Big Rig Archives

Exploring the Grasslands in North Texas: Video

Mark and I had a great day,  exploring several small lakes in North Texas at the Grasslands National Park.  Did not get any fish but had a great day in our Jackson Kayaks! http://youtu.be/o2c8-c0iqY0

River Bassin Trail Recap – Gadsden, AL

River Bassin Trail captains meeting in Gadsden AlabamaThe first “regional event” on the 2014 River Bassin Trail presented by Jackson Kayak was everything we hoped it would be! Thirty-six river anglers came out to beautiful Gadsden, Alabama to compete for the title and take home a new Jackson Kayak Coosa - the ultimate river fishing kayak! Brooks Beatty, my Read More

Attracting an Triggering Qualities

Kayak Best Bassin’ Baits Big bass are wary and will snub anything that looks or sounds phony. The mere fact that they can be inquisitive doesn’t mean they will inhale just anything that swims by. Two main qualities of any artificial lure are attracting qualities and triggering qualities. The attracting Read More

“Big Rig Pro”- my 50th Birthday Present from Staff… Check it out!

Big Rig Pro?   Here is the check list of awesomeness in my new Big Rig! 1. New Camo Color- "G.I. Jackson" 2. Power Pole Micro lite anchor 3. Raymarine Dragonfly fish finder/depth finder/structure finder 4. Yak Attack accessories- including a custom rod holder! 5. Ram mounts- and GoPro mounts... 6. GoPro Hero 3+ and handle bar Read More

How To Film Fishing with GoPro Hero 3+ Camera

Here are a few tips for getting some great video and photos  of fishing out of your Jackson Kayak Fishing Boats using GoPro Cameras.    I have done a ton of filming over the past few years using a variety of methods.   I prefer to keep the filming as low Read More

Big Rig Talkin’

Jackson Kayak Pro Staffer Chris Funk drops a little knowledge on us about the Big Rig. Check out the video to get his take on this fish jerkin' machine. Warning:  Video contains Strong Southern Dialect and Sayings http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tadNzheJQgI

Kayak Fishing Tournaments; how big will this get?

10lb kayak fishing tournament bass caught by Drew Gregory[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="344" caption="A nice 10lber I caught during my win at the Southern Kayak Anglers event last year"][/caption] As I am about to head out to pre-fish for the Kayaks n Greenbacks tournament this weekend I had some interesting thoughts about where this sport will be in 10-15 years. I Read More

Why Stand Up Fishing?

Some folks may wonder why it is desirable to some anglers to stand while fishing. One of the draws for me in selecting a Jackson Big Rig was the ability to sit in two different positions but what really sealed the deal for me was the option to safely stand with Read More

Jackson Kayak Big Rig – Lowrance Elite-5 HDI – Scupper Transducer Mount & Lowrance Elite-5 HDI Fish Finder/Chartplotter Install

Creating a semi-permanent install for multiple kayaks is a challenge. Since most of us fish on a budget two separate fish finder units is not feasible. For about 1/4 the price of a new Lowrance Elite 5 HDI unit you may purchase a new Transducer, Power cable, and Read More

South for the Winter: Video

I am sick of this weather here in NC, so I loaded up and headed to warmer weather, water, and fish! Check out this  video I put together of my short southern adventure. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhM1DE-hlaI

Big Smallmouth From The Big Rig

Everyone knows that it has been a brutal winter and most of us have been dealing with some serious cases of cabin fever in anticipation of warmer spring air. I couldn't get the Big Rig on the water quick enough when temps hit the low 60's in late February. Many lakes Read More

Big Rig Stability / Fishability

Celebrated Saturday February 22nd as my birthday and the maiden paddle of my new Big Rig. While the weather and water conditions were less than perfect the performance of the Jackson Big Rig was. Greeted with muddy, 46 degree water, current and occasional wind gusts, I was optimistic about promise the Read More

Big Rig and Big Tuna Comparison Video

This is a link to my first youtube video comparing the "swiss army knife" of kayaks , the Big Tuna with the Big Rig. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UVJ7uuJNFUk

Big Rig Review

Life is not easy for the portly kayaker, and exceedingly so for those who, like myself, fit in the ‘big AND tall’ category at 6’4”, and tipping the scales close to the 400# mark! Even with the exponential growth in popularity of the sport, the kayaking industry has continued to disappoint Read More

Kayak fishing the Lost Coast of Panama

12626243373_cc0f5c8559_c  An opportunity to join Jim Sammons and James McBeath on a trip to Panama to film an episode of The Kayak Fishing Show with Jim Sammons came up and it was a no-brainer to hop on board. Our outfitter/guide was Hennie Marais with Paddle Panama who had his brother Peter along to Read More

