I am preparing to make my first kayak purchase and would appreciate feedback on what brands and features (including length) to either look for or stay away from. This kayak will be almost exclusively used for fishing on lakes and in creeks. My priorities at this point are quality, comfort, stability (I tried a kayak last year for the first time and ended up flat on my back staring at the sky when I got hung up on something. I almost lost all of my tackle that day.), mobility, and sufficiently equipped.
As to quality, I am generally happy around the seven out of ten range (scale of 1-10). Generally. The $200 ones that I have seen scare me a bit. While looking at it, I get the feeling that it might just come apart on me out on the water. I could not even come close to being able to afford a Hobie. My top contender right now is a Pelican Premium The Catch 100, though I plan on making a drive to go see Old Town and Feelfree. I don't know anything about them, as a brand, except that Ive seen them online.
I understand that stability and mobility can be to an extent, opposing forces. Similar to horsepower and MPG, perhaps. From what I have read, kayaks that are 30" beam or better are more stable. My desire for mobility mostly refers to being able to get it to and from my vehicle by myself. I currently have a two man canoe, which works just fine when I am going fishing with a buddy, but is heavy, and more to the point, awkward to load and unload solo. My thought so far is to look for a 10 footer.
Thanks ahead of time,