Tsomo Angler

The Tsomo Angler has all the great qualities of the Tsomo together with fishing-specific features.

At 2.75m long and 80cm wide, the Tsomo Angler is compact and convenient to transport. This is a playful kayak that is responsive to paddle strokes. It turns on a dime, cruises on flatwater and is a pleasure to paddle.

The large Tankwell has Crate-holding Indents. These hold a crate or cooler box in place so that it doesn’t slide around in the tankwell. Use Bungee Cord, tie-downs or rope and our Multifit fittings to secure your gear. With the tankwell and 8″ Screw Hatch, you can stow all the gear you need for a long day of fishing.

The Tsomo Angler comes standard with two Rod Holders, which are located behind the seat. Each rod holder has a Multifit positioned close by for securing your rods while paddling.

Aluminium Deck Rails are installed on either side of the stand-up platform to attach fittings like a fish finder, rod holder, GPS and other accessories. Using these, you can customise and personalise the deck for your activities.

To complete the angler capabilities of the Tsomo, an Anchor Trolley is also installed on the right side of the kayak. Use this to position your anchor to keep the boat in the perfect location and angle.

The Tsomo Angler is perfect if you don’t need to paddle long distances and/or do not have storage space for a longer boat. It is also a great all-round fishing kayak for older children and young teens.

Length: 275 cm / 9′
Width: 80 cm / 31.5″
Height: 38 cm / 15″
Weight: 19 kg / 42 lb
Ideal paddler weight: 40-95 kg / 90-210 lb
Max. carrying capacity: 120 kg / 265 lb


Not too big and not too long, the Tsomo Angler is a child-friendly kayak that they will enjoy paddling. Its width gives this kayak superb stability, while the Paddle Cutaways allow it to feel narrower and smaller than it is and make it comfortable to paddle for small arms.


The rear Tankwell is spacious and has enough space for a medium-large dog to climb onboard. If the dog prefers to sit, rather than to lie down, line the tankwell with a foam mat to prevent their paws from slipping.


A playful kayak, Tsomo Angler has both forward speed and the ability to turn on a dime.


The Tsomo is not a touring kayak; you’d be better off with a Kasai, Marimba or Tarka.


This angling version of the Tsomo comes fitted with two Rod Holders. The Deck Rails allow you to customise the deck by adding your own accessories like a fish finder, GPS device or additional rod holders. An Anchor Trolley is also standard with this model. The Tankwell also has Crate-holding Indents to hug your crate or cooler box. Secure to the deck by attaching rope, cord, tie-downs or bungee cord to the Multifits distributed around the tankwell.


The Tsomo can cut through breakers and ride the swell but if you’re keen on spending a lot of time paddling on the sea, then the longer Kasai Angler will be more suitable.


Your Tsomo Angler will get you in and out of the breakers, but if you would like to get into doing pan-ams, floaters and airs, our Dumbi kayak is the one to take to the beach.


You can take the Tsomo Angler down rivers and enjoy tripping sections with small rapids.


While we don’t recommend paddling the Tsomo Angler from a standing position, use the Stand-up Platform to stand, stretch your legs and enjoy a height-above-water view to check out your surroundings, while you’re out on the water. This feature also makes getting in and out of this kayak a lot easier.

I designed the standard Tsomo, Tarka, Kasai and Marimba models with a bunch of features that are great for any paddler, but are also especially useful for kayaking anglers. These features include:

  • Great stability.
  • A large Tankwell in the stern to load lots of gear, complete with moulded-in indents to hold crates in position.
  • Lots of attachment points using our Multifit fittings for tying gear to the deck.
  • A Paddle Rest next to the seat to keep your paddle secure while you handle your fishing rods.
  • A little platform in front of the seat that you can stand on and cast from (if your balance allows it).

In addition to the great features listed above, I added the following features to convert these standard models into Angler models:

Two dedicated surfaces behind the seat, within reaching distance, where flush-mounted Rod Holders are installed. All these models also have Multifits installed close to the rod holders for securing your fishing rods.

Grooves on the deck, one on each side just in front of the seat, are where we install aluminium Deck Rails. We mould brass inserts into the grooves to attach the deck rails. These rails can be used for attaching a variety of useful off-the-shelf accessories like fish finders.

We also mould brass inserts into the hull, on the right side of the boat, to install an Anchor Trolley.

Since these four Angler models are very similar in terms of the features they offer, your decision of which one to buy will be determined by how fast you want to go, how much stuff you want to load and whether you would like to be able to stand up to cast or not.

This short summary will help you to decide.

The Tsomo Angler is perfect if you don’t need to paddle long distances and/or do not have storage space for a longer boat. Due to its smaller footprint, it doesn’t have the same carrying capacity as the longer boats. If you are a really big guy or want to load a lot of heavy stuff on the boat, rather go for one of the longer models. The size of the Tsomo Angler also makes it very suitable for children who want their own Angler sit-on-top kayak. The platform between the seat and footwell is stable enough for smaller paddlers to stand on to cast.

The Tarka Angler’s speed and weight carrying capacity makes it very suitable for paddling anglers who want to cover some distance, do some trawling and catch fish without loading a ton of stuff on the boat. It is also great for teenagers and smaller adults who don’t want to deal with a larger boat.

The Kasai Angler can carry a lot of weight. If you want to load a lot of gear or intend to catch some big fish and take them home, this boat is the ticket. The boat has good speed too, so it is great for covering longer distances and for trawling too. The platform between the seat and footwell is stable enough for just about anyone to stand on to cast.

The Marimba Angler is really about the speed. It has similar carrying capacity to the Kasai Angler, but it is faster. The platform is not as stable for standing as that of the Kasai Angler. If standing up is important to you, rather go for the Kasai. The Marima Angler is a great trawling kayak. If trawling is your main priority, this is the boat for you. Also, if you want one boat that you can use for fishing as well as fitness training, choose the Marimba Angler.

Celliers Kruger, designer of Vagabond Kayaks

We have not uploaded video content specifically on the Tsomo Angler. Take a look at the videos of the standard Tsomo on the water.