I am an avid kayak fisherman. I recently purchased the Hobie Quest. In the past I have owned a Tarpon 120 an Ocean Kayay Prowler, and a Eddyline Sandpiper. I do have to say that the Quest out performs them all. When I purchased the Prowler I was told that I would be impressed w/ the speed of the boat and at the time I was until the Quest. I don't think a Prowler could keep up w/ me. When I bought the Tarpon I was told that it would be very maneuverable and turn easily. It did, but lacked in speed. I was looking for a Kayak that was maneuverable, fast, and stable. The quest has met and exceeded my expectations in every way. The quest w/ the built in rod holders, the side storage(for pliers, Boca grip,etc...), the accessible font hatch while on the water, center hatch in the cockpit, and the large rear tank well definitely accommodates for fishing. This is the best fishing kayak I have had the pleasure to paddle. The price of the Quest considering ,it comes w/ a paddle, a seat, and you don't have to spend extra for rod holders and additional hatches makes it a great value. I also added a rudder to my Quest, and it increased the speed of the boat, and it turns on a dime. For anyone considering buying a fishing kayak or looking to replace one, don't overlook the quest. Try it and you'll buy one like I did.