By Paul Lebowitz
Chew on this – Jackson Kayak just announced a slew of new versions of its most popular fish hunters. The fine details, including pricing, have yet to be released.
The Coosa HD
The company's original and madly popular 2011 river-runner the Coosa is getting a new, larger version, the Coosa HD. It is longer and wider than its predecessor. How much, we don't as yet know. Jackson reps say the changes make it roomier, better-tracking and more stable – all expected changes. There's a new Elite Seat too, one that keeps its Hi-Lo height options and adds fore and aft trim adjustment.
That's just scratching the surface of the improvements. The HD features a new (flip-forward?) Coosa Console that accommodates sonar, new padded flooring, all kinds of integrated RAM and YakAttack mounts, a bunch of GoPro anchors, and an improved rod management system. It sounds like an all new boat.
Look at the photo above. It's clean looking. The console is intriguing, with what looks like interior battery storage for sonar.
The Big Rig Pro
This big boy comes ready for battle. The new Jackson Big Rig Pro takes the company's heavy-lift performer and adds all the bells and whistles. This is the good stuff: a Raymarine Dragonfly fish finder and the slick Power-Pole Micro Anchor, a couple of powerful fish multipliers. They come with integrated battery and charger and a power supply kit.
A careful look at the photo reveals Buck Knives Splizzors, a hardcore fishing multi-tool. There's a stand-up assist bar and several tackle flats. Is there anything Jackson left out?
"Honestly, if you're not catching fish out of the Big Rig Pro then dynamite might be the only better option because this boat literally gives anglers every possible feature, comforts and advantage to catch fish like a pro," Jackson Kayak's Drew Gregory said in a release.
The Cuda LT
Fishing kayaks don't need to be heavyweights – sometimes a featherweight is the right answer. The Cuda LT will be easier to handle shore-side, and a good fit for smaller anglers. The Cuda LT is Jackson's first thermoformed boat. The company hasn't released an estimated weight, but it wouldn't be out there to expect it to come in around 50 pounds.
Like the rest of these new options, the Cuda LT is a fish hunter. It will come with fishing features similar to the original Cuda 12, but also adds YakAttack tracks, a new center hatch and the Elite Seat 2.0.