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Jackson Kayak Cuda 12

Kayak Make & Model

Brand:
Jackson Kayak
Model:
Cuda
MSRP ($):
1,199.00
Length (ft):
12.5

Taking cues from the its bigger brother, the “Cuda 12” brings the speed and tracking of the Cuda 14 and puts it all into a smaller package. Being a smaller kayak makes it more adept at navigating smaller rivers, pond, and bays, while keeping all the excellent features like rod storage, tackle organization, speed, and stability of the bigger kayak.

Features:

  • Elite Hi/Lo Seat
  • Bow and stern hatches
  • Day hatch for accessories
  • Rudder and non-rudder versions
  • Rod stagers and flush mount rod holders
  • Tackle storage under seat
  • Replaceable skid plate on keel

 Specs:

  • Width: 31″
  • Height: 14″
  • Weight: 74 lbs
  • Capacity: 350 lbs

 

Photos

Paddling the Jackson Cuda 12
Fishing from the Jackson Cuda 12
Standing cast from the Jackson Kayak Cuda 12
Ultra Stable

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Average user rating from: 8 user(s)

Overall rating 
 
4.2
Speed 
 
4.0  (8)
Stability 
 
4.0  (8)
Durability 
 
4.1  (8)
Features 
 
4.6  (8)
Value 
 
4.3  (8)
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I have had my Cuda 12 for almost a year now. It is the first kayak I have owned. Based on reviews, talking with dealers/other yak anglers, and trying out kayaks from different manufacturers, The Cuda was an easy decision. (The hard part was talking the Wife into letting me spend that much.) I am very happy with the amount of storage inside the hull. I try to take the bear minimum whenever possible, but it is good to have the space for extra rods or gear. The only things that I am not too happy with are the goofy bungee bow and stern carry handles. I will be looking into options for replacing them. Overall, I am very pleased with this kayak and would definitely recommend anyone in the market for a new fishing kayak go and demo one.
Overall rating 
 
4.4
Speed 
 
4.0
Stability 
 
4.0
Durability 
 
4.0
Features 
 
5.0
Value 
 
5.0
Chris Champlin Reviewed by Chris Champlin January 16, 2014
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Jackson Kayak Cuda 12

I have had my Cuda 12 for almost a year now. It is the first kayak I have owned. Based on reviews, talking with dealers/other yak anglers, and trying out kayaks from different manufacturers, The Cuda was an easy decision. (The hard part was talking the Wife into letting me spend that much.) I am very happy with the amount of storage inside the hull. I try to take the bear minimum whenever possible, but it is good to have the space for extra rods or gear. The only things that I am not too happy with are the goofy bungee bow and stern carry handles. I will be looking into options for replacing them. Overall, I am very pleased with this kayak and would definitely recommend anyone in the market for a new fishing kayak go and demo one.

Pros & Cons

Pros:
Multiple seat positions, Great stability. Plenty of accessible storage.
Cons:
Bow and stern grab handles,
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I have only had this yak for a short time but when I looked at the features I knew this is what I wanted. Its not as stable as I thought it would be but I can stand and fish but it requires balance. But I am very happy with it
Overall rating 
 
4.4
Speed 
 
5.0
Stability 
 
4.0
Durability 
 
4.0
Features 
 
5.0
Value 
 
4.0
Dave Middleton Reviewed by Dave Middleton September 08, 2013
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Cuda 12

I have only had this yak for a short time but when I looked at the features I knew this is what I wanted. Its not as stable as I thought it would be but I can stand and fish but it requires balance. But I am very happy with it

