Bite With the trend in price-point fishing kayaks tending towards compromise in hull quality, performance, gear management, and comfort, Jackson Kayak's new Bite doesn't cut corners. With an 11'6" hull designed by Jackson Kayak's top hull design team and at a class-leading 35" in width, the Bite performs to the paddle-ability and stand-ability standards you are used to in a Jackson Kayak. It is estimated at under 72 lbs making it easy to manage in and out of the water. The Bite's comfort was not skimped on either, with the addition of a brand-new trim-able, framed seating system and plenty of room to stand comfortably. The open-concept deck has been long-awaited from Jackson, giving the paddler ample storage space fore and aft along with a system of touring-style bungie cords. These areas are perfect for crates, hard and soft coolers, dry bags of gear and more for daily usage and long exploration trips. The deck features numerous storage placeholders for standard-sized tackle boxes. Jackson Kayak has also included their popular flush-mounted rod holders, 4 rod stagers, as well as long-awaited integrated recessed cup holders, gear tracks on both sides, adjustable foot braces and a hog trough recess to make the Bite a full-featured kayak.

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Bite - Product Description

Product Features

  • 1  - Stable, well-tracking hull

    JK hull designers have made the Bite hull a smooth tracking, maneuverable and stable hull.
  • 2  - Stern storage area

    Open stern storage area offers ample room for crates, bait tanks, and expedition gear within reach of the paddler.
  • 3  - Rod Stagers

    Rod stagers allow for the staging of up to 4 rods for quick, convenient access to multiple baits.
  • 4  - Gear tracks

    Gear tracks are located around the Bite for the addition of additional rod holders, fish finders, camera mounts as well as other accessories.
  • 5  - Tackle box storage

    Surrounding the angler are storage positions for tackle boxes (3640 Plano)
  • 6  - Molded in handles

    The bow and stern handles are molded in for comfort and ease of transport. These handles also serve as a great way to lock down your kayak to your car, truck or trailer to prevent theft.
  • 7  - Trimmable Ergo Seating System

    Enjoy the comfort of the Jackson Kayak Ergo seat with the benefit of trimmability fore and aft - all in an economical package.
  • 8  - Transducer ready scupper holes

    Compatible with most transducers, this shaped scupper will allow for transducers to be flush with the bottom of the kayak. Two locations for ease of installation.
  • 9  - Drainage slip, hog trough pass through

    This gap is used for front storage area drainage but can also be used as a hog trough slip will allow for easy and convenient storage for catch, photo and release anglers.
  • 10  - Flush Mount Rod Holders

    Two flush-mounted rod holders behind the seat for easy access. Great for trolling for big fish!
  • 11  - Cup Holder

    You asked - we've got it! Cup holder on either side of the seat is convenient for a Nalgene bottle, tumbler... or those lures you'd rather not have rattling around your feet.
  • 12  - Additional tackle box storage

    We've added space at both sides of the seat for even more tackle box storage. Two in the front, two at side eliminates the need to store as much in the stern.
  • 13  - Paddle holder/bungee bow storage

    Large, open front bow deck for storage and packing of gear in dry bags give the Bite an unparalleled amount of packability for long expeditions.
  • 14  - Stand Assist Strap

    Need a little help getting up or sitting down? Our handy stand assist strap will help you you into and out of a standing position like a pro.
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Comments on “Bite”

  1. September 13, 2018 at 3:40 pm

    Will this have the high and low seat positions?
    Would be great if it did!

    1. January 31, 2019 at 2:27 pm

      The seat we are using is a bit higher to make getting up easy but not lifting the center of gravity too high.

  2. September 14, 2018 at 10:09 am

    Hey Mark, this seat will not have hi/lo seating but will be trimmable fore & aft. Should be a solid ride, for sure!

    1. October 23, 2018 at 12:01 pm

      Sounds good, thanks.

  3. Marc Dubé
    September 16, 2018 at 11:13 am

    Does the deck have a Standing pad or an anti-slip «carpet» ?

    1. September 17, 2018 at 10:14 am

      Hi Marc, it does not, but the deck is textured to help it be more ‘grippy’. We will likely offer an accessory standing pad kit in the near future.

  4. Robert
    September 25, 2018 at 7:39 pm

    Does this have the skid plate on the bottom?

    1. September 26, 2018 at 8:25 am

      Hey Robert, yes, the Bite will have a skid plate similar to what is on the MayFly and Liska.

  5. Josh Wolfbauer
    September 27, 2018 at 10:08 pm

    Any word on when you might expect this to be released?

    1. September 28, 2018 at 10:20 am

      Hi Josh, we’re on track for an early December production date.

  6. LUCAS
    October 25, 2018 at 8:44 pm

    Will other colors be avalible?

  7. Warren Wong
    November 7, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    Is there a recess on the bottom of the kayak for fishfinder transponder or do u just use one of the scupper plugs?

