Another vote for Hobie. Depends on how nimble you are. Son in law uses his on Puget Sound to set crap traps.
Jackson sit on top
Always go with the adjustable up and down seat.
Used to sell Kayaks for years and years. Owned five up until recently. Gave the Son two to take out west.
The Hobie paddle boats are nice, and fairly fast. I have been in/on one several times. (No reverse.) Ocean Kayak makes a very nice, very stable line of fishing specific sit on tops. One of the ones I gave my son was a top line Ocean Kayak called a Scupper Pro. One of their longest (more length equals more speed, less maneuverability.) Boats designed for multiple day Sea Kayak type trips with below deck dry chambers for gear and flotation.
Most all fishing specific rigs are going to be sit on tops.
For a relatively inexpensive option to get started, their used to be a sit in, with a fairly open cokpit called a Keowee. I used to own one and have fished out of it inumerable times. Used to be around $325/350. A good starter boat. Last time I looked at a Cabelas catalog/flyer they offered at least 2 fishing specific fishing models (forget the brand) withought breaking the bank. $475-650 range.
There is no "perfect" boat. They are all better at one thing over another. (Why I used to own 5.) plus I sold em' and would get Pro-deals (below cost) from manufacturers.
Shoot me any questions you may have. I will probably know the answer.
Started kayaking when I was 13-14.
You can get phone #'s for manufactures from the web. Give them a call or visit a dealer, they will hook you up with catalogs of their entire line.
If there is an REI (Recreational Equipment Incorporated.) anywhere near you, they are a good Co. to do business with.
Extreme NE TN/W NC ya'll. 😁
I have had a variety of sit-ins, sit-on-tops, etc. In the end, never have found a kayak that I liked much for fishing. They just keep you too low to the water. A canoe is so much better - higher, dryer, more comfortable seat, easier to get to gear, etc. My current set-up is an Old Town Pack Canoe, and it's perfect. Only 12 feet long and 33 lbs. Throw it on your shoulder and go. So much more versatile than any kayak.
I do use a two-bladed kayak paddle with it though. It can really get that little canoe moving!
Below is a video about one. It's not my exact canoe (same model), but you'll get the idea. Note the seat in it. It's a bit lower in the canoe than a regular flat cane seat. I have the flat one, but have used the other, and it definitely adds a bit of stability. As to the wind, I haven't noticed any more drift with this little canoe than with a kayak. They all drift around, and it can be irritating. I use a little anchor like the guy in the video, and it's worth it's weight in gold. Sometimes, if I'm on a lake, and it's calm, I'll throw one out the stern too, to keep it from pivoting.
Having owned an Old Town Pack canoe and having sold many of them. If you could get your hands on one, that would be perfect. Killer little lightweight boats, very versatile. Excellent for fishing.
I did not even consider one as you were asking about kayaks. Tunnel vision.
Until today, I wouldn't have imagined Old Town would discontinue the Pack Canoe. What a shame. From what I read, it had to do with the maker of Royalex (the material that made it so light) discontinuing the product.
If you can tolerate 20 more pounds, I think the Old Town 119 is the closest. Pretty nice looking rig with the nice seat and foot pegs.......
If you could find one of the original Grummund Sport Boats you might like it. They are 17 foot very stable and capable of a small motor if you like It has double oar locks and the company was bought out by another aluminum canoe maker. They are hard to find.
Too old and sore with arthritis for a kayak. Do all my fishing from a 16 Jon boat and a 17 ft skiff Years ago I had some inflatable kayaks that really worked well and were a lot of fun . But then I was a lot smaller and more flexible . Son had one two years ago I had to have help getting out of it the one time I tried it
I have the Old Town Discovery 119. I believe it is 11' 9" long and around 50 lbs. It's a decent boat and handles well. I would recommend flotation bags if river paddling class II.
Rocky Raab said:
Sit too low in a kayak? Really? Here I am in mine...