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Jackson Kayak "Coosa HD"

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Kayak Make & Model

Brand:
Jackson Kayak
Model:
Coosa HD
MSRP ($):
1,699.00
Length (ft):
11.5

The “Coosa HD” has many of the same features that made the original “Coosa” an extremely popular river fishing kayak but adds a little more length and width. This updated hull gives kayak anglers a more stable standing platform and easier long distance paddling then the original. With a multitude of other kayak fishing features, the Coosa HD is the perfect kayak for anglers looking to fish a plethora of different water types.

Features:

  • Elite Hi/Lo Seat with adjustable trim
  • Rod tip protectors
  • Bungee less day hatch for accessories
  • Coosa Console
  • Drag chain/anchor recess
  • Rod stagers and flush mount rod holders
  • Tackle storage under seat

 Specs:

  • Width: 33.5″
  • Height: 14"
  • Weight: 70 lbs
  • Capacity: 400 lbs

 

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Jackson Kayak Coosa HD

User reviews

3 reviews

Overall rating 
 
4.4
Speed 
 
3.7  (3)
Stability 
 
5.0  (3)
Durability 
 
5.0  (3)
Features 
 
4.0  (3)
Value 
 
4.3  (3)
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Overall rating 
 
4.6
Speed 
 
4.0
Stability 
 
5.0
Durability 
 
5.0
Features 
 
4.0
Value 
 
5.0

Loads of Goodies

I've owned my new JK Coosa HD for a little over a month now and I can truly say I totally am in love with this yak. I took it on a week long camping trip on a couple high elevation fishing lakes in the Sierra Nevada mountains and spent many hours over those five days. The location where I launched the yak was extremely rocky so I had to run the yak over the rocks and even paddle the yak back onto the rocks when exiting the water. After the trip was over I turned the yak over and only a couple minor scratches on the surface. I paddled with ease and the yak handled very smoothly and turned on a dime. At one point I paddled near land in about 10ft of water and stood up and began casting and felt very comfortable casting and retrieving. The seat is very comfortable and there are five settings in which you can place so you can move it back or forward and sit down low or up high. I like having the ball mount rod holders and tracks to slide my rod holder where I want it on the side walls. Another feature that I have found useful is the rod tip holders which I just slide my fishing rod tip inside and lay my rod down on the grooves which holds my rod in place when I'm paddling through the reeds or low hanging tree branches so my rod doesn't get caught. The removable console on the floor is quite handy and can be easily removed if desired for more floor space. I keep mine in place because my fishfinder battery fits inside nicely and my fishfinder sits on top. The best part is that I didn't have to drill any holes into my yak, just the console. Inside the console their is also a small tube which I use to put a spool of leader line on and the line feeds through a small hole facing me. I then just pull through the hole and cut the size I want and I don't have to bother with the spool of line. There are two spacious compartments for loading gear in, one on the front and rear of the yak with plenty of room to carry an abundance of gear.

This yak comes from the factory fully fishable and ready to go. There just isn't much of anything you need to add to this yak.

Pros & Cons

Pros:
Stability, easy to paddle, durable
Cons:
Camera pole loose
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Overall rating 
 
4.4
Speed 
 
4.0
Stability 
 
5.0
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5.0
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4.0
Value 
 
4.0

Jackson Kayak Coosa HD

I have had my Jackson Coosa HD for almost 2 months now and have been on several trips with it. Flat water lake, running river and LONG paddles in salt water (17 miles one day) have really put this craft to the test. It has far exceeded my expectations on the water. The HD paddles well, and is quite maneuverable thanks to the trimmable seating. The stability is such that I was able to throw an 8ft cast net off the deck to catch mullet on my last trip and sight fish, even in a steady chop. The removable console in the floor is my favorite feature of the HD, it leaves a clean open floor where you can place tackle boxes, camera bags, or cast nets without any hindrance. The console is handy for some but for me it is not so I am thankful that it removes cleanly from the HD. The huge compartment up front is very easy to access, even on the water and so is the tankwell behind the seat. The seat trims forward 2 positions in high and 3 positions in low so it can be “tuned “to whatever conditions you need. Speed wise, the HD will not win any races, but I had no issue keeping up with other paddlers in longer boats than I was in. In the wind, the HD hits a point almost perpendicular to the wind and sort of “sticks” there for the drift. It does not wind vane bad at all due to its lower sides. It does the same way in current; finding an angle it likes to sit and sort of staying there. It is not all roses for me though; the supplied camera arm has a lot of wobble and will need to have a secondary strap to stabilize it to make the video usable. It is also difficult to reach from the seat so adjustments or removal is a little bit of a chore. The Coosa HD is very fishable though and I find myself loading it up before any of my other boats. I still need to run some rapids and do a deep water reentry test (although I sort of did one in 3” of water and 4 feet of Everglades mud) but so far I am very pleased. I can honestly say if you need a boat that does a lot of vastly different stuff well, you should put one of these on your “need to test paddle” list.

Pros & Cons

Pros:
stable, versatile, very fishable
Cons:
camera pole shakes and pliers will tangle fly line when mounted on the side
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Overall rating 
 
4.2
Speed 
 
3.0
Stability 
 
5.0
Durability 
 
5.0
Features 
 
4.0
Value 
 
4.0

Coosa HD Prototype Demo

I was able to paddle a prototype of the Coosa HD at the Outdoor retailer show in August. Redesigning Jackson's original fishing kayak I'm sure was no easy task. The first Coosa was a very popular kayak and one of my favorites. It was the first Jackson I owned and that first Coosa I just recently sold.

The original Coosa was purpose built to excel on the moving waters of rivers, streams, and creeks. Because of the priority placed on maneuverability, paddling took a back seat. With the new Coosa HD Jackson has slid that balance point more towards the center and they have found a better balance between maneuverability and paddling. One of the new features of this boat is the trim-able seat (fore and aft, not just Hi/Lo) that lets you chose which side of that balance point you want to be on. If your in a pond and want to track better slide the seat forward, if your in a tight creek and want to improve it's turning ability slide it back.

One other area they improved on was the stability. The kayak was very stable even with my 275 pound frame standing on it. Another addition was a center console section that is removable if you want an uncluttered section for your fly line or standing.

I'm looking forward to trying out this kayak when it goes into production.

Pros & Cons

Pros:
Very Stable, Trim-able Seat allows you to tune the kayak, paddles better then the original Coosa
Cons:
The improved paddling, takes away some maneuverability
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