Coolers are very helpful tools for many anglers. Whether their using it to keep food and drinks cold or store their catch during a long day’s fishing, coolers come in very handy and can be used for a variety of purposes.
The type of cooler each anglers may need will depend on what kind of vessel they do most of their fishing from. For instance a kayak, paddleboard or bank fisherman will need a smaller more compact cooler than those fishing on a boat. Today we’ll discuss some of the best coolers anglers can choose from whether their fishing from the bank, kayak, paddleboard or boat.
Best Kayak/Paddleboard/Bank Fishing Coolers
Yeti Hooper Flip 12 Portable Cooler
One of the best options for anglers who enjoy kayak, paddleboard, or bank fishing is the Yeti Hopper Flip 12. This portable cooler is a lightweight, compact and has a good amount of space for food, drinks, and ice. It comes in a variety of color options, is waterproof, extremely durable, and keeps items cold all day long. It’s ideal for anglers who need a smaller cooler that easy to manage and keeps their food and drinks cold during a long day outdoors.
RTIC Soft Cooler 20
Another awesome cooler for kayak, paddleboard, or bank anglers is the RTIC Soft Cooler 20. This cooler is similar to the Yeti Hopper, but is a little less expensive. However, it is still very durable, leak proof and keeps ice cold for days. It is small enough to carry around easily, yet still has plenty of room for food, drinks and ice.
Yeti Roadie 24
In addition, for anglers who enjoy paddleboard fishing often, like myself, the Yeti Roadie 24 is an excellent option. Not only does this cooler keep food and drinks ice cold all day, it also can be used as a seat for paddleboard anglers. It fits perfectly in the center of a stand up paddleboard (SUP), and provides anglers with a way to sit down and rest when needed. This cooler can be used for kayak and bank fishing as well, but is perfect for paddleboard anglers.
Best Boat Coolers
Yeti Tundra 65
When it comes to the best coolers for boaters, the Yeti Tundra line of cooler is my top choice. These coolers come in a many different sizes and colors. The Tundra 45 and 65 are a couple of the most popular sizes offered. Anglers should select which size they need depending on the amount of space in their boat and how much they need to store. The Yeti Tundra coolers are very durable, keep ice for many days, and have a large carrying capacity, holding lots of ice, food, drinks, or fish.
RTIC Hard Cooler 45
Another great cooler for anglers on a boat is the RTIC Hard Cooler. Offered in sizes 45 and 65, this heavy-duty cooler has over three inches of insulation and is guaranteed to keep ice cold for several days. It provides plenty of room for many drinks and food. Not only is this cooler high quality, but it is affordably priced.
Below you’ll find several other coolers we like, but just didn’t make the cut for our best of the best fishing coolers. All of these are great coolers, and if you’re not able to get your hands on our picks above, then these are your next best bet.
- Engel 65 High Performance Hard Cooler
- Coleman 100 Quart Xtreme 5 Marine Cooler
- Igloo Leeward Marine Grade Cooler
Back to You
Whether you do most of your fishing from the bank, from a kayak or SUP, or from a boat, a high-quality cooler is a great thing to have with you. Its worth to investment to keep your food, drinks and possibly you catch ice cold while you enjoy time on the water. Keep these options in mind when you select a cooler for you fishing outings.
We’d love to hear which one you choose!