Flaboy, Although I didn't fish from it, I have tried out one of those fishing style Kayaks. Nate, first off, we are not talking about a typical kayak that we are all used to seeing, the kind you have to sit IN. A fishing kayak is a ride on top type. One can either ride it with their legs out or legs on top. In my experience, on they are much better than the old style of climbing in. They do have limitations though. Even though they are far easier to turn and get up to speed with, they have one big drawback over a canoe. When paddeling a canoe, when you stop paddleing, the canoe keeps moving quite some distance. With a kayak, when you aren't actually paddling, it aint moving!!! There is almost no inertia here. In my case, the kayak held all my gear with no problem, was more stable than a canoe, felt comfortable enough that this old man was able to ride it hard for over 10 hours. I could never have done that in a canoe. However, because of the lack of inertia, it took 10 hours to cover the same distance a canoe could have made in 7 hours or less.
Like any other type boat, there are plenty of add ons one could buy to outfit it to their own liking.
As I said, I didn't get a chance to fish from it, but I can see no problem. Oh, I forgot to mention something. Getting on and off the fishing style kayak is far, far easier than getting in and out of a canoe. All you have to do is stradle it and sit down to get on. When getting off, simply step off. Most fishermen I talked to that use them, do not actually fish from them as much as use them to get to where they want to fish. It's great for small rivers. You can hit one hole after another in no time.