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Here’s a really cool video from fellow JK team member Nick Troutman showcasing the boat building process at Jackson Kayak. The featured boat is an Earth colored Cuda 12, just like mine, the boat I just used to win Fall N Tide. It is pretty neat to see the process from start to finish and to know that there is no assembly line, it’s one person that builds out that boat for you, and they build it like it’s their own.

Another great walkthrough video from Drew and the gang at JK.

I know I said this about the Big Tuna, but this is my next boat. I’ve already got one on order. It will replace it’s big brother, the Cuda 14. Nothing wrong with the Cuda 14, but it is just too much boat for me. I don’t fish the water it is suited for often enough. This is essentially the same boat as the Cuda 14, but in a more manageable size (shorter, lighter), which is right up my alley. I think 11-13 ft boats are perfect for my needs. I can float small rivers in them, fish way back in the marsh with them, and load/unload them as needed. They may not be as fast as the longer boats, but the stability is still there, and last I checked kayak fishing wasn’t a race.

Now is the time of year that all the big outdoor companies are releasing their new products to look for in 2013, Jackson Kayak included. Shows like iCAST, OR, and IFTD are the epicenters of this activity and for those that won’t be in attendance all we can do is wait for the info to trickle down. Fortunately JK has put out a video to satisfy our appetites which highlights their new boats and a few are sure to interest kayak fishermen. Check it out:

If they weren’t already, the folks at JK are up to their eyeballs in kayak fishing. With a new SIK and a new SUP specifically catered to fishermen, plus the arrival of the Cuda 12, they have shown that they are taking the kayak fishing contingent serious. Flying under the radar is the Cruise, which is basically a bare bones Cuda for less, a real sleeper in my opinion. Be sure to check out the JK website for more information on all the new boats, especially this page: http://jacksonkayak.com/newin2013/

I can already tell that a Cuda 12 is in store for me. 11-13′ boats are right up my alley, especially if I can stand in them, there is no better size for river and marsh fishing, which just happens to be what I like to do.

UPDATE: Isaac Miller has done an outstanding job of previewing the 2013 kayak fishing lineup from Jackson, much better than I could have, check it out here: http://yakfish.isaac-online.com/jackson-kayaks-2013-preview/