Originally Posted by krusty
You might consider a short sit on top kayak instead. There are plenty to choose from, they're durable, and quite affordable these days.
I've got both a SOT and a SIS, and I find the SIS to be a better fishing platform, for a few reasons:
1) The SIS has a much lower center of gravity, lowering the possibility of a wave, boat wake, quick move, or my own clumseyness of overturning me.
2) I was able to mount a rod holder on the righside cowl of the SIS. This secures the rod when paddling, making a hardware change, grabbing a sip of coffee in the morning (or fishing lube a little later - it's always 5:00 somewhere!), or I can even paddle and trail a small lure - in fly fishing a streamer or a crawfish works.
3) The SIS has ample room fore and aft to stow a dry-bag with lunch, a change of clothes, a small cooler of fishing lube, or even a pair of waders should I want to paddle to a destination, then get out and wade-fish.
4) The SIS sits a little lower in the water, and is much less suscepible to being pushed around by the wind.
I have an Old Town Loon 138, which is a large open cockpit, and is generally known as a "big man's" kayak, as it's a bit heavy, less sleak, and slower than some of the more modern styled yuppie-ships, but it sure makes a good fishing platform!