Pros & Cons

Pros:
Stable and seat
Cons:
Heavy and off center handles
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I spent many weeks researching fishing kayaks when I decided to upgrade from my recreational sit-in. I finally decided upon the Cuda 12 and have been very glad I choose this fine vessel. I've put in about 40 hours into this boat now and have a good feel for how she handles. The boat tracks incredibly well for being only 12'6", and also turns quickly for her weight. Right off the showroom floor, she comes fully loaded with RAM tubes and the GoPro mount. I found the rod stager works really well for any additional rods I bring. I generally bring two that I keep on the rocket launcher tubes and my pan fish rig that I keep in one of the stagers. I may also bring a spare rod and reel and keep that inside the hull. The hull has all the storage one would need for multiple day adventures. The center console make access to these items a breeze. With the purchase of the center console insert, storage and ease of access are even more convenient. After paddling many hours on the Cuda and also paddling other boats, I'm insanely happy with the Cuda and all its amazing features. The only concern I have with this boat is storage and transport. One must take into account that this is a 68 lbs boat and needs to be cautious when storing and transporting. I put two very small dents in the hull because of my transporting and storage measures. These have since been repaired and I altered the way I store and transport the boat. The forum is chalk full of these options. When it all comes down to it, Jackson made a fantastic boat with the fisherman in mind. Thank you Jackson Kayak.
Overall rating 
 
4.6
Speed 
 
5.0
Stability 
 
5.0
Durability 
 
4.0
Features 
 
5.0
Value 
 
4.0
Anthony Heimkes Reviewed by Anthony Heimkes August 13, 2013
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The Mighty Cuda 12

I spent many weeks researching fishing kayaks when I decided to upgrade from my recreational sit-in. I finally decided upon the Cuda 12 and have been very glad I choose this fine vessel. I've put in about 40 hours into this boat now and have a good feel for how she handles. The boat tracks incredibly well for being only 12'6", and also turns quickly for her weight. Right off the showroom floor, she comes fully loaded with RAM tubes and the GoPro mount. I found the rod stager works really well for any additional rods I bring. I generally bring two that I keep on the rocket launcher tubes and my pan fish rig that I keep in one of the stagers. I may also bring a spare rod and reel and keep that inside the hull. The hull has all the storage one would need for multiple day adventures. The center console make access to these items a breeze. With the purchase of the center console insert, storage and ease of access are even more convenient. After paddling many hours on the Cuda and also paddling other boats, I'm insanely happy with the Cuda and all its amazing features. The only concern I have with this boat is storage and transport. One must take into account that this is a 68 lbs boat and needs to be cautious when storing and transporting. I put two very small dents in the hull because of my transporting and storage measures. These have since been repaired and I altered the way I store and transport the boat. The forum is chalk full of these options. When it all comes down to it, Jackson made a fantastic boat with the fisherman in mind. Thank you Jackson Kayak.

Pros & Cons

Pros:
Stability, feature-rich, comfortable seat, comes fully rigged, well thought out by fisherman
Cons:
Must take caution when transporting and storing, off set handles
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After using the boat several times I have come to the conclusion both I and my clients want to fish in a sit in kayak rather than a sit on top. The sit in kayaks are much more stable, drier, faster, more nimble for beginner kayak fisherman. The rod holders behind the seat are more trouble than they are worth. The flush mounts are much better and do not stick a foot above the boat. The rod stagers are useless unless you have 5 foot rods. The seat is wonderful. That, in my opinion, the best feature of this boat. I also have a Cuda 14 and the 12 is better all around with the exception of the rod stagers and stern rod holders. The ball mount rod holder in front is great if the angler has 5 foot long arms and can reach it from the seat.
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Speed 
 
3.0
Stability 
 
3.0
Durability 
 
3.0
Features 
 
3.0
Value 
 
3.0
capt. gary howe Reviewed by capt. gary howe July 25, 2013
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some good features, some bad features

After using the boat several times I have come to the conclusion both I and my clients want to fish in a sit in kayak rather than a sit on top. The sit in kayaks are much more stable, drier, faster, more nimble for beginner kayak fisherman. The rod holders behind the seat are more trouble than they are worth. The flush mounts are much better and do not stick a foot above the boat. The rod stagers are useless unless you have 5 foot rods. The seat is wonderful. That, in my opinion, the best feature of this boat. I also have a Cuda 14 and the 12 is better all around with the exception of the rod stagers and stern rod holders. The ball mount rod holder in front is great if the angler has 5 foot long arms and can reach it from the seat.

Pros & Cons

Pros:
much easier to paddle than the cuda 14
Cons:
rod stager useless, slow
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I did hours upon hours of research for my new kayak. I wanted one that I can sit in comfortably for hours and possibly stand up and fish in. Oh, and it needed dry storage. The Jackson Cuda does not dissappoint. At the moment I have put in over 40 hours in the kayak and only having it for 3 weeks. I have paddles creeks, rivers, very large lakes, large lakes, and small lakes along with ponds in it.

