For some time now, a number of Jackson Kayak Fishing Team members have been putting requests and thoughts for this. The Kraken. It took Jim Sammons to help realize the kayak and I’m excited to see it’s debut. This is a paddlers kayak. Longer. Leaner. Faster. It’s not made for stand-up fishing (though you probably could) but made for punching through the surf and covering water. I can’t wait to get mine.
July 15th, 2014 · 3 Comments
February 2nd, 2014 · 2 Comments
This blog post popped up a couple weeks ago. It’s been resonating in my head ever since. Honestly, while I read Chris Payne’s blog regularly, I often don’t see eye to eye with some of the things he has to say. However, this post is pretty epic:
I’m in the middle of show season myself. You’ve seen me post here of events that I’ll be attending. Chris’s Stop Apologizing! post is pretty dead on. I see it all the time. While Kayak Fishing is still pretty small in the PacNW, it is fairly saturated with guys that are all pro-staffers for one brand or shop or another. I’m guilty of this too, but am quite proud of sponsors like Jackson Kayak and NRS. But I’ve striven to be non-judgmental about what someone is paddling. In fact, I say, regardless of what brand name or where they bought their kayak, that it’s “cool” and “good way to get on the water.”
Like I mentioned, I’m proud to be part of the Jackson Kayak team. I love to talk kayak fishing, regardless, and I will point out some of the awesome features of Jackson fishing kayaks. A lot of people on forums will suggest “wait and save money to get X $2k+ kayak” but I know that doesn’t work. I’ve been on a tight budget my whole adult life. If it’s easier to save up a few hundred, then do it! It doesn’t matter. Just get on the water and be safe about it (PFD, safety knife, whistle, and appropriate attire). Heck, I had to borrow most all of the money to buy my first kayak (Thanks Myke!), then drive 200 miles to go get it. But it was something that I could afford (within a few days) and if I hadn’t jumped on it then, I might not ever have gotten a kayak. Certainly not that first summer and certainly not in time to win the Oregon Rockfish Classic that year.
My fishing life changed with that kayak I bought for a few hundred bucks.
So, it’s not about what you paddle, but how you fish it.
Thanks, Chris, for sharing your blog post. It is awesome, and I think more folks can stand to read it.
January 31st, 2014 · No Comments
There’s no doubt that people are attracted to the standup bar on the new Jackson Kayak Big Rig. The colapsable assembly makes it easier to keep ballance when standing on a kayak. Recently a fellow Jackson Kayak Fishing Team member, Sean Brodie, made one for his beloved Jackson Cruise. Following his instructions, anyone can build one of these for their kayak too, regardless of make/model.
Check out the How-To on his blog, Canepole Adventures: How to Make a Fishing Lean Bar for the Jackson Kayak Cruise.
Once I get my new kayaks in, a 2014 Cuda 14 and Coosa, I’ll see if I can’t get some good measurements that will allow me to use the same bar on both kayaks. I think I might be able to find this feature quite usable.
Thanks, Sean, for the write-up on this great modification!
January 29th, 2014 · No Comments
The biggest fishing and hunting show in the PNW is next week, February 5-9th! I’ll be at the Pacific Northwest Sportsmen’s Show the entire with Kayak Shed in booth 627, showing off the best of the Jackson Kayak fishing kayaks. Be sure to come by. This show is pretty awesome and fills the entire Expo Center in North Portland.
January 21st, 2014 · No Comments
This week, stop by the Washington Sportsmen’s Show in Puyallup! I’ll be working with The Kayak Acadamy (booth 966) and showing off the latest Jackson Kayak upgrades and additions. That includes the new hatch on the Jackson Cuda, the new Jackson Big Rig, and you’ll definitely want to check out the seat upgrade for 2014! On Thursday, I’ll also be hosting a seminar on kayak fishing and winter steelhead.
In two weeks, you can find me at the Pacific Northwest Sportsmen’s Show in Portland, with Kayak Shed!