Kayak of the Month
Fishing Online’s kayak of the month for May 2015 is the Jackson Kayak Big Rig. The Jackson Kayak Big Rig is a new design from Jackson Kayak and is a Sit-On-Top (SOT) kayak that fits only one person. It weighs 92 pounds (93 pounds including an Elite Seat 2.0—more on that below) and is capable of supporting a maximum of 450 pounds. It is 13 feet, 2 inches in length, and 37 inches in width. It is known for its stability and excellent performance, and Jackson Kayak created it with an eye for all of the best features in similar fishing kayaks!
The Jackson Kayak Big Rig is built ready to accept the Raymarine Dragonfly Fishfinder as well as the Power-Pole Micro stake out system. It also comes equipped with enhanced Cuda-Type rod storage and protection capabilities. In the area of its single seat, it has peg footrests, and the seat itself can alternate between patented hi-lo seating adjustments. The seat is actually an Elite Seat 2.0, as previously mentioned, which is a new seat from Jackson Kayak that improves upon its previous kayak seat in a totally ergonomic way. The Elite Seat 2.0 is made with three-dimensional mesh fabric for increased comfort and aesthetic appeal. If you’re going to spend the entire day fishing, you might as well do it in comfort and in style! The seat area also comes with adjustable and/or removable lumbar back support, otherwise known as the Therm-a-Rest lumbar pad. The Elite Seat 2.0 is sturdier than previous Jackson Kayak seats and is definitely something to experience.
Other features of the Jackson Kayak Big Rig include several rod and tackle stagers, holders, and tracks; and improved Coosa-style hatches. The Jackson Kayak Big Rig also has a low profile, which can result in less wind disturbance. It comes complete with bow and stern deck rigging and an area for an optional rudder, should you choose one. Finally, the Jackson Kayak Big Rig has a retractable casting brace for support when casting your fishing line, and a standing bar and leaning system for when you need to reel your catch in! You can even safely rest your paddle in this area if you need to use both hands to cast or reel.
Although this kayak is impressive, it is definitely accessible to kayak fishermen and fisherwomen of all levels of experience. It stays stable during paddling and has the potential to move quickly and smoothly with solid, straight tracking, which helps to control any drifting in the water. You want to trust your kayak to stay as stationary as possible while you are casting your line! Even though it moves quickly, the Jackson Kayak Big Rig can navigate tight quarters or smaller waterways with its excellent maneuverability.
If you are interested in purchasing this kayak, it ships from our partners at The River’s Edge Canoe & Kayak, LLC near Leechburg, Pennsylvania. It comes in the colors Forest Camo, Dorado, and GI Jackson, and is priced at $1,699.00. Check it out!
- John Harley