This kayak is designed for some of the most challenging paddling environments in the world and intended for the offshore and big lake kayak angler.This kayak marks the first collaborative design between legendary kayak angler, Jim Sammons and Jackson Kayak’s design team led by Tony Lee. The end result is a boat shaped and built to accommodate those hitting the open water, those looking for speed, comfort, perfect trim and big water management. It’s a paddlers fishing kayak! It’s designed for punching through surf, handling rough offshore currents, swells, beach landings and those who desire ultimate performance when paddling long distances to get on big fish.
1 - Hull Design
A fast, great tracking hull for offshore and multi day trip. The speed to cover miles and the volume to carry you, your gear and the big fish home.
2 - Battery Tray
An in hull battery storage solution designed to fit Kayak Fishing Supplies Battery Box. The suspended battery tray in the bow gets your battery up off the bottom of the kayak out of any potential water and allowing easier storage of fishing rods and fish. The waterproof battery box from KFS can be purchased here: http://www.kayakfishingsupplies.com/servlet/the-238/Battery-Box-Complete-Power/Detail.
3 - Hinged Center Hatch
The hinged center hatch is now hinged for easier use and comes with YakAttck gear tracks, Princeton-Tec flip up light and day hatch for easy internal access.
4 - Transducer Scupper
The new dedicated Transducer scupper keeps the other scuppers free for good drainage and will accommodate the large transducers of the Raymarine Dragonfly fishfinder.
5 - Elite Seat 3.0
The Elite Seat 3.0 has all the qualities of the Elite Seat 2.0, plus it is able to move for and aft, enabling you to adjust the trim of the kayak based on the weight in the kayak. The NEW Elite Seat 2.0 is everything you loved about the previous version with some tweaks that are certain to make your time on the water more enjoyable, sturdier and more comfortable than ever before. It has a new look and feel with 3D mesh fabric. Some new changes for improved ergonomics and comfort, along with more storage capabilities, and NEW Therm-a-Rest lumbar pad. See full details in product description tab.
6 - Bait Pump Scupper
The below water line oversized scupper is made to accept bilge/bait pumps. Combined with the included KKrate we have a perfect bait tank solution. No more dragging your bait pump over the side or having to pour cups of water into the tank to get it to prime.
7 - KKrate and Gear Trac
By adding gear track and special attachments to the KKrate, your bait tank will be secure in your kayak in the worst conditions. The KKrate comes complete with three rod holders making a total 8 rod holders included on the Kraken.
8 - NEW Neoprene Seal
Neoprene seal for front hatch. It’s placed on the front hatch under the thermoformed hatch cover, providing two layers of protection from water getting in the hull during surf launches and rough water.
9 - Yakattack Gear Tracks - YakAttack
Located on both sides of the center hatch and various parts through the kayak, there are 8 gear track locations on this kayak. The YakAttck gear tracks are built in to the kayak in easily accessible locations for adding accessories via Yakattack Screwballs and RAM Mounts.
10 - RAM Rod Holders - RAM Mounts
8 rod holders - The Kraken boasts enough rod holders to accommodate any fisherman. This creates a large selection of placement options makes your personal set-up ready to go from the first time you hit the water. Each kayak includes (2) RAM Tough Tubes with Base, a RAM 2007 Rod Holder, 3 Vertical on the KKrate, and 2 Flush mount rod holders.
11 - Plano box - Plano
Secured via gear tracks this is Jim Sammons go-to storage for the important gear you need on the water.
12 - Therm-a-Rest Lumbar Support - Therm-a-Rest
Therm-a-Rest lumbar support is adjustable and removable, makes for a great camp pillow.
13 - 32 oz Nalgene / Central Beverage Holder - Nalgene
Each kayak includes a Nalgene 32 ounce wide mouth water bottle.Made in the USA, our custom Nalgene bottles are decked out with Jackson Kayak logos.
14 - Center Hatch
The Center Hatch allows you to access the hull of your kayak. This is a great place to store rods for a gnarly surf launch, or all your gear when traveling. It is easily accessible on the water. You can also add an tub insert that allows you to keep plenty of on the water accessories close by. The hatch cover has small indentions that keep items like hooks and weights from falling on the floor of you kayak, and eventually down a scupper. The hatch cover is also a great place to mount accessories like a GPS or a depth finder.
15 - Rudder Ready
Comes pre-rigged for easy rudder installation, if it suits your paddling style.
16 - 26-inch center hatch for internal rod, gear and fish bag storage
This is critical access for offshore and rough water fisherman. This hatch is big enough to stow rods when launching or landing keeping your gear safe and out of the water.
17 - Ram and GoPro Inserts - GoPro
There are molded-in inserts located throughout our fishing boats for GoPro and Ram mounts. They have have been placed in locations that are convenient for use and optimal for GoPro footage or fishing accessories via ram mounts. The Cuda 12 comes with one GoPro mount, one Ram 2007 rod holder, and 2 Ram rocket launcher rod holders.
18 - New heavy duty seat attachment buckle
Durable and tough attachment that will outlast all the use and abuse you can manage, season after season. Keeps your seat locked in position and makes you feel connected to the kayak.
19 - Hull Storage
Open hull space that allows for safe storage of fishing rods, camping gear, PFD’s, dry bags, etc.. A great way to keep your gear safe when traveling and generous volume allows you to pack enough gear for expedition paddling.
20 - Tankwell
Large rear tankwell with bungee to put and secure gear, coolers or tackle.
21 - Removable skid plate
We protect the biggest wear area on the kayak with the skid plate. Your keel will last season after season with this smart feature.
22 - Adjustable foot pegs
Making the boat functional for paddlers of all sizes. The foot pegs adjust easily.