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Jackson Kayak “Big Rig”

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Kayak Make & Model

Brand:
Jackson Kayak
Model:
Big Rig
MSRP ($):
1,499.00
Length (ft):
13

The “Big Rig” by Jackson Kayak is a single-person SOT designed for incredible stability in a stand-up fishing kayak. Taking the best features of various Jackson Kayak fishing models into a new, larger package, while introducing some new ones at the same time to create the ultimate all-water, all fishing style, fishing machine. The Big Rig comes ready to accept the Raymarine Dragonfly fishfinder and Power-Pole Micro stake out systems.

Features:
  • Stern and Bow Deck Rigging
  • Adjustable Peg Footrest
  • Peg Rudder: Optional
  • Power-Pole Micro ready
  • Raymarine Dragonfly fishfinder ready

Specs:

  • Width: 37"
  • Weight: 85 lbs
  • Capacity: 500 lbs

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Stability
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Overall rating 
 
4.6
Speed 
 
3.0
Stability 
 
5.0
Durability 
 
5.0
Features 
 
5.0
Value 
 
5.0

Big Rig is Big Fun

Yes it is a bit heavy so get a yak cart. Yes it is a bit slower than the more narrow yaks but I knew the trade off for the stability of this hull. I fish the salt flats in 12 to 15 inches of water so being able to stand and sight cast is awesome. I am normally in a 15 mph wind so a rudder is a must. I tested a lot of yaks on the water before I pulled the trigger on this beast and this is the yak for me.

Pros & Cons

Pros:
stability and fishability
Cons:
a bit on the slow side
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(Updated: April 12, 2015)
Overall rating 
 
4.6
Speed 
 
3.0
Stability 
 
5.0
Durability 
 
5.0
Features 
 
5.0
Value 
 
5.0

My Jackson Big Rig- un sponsored review

I bought this kayak the beginning of last year. I was about to pull the trigger on a old towne predator until I saw the Big rig. What sold me was the rod troughs and the ability to accommodate up to a 9' rod. I fly fish a lot so this was the home run for me.
I have taken this yak in all waters, even a surf launch in pretty large waves and made it out front with no problems.
The boat is very stable, makes casting a fly rod standing up very easy and doable.
The speed is not great but it isn't poor either. You sacrifice some speed for stability- I was and am ok with that.
The boat comes pretty well rigged from the factory but adding a crate from yak attack gives you the ability to carry more crap :)
The gear tracs help out with mounting accessories like fish finders and additional rod mounts.
The stand assist bar was a nice compliment to round things out. I used it a few times but found I really did not need it, the boat is stable enough. I removed it to install my sail.

Rudder- I bought mine with a rudder. Don't let anyone tell you that you don't need one- if you fish from your yak or paddle in water with current and wind- you need a rudder!

All in all I am very happy with my kayak. It meets most of my wants. I would prefer a Hobie PA 14 but at $1100-$1200 more...well Jackson Big Rig is the next best thing.

Pros & Cons

Pros:
very stable
Cons:
heavy
Jackson Big Rig on the water
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Overall rating 
 
4.6
Speed 
 
3.0
Stability 
 
5.0
Durability 
 
5.0
Features 
 
5.0
Value 
 
5.0

Big Boy's Cadillac

This is a Big Boy's Cadillac. Excellent stability in the high seat or low seat position. Easy to switch between the two seat positions while on the water. Extremely easy to stand for site fishing, stretching or retrieving lures from those above the water line brush piles.

Pros & Cons

Pros:
Stability
Cons:
Speed
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Overall rating 
 
4.8
Speed 
 
4.0
Stability 
 
5.0
Durability 
 
5.0
Features 
 
5.0
Value 
 
5.0

Well rounded BIG Kayak

The first moment meeting the Big Rig was overwhelming. Loading it on my truck looked to be a two person job. Low and behold learning how to get it on my truck wasn't a hard task. The addition of the Torqeedo Ultralight 403 makes this boat amazing for bay fishing. The range is over 10 miles. The comfort of fishing from such a wide platform is awesome! The Big Rig is a trolling machine. A great drifting boat also. It doesn't spin in the wind. Just finds it groove and stays in that drift pattern.

The only cons to this boat is its size. An easy drop in location is required. It would be extremely hard to get this boat over jetty's, break walls, and bulkheads. I find not having a center hatch the boat lacks storage that my Cuda 14 has.

Pros & Cons

Pros:
Stability Paddle-ability Stand-ability Power Pole Ready Scupper Transducer Mount Leaning Post RAM Mounts included Fishable out of factory
Cons:
Storage Heavy Weight Awkward
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Overall rating 
 
4.8
Speed 
 
4.0
Stability 
 
5.0
Durability 
 
5.0
Features 
 
5.0
Value 
 
5.0

BIG Fan of the Big Rig

I have now had the opportunity to paddle my Big Rig in 4 different states from saltwater bays to freshwater rivers and lakes. the things I have been able to do in this kayak have blown me away. from flipping and pitching in heavy cover to fly fishing moving water without having to sit. I am outfitting mine with Nocqua lights to make it a bowfishing machine and I cannot wait ! the speed will not set any records but I have no problem paddling in current or for distance. wind is no fun for the big girl but truthfully wind sucks no matter what I am paddling. I really like the rod troughs and they also give me a good place to sit my feet when I need to turn and access my tackle behind me. the compartments are large and you can put days worth of gear in them before even beginning to use the top of the boat. there is a world of difference between the high and low positions when you paddle so make sure you paddle in both when doing your assessment. I recommend a 250 or 260cm paddle but know folks that successfully use a 240 with a high angle paddle stroke. that did not work for me so I love my BB Angler Pro in 260cm. this is such a fun boat and I love the fact that I can now stand and see to sight fish and the stand up bar gives a 3rd point of contact to keep me steady and centered as well as a great place to put a paddle, rod or bowfishing bow. I think I have said enough, I love this kayak. it may not be for everybody, but for me it is just flat out awesome !

Pros & Cons

Pros:
unbelievably stable and comfortable
Cons:
she is a tad heavy
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