I’m looking to purchase my first kayak. I’ve been going kayaking on a regular basis for a couple years and borrowing friends’ kayaks. I’m ready to buy my own and was hoping for some advice.
I’m mainly looking for suggestions as to the best size and hull shape for my needs rather than specific models. But some specific model suggestions would be good too, it would give me an idea what to look for.
My budget is around $300 new or used. I’m located in the midwest and generally kayak on lakes and in creeks and small rivers. I don’t have any plans to take this kayak on long trips, I mostly just spend 4-6 hours at a time on the water. I weigh about 160lbs and am about 5’10”.
I’d like a sit in kayak and will mostly be using it for paddling around the local lakes and rivers. I also plan to do some fishing out of this kayak. I don’t need something geared entirely toward fishing, but rod holders would be extremely nice.
Overall, I’m just looking for a good kayak to fish and paddle around in. I’m thinking something 11 or 12 feet long and with a flare hull and medium rocker. I’ve never bought a kayak before, so I could be way off base here.
What would you guys recommend for my needs? I’m looking for suggestions as to length and the type of kayak I should look for, but it’d also be good to know brands to avoid or keep an eye out for.