    1. November 7, 2018 at 4:53 pm

      Hey Warren! As it happens… there are TWO transducer scuppers in the hull 😉

  8. December 4, 2018 at 12:41 pm

    Just what I’ve been looking for to compliment my Big Tuna for solo trips. Can’t wait to see the boat. That weight, width, length and price is perfect for me.

  9. chris
    December 6, 2018 at 8:08 pm

    Is there a release date for this yet?

    1. December 7, 2018 at 9:59 am

      Hey Chris, we’re looking at an early-mid January release here.

  10. EB
    December 14, 2018 at 2:19 pm

    Is the ride going to be relatively dry or will water creep up through the scuppers?

    1. December 17, 2018 at 10:00 am

      Hi EB! This is going to be a relatively dry ride, assuming you stay away from the 400lb max capacity limit. We’re stoked on this boat for sure!

  11. Timothy Miller
    January 26, 2019 at 5:46 pm

    I’m liking this as a Nu Canoe owner. I might make this my next kayak. Please tell me where I can find pictures of the bottom. Otherwise I will have to wait a week when it is at CFO Nashville.

    1. January 28, 2019 at 4:37 pm

      Hey Timothy, you can find a picture of the bottom under the Photos section in Lifestyle Gallery on the Bite page. Let us know if you can find it okay.

      1. Ben Fryer
        February 6, 2019 at 5:08 pm

        Can’t seem to find the pictures mentioned of the hull bottom of the new Bite kayak

        1. February 7, 2019 at 10:31 am

          Just shot you an email with that image, Ben. Someone (*cough* me) accidentally deleted it when they updated the studio gallery. Its back up there, FYI.

  12. Skylar Hopper
    January 28, 2019 at 7:48 pm

    Will the seat be removeable? Will the seat back be molle-compatible?

    1. January 28, 2019 at 9:23 pm

      Hi Skylar, the seat is removable. I will check with the team tomorrow to see if the MOLLE panel can be purchased separately and added to the back and underside of the seat.

      1. February 7, 2019 at 10:33 am

        Skylar, sorry for the delay here. YES, you can add our MOLLE panel to the back of the seat.

  13. Jay
    January 28, 2019 at 9:18 pm

    Is this kayak released yet? I’m looking into a new kayak for my 2019 tournament season. And am very interested in this

    1. January 28, 2019 at 9:25 pm

      Hey Jay! The Bite should begin shipping within the next couple weeks… stay tuned!

      1. Jay
        January 28, 2019 at 9:44 pm

        Thanks for the quick reply. Also is there gonna be accessories available to mount electronics and a battery etc?

        1. January 29, 2019 at 10:04 am

          The Bite features GearTrac on the gunnels which will make for a relatively easy spot to position an electronics unit. Your battery could sit in one of the four side pockets around the seat – we’re not making a dedicated accessory kit for electronics at this point, but it should be easy enough to get rigged up.

          1. Jay
            January 29, 2019 at 3:07 pm

            That works perfectly thank you.

  14. Jason Reed
    January 30, 2019 at 12:11 am

    How thick is plastic on the bottom? Will this Stand up to rocky rivers? Looking to purchase this winter. When can I come see in person?

    1. January 30, 2019 at 11:01 am

      Hey Jason, no worries on the thickness of the bottom of this kayak! Thickness is comparable to that of any of our other fishing kayaks… between .15-.20. Not sure who you’ve got for your local dealer, but we should be shipping not later than the beginning of next week!

      1. Jason Reed
        January 30, 2019 at 2:51 pm

        Will the bite be at the fishing expo this weekend in Wilson County, Tn?

        1. January 30, 2019 at 4:27 pm

          Yes! If not full production it will be very, very late stage pre-production. Check in with the good folks at Caney Fork Outdoors at the show to check it out!

          1. JASON N REED
            January 31, 2019 at 12:10 am


  15. Derek
    February 3, 2019 at 12:26 am

    Is the seat easily removable?

    1. February 4, 2019 at 11:17 am

      Hey Derek, you’ll be able to remove the seat quite easily. The clamps at the front of the seat hold the seat in place, and pulling up on the seat frame will release the base. The back of the seat will slide out from between the stagers on the back readily at that point.

  16. Mike Cox
    February 4, 2019 at 7:03 pm

    Was hoping to see a Bite at the fishing expo at Knoxville , but there were no Jacskon kayaks at all. I’m anxious to demo one in the spring. I really like the clean deck layout and the four rod stagers makes this a perfect fit for me.

    1. February 5, 2019 at 10:36 am

      We are super-excited about this boat, as well! Check with your local dealer to see when they’re anticipating arrival and give it a gander. Looking very much forward to spring in this boat, we’re pretty sure you’ll love it, too!

    February 6, 2019 at 8:01 am

    How high is the seat from the deck? and what warranty do you offer? Thanks

    1. February 6, 2019 at 10:41 am

      Hi Yosue, the base of the seat is four inches above the deck – the same as the low position in our fishing kayaks with high-low seating. You can check out all the details of the warranty here: – hope this helps!

