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2014 Cuda 12 - Great all purpose kayak

I bought my 2014 Cuda in March of this year. What a great purchase. After reading article after article, talking to many more experienced yakker's, and demoing countless models I settled on the Cuda 12 based upon my needs of fishing in rivers, large and small lakes, and eventually a little inshore and gulf fishing.

First, I'll start with the seat, which was #1 on my list. I have a herniated disk, so sitting for any extended amount of time is dreadful. I can sit in this seat for at least 6 hours (that's my longest so far) probably more. Being able to have the seat in hi/lo positions is great too. I haven't decided which position I like the best yet, both positions are very comfortable for me. From the seat access the center hatch now that they created the new hatch design is great. I can just twist the lid thing off and get to the center area. The lumbar support is a great add on. I can feel the difference with it.

Storage is phenomenal on this thing. I have a C-Tug to pull this yak down to the water. The whees on the C-Tug are too large to fit in the bow and stern holes, but they fit in the center hatch with ease. I throw everything in the hull, C-Tug, poles, jackets, dry bags, etc.. I haven't come up short on space yet.

The rod stagers are great, I normall throw my poles in the YakAttack Blackpack holders, but if I need them closer to me I just throw them in the rod stagers and they are out of my way until I need them, but close enough I can crab them quickly.

Its not the fastest yak out there, but I'm not trying to paddle 10 miles to get to my fishing holes, at least not yet. What is does is cruises very well, stays on plane. If I need to get somewhere in a hurry it'll get there.

Stability is also great! I've never fished in a kayak before, but I was able to stand up with ease thanks to he stand assist strap. The yak was stable enough for me to make a few casts and lean a little from side to side to get the feel of how stable it was.

If you're looking for a great all around kayak that can fish just about anywhere you take it. This is one of the best out there. No need to spend a whole lot of extra money to rig it. It comes well equipped to keep you happy until you figure out what you want to add.

One thing to note is the carry handles are not the best. when you pick it up it leans to either side and feels like my stuff is about to fall out. Even empty it tilts, which I don't like. If you plan on carrying this thing you better be in shape, at 70+ pounds... good thing I have a teenager to help lift it. :)

Great yak overall. I'll keep this one for a long time.

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Features, Storage, Color, Coolness Factor, The seat
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Weight, carry handles
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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.

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Multiple seat positions, Great stability. Plenty of accessible storage.
Cons:
Bow and stern grab handles,
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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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(Updated: June 30, 2013)
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Versatility- For the "one kayak" guy or gal

My Typical Use- I typically use my kayak on streams and lakes in and around Kentucky. Bass fishing is my predominant fishing, but I will also fish for pan-fish on occasion. The streams I usually fish are flat-water with little flow. The lakes I fish vary in size.

Overall synopsis- This is a great kayak. I don’t really have the money or storage to justify two kayaks. I prefer one kayak that can “do it all.” This kayak does well in all situations I have had it in. It is very stable and is easy to fish from. If you have decent balance, it is easy to stand and fish. The fishing features are well thought out and make fishing a lot easier.

Fish-ability- This is an extremely easy kayak to fish out of. It has rod stagers and features left and right. The high low seat is so comfortable.
Features- I have the rudder version of this kayak. I had never used a rudder before this kayak. I would recommend it to anyone who buys this kayak. The rudder helps you spend more time fishing and less time correcting your direction. The rod stagers are great. The main ones I use are the outer ones. They work better when in the low seat. The center ones just are hard to use when the low seat is used. Once in the high seat position, they all work relatively well. The nice thing about the outer rod stagers is the ability to bungee rods down. Securing equipment is always a good idea. The center hatch is large and helps when camping out of this kayak. Even though the fore and aft hatches are small, the center hatch allows the insertion of larger items like my mess kit, and tent. The center hatch is also nice for things like maps and things that you want in reach easily. The ram rod holders are great and easy to use. The ability to lay rods back in low overhead branches is really nice on the river. The rear tank-well has enough room for my crate and a small cooler. The rod tip cover is handy, but I have found it’s prone to want to “pry off.” When using the outer rod stagers the bend in the rod tip tends to pry up the rod tip protector. I plan on attaching the rod tip protector using epoxy. The go-pro mount and ram ball mount pre-attachment points are great for attaching the provided rod holder, fish finder, or go-pro camera.

Speed- It is a pretty fast kayak. It cuts through chop and wind well. It is right between a Cuda 14 and a Coosa.

Stability- The stability on this kayak is a lot different than my last kayak. It has a hull design that is different. My last kayak was a “pontoon hull” design. That design had less initial stability, but had a ton of secondary stability. The bottom of this kayak is more “flat” which is nice for gliding over shallow areas and things but provides less secondary stability. It is still really stable, but the problem lies when you pass the initial stability points the kayak can turn over quickly. The stability really changes with gear loads and how you pack the kayak. You really have to get a feel for the kayak. This is one compromise you get from having a little narrower hull than the Jackson Coosa.
Durability-I have had the kayak a short time, but the plastic seems strong and foam inserts help support hull design. The drag plate on the rear is also a nice addition for durability.
Value- The kayak has a hefty (for a kayak) price tag, but in my opinion is well worth it. The fishing setup of this kayak facilitates a nice easy day of fishing on the water. For the price it is a well outfitted fishing kayak. It has many accessories that you would have to add onto other kayaks.


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Great kayak

This cuda 12 is my second kayak and I have to say overall I am pleased. Its a 2014 that I bought second hand, the thing was hardly used. Like new!

Let me start off by saying Jackson did some home work ! All the molding done with this boat is something I have used over and over and over. The storage and features on this boat are amazing. Everything is nice and tidy and my fishing area is clean, no tackle box or clutter in my way! Not to mention the way you can clip your rod & reel to the side/bottom of your seat! Very very handy.

The center hatch! I can't express my love for the center hatch! You can shove all kinda of gear in there, I mean all kinds of gear! The tub is great, just pop in your tackle trays and boom, done. shut the cover and go.

The tankwell area was really done nicely. Bungees everywhere. The two slots for tackle are in the best spot possible for me, I can still grab them on the water.

The boat does get up to speed with ease and it turns pretty sharp. I can turn it into a position I need with one hand while I am working on landing a fish, reeling in, etc.

You can stand in this boat but so far I have not tried. The seat in the high position make it feel unstable for me. I am 6' and 210 and I feel like that is the reason. I do have great balance so when it warms up more I think ill give it a shot. Put the seat in the low position and it feels pretty solid.

Speed for me it feels a little sluggish. Its hard for me to rate this accurately as I have yet to get into what is considered a fast kayak. Like I said before, it gets up to speed easily, just top end feels slow to me.

Overall this is an amazing kayak. This is my first jackson kayak and it will not be my last.

Pros & Cons

Pros:
Features, what can I say, jackson did work on finding out how to make these kayaks " usable "
Cons:
A little slower to paddle than I was lead to believe
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