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Big Tuna Archives

Respite on Pigeon Creek

After buying our Jackson Big Tuna Fishing Kayak from the cool folks at Fluid Fun in Bristol, Indiana, we put our two-week-old kayak to the test on a quick 6-mile, out-and-back jaunt on the Pigeon River from just north of Golden Lake southeast to the end of Long Lake in Steuben Read More

Purtis Creek Outing in the Big Tuna’s

Jackie (my wife) and I run a little tournament trail here in the Dallas Fort Worth metroplex. This month’s location was on Purtis Creek State Park. This is a great kayak lake on about 915 acres. This lake is stocked with Florida strain Large Mouth Bass, and can grow to Read More

Kayak Fishing on the Islander

In this segment from Jackson Kayak’s Kayak Fishing Show, we are aboard the islander with Jim Sammons, Drew Gregory and Jameson Redding! http://youtu.be/IMUCXhLZC4w

First Halibut- Kayakfishing in Roan, Norway. part 2

Another day, another adventure. We went out with a mothership to the outer reaches of the Roan archipelago. we went to a shelf on open water to look for bigger fish around the camp it is nice fishing but usually only smaller size fish, but still big for my standarts anyway. Read More

LSU take College Kayak Fishing title…again!

When Brooks Beatty, Jameson Redding and I started College Kayak Fishing a couple years ago we thought it would be a great thing to do for the college students and for the sport of kayak fishing as a whole. We weren't sure if it would "stick" or if there were enough Read More

A Nice Fish on a Tough Day

As many of you probably already know, the San Saba River is one of my favorite rivers to go out for a nice paddle while catching some quality fish. Although the fishing was a little tough this time, I learned a lot about fishing - we never can know a lot. Upon Read More

The Kayak fishing show visits Levy Couty Florida

Fishing the grass bed in Florida Last month the Kayak Fishing show was invited to visit Levy County Florida for some kayak fishing and local hospitality. We were not disappointed in either. We had some tough weather, with wind and rain but when we got on the water it was awesome. Read More

First Ever Riverbassin Tournament

Thankfully I was able to check out my first tournament ever this summer. I have had a packed summer but no matter what I had to fish in a tournament. I chose the Waco Riverbassin Tournament. Since this was my first tournament ever, I didn't no quite what to expect. I decided Read More

The Classic Ritual

The Jacksonville Kayak Fishing Classic 2014 was another huge success. FINALLY, there was decent weather on tournament day. After the monsoon of 2013, sunny skies and a little wind were welcome. This tournament draws my family from South and Central Florida and Louisiana. We’ve been fishing this tournament for Read More

Pike Fishing

Spring fishing is not my most favourite time of the year to fish. The reason? Because I love fishing for bass. Here in the Great White North bass doesn't open 'till the end of June. BUT my passion is fishing and enjoying the outdoors. So, I decided Read More

Safe and Comfortable – MTI Adventurewear Dio F-Spec

There are a lot of PFD's out there on the market now and here is a video on some of the features I look for in a PFD. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wSlE_cqUoqw&list=UUpMOYviogqCdlmKxqxvJT_Q

Jacksonville Classic with Action Kayak Adventures

I just got this story from Bart Swab of Action Kayak Adventures. He is one of our fantastic JK fishing guide services. My daughter, wife, and I completed in the Jacksonville Kayak Classic yesterday. It was a blast. My wife was in a Cuda,and my daughter and I rocked the BigTuna. The Read More

IFA Kayak Fishing Tour – Atlantic Division – Charleston, SC

The first leg of the Inshore Fishing Association’s (IFA) was in Charleston, SC hosted by the St. John’s Yacht Harbor on John’s Island. Thirty-five kayak anglers from North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, & Florida tested their skills and maybe some luck in the search for a redfish and speckled trout to Read More

Cedar Creek Lake – Bluegrass Yakmasters Open

The Bluegrass Yakmasters kicked off their second season with the Cedar Creek Lake Open in Stanford Kentucky this April. Cedar Creek Lake is quickly becoming the premiere “big bass” hot spot in the state of Kentucky. This 784-acre lake was built specifically to produce trophy bass. With endless amounts of cover Read More

