I bought a 9.5' Old Town Rush kayak from Bass Pro, retails $430 there. Added a paddle and kayak-specific fishing PFD, signed up for their credit card and received 10% off the entire purchase. On top of that I found a $10 off coupon in a Kansas Hunting Regulations booklet and received a $15 gift card for test-driving a Tundra at the store. The cashier let me use them all together for a total of $536 with tax. I chose this kayak so I could do some recreational river floats and mild whitewater as well. It feels awkwardly heavy for 39 lbs, but being solo most times the smaller kayak is easier to portage. I even modified a bicycle kid-trailer as a kayak dolly. I bike or hike it down a rough, mile-long atv road to a cove of the lake by my parents' house. Fishing from mine for about a month, I have managed quite well in it. Hooked a cheap laundry basket to the stern bungees with carabiners. Using big twist ties to secure two rods to the basket for storage. I have paracord tethering the rods to my PFD when I'm fishing or trolling them. My tackle tote goes in there too. Everything loose is tethered down. Next, I'm going to sew up a drift sock for it. Thinking about a Harmony Johnny bar to place across the bow with a couple rod holders on it. It is a bit cramped and I'm particularly small even. After 2-3 hours I'm ready to stand up. I usually shore to urinate and stretch, then get back to it. I'm thinking about bringing a folding chair and switching up with some bank fishing. I'm mostly a bass fisherman, but the south shore of this cove is teaming with blue cats. I see them surface right by the boat and one even hit the bottom of the boat! I've caught two now on the medium crankbaits I was throwing. The first one was about 18", hit far away from the boat, and was a lot of fun to get in. Not so much to get off. He was hooked right by the whisker, and every time I got the pliers near, he'd sense it and start going crazy. I bought an auto-gaff for a couple bucks on clearance, it says it's not supposed to injure the fish. Last Monday I was out there again and caught another on a crankbait. He was about 20" and hit right by the boat, hit it hard! My 6' medium action rod was bent over, the bow swung around! I got him in easily, grabbed him with the auto-gaff, and he was not happy! Started making a grunting/groaning sound over and over like a pig oinking maybe, heh! There was a lot of slime left in the teeth of the jaws, and I'm wondering if that fish grabber is even humane. It did make him hold still so I could work on the hook while he was mostly in the water. I might pose this question in another thread. I'm enjoying this kayak and fishing very much, already thinking about a 14-15' sit-on-top for dedicated warm-weather fishing, like the Ocean Kayak Prowler Trident 15. Wow. Maybe when the economy pulls out of the rut. I like reeling in the cats too. I haven't found any lunker bass in the cove yet, and these cats put up the biggest fight of the day. There's carp back there too, they're not going to take the crankbait like the little blues will though. I'll probably be asking some questions about catfishing-specific gear for the kayak if I can't find my answers here. Loaded up for the lake: Bicycle kayak trailer: At the cove: I'll have to work on getting the camera out of the dry bag to take some pictures of these cats I'm catching. And figure out why the image posting is so restrictive here. I couldn't attach more than 3 to this post. I tried creating an album but I can't embed those album pictures here with the BB code it gives me. So I linked to my photobucket like I normally do on forums, but you'll have to click them here.