I remember not too long ago I bought an enclosed kayak, thinking it would be the best thing on earth for me and that my first trip out in it would land heaps of fish... I really had no idea what I was doing, had never fished from a kayak and only ever used bait and perhaps the odd soft plastic. After 12 months of hit and miss I lost interest in the hobby and the kayak sat and collected dust.
After landing a new job that consumed most of my soul and a partner that drives me insane, yes I'm saying it as most of you probably know of this, I had to get a hobby to escape the rat race. So I sold the old kayak and purchased an open top fishing yak, a Moken 10. This changed the game completely for me, I had a kayak that was more user friendly and better suited to a 6' 6" giant like me.
I then started spending more time (money) out in the yak and spending more time (money) using different lures, success started to come and bait fishing left. I got hooked on using soft plastic lures and was getting technique down pat. Then I started doing a bit of fresh water fishing, no idea what I was doing so success turned into hit and miss. All I wanted to do now was to catch a bloody bass, how hard can it be!
Using my techniques and lures targeted at salt water species in a fresh water environment on a fish that I had no clue about was a question that answered itself.
So I started using hard body lures
More time (money) spent experimenting with different lures and more time (money) spent out on the water landed me my first bass. After that I was hooked and kept going after more fresh water species; bass, yellowbelly, cod etc... Now I fish predominately fresh water
Now I have purchased a new Hobie Pro Angler 12, something you don't do if you have no clue what you are doing. One simply doesn't purchase a new car if they don't have a licence to drive it.
So I have gone from bait fisherman in salt water only in a shotty enclosed kayak, to an ultimate fishing kayak with using only lures and fishing mostly fresh water. All things change, skills develop and time (money) will be spent developing your skills. I guess you never stop learning and there is a wealth of knowledge floating around out there and people to help you discover new things. One piece of advice I can give you, is to challenge yourself; if on technique fails then try another. You'll look back in a few years and wonder what all the fuss is about, just like I am now.
Tight lines and happy adventures!