December 10, 2015 at 12:03am
I'm not sure of your experience with kayaks, so here are some basics:
1) The longer the kayak, the better it will track (go straight when paddling). However, the longer your kayak is, the harder it can be to maneuver, especially in the marsh. I like a 12 foot kayak and I wouldn't go over 14 or under 10.
2) A wider kayak is more stable. It will allow you to stand and sight fish for reds easier. However, it will feel like a tank in the water.
3) The seat can make all the difference. If you're catching fish, you won't notice your butt getting soar, but let the bite slow down and you'll ache in places down there you didn't even know existed. Make sure to sit in a kayak and get a feel for what the seat is like before buying.
Accesories and the like will need to be thought about before buying. I recommend a rudder and an anchor trolly. Try to find a kayak that is rudder ready or has one stock. I made a rudder system for a kayak that didn't come rudder capable and it was a bit of a pain in the butt.
Price is going to be very hit and miss. I recommend buying from a local place, that way we support our own community. Most of them will price match if you find the same thing cheaper online.