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The Jackson Kayak Cuda!

Posted: November 19, 2011 by RiverCrawler in Fishing - Freshwater, Fishing - Saltwater, General, Hunter King

Well, I finished my research essay, took nearly two weeks, now I am able to write something more interesting than a Critical analysis on Charlotte Perkins Gilman and “The Yellow Wallpaper.” I can write a full review on the Jackson Kayak Cuda!

The Jackson Kayak Cuda hit the market only s short two weeks ago. Many per-orders were placed, and many dealers were awaiting the arrival of the Cuda! I think some dealers were more excited to get the demo boats than the customers were excited to receive their boats. Never the less, everyone was awaiting the arrival of the Jackson Kayak Cuda! Dealers, customers, rival companies, and the Jackson Kayak Fishing Team Members, like me.

Jackson Kayak produced one of the, if not the, best fishing kayak ever in December of last year; this boat was the Coosa! A Drew Gergory creation that swept the market, selling over 2000 boats in under a year. As a fishing team member I knew that the 14ft version was in the works just a month after the Coosa went into production; it had no name, we just knew that the team working on it was going to stretch out he Coosa into a flat water fishing machine. So we sat back and watched as the boat began to take shape. I visited the factory to see the very first molded prototype. I knew from then on it could only get better.

What I saw was a whole new design, had nothing to do with the Coosa, but it was going to get rigged like a Coosa and I liked it. We received updates for months about what was going on, and we could not share them with the public it was hard not to click the share button on facebook, or copy and paste a picture to a forum. My only weapon was word of mouth, and I had to keep some of it quite also.

Then the day came where it was time to share it with the world, well what you could see of it through the brush around the lake. Once people saw that the boat was in fact 14ft long and that it was going to go into production the forums exploded! Every forum I frequented had a thread about the new Jackson boat, still a nameless creation.  Between the Jackson Kayak Fishing Team Guys we had close to 30 names picked for the boat, and it needed a name quick before it hit the Outdoor Retail Show to be shown of at the Jackson booth. So Barracuda naturally was the name that it got stuck with, since a barracuda is one mean hunter, and goes after anything it can eat, it fit the boat that had the same attitude; but to stick with Coosa we shortened it to the Cuda!

The next day it was at the Outdoor Retail Show, it was instantly a success! Many people stopped bye and made videos of the prototype and talked with Drew Gregory. This was the first time the Jackson Kayak Cuda was exposed, and was not taken from behind a bush! This video was by Rapid Media, and rapid they were, quickly sharing the boat with 5000 views on YouTube! And again the forums erupted. And back to the front line went the JK Fishing Team, armed with proposed specs, weights, photos, and even the specs of the 2012 Coosa! So many new features were coming out we had our work cut out for us.

Then it was time for the Pre-orders, many were placed; so many in fact that there are still pre-ordered boats being molded.

I had the liberty of going the Jackson Factory to pick of my Cuda the Friday after they hit the market. If I am correct I was the second person to get the Cuda, and everyone wanted pictures! So I took many pictures and began showing them to the world!

Now, we make it to the Climax of my Novella where I shut up about the back story and actually get to the review of the boat. Since this what all of you want to hear right? I can let you read my analysis of “They Yellow Wallpaper,” if you wish? No? Okay. Review Time!

My boat spent the first night in my living room. Where I began to photograph and look over the kayak, and prepare to write this review.

First off, the boat only weighs around 75lbs. Not bad at all. When the boat is empty it is perfectly balanced at on the side handle and you can one hand carry the boat as far as you wish.

The hull of the boat mimics that of the Coosa. It has a slight V-hull with la slight pontoon effect. This gives you the best of both worlds:  speed and stability. The scupper holes are again recessed a little bit into a channel keeping any frock from contacting them and causing damage. The bow and stern of the boat have a nice taper making this kayak a sword in the water. It is not nearly as tall as the Coosa, meaning it sits better in the water, and is less effected by the wind.

On to the topside, from bow to stern the layout is the best I have ever seen.

The bow handle, as well as the stern, are tightened by a bungee stopper combo; keeping the handles out of the way. The rod tip cover has a nice set of bungees over it to hold it in place and to store gear on top of it.

Coming back a mere six inches we find the front hatch. A large hatch and leads to a very spacious compartment.

Just behind the hatch we find two large flat spaces for mounting hardware.  Then an awesome ridge with six rod stagers. And then two more large flat mounting spaces.

Right between your feet is a large center hatch that makes getting rods in and out a breeze, plus it is great way to access anything in the belly of the kayak; for example, cameras.  The standing platform around the hatch has 6 scupper holes, plus two under the seat, this allows for maximum drainage when needed, plus the support needed to make a sturdy standing platform. The center hatch has some accessories coming out in the future, so be on the lookout for them.

Next comes the seat; the seat is the famed elite seat. It has two new pockets, one under the seat, and one across the back. There are three seating positions on the Cuda. Low, high, and Fly. The low position is the standard position, keeps you out of the wind. The high gets you up and where you can see, and so you can stand easier. Then comes fly, fly is a new creation and only available on the Cuda; the seat can be moved back to where it rest in the tank well giving you a large place to stand, and lay out your fly line.

The tank well is very spacious, and drains into the scupper holes under the seat.  More flat spaces are available, but the coolest part is the two tackle stagers that are made to hold two boxes upright for easy no look access.

Then come the back hatch, it is a small circle hatch, but you can still stuff gear into it, but nothing special.

I opted out of the rudder system, I will pick one of those up soon. But I spend probably 10 minutes complaining that there was not a drain hole, then I say it! Located that the lowest point on the boat, just under where the rudder will mount, is the best placed drain plug and boat has ever had.

