I should have gone with Two Canoes idea and said call me....
Be careful, just as with our coleman gear they can multiply.
I started kayak fishing back in 2002 to fish just offshore and up in some really pretty mountain lake here in Southern / Northern California.
My first was the yellow one in the photo, its a Tarpon 120 and it has seen tons of use over the years. To say its been durable is a understatement.
Its been paddled hundreds of miles in the ocean, lakes and a few really big rivers. Towed at speed behind a really fast boat (not ever to be repeated), many boy scout kayak trips.
Just last year I got two of the new tarpon 120 models and they are great as well. I really like the new tarpons but the seats in some of the other new boats are more comfortable ( beach chairs) to me (wife bought new ones as a fathers day present, so they stayed).
These 12 footers are 65 pounds each so consider how and where you will need to lift them after a day on the water.
I average a couple trips each month, more in warmer months. Best way I know to just get away for a bit. I love to fish the sierra mountain lakes and its without a doubt the best way to sneek up on fish. No need to stand shoulder to shoulder, just paddle out. I just got back Sunday from up north and my son and I did well.
You don't need to spend a ton on the kayak (or a fancy paddle) until you learn a bit.
Plenty of great new and used ones out there at affordable prices.
You Should however try it out before you buy it, steal friends, find a kayak shop doing a demo on the water day, ask a guy you see in one etc...
You need to make sure it will balance / float well with your weight/shape (too light for a boat and you drift in the wind, too heavy and you wont glide on the water).
You will be sitting / standing in it alot and if it doesn't fit and you end up hating it, the guy you sell it to will get a big discount on a lightly used boat.
Do your homework, call a local shop.
Use Youtube for reviews. There is a shop in Lodi (Headwaters Kayak) they will answer your questions and make suggestions even if you are across the country. I am sure they would like to sell a boat but they are more interested in promoting kayaking. They have a ton of videos and I’ve never seen them pull a punch if a boat sucks.
The newest boats are wide and stable (Ascend at Bass pro are really nice but heavy). Rotomolded kayaks tend to be a bit more durable and typically have better UV stabilizers that allow them to be stored outside for many years (mine have always been outside with no fading or degradation).
Make sure you wear a life vest. I’ve rescued a few guys who had it behind the seat when they tipped over and the 45 degree water incapacitated them, if its not on its no good when you need it.
Great low impact exercise as well.
You will wind up with two....wife, kids...
Sorry it turned out to be a book.