for a kayak designed with speed in mind, we recommend the Vibe Kayaks Sea Ghost 130. This is a thirteen-foot angling kayak and one that has a reputation for both durability and power.
Is This Kayak Stable Enough to Stand When Casting?
This is a common question many anglers have and one they tend to research before they buy a new kayak. For some, sitting down to cast is unthinkable, since it can be difficult to get the same type of power and range behind their cast, especially if they’re not used to fishing off a boat. This is a shorter inflatable fishing kayak, and because of this, it features a more stable design compared to a longer kayak. During use, you can easily stand and cast as the kayak remains firmly in place with no tipping and rocking.
Is this Kayak a Good Choice for Crankbait?
Yes and no. for this type of fishing, your main target will be largemouth bass, which means you’ll need a boat that’s stable and fast. However, with kayaks, you’ll either get a kayak that’s stable and slow or fast and unstable, so ultimately, the choice is yours. Make sure you base your choice on where you fish and how often. To learn more, click here to read our article on crankbait fishing.
Conclusion and Rating
If you’re looking for the best fishing kayak that can allow you to access those tight river channels and one that won’t rock or tip when you stand up to cast, then your search is over.
This tandem Elkton Outdoors inflatable fishing kayak offers great value for the money, thanks to the ample storage, durable construction, and a design that makes navigating and tracking a cinch. We gave this model a rating of four and a half stars out of five.