January 29, 2016 at 6:56pm
I've used both canoe (Old Town Guide 147) and tandem kayak (Native Ultimate 14) in the marsh. If you fish 2 people, that particular canoe is very tough to beat. It's made of the same polyethylene used in most yaks. I even add a trolling motor to it sometimes and that makes it so much nicer coming back to the launch in 90 degree weather.
If you fish solo, the canoe is an option only on days with wind < 10 knots otherwise it's a bear. The Native on the other hand converts to solo and does quite well in windy conditions and is quite fast and tracks well. It's also very light for a tandem. However, it's a kayak-canoe hybrid so if you want to fish big waters like the surf you'll need to go SOT (sit-on-top).
As suggested, the Jackson Big Tuna is a great SOT option. There are a few others including the Hobie Tandem where you pedal instead of paddle. I'm not sure the Hobie T converts to solo, but the Big Tuna does.
For the money you'll spend on most tandem yaks, I'd suggest getting BOTH an Old Town Guide 147 ($750) for 2-person fishing, and a solo yak like the new Perception Pro 120 ($800) or Pelican Catch 120 ($700) for 1-person fishing, and you still break even or come out ahead.