Gonna assume the information you provided means you probably aren't looking at spending north of $1k on your first kayak...
And you don't have to in order to get everything you want. Luckily there are a TON more boats in the plastic navy these days at every price point.
Academy actually has a wide selection of kayaks... But most importantly have you been on any at all yet to know what you do and don't like? If not, go do a paddle day at the lake and test ride some, or go to the test tank at Mariner Sails and ask around, someone will likely let you try anything they own to see if you like it yourself. Back when I bought one it was a pescador, because that was just the kayak you bought if you could justify the expense on your first fishing kayak and nothing else really competed too much with it. These days... A vibe sea ghost would be hard for me to look past as a beginning paddle pushing the budget south of $1k.
Save money to spend on a good paddle and off in the budget, and buying used may limit selection a lot but really flexes the budget and helps with accessories cost too which is what really breaks the bank