I pedalled a Pescador Pilot 12 at a demo day in Corpus and was pretty under-whelmed with it. It didn't want to go to windward much at all, and the steering was mushy. It seemed like a barge to me. I've seen new ones for as low as $1600. Less for used.
It's not in your budget, but the new Hobie Compass might be a good fishing machine. Looks to have a high seat. I've only seen pics.
My friend had a Wilderness Radar 135, and it was a nice machine. I assume the Radar 115 is also a good, quality kayak, but much, much more than your budget.
Good luck, IslandJim
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