Jackson Kayak Can’t Contain the Kraken

Company releases never before seen details. This will be a serious offshore fishing craft

Prototype depicted: the Kraken cockpit, workspace for hardcore paddle-powered anglers.

Prototype depicted: the Kraken cockpit, workspace for hardcore paddle-powered anglers. Photos Jackson Kayak

By Paul Lebowitz

True to its name, Jackson’s upcoming sea monster of a fishing kayak can’t be restrained or contained. The company isn’t exhibiting at ICAST – they are waiting for Outdoor Retailer, just a few weeks away – but today revealed most of the Kraken’s fishing features. It’s a long list full of many firsts, for Jackson Kayak and the sport as a whole. “The Kraken is a kayak designed for some of the most challenging paddling environments in the world,” according to a teaser dispatch from Jackson HQ.

“With all these beast boats coming out, the Kraken is going to put the kayak back in kayak fishing,” says Jim Sammons, a Jackson fishing team member and star of the the cable TV show The Kayak Fishing Show with Jim Sammons. Sammons is known for his big fish exploits in boisterous water. The Kraken is his dream and, to a large extent, his brainchild.

Sammons and a Jackson design team headed by Tony Lee have collaborated on the design. Back to that dispatch Jackson leaked. Kraken design imperatives include the ability to punch surf, easily and efficiently navigate rough water, and most of all, beat big fish.

“It will handle the weight, the gear, (the ability) to position equipment and manage the process of landing big fish. The Kraken accommodates live bait challenges, rod storage, fish finders and will come equipped with gear boxes (Plano Ammo-style box and custom KKrate) and, like all Jackson fishing kayaks, be ready to fish,” the Jackson dispatch continues.

The Jackson teaser document is short on details, but lifts the lid on several intriguing firsts, for the boat and in some cases kayak fishing. There’s a bait pump scupper that works with the included KKrate to provide ready-made bait management. An improved version of Jackson’s famous Elite Seat will offer adjustable trim – it slides fore and aft in the cockpit. It will be lashed tightly to the boat by a new Elite Seat Retention System – a solid foundation is critical for advanced boat control in surf and other nasty water.

Sammons is excited that the waiting is nearly done. ”I have been waiting for a paddler’s fishing kayak that has all the features I need, can carry me and all my gear and is a joy to paddle for miles and miles and the Kraken is that boat,” he says.

There’s more, much of it visible on the top-down deck photo of the prototype shown below. The center hatch is hinged and studded with tracks for accessory mounting, and big enough to slam fish below decks or to stash rods for a surf transit. Serious anglers often take more than two rods – there are four rod holders mounted behind the seat.

This is a first, a purpose-built bilge pump scupper. It joins a transducer compatible scupper, an in-hull battery storage solution, adjustable footpegs and more, including a robust tie-down system for the KKrate. “If you roll you can be confident the KKrate is staying put,” the dispatch reads.

"The Kraken is going to put the kayak back in kayak fishing," says Jim Sammons. Features include first such as a pump scupper designed to work with the included JKrate, a ready-made live bait storage solution, and many more.

“The Kraken is going to put the kayak back in kayak fishing,” says Jim Sammons. Features include first such as a pump scupper designed to work with the included JKrate, a ready-made live bait storage solution, and many more. Prototype depicted.

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Comments

Kit
December 4, 2014 1:03 pm

I purchased my Kraken last weekend after I had fished with Jim Sammons and he had told me all about it. I was tossed up between the Kraken and a ProAngler 14, but decided on this one haven used both before.

I love it, but being as long as it is, you DEFINITELY want the rudder installation package! That 15′ beast is a giant sail when the wind is up! I am planning on doing a gear run-down on youtube later this year, after my fish finder, rudder, & GPS are installed.

(Also, built in storage is bad a$$!)

Bruce Burton
August 12, 2014 4:12 am

Looks like a next generation Trident to me. No problem with that.

Chris
July 19, 2014 5:17 am

it’s 15′ 3″ long, 30″ wide, weights 75 lbs and the cap. is 550lbs.

Tom
July 17, 2014 5:20 am

Shame it doesn’t have a mirage drive with st turbo fins!

Josh
July 16, 2014 7:03 pm

Looks like it’s 14′ long by 29″ wide if the Elite seat stays the same.

Chris Springer
July 16, 2014 4:50 pm

I know it’s a tad over 15′ long

PTN
July 16, 2014 6:40 am

Am I the only person who sees the Ocean Kayak Trident form/function?
-Forward hatch studded for accessories(Rod Pod)
-Plan ammo can location(Behind seat on Trident perfectly fits the same thing, and most people have used it for this purpose)

Ben
July 15, 2014 7:29 pm

Been waiting for more news on this–I’m going to start saving up for mine. I don’t typically by hype, but in this case, it’s a good fit for me!

Martin L Del Prince
July 15, 2014 6:09 pm

Oh boy… I am gonna buy yet another kayak, aren’t I?

Ken Nowicki
July 15, 2014 4:02 pm

Looks AWESOME! Can’t wait for the full reveal in August! Any idea what the weight capacity is Paul? Length? Hull weight? Inquiring minds want to know! …lol

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