Re: Kayak or Pontoon?
To me, a nine foot kayak is not a fishing kayak length. You will want at least a 12 footer for good performance and safety. The most popular boat that I see on the local rivers that Striped Bass fishermen use is the Wilderness Systems Tarpon 120. Get it with all the fixings that Whalensdad mentioned.
I like a kayak best for the speed advantage. One can cover water very efficiently with it.