Big Rig Kicks Butt in Panama Coastal Angling

When the Jim Sammons TV gang heard that I'd ordered a Big Rig for my appearance on their show being taped in Panama, their reaction was a distinct silence... "What?  You don't want a Cuda?"  Panama's Pacific coast is as challenging as you can get with a combination of open seas Read More

2014 Saint Johns River Florida Shad Run…..Big Rig Style

Decided to take up a friend's offer to target the annual migration of American Shad which enter the Saint Johns River on Florida's East Coast each Winter in preparation for spawning. This was the third time on the water for my New Jackson Kayak Big Rig and I must say, each Read More

Jackson Kayak Big Rig First Paddle

The Big Rig has been the most anticipated kayak of 2014 for myself as well as many others, but as with all new to the market kayaks there are allot of questions that can’t be answered until it is on the water. One of these questions was the overall size of Read More

2014 River Bassin Tournament Trail presented by Jackson Kayak

So, Jackson Kayak heads back to its roots - rivers - to sponsor the River Bassin Tournament Trail that was announced today. Below is the official release I put out a few minutes ago. _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 2014 River Bassin’ Tournament Trail  Presented by Jackson Kayak National paddle-powered fishing trail offers over 35 events, Read More

Big Rig Walkthrough Video

It's here folks! The Big Rig full length walkthrough video is live and you can watch it below. You'll learn all about the important performance and design features of the Big Rig, most notably the hull design, deck layout with leaning bar, hi/lo seating, rod troughs, lockable hatches, YakAttack gear tracs, RAM Read More

How to use the Buckeye Jig- Crawfish imitation…

[caption id="attachment_40517" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="Another Buckeye Jig Catch"][/caption] Crawfish are a mainstay meal for river fish in particular and knowing how to fish a crawfish lure is one great way to catch bass and even musky in the Southeast USA.   The rivers of TN are filled with Crawfish and anyone wanting Read More

Jackson Kayak Ships the Big Rig Fishing Kayak

December 12, 2013– Sparta, TN The long awaited Big Rig began production this week at Jackson Kayak’s factory in Sparta Tennessee.  Their latest innovation, the Big Rig hits stores as Jackson’s most stable kayak yet, laden with all the core JK innovations and some new features developed to make this kayak the Read More

Big Rigs and Big Wigs

Not many fishing trips would make me beg for vacation and miss my brides’ birthday at the same time. When I found out that I had the opportunity to fish with the big wigs from Jackson kayak, Eric Jackson and Indiana James, I started begging. Some more guys from the Jackson Read More

When Bigger is better: Big Rig’n for Bass…

All of the Jackson Kayak options are amazing choices for fishing, each with their sweet spot, but each with lots of versatility as well.    Coosa is awesome on rivers and small bodies of water, but  does well on open water also, it just isn’t as fast as the Cudas.    Read More

Customize Your Tank Well Bungee!

Well i purchased a piece of green shock chord/bungee last year but finally got around to getting it on the Cuda 14 this weekend. [caption id="attachment_38887" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Yellow Bungee Customization"][/caption] Although the green  I ordered came in yellow I didn't mind at all.  Actually it looks really cool!  The stock cord was falling Read More

VIDEO: Kayak Fishing 101, EPISODE 2 “Choosing the Right Kayak”

The latest installment of Kayak Fishing 101 is here! Choosing the right fishing kayak is always a challenge given the plethora of choices out there. How do you narrow it down? Well, in this episode I explain just how to quickly and easily narrow your choices down by looking at all Read More

Mounting a VIO POV camera on my Jackson Kayak

V.I.O. POV Camera getting all the action People often ask me about how we get the point of view shots on our show, what kind of camera we use, and how we mount it on our Jackson Kayaks. For the past couple years we have been using the V.I.O POV camera because Read More

Power Pole “Micro Anchor” Product Testing!

          We've been fortunate at Jackson Kayak to team up with one of the most innovative companies in the fishing world - JL Marine Systems, makers of the Power Pole and now "Micro Anchor" product that is perfect for kayaks, jon boats, canoes and more.  I was sent a prototype unit to Read More

Kayak Fishing 101: EPISODE 1, “Why?”

This is episode one in an installment of Kayak Fishing 101 that Jameson Redding and I have been working on. In this episode we discuss "Why kayak fish?" along with several of our Jackson Kayak team members. Stay tuned for the next episodes where we get into more details about kayak fishing, Read More

Check out the Big Rig at ICAST 2013

During Icast 2013 we got a rundown of the new Jackson Kayak Big Rig fishing kayak from Damon Bungard. This is a feature rich kayak that is sure to be a hit. http://youtu.be/JB0y4rR3uTw

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