New JK Freestyle Fishing Team and Product Line Announced…

One Summer Nick and I dropped into Phil’s Hole on the Ottawa with our All- Stars and our fishing poles in hand.

We surfed the big hole and then surfed out and were able to fish the top eddies from our play boats.   While the

Coosa is a good boat for doing smaller rapids, the really big rapids require a sit-in kayak with a spray skirt.   The

Rock Star is the perfect boat because it is super short and small, and easy to surf waves and holes, and you can

reach the entire boat from the bow to stern.    Jackson Kayak has partnered with Sea-lect Designs for our final prototype

Photo provided by Ryan of Sea-lect Designs

of the first ever freestyle fishing kayak.    

Many fishermen have never paddled a short boat before, so the rudder is standared

instead of optional as the Rock Star does not track very well without it.     Beginners will like the fact that you can carry the

boat with one hand, and throw it in the back of your truck.   Experts in whitewater will love the places this boat can take you

and the fun you can have on the way down.   While cartwheeling and looping with your fishing pole mounted is more difficult

it is still quite fun.    The best fishing tends to be in the eddies that you can only get to by whitewater kayak, too!

World Kayak plans on a full freestyle/fishing competition season starting in the fall of 2012 called the Hometown

Freestyle Fishing Throwdowns.       Drew Gregory and Nick Troutman will be heading up the rules committee as this

is an entirely new sport.   USFKA is looking to expand their user base and bringing fishing into the mix with the Bassmasters

Tour is an incredible opportunity.    The Mon-Star is going to be the most popular size, since the fishing team has more XL and SSL

than the whitewater team.

Here are some photos of the first “pre-production” boats…

Comments on “New JK Freestyle Fishing Team and Product Line Announced…”

  1. Andrew Kuhlberg
    April 1, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    Cartwheeling is harder, but dropping into a bowstall while reeling the big one’s in helps keep the boat in place!
    Best boat design EVER!!!!
    😉

  2. Tony Dyrsmid
    April 1, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    This is way better than the old way of fishing and a refreshing new story to read on April fools day.

  3. romerun
    April 1, 2012 at 11:14 pm

    what da.. are you serious

  4. Jerry Hamon
    April 2, 2012 at 4:36 am

    As soon as you make a 2XL version I’m in!

  5. Devon Barker
    April 2, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    Kat is going to rule this new event!

  6. Curtis
    April 2, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    Posted the first day of April……it’s a beauty!

  7. Jeremy Adkins
    April 3, 2012 at 4:15 am

    this is awesome. we do this at the coosa all the time. amazing you made a boat for it.

  8. heathcliff
    April 4, 2012 at 11:02 am

    April fools I like

  9. Michael
    April 4, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    Interview with Ryan from Sealect on Jackson’s new Rock Starfish: http://youtu.be/DMECpsWy7qw

  10. Tom
    April 6, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    Cant wait! Finally an edgy, loose boat that the angler can side surf and cast a fly rod at the same time.

    You’ll sell millions. 😉

  11. SEA-LECT Designs
    April 6, 2012 at 3:34 pm
  12. ACSAH
    April 15, 2012 at 1:30 am

    I love it … and would be really interested to know if this little piece of hi-jinx actually results in any orders for the boat. Over the years I have encountered some crazy hardcore (often South African) paddlers who, after reading about something like this, are quite likely to become totally and utterly convinced that a Rock Star Angler version is exactly what they need. Good luck with the new model.

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