For river fishing especially, a fishing kayak can get you close to your catch. For that inaccessible eddy you cannot wade into, a kayak can put you quietly where you need to be. Remember, your capability for whitewater is a bit limited. But the fishing is never than good in Class IV's anyway.
There's a good chance that if you're reading this article then you are already a fan of kayak fishing, or if not you are keen to learn and already know the basics of kayak fishing. The advent of the Internet has brought with it the biggest resource in the world on any topic you might be trying to research and the fishing kayak or the sport of kayak fishing is by no means an exception to this rule.
Don't throw away your fishing gear.
The first important thing to point out is that if you are already a keen fisher or you have fishing gear in your house, don't throw it away; virtually any fishing gear can be quite easily adapted to work in a fishing kayak. Obviously, though, you will need to buy a fishing kayak and one of the first things you'll learn on your travel through the Internet is that fishing kayak owners are very proud of their respective fishing kayak.
Pick your specialty.
Just because you're looking for a fishing kayak doesn't mean you are the same as every other kayak fisherman out there and one of the first things you will need to decide is whether you are going to sit on or sit in your fishing kayak. My personal preference is to sit on the kayak; this way you can add or carry accessories or equipment and you can easily hop out to wade the shallower waters.
Give it a go.
There's more than likely a shop somewhere in your area that sells kayaks and you should take this opportunity to get down to those shops and give the different types of kayak a go. You won't necessarily know exactly what you want from your fishing kayak immediately and by sitting in (or on) your next fishing kayak you will get a much better idea for the feel of it and whether it is indeed the kayak for you.
Also, this gives you the opportunity to talk to someone who should know quite a lot about the sport and while kayak fishing is a relatively new sport there are already some intensively keen advocates of the kayak fishing pastime. If you're a beginner, tell them; like I say it's a new sport so there's no shame in admitting you don't really have a clue about what you're looking for. If you tell them your skill level and what you are looking for they should be able to point you in the right direction and more than likely give you some good advice not only about the fishing kayak you are interested in but they may even give you some useful gems on the actual sport.