I am very happy with the durability and structure of the Cuda. It is strong plastic and I am not worried about damaging it at all. It tracks straight and turns very well for a boat it size. I have no worries about taking it on rapids. The hull storage is amazing. Lots of storage that you can access in the front, back, or center. Although I do find it it a little tricky getting my poles in with the round hatches, I think the Cuda 14 would not have this issue at all. The Hi/Lo chair is amazing. I used to have pains after sitting down for a couple hours, but no more. Every now and then it feels good to stretch but no pain like before! I find that I prefer the high position for comfort. On top of all of that it comes with three rod holders and 3 RAM ball mounts. Two right behind the seat and one that you can screw in front. The rocket style holders work great for my long and short butted rods. I found that I do not use the rod holder in the front at all and will be putting an arm for my fish finder. I will also be adding an anchor trolley.

A couple things that I knew about before purchasing but wish was better was the off center carrying handles. When two people are lifting it via the handles it leans to one side. Not awful, but can be a pain when you have gear on it. Also, they advertise that it is so stable you can stand up right away, this I don't think is true. You CAN stand, but it just takes a little practice and time. After putting in many hours on the water and slowly practicing every time I was out I can now stand and fish without any problem. It probably took me 5-6 times in all to practice before I felt relatively comfortable standing and fishing. The last thing that I found is the open storage in the back. I like to have a crate, some folks just have their gear in the easy accessible center hatch. But you need a special size crate because there are two tacke box storage lifts that make the crate off center. Other than those couple small things this kayak is fantastic!

The Jackson Cuda is easy to paddle, comfortable, and is a very versitile kayak!
Overall rating 
 
4.6
Speed 
 
4.0
Stability 
 
4.0
Durability 
 
5.0
Features 
 
5.0
Value 
 
5.0
Spencer Jones Reviewed by Spencer Jones July 24, 2013
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A versitle, comfortable yak!

I did hours upon hours of research for my new kayak. I wanted one that I can sit in comfortably for hours and possibly stand up and fish in. Oh, and it needed dry storage. The Jackson Cuda does not dissappoint. At the moment I have put in over 40 hours in the kayak and only having it for 3 weeks. I have paddles creeks, rivers, very large lakes, large lakes, and small lakes along with ponds in it.

I am very happy with the durability and structure of the Cuda. It is strong plastic and I am not worried about damaging it at all. It tracks straight and turns very well for a boat it size. I have no worries about taking it on rapids. The hull storage is amazing. Lots of storage that you can access in the front, back, or center. Although I do find it it a little tricky getting my poles in with the round hatches, I think the Cuda 14 would not have this issue at all. The Hi/Lo chair is amazing. I used to have pains after sitting down for a couple hours, but no more. Every now and then it feels good to stretch but no pain like before! I find that I prefer the high position for comfort. On top of all of that it comes with three rod holders and 3 RAM ball mounts. Two right behind the seat and one that you can screw in front. The rocket style holders work great for my long and short butted rods. I found that I do not use the rod holder in the front at all and will be putting an arm for my fish finder. I will also be adding an anchor trolley.

A couple things that I knew about before purchasing but wish was better was the off center carrying handles. When two people are lifting it via the handles it leans to one side. Not awful, but can be a pain when you have gear on it. Also, they advertise that it is so stable you can stand up right away, this I don't think is true. You CAN stand, but it just takes a little practice and time. After putting in many hours on the water and slowly practicing every time I was out I can now stand and fish without any problem. It probably took me 5-6 times in all to practice before I felt relatively comfortable standing and fishing. The last thing that I found is the open storage in the back. I like to have a crate, some folks just have their gear in the easy accessible center hatch. But you need a special size crate because there are two tacke box storage lifts that make the crate off center. Other than those couple small things this kayak is fantastic!

The Jackson Cuda is easy to paddle, comfortable, and is a very versitile kayak!

Pros & Cons

Pros:
Very Comfortable, Pretty Stable, Lots of storage
Cons:
Not as stable as advertised, Off center carrying handles
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