My friend recently purchased a Blast and an Old Town Otter, and I have had the pleasure of paddling both. They are both about the same length, but the Blast rides lower in the water, and thus will drag bottom on logs you may not even see, whereas the Otter would clear visible logs. The Otter was more maneuverable, But the Blast tracks straighter. I was able to paddle upstream in both kayaks rather quickly. It has a nice sized, comfortable cockpit, I'm sure it would be suitable for fishing. Overall, I liked the Otter more, but if you can catch this baby on sale for $200 it is a steal as it comes standard with the footpegs and deck rigging, and the Otter does not.