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Jackson Kayak “Big Tuna”

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Jackson Kayak Big Tuna

Kayak Make & Model

Brand:
Jackson Kayak
Model:
Big Tuna
MSRP ($):
1,599.00
Length (ft):
14

Sometimes you fish alone, and sometimes you need to bring a buddy with you. The Jackson “Big Tuna” combines legendary fish-ability and stability into a tandem kayak with unique features like a built-in bait livewell, molded drift chamber for anchor systems, rod storage in the hull, and more. The Big Tuna features multiple seating positions and standing platforms for one or more anglers.

Features:
  • Stern and Bow Deck Rigging
  • Peg and Molded Footrest
  • Peg Rudder: Optional
  • Tuna Tank

Specs:

  • Width: 35.5"
  • Weight: 102 w/Elite Seat, 87 w/0 Seat and Tank
  • Capacity: 500 lbs

Photos

Big Tuna Tandem
Tandem fishing in my Big Tuna
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Fishing in my Big Tuna
Big Tuna Tandem
First shark from a kayak
Standing in my Big Tuna

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(Updated: December 03, 2015)
Overall rating 
 
4.4
Speed 
 
4.0
Stability 
 
5.0
Durability 
 
4.0
Features 
 
5.0
Value 
 
4.0

Jackson Big Tuna

Overall I would recommend this kayak for anyone that wants the ability to take another person along fishing that does not have or cannot paddle their own kayak... Great for families!

Pros & Cons

Pros:
Stability, capacity
Cons:
Price, weight
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3.8
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4.0
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5.0
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3.0

Big Tuna

I take my mom fishing once or twice a year. We decided this time we'd try a tandem. I called the manager at our local kayak shop. An hour later we were on the water Bass fishin'. Right away I noticed the large amount of storage onboard. It comes with a center hatch that doubles as a cooler and livewell. The seats can be switched from tandem to facing each other in seconds. This made for a good social day. We could cast and talk to each other with ease. I got a chance to paddle it in solo mode before we left. It does ok, considering it is intended for tandem use. Speed and tracking were good, it was hard to turn without a few large sweeping stokes. Stability was great and I am confident I could stand a cast in most conditions. If you are looking to fish with a friend or a child, give it a look.

Pros & Cons

Pros:
Versatile and comfortable seating, lots of built in features.
Cons:
Heavy.
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4.8
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5.0
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5.0

My Big Tun Jackson Kayak Review

The Big Tuna is truly an awesome Kayak! The Tuna is a two person tandem sit on top kayak that allows for many different seating configurations. What impresses me most about this kayak is that it is very easy to paddle solo for being such a large capacity fishing Kayak. The seats are high quality with pump up lumbar support which makes for very comfortable fishing trips. One of my favorite features is the tank well located in the middle of the kayak that can hold live fish without any electronic pumps or plumbing. You can also Purchase a cooler made to fit in the middle console which is a great place ot keep drinks, sandwiches and beer : ) I found the boat to be very stable and easy to stand up and fish, allowing myself to spot fish for tailing reds. I really love this kayak and wish I had time to take it out everyday to explore the Lowcountry creeks and tidal salt flats.

Pros & Cons

Pros:
Versatile
Cons:
None
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5.0
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5.0
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4.0

Big Tuna -Unmatched Versatility

I've owned 2 Jackson Big Tunas and they are some of my favorite kayaks. With plenty of room for 2 adults but still paddles great as a solo you can easily customize it to fit you individual needs. I have used it in all conditions from small ponds to off shore. The kayak is not a speedster but it can be paddled at a steady rate easily as a solo kayak and I have covered over 12 miles in a day with no issues. My wife was even able to paddle a Tuna 4+ miles to our camping spot one summer with my 7 year old sitting in the bow.

Tipping the scale around 270# I had no issues standing in this kayak to be able to site fish for bass. Because of it's versatility some of the days days fishing with my kids are owed to this great kayak. If you have a family and can only get one kayak and want to be able to use it by yourself just as well as with your family this is the kayak for you.

Pros & Cons

Pros:
Unmatched Versatility
Cons:
Heavy
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Overall rating 
 
4.4
Speed 
 
4.0
Stability 
 
5.0
Durability 
 
5.0
Features 
 
4.0
Value 
 
4.0

Jackson Kayak Big Tuna

I have owned my Jackson Kayak Big Tuna for about a year and a half now. I have used this boat in a variety of waters and it has served me well. Below are my observations and impressions.

As a tandem, it has exceeded my expectations. My son likes to swim when we go out. He is able to jump out and climb back aboard with ease. Also, on a camping trip, I was able to take both my son and one of his friends at the same time so they could go for a swim. The Big Tuna was very stable with two 5 year old boys who were anything but still. 

The Big Tuna has officially become my big water solo boat. It is a big guy's dream. I can stand with great ease. As I said before, it paddles surprisingly well for a big boat. My Tuna included a rudder and I appreciate it more and more with each trip. Having the rudder allows me to keep the paddle in my lap and my hands on my rod and reel more. With strategic boat positioning, I can use the wind to move along controlling the drift with the rudder. 

Make no mistake, this is a big boat and is not for the faint of heart. I have a trailer so transporting is not a problem for me. I'm sure someone is doing it but I would suspect that car topping a Big Tuna would be a tough proposition. A full length truck bed should be able to handle it with no problem though. I have had to use a cart on it when a boat ramp wasn't available and it wasn't bad to pull at all. 

Now that the Jackson Big Rig is available, many anglers looking for a big kayak capable of accommodating bigger guys in a solo only configuration may not consider the Tuna. However, anglers needing the versatility of both solo and tandem configurations should give the Big Tuna serious consideration.

Pros & Cons

Pros:
versatility, room for gear, stability
Cons:
weight
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