Brooklyn 12.5-Foot Tandem Fishing Kayak Review

Whether you’re hitting the local lake, river or the open ocean, the Brooklyn 12.5-foot Tandem Fishing Kayak delivers on all bases. The only thing we don’t like about this kayak is its name – the 12-foot five-inch Brooklyn UH-TK181. Blurgh! BUT, with a great combination of weight, balance, storage, rod holders, carrying capacity, stability and tracking, this is a kayak you can use easily both solo or with a friend.

Brooklyn 12.5-Foot Tandem Fishing Kayak Review

Product specifications

  • Fishing fittings: 7 rod holders (3 adjustable / 4 flush-mounted)
  • Size: 12.5′ long / 30 inches wide
  • Weight: 80 pounds, including paddles
  • Carrying capacity: 450lbs
  • Two aluminium paddles and seats/backrests as standard
  • Warranty: 1 year


Product Review

Brooklyn’s 12.5-foot tandem fishing kayak is a bit of a beast. The package weight is 85 pounds, which is a fair bit more than many other tandem kayaks, but that’s partly because they include the paddles (we wish more manufacturers would do the same!). Unboxed, it actually feels a lot lighter – one man should be able to load it on a car, with practise. The weight does prove advantageous on the water too. This is a very stable, sturdy-feeling kayak.

Pros of Brooklyn 12.5-Foot Tandem Fishing Kayak

  • Purpose-built for fishermen
  • Great storage – both wet and (truly) dry
  • Tracks and paddles well
  • Very stable
  • Carries 450 pounds with ease

Cons of Brooklyn 12.5-Foot Tandem Fishing Kayak

  • Slightly heavier than other, similar models
  • If you already have paddles, you’re about to own two more (and pay for them)
  • Not cheap, but good value for what you get

's 12.5-foot tandem fishing kayak - comfortable seats

Best Feature

This kayak’s best feature has to be the fact that it feels purpose-built for fishermen. The rod holders are very well placed – right where you need them but not in the way. The paddles snap apart easily, and can be mounted behind your seat, which is very convenient when you’re into a fish. The seats are comfortable. There are also some great storage options – an open compartment in the back, covered with netting, and two very well made watertight compartments – perfect for a wallet and phone, which of course you won’t want to get wet.

Tandem kayak with watertight storage compartments
Watertight kayak storage compartments

Worst Feature

The worst feature of this fishing kayak is the fact that it’s quite heavy. Although it helps with stability, which is useful when you’re fishing, the extra weight does make the kayak less easy to manoeuvre, both in the water and on land.

My personal tips

You could spend months comparing different kayaks, but it’s no easy task, especially when some – like this one – come with everything included. Let us share you the effort. Buy this kayak and we think you’ll be happy with your decision. It does everything it needs to do – in style.

Customer Review

Averaging 4.4 stars out of more than 60 reviews on Amazon, this is clearly a very solid performer. There are a few 1-star reviews, so it’s worth checking with the vendor before pulling the trigger, but overall most anglers seem like happy campers, especially more recently. Like this guy…

Stable, perfect weight, water tight, comes with all your accessories, easy to use – great value

How to buy

This kayak is available for purchase on Amazon. Buy it now >>


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Brooklyn Fishing Kayak Video

It’s not the 12.5 tandem (couldn’t find a video of that one), but this will show you some of the features.

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James Green loves nothing more than casting a fly in pursuit of salmon, seatrout or, when the opportunity arises, a tailing bonefish, tarpon or permit.