I'm thinking again about buying a kayak. At this point I'm just kind of "tire kicking," but I'm trying to learn more. Maybe someone here could help me with the learning curve.
I've fished out of canoes quite a bit, but kayaks, not so much. I don't know enough about them, and I'd rather not learn through trial and error by buying something that's not really ideal for fishing.
What I'm trying to find out is what are the tradeoffs and balances with kayaks. For instance, I assume a shorter kayak is more maneuverable in fast water, but doesn't track as straight. So what length is the ideal middle of the road? I'm not interested in fishing flatwater with a kayak - I've got my Gheenoe for the lakes. I'd mainly be using it on small creeks and maybe some trout rivers that are too swift and rocky for my Gheenoe.
Likewise, what are the pros and cons of a sit-in as opposed to a sit-on-top kayak? I'm inclined to think I'd prefer a sit-in, but I'd be interested in hearing the good and bad of both designs.
Also, if there are any absolutely "can't live without" features I need to look for on a fishing kayak, please let me know.
There are some guys out there with some really tricked-out rigs - I don't need anything to that degree. I won't be fishing out of it enough to be interested in depth finders and stuff like that. I'd like to know what's essential though.
Thanks in advance,