      1. Yosue
        February 6, 2019 at 9:33 pm

        Thanks. And what paddle size would recommend for this boat (im 5.90 tall and 187lbs).

        1. February 7, 2019 at 10:42 am

          I’d look at something around 240cm – that’s what I use on this kayak and it works well.

  18. Jason Thompson
    February 7, 2019 at 8:24 am

    I have finally found my dream kayak! I do a lot of river and small lake fishing and love to take my dog (Chihuahua) out with me and he will love the open deck!

    1. February 7, 2019 at 10:43 am

      Great Jason, yes! This will be a great boat to take with your four-legged companion.. and *you’ll* love the open deck, too. Have fun on the water!

  19. Harry Stephens
    February 8, 2019 at 8:35 pm

    Will this kayak work well on S.W. Mo. N.W. Ark streams? Or would you recommend something different.

    1. February 11, 2019 at 10:15 am

      Hi Harry, this boat should work quite well for streams and other moving water. The stability is top-notch, and while it retains its maneuverability it also tracks very well. Couple that with it being on the lighter end of the weight spectrum and you’ve got a winning combo. Naturally you should take it out for a test drive first, but I think you’re looking at a great skinny water setup here.

  20. February 9, 2019 at 12:37 pm

    I’m getting mine next Sunday after the Pittsburgh Outdoor Show in Monroeville, Pa. The River’s Edge will have one on display for the whole show.

    1. February 11, 2019 at 10:15 am

      Sweet Doug, you’ll love it – enjoy!

  21. David Gahafer
    February 9, 2019 at 4:00 pm

    What’s a hog trough?

    1. February 11, 2019 at 10:17 am

      Hey David, the hog trough is the standard measuring board typically used by anglers to size their catch. Most catch and release kayak fishing tournaments require them.. they’re a great tool to have on your ride.

  22. Wayne
    February 9, 2019 at 6:06 pm

    Since I’ve had back problems, I’m a little concerned about the weight of the kayak. How much would the boat weigh with the seat removed?

    1. February 11, 2019 at 10:19 am

      Hey Wayne, the Bite is one of the lightest fishing kayaks in our fleet. Weight is 72 lbs with the seat removed – I personally don’t have a hard time with it whatsoever, but I’ve not had back issues, either. Best bet would be to visit your local dealer to see if loading and unloading are easy enough for you.

      1. Wayne
        February 11, 2019 at 4:16 pm

        Thanks I will. I’m 68 and need something fairly light to load into my truck. I will have approximately 8 ft. of length in the bed of my truck with tailgate down. That would leave another 3 1/2 feet of boat behind the tailgate. Would it be safe to transport it like that or could it possibly damage the hull? Didn’t know if I would have to go with a shorter boat. Thanks for your help!

        1. February 12, 2019 at 10:17 am

          This boat should ride really well in the bed of your truck. I have an older Chevy Colorado that specs out about the same as yours and its a great fit. I wouldn’t recommend leaving it in the back of your truck to bake in the sun for weeks on end, but for transportation purposes you should be in great shape.

  23. Cory W
    February 10, 2019 at 4:20 pm

    This kayak looks great, and will most likely be in my garage very soon. My only concern at this point is that I don’t see any way to mount a micro power pole or anchor wizard to it. Is there a way to do this that I’m not seeing?

    1. February 11, 2019 at 10:22 am

      Hi Cory, thanks, we’re pretty fired up on it, too. The Bite isn’t ‘PowerPole Ready’, per se – those have the four inserts on the stern to accommodate the mounting bracket. You can likely find an adapter plate that would work. The Anchor Wizard would attach to the gear track but you may need to add a few pad eyes to route the anchor tether line.

      Hope this helps!

      1. Cory W
        February 14, 2019 at 3:24 pm

        I see, so are all the top surfaces of the Bite flat like on the Cuda HD? If so then mounting gear track for the anchor won’t be a problem. It’s hard to tell from the pictures of the sides, bow and stern are flat on top or dome shaped.

        1. February 14, 2019 at 3:36 pm

          Just took a look at that area around the stern tankwell a little more closely and yes… its flat like the Cuda HD, so shouldn’t be an issue at all. I’ll also shoot you an email with a shot to look at as well.

  24. Dave
    February 10, 2019 at 4:59 pm

    Will your sliding under seat tray work on the bite?

    1. February 11, 2019 at 10:31 am

      Hey Dave, the deck does not have the inserts to hold the underseat sliding tray so it might take a little engineering to make it happen … but it *is* possible.

  25. Todd Thomas
    February 12, 2019 at 9:28 pm

    What colors does the Bite come in?
    Does it come with a paddle for $799?

    1. February 13, 2019 at 11:09 am

      Hi Todd, if you click on the ‘Photos’ tab above you’ll see all the available colors. Our kayaks do not include a paddle.

  26. Michael W Huber
    February 13, 2019 at 10:25 am

    Are the seats Aluminum or Steel?

    1. February 13, 2019 at 11:49 am

      Hey Michael, our seats are aluminum.

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