I got ahold of a Pelican Persuit 100 yak on the cheap ($100) so I grabbed it to test the waters of kayak fishing. I modded it with a couple of rod holders and added an anchor trolley and for a total investment of around $150, I think I did okay. BUT as I have been using it, I have some gripes and I'm wondering if it is my sorry kayak, me, or this is just the nature of fishing out of such a light boat.
1) The boat just doesn't track for squat. If I'm just drifting, it is just a matter of seconds before I have to get the paddle back out to make an adjustment.
2) The boat, whether from wind or chop from other boats LOOOVES the shore. Add this to #1
and I'm pretty much cussing the boat non-stop unless I'm in a cove.
3) Since the boat is so light, a decent size fish will literally pull me. I caught a 3 - 4 lb bass last night and I ended up in the grass bed I caught him in cuz he dragged me into it. This is kind of cool in a way, but I'd hate to lose a chance to catch a 2nd fish becuase I end up stuck in the cover I catch every fish from.
I really enjoy how quickly I can get on the water with this boat. I also love catching the fish that low and close to the water. Part of me is thinking about investing in a 12' sit-on kayak - but if I'm going to be fighting all these issues with that boat too, I wonder if it is worth a $500-odd investment.
My house is 5 minutes from a 6600 acre lake so I'm able to fish 2+ times a week. I mainly added that to make y'all jealous.