kayak selection advice

Considering buying either a Heritage Redfish Angler 12’ or a Perception Sport Pescador 12’. Anyone have an opinion on which I should get? It will mostly be used to fish in the gulf (protected water, small waves).

Those will work
but you’ll be wishing for something longer fairly quickly. You might want to expand your search and take a lesson before buying anything. Try some boats on the water and get a feel for them. You can get much more boat for the same money if you’re willing to buy used.

touring kayak
I am an avid fisherman but fish from touring kayaks and coulldn’t imagine comprimising perfomance and widerness tripping capabillities for a sit on top kayak. have you considered this?