Devils River Adventure

Tired doesn't begin to explain the way I feel after getting back from one of my longest road trips of the year - from Charlotte to west Texas, then to Georgia and back. We made many stops along the way, visiting with several awesome JK dealers, friends and family. However, as Read More

How To Store Your Fishing Soft Plastics

Being a freshman in college and majoring in engineering and physics has certainly taken its toll on me this year. I have not been able to hit the water but once this entire year, but I have begun to prepare for when I will be able to in the very near Read More

Kayak Fishing Panama- Video Report

Jim Sammons, Ben Roussel and James McBeath give you an update on the coolness that happened in Panama with Paddle Panama! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q4_Um3WjjX8&feature=share&list=UU-r2A3yReQ_CU67GyHfqNVg

River Bassin Trail Recap – Gadsden, AL

The 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

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

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

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

You never know unless you go!

Two buddies and I met up at dawn in Monterey. A storm had been raging all night, and I honestly wasn't sure if it would be too rough to dive...but as soon as the sun was up I could see that the ocean was flat and quiet and we were all Read More

VIDEO: This is Why I Fish

Here is my 2013 compilation of fishing videos from my Cuda 14, Big Tuna, and the SUPerFISHal! Click Here  

VIDEO:Fishing for zander (walleye) from kayak

This is what we do here in autumn and winter... We fish for zander, a mysterious predator, very similar to the american walleye. Fishing for zanders is tough, they feed only at certain times and they are very picky. Colour, size and presentation of the bait always have to be just 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

Making Memories in the Big Tuna

Over the past couple of years my love of Kayak Fishing had for the most part been a solo activity. This year my family and I decided to change that by adding a Jackson Kayak Big Tuna to our ever-changing fleet of kayaks. A couple days after making the Read More

Go BIG! Big Tuna review

It has been a year of fishing mostly from the big tuna. I paddled it all over the Czech lakes, through Scandinavian wilderness and even in brackish waters hunting pikes and cod in devilish wind. The BT held it's own and it has become my favourite fishing kayak and it seldom Read More

Family and Friends= Big Tuna= A Boat that Makes a Difference

[caption id="attachment_40562" align="alignnone" width="225" caption="how do you compete against a Strawberry daiquiri and an iPhone? Big Tuna!"][/caption] I love fishing, and I love fishing solo... I can fish for 10 hours on my own and have a blast.  However, More than fishing solo, I love spending that time with the people I Read More

My favorite PFD for fishing from my Jackson Kayak

For the most part, life jackets can be quite uncomfortable causing you to put good safety underneath a seat or in storage. Life Jackets are mandatory to have aboard any watercraft, and if you are ever in rough water or in an accident, you will want to have a good life Read More

SUP Fly Fishing in the Cold

The air temperature was 31 and the water was in the mid 40’s when I slid my SUPerFISHal into one of my local honey holes. While most people wouldn’t consider it an ideal day on the SUP, the conditions were perfect for my plan. My target would be carp Read More

Winter is coming:Fishing deep from a kayak part I.

So winter is coming... what does this mean for our kayak fishing? The fish move to deeper spots... and this requires a change of tackle and technique.   Where I am from, we start fishing deep spots in autumn. We mostly fish for zander (pike, perch, Euro version of the walleye) and perch Read More

I Wish I Was Fishing

The summer of 2013 was a great one for me as far as fishing goes. This was the first summer that I got to take out my Jackson Kayak Bug Tuna. One particular journey to South Llano River State Park was especially extravagant, for I caught several nice bass, along with Read More

Jackson Cuda 14 Rudder Control Cable Replacement (DIY)

Rudder Control Track w/ Cable[caption id="attachment_40276" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Rudder Control Track w/ Cable"][/caption] My rudder cable on the left pedal of my yak snapped in Cape May. I decided to purchase new cable and parts to replace both sides. This repair is standard for all Jackson Kayak Fishing Kayak models with smart rudder packages installed. This is a 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

When The Musky Bite…

[caption id="attachment_38578" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="My Son-in-law, Nick and IPerfect Tandem fishing craft"][/caption] Sometimes the moon is right, the water is right, the lure is right, and the situation is right for the perfect day on the water. Nick and I took our Big Tuna down to the Calf- Killer River in Sparta, TN Read More

