A trip to south Florida to fish the Gulf Coast flats for redfish, snook, and sea trout—with the outside shot at tarpon—from a kayak was the goal of an invitation to field-test Hobie’s new Pro Angler 14. For me, it was also a chance to appreciate the logistical challenges of fishing salt water. I’ve had years of experience fishing from kayaks on freshwater, but among the questions I wanted to answer in Florida: How could I access quality coastal fishing from a kayak? How could a kayak cover the amount of water required to locate active fish? What are the risks and precautions I should consider when fishing offshore? And what gear works out here?