I would recommend keeping an eye on Craigslist or even letgo or any of the other purchase apps... I brought my first kayak new and have subsequently purchased five additional kayaks (combined) for less than I paid for my first kayak. On average I paid no more than $300 for each of them, granted most of these have been touring (sit in) kayaks, but bargains are certainly out there but you have to be patient and quick because from what I have seen fishing kayaks tend to keep their price better than other kayaks and when bargains appear they tend to get grabbed up pretty quick. In fact, I just picked up a Wilderness Systems Tarpon for less than $100, but I had to drive to east Tx to get it.
That said, the best kayak that you can buy is the kayak that allows you to get out on the water. You may find that one kayak does something(s) better than other kayaks, but at the end of the day if a kayak allows you to get on the water and allows you to have a good time what more do you really need?
Like I said about I have a fleet of kayaks, and while I enjoy each of them in their own way but my go to kayak is not the fastest, or the prettiest or necessarily the most comfortable one that I own, but the one that is easiest for me to carry and load.... and more importantly unload, all that other stuff is gravy or icing on the cake.
What I'm trying to say is that if that is all your budget allows, then get it and enjoy it after all at the end of the day isn't that really what kayak fishing is really all about?
Edited by DblNoob (08/18/17 02:58 PM)