Video: Battleground #1 – Taylor Lake – Yo Simmity Sambo kicks my A$$

Pride (definition A):  a satisfied sense of attachment toward one's own or another's choices and actions, or toward a whole group of people, and is a product of praise, independent self-reflection, or a fulfilled feeling of belonging. Pride (Definition B): an inflated sense of one's personal status or accomplishments, often used synonymously with hubris and Read More

Big Tuna Takes on Big Bull Falls

The Wausau whitewater course has open recreational releases throughout the summer. Andi and I decided this would be a good time to see what kind of whitewater ability this boat really has. The weather was perfect, water was warm, all the makings for a great day on the water. The Big 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 on the Crystal Coast, North Carolina

We have just returned from a great trip of kayak fishing on the beautiful Crystal Coast in North Carolina. This was my first visit to this area and I really enjoyed it. Besides the kayak fishing there is so much to do there, inshore and offshore fishing and miles of awesome Read More

Go When You Can !

Go When You can All the trips you make when conditions are not great really make you appreciate the “perfect” ones. Our last trip we knew the odds were stacked against us but sometimes you just have to go when you can. It has been the rainiest summer that I ever remember Read More

Nothing stops the SUPerFISHal

Originally I picked up the SUPerFISHal thinking it would fun to try and occasionally take fishing, but it has become my favorite fishing platform. It is extremely stable and with the added height of my cooler, it is the perfect boat for sight fishing. I used that height of eye Read More

2013 Beep Ball World Series Kayak Race

My friends, family and I had the incredible opportunity to be a part of the 2013 Beep ball World Series with a kayak race. 19 teams from all over the United States and one from Taiwan came to Columbus, Georgia for the championship series. Players from 18 of these teams participated Read More

Video from Sweden- Pike fishing in Salmo-Lapland

In May 2013 we went to Sweden to the far north. To the Salmo Lapland region. Fishing in shallow waters was awesome. Check out the video! http://youtu.be/NEu-R1iT7I8

Operation Angler Strength event wrap up

this year JK has started working with Operation Angler Strength. They managed to raise $6,020 to help wounded warriors. All that was for their first event. I suspect there are great things to come.    

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

Big Tuna Walk Through

I get a lot of questions about the Jackson Kayak Big Tuna, so I thought it would be worth doing up a blog post and shooting some video. The Big Tuna is a tandem fishing kayak that has become a favourite of mine for various reasons. I have a family that Read More

Coastal Carolina and the TJM Kayak & SUP Tournament

I spent the last 10 days fishing the oyster bars and creeks around Surf City, North Carolina. This is a great place to fish with consistent action and a lot of opportunities to target redfish in skinny water. [caption id="attachment_36732" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Landing a Carolina Redfish"][/caption] The main event of the week Read More

TKFTV Episode 3 – South Llano River with Big Tuna

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9T66S1QScTA I shot this video at South Llano River State Park near Junction, Texas. The Llano River is one of those hidden oasis, as you will be driving through rough Texas landscape with cactus and one hundred foot plus cliffs, and just as you think there is no water, you come across Read More

Big Tuna on Big Rib River

Andi and I have been taking the Big Tuna up into the Rib River in North Central Wisconsin. The boat has been great at getting us above where motorized craft can go and allows us to quietly drift downstream while either Andi or I stand and fish from the bow. So Read More

A Texas Gem – Guadalupe Bass

Texas is a very unique and wonderful state. Texas is the only state that can fly our state flag as high as the United States flag, we have mountains, desert, hills, grasslands, coastlines, and mild rain forests. Texas is the second largest state and is the only state that can secede Read More

VIDEO: Favorite Kayak Fishing Destinations?

In the latest video from Sperry Top-Sider I talk about some of my favorite kayak fishing destinations. Although it is difficult to pick just one, you'll see why, for salt water, I choose the Florida Keys. Click below to watch the video that shows off some of the fish, action in Read More

New Video: “Things that make you say Wahooooo!”