That is about all I have, give me more time in the boat, and we will have videos flying left and right!

Link to the Photo Album on Facebook.

School of Grass!

Posted: July 19, 2011 by RiverCrawler in Fishing - Freshwater, General, Habitat Information, Hunter King

Frog on a Pad

Many lakes across America have grasses that are bass magnets!
Kissimmee grass from Florida, Milfoil most commonly found on the Tennessee
River, Lilly Pads from all over the country, and the many grasses of the California
and Louisiana Delta.

The grasses start growing in spring and are hot beds for
spawning fish when the grass reaches a few inches in height. The few weeks after
the fish continue to stay in the grass eating the spawning shad and bream.  Then summer comes in with blistering heat and
bass do not posses tower fans or air conditioner to cool themselves off so
they plummet to the depths of the lake in search of cold water.

A thick mixture of Grass and Pads!

During this time the grass grows like wildfire until it
reaches the surface and begins to create a mat. Some grasses protrude from the
water and keep growing but still creating a mat at the surface.

Finally it is late summer and the bass begin to migrate from
ledge to grass and then from the grass back to the ledge. This happens for some
time because the fish are acclimatizing themselves to the temperature changes.
This is when you can chase schools of fish all day because once they find shad
on the move from ledge to grass they get their fill. Bass do not become fully committed
to the grass until the shad and bream do. So this is another reason for the
moving in-between the two.

The grass mat offers cover from the sun to all the fish so
they slowly move into the cool water under the mat. Once the fish are in the
mat they intend to stay through fall and well into winter.

4 Pounder pulled from the grass!

The bass stay through the winter because the once cold water
hidden under the grass becomes warm water because of the rotting vegetation.
This gives the fish cover and food for the coming months because bait fish will
eat the vegetation and the bass will feed of the bait fish, they will also feed
of rodents and frogs.

Defiantly hooked that one!

When the fish move into grass mats is takes some time before
they make it deep into the mats. So it is best to start fishing a bunch of
edges until you find a bed with some fish on the edge and move further in for
more fish. And as time progresses the fish move further in as new ones move to
the edges.

There are many ways to fish a mat; on top, under the
surface, and on the edges. All are easy and all are productive. When hitting
the top the easiest is to throw an assortment of frogs and rodents and wait for
that big explosion. Flipping jigs into open holes to reach under the mat is one
way of fishing the underside, but another way to do this is using a punch
system to punch your lure through the thicker the grass. I firmly believe the
thicker the mat the bigger the fish. The most common tactic for edge fishing is
the grip-n-rip. This is a simple tactic, get an assortment of spinner baits,
rattle baits and crank baits and cast along the edge hitting the grass rip it
free when it gets hung up, and make sure you have a good grip on your rod
because when a fish hits it he will hit hard enough to jerk the rod away from
you. Another productive grass rig is the Carolina rig and large worms and
lizards in the ten to twelve inch range.

Fishing way before the sun comes up on a edge!

Grass is a very important habitat for many species of fish.
Grass mats are essentially their own ecosystem inside a lake ecosystem. I
believe these mats should be protected like some sea grasses. I also hope one
day that home owner will discontinue the spraying of their docks and killing of

Disclaimer: This article was written by me, Hunter King, a
17 year old student with a passion for fishing. I gathered this information
over the years from personal experience and having connections to many other
bass fishermen and biologist. I plan attend college for a degree in Fisheries Management
and further my knowledge in fish habitat. If you disagree with my “School Of
Bass Article”, feel free to say so but this is what I have learned and one of
my interests I will research with my degree. Thanks for reading.

We fished well into darkness.

This weekend I had the opportunity to take a young woman by the name of Mattie Hamby-Scott on the chase for her first fish! We spent the first day learning to use the rod and reel as well as the lure of choice, a Headdon torpedo. We spent a few hours down by my house in a creek I knew very well just for her to get a feel of wading and fishing.We were fish less that day but Mattie had gotten a bite from a small bass or bream and was excited to get up and go the next day!

The next day I picked her up and we started in the same creek as the day before, but in a different location. After wading up for about an hour we had no bites nor any sign of fish in the area. So we moved three or four miles up the river and got back in the water on some deeper holes.
We got to the next spot and I made my first cast near the bridge and missed a nice one. So I quickly directed her to throw in the same spot and real the lure out slowly. On the first Handel turn the torpedo sank under the water and the fish exploded through the surface with the plug hanging in its mouth. The bass then darted for the trees and got tangled. I had her to put the rod under the water and the fish became dislodged and headed for open water. After this the bass put on a great aerial display going air born four times in about 15  seconds.

The face says "ewww! What do I do with it?"

The smile says it all! She is hooked for good!

Finally the fish was in my hand and she had landed her first fish. At first she had no idea what to do with it and was scared to grab hold of the bass, but once I got control of the fish she was ready to hold it. The large mouth was around 16 inches long and weighed around two and a half pounds. A very good fish for her first fish and I knew she was hooked from then on
 I had to convince her to let the bass go, and reluctantly she did. I taught her how to revive the bass and let it go properly with out harm and when I turned the fish back to her for release I forgot to warn her the bass would bite down on her finger. When the bass bit down she let go and let our a squeal and the bass quickly swam off.

"Hey it bit me!"

It had been a good day on the water and after this fish Mattie was too tired to go on. So she sat down in a small shoal and said
“I am done for the day, I’m gonna be a mermaid!”
So we rested and then left out to post the pictures of her first fish on facebook as soon as we could!
I know after her first fish experience she is going to be bass fishing for a long long time. And she will catch many more fish!