Hobie is expensive but your post did say "Best". I saw this one at Bi-mart. Didn't really inspect it and probably made in China but looked like it would be worth a try at that price. Plenty of rod holders and gear tracks and it is a peddle drive.
I was thinking one of those pedal kayaks would be most easy to use.Ethan, I don't know if you want a pedal or paddle type kayak. I have just been paddling Ocean Kayak Tridents both 13' and 11'. I have only bought one new and the other four used. If you like that type, expect to pay 50 cents on the dollar for used and probably get some extras thrown in. That is my experience. Check Craigslist and NWKA forum for kayaks for sale. People are always selling their old kayaks. Test them out at your local paddle shop to see what you like.
Hope you weren't thinking that I was saying that BiMart kayak was "best" because it is very likely not. Just looked like he might be looking for a less expensive option. It did look like the rudder and steering control were there and decently equipped.I can't find any info online about that BiMart "Cascade Pro" kayak, so no comment. I assume it had a rudder and steering control?
I would say that if the plan is to use the kayak for "bay fishing, salmon fishing, crabbing, etc.", then "Best" and "Safest" are sort of the same thing.