On a recent trip to Everything Kayak (Biloxi, MS) to put on the College Kayak Fishing championships, Jameson Redding, Brooks Beatty and I stopped into Jameson's old stomping grounds of Pensacola. It was a perfect "in between" place to stop, plus we also scored free lodging and good 'ol fashioned home Read More

Big Tuna – Small Bass

River fishing is one of my favorite styles of fishing. It is quite challenging due to the difficulty of casting under trees, dealing with current, going through rapids, and always having the possibility of difficult put ins due to remote areas of access. The San Saba River near Brady, Texas is Read More

YoSimmity Sambo Kids Fishing Instruction – Getting Kids Fishing

Hey all!  YoSimitty Sambo here, with my first tail (SP?) for 2013.  I've been fishing for 4 years now, I'm 9. This year we’re done all that working around the house crap my Dad, Indiana James, got us into… It's game on for a summer of fishing fun!  Most of my young Read More

Catching a Freight Train

There are many reasons to love my Big Tuna. There are all the features that make it great but the purpose behind it was to give me and my son time together. Exactly one year ago my wife and kids gave me a 'fishing kayak'. I did some Read More

Nor Cal Roadtrip. Shelter Cove and Clear Lake

Just got back from an EPIC weekend of fishing the North Coast and Clear Lake with Drew Gregory and Jameson Redding, team pros for Jackson Kayaks. We got in late friday night after a long drive up from the SF Airport. A big group of us went in on a house, Read More

JK in Sweden-Big pike from Big Tuna

So here it comes…2500 kms north from the heart of Europe lies a fabled country of Salmolapland. This part of Sweden is literally full of lakes, brooks and rivers and is home to a massive population of trout, perch, grayling, char and of course pike. We came here in search of Read More

Big Tuna Birthday Present

My bride has fished with me for 20 years out of big boats and canoes. When we were married, part of our vows was that she would fish with me as long as I baited hooks and took the fish off. That is a small price to pay for having her Read More

TRIP OF FIRSTS! (part 2)

Part 2 …On to the Keys. We loaded up our rods and began the three-hour drive south to finally reach the Keys. It was late afternoon and we had a long day of rigging and prepping everything the following day, so when we arrived at the hotel for the night Read More

Big Tuna Bassin’ on Lake St. Clair

I have been hearing for years how great the smallmouth fishing is on Lake St. Clair in Michigan, so after Bassmaster magazine rated the lake as the best in the country it was time to load up the yaks and head north for three days of non-stop fishing. The first Read More

The Big Tuna – Making Families

I'm a first time kayaker long time fisherman. The first time out in the kayak, was kind of crazy . The wind was blowing hard. We took the Big Tuna out and had no problems , thank god for the rudder. The rudder helped us so much, I'm glad we got Read More

Sperry Top-Sider Video Shows Off Jackson Kayaks!

I was super fortunate to be asked by Sperry to star in some cool new videos for them that show off their awesome SON-R line of shoes. I wear these shoes while kayak fishing because they are so comfortable and work well in and out of the water. This first video Read More

Tuna Tank Upgrade

When I first bought my Big Tuna I could not wait to get it home and start playing with it. One of the first things I did was drill the Tuna Tank and add some screen so it could be used as a live well. One of the modifications that many Read More

Big Tuna – High or Low

One of the most luxurious features of Jackson Fishing Kayaks are the Elite Seats. Although the seats are quite comfortable, the ability to raise or lower them can add both comfort and stability. As one can notice, in the high position, the seats are quite high off the deck of the Read More

Foul Weather Tournaments

My best friend Corey Galloway drove up from Prattville, AL to fish the SKA Brushy Branch event with me. As if on cue, the temperature dropped 15 degrees and the rain came in sheets; a persistent, chilly downpour that pounded us the entire day. We fished a really cool area with Read More

2nd Annual Susquehanna River Flats Kayak Fishing Jamboree

Yak Chum Fishing Susky Flats    Fishing the 2nd Annual Susquehanna River Flats again this year was a blast even though the fish did not cooperate. The Friday pre-fish was a rough morning out there. The picture to the left really doesn't do any justice to show just how rough it was. Easily 2.5 foot waves out there. Wind Read More

One of the Greatest Things

As a paddler, one of the greatest things I get to do is introduce people to the sport I love. With 4 of our Jackson fleet on the trailer, my son and I headed to a beautiful lake to meet up with a friend and his kids. This was going to Read More

Big Tuna vs Tarpon – an Indiana James Tail

For the last year I’ve moved my fishing from the Coosa to the Big Tuna, not for any of my moving water sections of the Ottawa or local creeks, but for the bigger waters of the St Lawrence and wider, flatter Ottawa River environments.  Two reasons for this:  One so I Read More

Jackson Kayak Cuda vs Tarpon

Lets' face it -- feeling power is fun. Getting towed around by a fish like a horse and chariot is fun. But once you tap into it, how do you control it? Fish don't like getting caught. Big fish like tarpon let you know it, from their initial aerial antics after the Read More

Another Fly Fishing Film Tour Success!

