I use my kayak for fishing 95% and I can think of a few reasons why I prefer the SOT.
On hot days I can sit side-saddle while fishing and cool off a little with my legs dangling in the water.
I can stretch my legs and generally move around a little more...not as much as a canoe of course.
I like the open, recessed, flat deck space I have allowing me to strap down an ice chest, milk crate or whatever for holding gear and fish.
I find it easier getting in and out of my SOT...or should I say on and off of?
I still have some internal storage to store a few items I might not need every trip...first aid kit, dry-bag with extra clothing and rain gear etc.
Scupper holes allow water to naturally drain out of the kayak during heavy rain or rough wave conditions. And if your on smooth water, you can plug them to keep a little drier if needed.
One downside may be the weight. A SOT may sometimes weigh more due to the fact of more material required to make it.
Another option may be SINK designes specifically for fishing. Some resemble a SINK forward and a SOT aft, with a larger, more open cockpit.
Here's a link to a good little Bass Pro Shop article on the basic concepts.
Hope that helps, good luck.
EZ-Dock modular docks
The Kayak Wing
YakCatcher Rod Holder
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