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:
I recently sent Paul Lebowitz from Kayak Fish magazine a little unpublished GoPro footage from my tangle with a couple Jack Crevalle last year. They edited the video and put it to a little audio, and just published it a few days ago. If you want to check it out you will have to visit their website: http://www.kayakfishmag.com/videos/caught-on-film/kayak-fishing-for-jacks/. It’s short, but that’s the point. I thought it came out pretty good, I’ll take free video editing when I can get it – that to me is the toughest part of taking a lot of video and admittedly I don’t put enough time into it. If you haven’t picked up Kayak Fish magazine, be sure to check it out, Paul has done a fantastic job with it.