August 11, 2014 at 8:45pm
Kayaks are designed for specific uses with trade-offs on speed for stability. If you want to stand, expect to pay a bit more. Plus another issue is how easily you can handle transporting the kayak if done alone. Some are a bit heavy and awkward to handle. For instance, I owned a Wilderness Systems Commander 140 that I could carry on my shoulder easily for as long as I wanted to. I now have a Tarpon 160 that seems impossible to carry more than 20 yards. I could stand in the Commander and fish, and throw a cast net. That isn't happening in a Tarpon 160, ever, by anyone. But the advantage I have with the 160 is that I can easily paddle long distances and take offshore.
Taking price into consideration, I recommend an Ocean Kayak Prowler 13 from Academy for $699.00. I owned a Prowler 15, years ago and I trust the kayak design to go offshore. It's robust and easy to move. You won't be able to stand on it, but you will be able to paddle for distance. You will need a paddle, and I DO NOT RECOMMEND the ones sold at Academy, Bass Pro, or Cabelas. This is an item that you truly get what you pay for. A good paddle will run you about $200.00. Use a paddle fit guide to pick the right length for your height. Look for a paddle at Masseys or order online from Austin Canoe and Kayak, also known as ACK.
If you want a more specific recommendation, tell us exactly where you will be fishing. What is your target species? My recommendation on the Prowler is given based on versatility - it will work in all environments and I trust it. My second recommendation would be a Perception Pescadore 12. It is an older Wilderness Systems Tarpon 120 design.