Matt Krizan stopped by the Central Coast last weekend. He co-taught an on water coastal navigation class. Matt completed paddling along California coastline from the Oregon border to the Mexican border in October -Nov 2013. He also shared his adventures with a talk at Central Coast Aquarium on Saturday May 31st, 2014. Both the class and his talk were part of a fundraising effort for the Cal Poly Adapted Paddling program. Thanks again Matt. Hope to paddle with you again soon.
The Jackson Cuda 12 fishing kayak review
Paddler; 140 lbs. experienced paddler
Trip A-Open ocean, beach launch and landing, 5-15kts of sw wind, 3-5' swell. 5 hrs on the water fishing
Trip B-flatwater lake 0-8 kts of wind. 47 F water and 40-60 F air temp 6 hrs on the water fishing/
I had a chance to demo the boat from a local retailer and also take it through its paces in both fresh water lake and the ocean.
At first glance the boat didnt seem to be anything special. However, after I looked at the boat carefully, I found a few special touches to the design. LOTS of places to lash your rods down along the sides. I was able to put 5 rods including my fly rod using the provided bungee cords and hooks. All within reach when you are seated also. The center console lid lifts up and you can store rods inside the hull easily. Very similar to the Ocean Kayak Trident series kayaks. The boat also come standard with three RAM balls, two rocket launchers, rod holder and a built in mount for the Go Pro Hero camera. It also comes standard with the hig /low elite seat.
A very fun day in Long Beach at this year's Fred Hall Fish and tackle show. There were tons of tackle, boats, kayaks etc there to check out, but we only had one day to see as much as we could. I also got a chance to meet up with some of the company reps from Ocean Kayak, Hobie, Jackson kayaks, and Feel Free to see the latest designs. Something new from Jackson Kayaks is a new fishing SUP (pictured here). Can handle up to 350 lbs and is 35" wide. Comes with rod holder attachments and a Go Pro mount in the front and the back of the board.
Some of the new tackle out were mostly material based rather than design. Looking forward to testing some of them out when rockfish season opens on May 1st.
A new App is out that shows you the launch sites, tides, and protected areas MPA's (marine protected areas) automatically. Very cool stuff. More on this in a later post.
The tackle show was fun, filled with people and neat new stuff. Going back next year for sure.
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