Jackson Kayak was once again on display with a SUPerFISHAL, Cuda, Coosa and Big Tuna in the showroom at the 2013 Fly Fishing Film Tour stop in Middlebury, VT. Hosted by our local dealer, the Middlebury Mountaineer, the film tour showcases some of the best fly fishing films from around the Read More

Notes from a Kayak Fishing Addict

As a member of the Jackson Kayak Fishing Team I recently had the opportunity to attend the Calgary Outdoor Adventure Show with my friends from Undercurrents Paddling Store, our local Jackson dealer. I was able to join them for both days of the show in order to help expose more people Read More

Jackson Kayak Owners take 2nd and Third @ NTKT

This was the first tournament of the year for the NTKT (North Texas Kayak Trail), the first event was located on Lake Ray Roberts, just north of Dallas, Texas. Jackie Palovik and myself decided to fish this event, and were in for a surprise with the weather. The event check in Read More

First Smallie of 2013!!

Took a short trip to one I my favorite Yadkin River holes last week. Lost one while messing with the camera, but manged to land my first smallmouth of the year!! Here is a short video for your enjoyment! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vDrri3lbSbE

2013 Adventure Kayak World Championships

On March 2, 2013 the Adventure Kayak World Championships was held in Everglades City, Florida. The format was unlike any other kayak tournament. On Friday evening the Captain's meeting was more of a safety meeting. Gear was checked before we could check in. It was obvious that this was going to Read More

A Florida Keys Essay – PLUS, win a 3K prize package to join me there!

  So, recently I've made a few trips down to the FL Keys to continue to get to know an area that just sits well with my kayak fishing soul!  I mean, how could it not with TONS of shallow water , warm weather, birds and wildlife and loads of "flats" species Read More

Boondoggle !

My son and I hit the road Saturday morning to head over to Merritt Island Florida to attend the Boondoggle. We arrived early and set up camp and then walked around a bit to meet some new faces. It was great to put FaceBook names with faces. Shortly after we hit Read More

Presidents Day 2013 Boondoggle-KARS Park Merritt Island, FL

Fire ant bites on day 1, rain, cold, and stubborn fish....but I would do it all over again. Nothing can break the bonds of new friendships made or hanging out with old friends. The Presidents Day 2013 Boondoggle at KARS Park Merritt Island, FL, and I'm sure most would agree, was Read More

One Bait Haulin’ Machine

I have to admit, when I got my Big Tuna, I had no plans on using the Tuna Tank for anything other than storage. I usually end up chunking some sort of lure or fly all day and rarely use bait. The adventure I was embarking on this time had Read More

River Snook and a hungry Gator

Decided to get out on the Myakka River in Venice Florida. The goal was to get on some of the Snook that venture up into the river when the water temperature drops. It was a tough day on the river. Wasn't much happening. Rick caught the only Snook of the day Read More

Big Red’s in Merrritt Island Florida

Decided to start the year off with a fishing trip over to the east coast. Met up with a friend of mine that was in town from Washington State. We left at 2am and made it to the launch location just before sunrise. The fishing started off really slow with artificial Read More

NEW VIDEO: 2013 Improvements to Coosa, Cuda 14 & Big Tuna

So, every year we take a look at our existing models and figure out what we can do to improve the boat within its existing mold.  Upon making these improvements it then becomes the "new" year model kayak.  This year we changed several things to the Coosa, Big Tuna and Cuda Read More

VIDEO: One Fish, Many GoPros: EPISODE 2, “Silver Rocket”

The latest video where I am in the Keys showing off what the Cuda 14 can do on the flats!  Can't wait to go back!  If you want to go with me, enter this sweepstakes!  http://woobox.com/z3j4re Can't wait to be back down there, and with some cool JK fan who wins Read More

