I have fished from a Canoe for years and just bought a pair of 9' sit on top Kayaks this year. They are a BLAST. I have not tryed standing up in one to fish but I bet I could if I was carful. They are very stable and and only weight 38 lbs. The first time I was on the water in one the wind was blowing about 20-30 mph. I headed down wind and thought I was going to have a heck of a time getting back. As it turned out a yak handles MUCH better in the wind than a canoe and I had no problems heading back. I came back across the middle of the small lake I was on bucking waves and taking spray over the bow. I never even came close to tipping it. It was a blast. A canoe can be pretty stable too. Makes a big differance if the person in the boat with you is experienced. My older brother and I spent enough time in one to be a pretty good team and we never turned one over. I once landed a 40 lb Flathead in swift water out of a canoe with him handling the boat. Might not have been the brightest thing to do but we got-er-done. Anyway with a little experience you can do some pretty amazing things in a small boat. Cheap fun, Don't need gas and good exercise.