I picked up a new boat from Massey’s the other day – the Jackson Kraken 13.5. This is a brand new boat for 2016, a shorter version of their original Kraken, a boat designed with help from Jim Sammons that has been really popular with offshore kayak anglers since it’s debut.
I don’t intend to use it much offshore, but I liked the design and think it will be a great fit for inshore fishing down here in Louisiana. Jackson really didn’t have a dedicated kayak fishing boat in the 13 foot range that wasn’t a tandem, so this one piqued my interest when I heard about it’s release.
I’m hoping a boat in this size will hit a sweet spot for me between speed, stability, and weight. I picked up the Elite version which comes with it’s own color coordinating K-Krate. Not sure if it will take the place of the tried-and-true milk crate, but we shall see.
I got a chance to take it out this past weekend in less-than-spectacular conditions. I caught some trout, the boat performed well. I’ll hold off on a full review, but suffice it to say I am pretty excited about the new ride.
For more info on the new Kraken 13.5, check out these articles:
Great edit from Heliconia Press highlighting tarpon fishing from the kayak with Jim Sammons
My pal Jameson put together some nice snook footage from February’s Boondoggle. The Glades are really a special place.
Another announcement from Jackson Kayak last week was the release of their new offshore fishing kayak – the Kraken. This is the boat that Jim Sammons has been working with Tony Lee and the design team at Jackson Kayak to create. After fishing in Panama with Jim for a week back in February, I know that he is pretty stoked that this boat is finally a reality.
“Our core mandate was to build a great paddling boat for fishing, instead of a fishing boat we can paddle,” said Jackson Kayak design team lead Tony Lee. “The end result reflects all our design experiences pulled together into one very awesome paddling kayak.” This is a paddler’s fishing kayak, something speedy for the big water guys, which is right up Jim’s alley.
“Key features of this monstrously equipped ready-to-fish kayak include the following:
- A new and improved Elite seat with fore/aft adjustable trim to compensate for large load swings;
- All new, more comfortable foot pegs;
- New hinged center hatch for easier hull storage access
- 4 behind-the-seat rod holders: 2 RAM Rocket Launchers, 2 Flush Mount;
- Neoprene sealed dual-level front hatch;
- Bait tank pump scupper;
- Transducer scupper for fish finders.
Rotomolded of linear plastic, the Kraken weighs 75 pounds and has a capacity of a whopping 550 pounds. MSRP is $1799; $1999 with rudder.
The Kraken will debut to sporting goods buyers at the upcoming Outdoor Retailer Summer Market in Salt Lake City Aug. 4 – 9.”
For more information on the Kraken, be sure to check out these links:
Jackson Kayak release
Kayak Fish article
Kayak Angler article