Winter time on Mosquito Lagoon, FL 2013

With the warm winter we have been experiencing in Florida Ive been able to get on the water quite a bit with my Big Tuna and Cuda 14. The stealth and stability of both of these kayaks have got me on some great fish lately. [gallery] Tight Lines !! Alan

Chris Funk reviews Big Tuna on Yakangler.com

Fishing Team Member Chris Funk recently did a review on the Jackson Kayak Big Tuna. Yakangler.com published it on their website. Chris did an excellent job of highlighting the ins and outs of this multi-function kayak. There are several great shots of the Big Tuna in action, click here to check Read More

Muck and Mud, With a Side of Bacon

My son and I were invited to go hunt in a massive swamp for feral pigs. After working on the details of the hunt, we were chomping at the bit to go. It was decided that due to some of the areas being hard to reach by “regular” boat, that we Read More

Houston Boat Show and Jackson Kayak

Had the pleasure of working the Houston Boat show, with Fishing Tackle Unlimited this past weekend. Fishing Tackle Unlimited had a very nice display setup for the Jackson Kayak line. The staff is headed up by Camille Null and is top notch, every one on her staff is very Read More

A Few Firsts

It was a day of firsts... Laura and I took our first fishing trip of the year today. It was Laura's and my first trip together in the Jackson Kayak "Big Tuna" and it also happened to be our first time fishing a particular stretch of the Catawba River. Laura Read More

RED Christmas and a SPECKLED New Year!

As usual, my wife and I along with a close friend, headed south to visit family during the holidays. Pensacola, Florida is where Sarah, my wife, is from and where we met for the first time during my college years. Her family lives there and since we spend most Read More

Investing in Family

I have had the pleasure of being in some sort of paddle craft for almost half of my 40 years. My bride and I were paddling a beat up canoe shortly after our marriage began in 1993. It was a given that after our son was born he would join us Read More

Jackson Kayak: Kayak Fishing “Spoof” Commercial

A couple years ago I was watching the Super Bowl and was intrigued by the new trend in commercials that, in the DVR age, were now focused on entertaining you so that you will watch them.  The majority of them you had no clue what the commercial was selling, or what Read More

Big Tuna Goes Pike Fishing on the Sugar River

We finally had the chance to take the Big Tuna down the Sugar River in southern Wisconsin. Andi and I paddled and fished out of the Big Tuna while two friends floated in a canoe. We were fishing mainly for Pike but this river does have the occasional Musky and Read More

Barry Dodd reports on his Big Tuna

As a freshwater bass fishing guide for many years, my bass boat has been my office. My office is where I teach people how to discern between productive and nonproductive water. How to tie different knots, how to cast and how to work the baits. I am quitecomfortable and Read More

Big red

The comfort, stealth, and stability of the Jackson Big Tuna and the Cuda 14 help me, get to and catch, fish like this 32 inch red fish. Hardest decision is which one do I take ?!

Weekend in the Grasslands

Lyndon B. Johnson National Grasslands is where we ended up. It is a beautiful area, and is located just northwest of Dallas. The area has about 6 small lakes located in the National Park. What a wonderful area we found located here: http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5302850.pdf With the local forecast of the winds Read More

Watch Drew’s Interview on FOX

Recently I was fortunate enough to get asked to appear as the in-studio guest on FOX Charlotte's "Got Game" Sports wrap-up show which airs in the Carolinas on Sat evenings after college football. Bruce Snyder hosts the show and asks me all sorts of questions about a sport even he is Read More

NCKFA reviews the Big Tuna

My name is Mark Patterson and I am the founder of the North Carolina kayak fishing association. We have over 1400 members and 5 on the water events. Our largest on the water event is the Oak Island Classic. This is a Saltwater event that features inshore and near shore fishing Read More

A Paddle After The Storm!

What a great day on the lake after some strong storms over night. Winds were up a bit so Mark and I decided to fish a local marina on Lake Ray Hubbard. After getting to the area we wanted to fish I landed this all of 6 inches large mouth! Read More

Here we G(L)O!

Jackson kayak recently introduced the new Illuminati series of glow in the dark fishing kayaks.  Before we made the call to go full steam ahead on this project, led by product manager Damon Bungard, Brooks Beatty and I, and others at Jackson Kayak, took the glow boats on the water for Read More

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