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Jackson Kayak to Release The Kraken

July 18, 2014
Release The Kraken

Release The Kraken

I have been waiting such a long time to get the word out and some details on my new Signature boat with Jackson Kayak. Below is the first teaser about the Kraken which will be on display at Outdoor Retailer in a couple weeks. I will be writing a few blogs about the features of The Kraken and the process we went through while designing it.
It was such a pleasure working with Tony Lee and the rest of the Jackson design team as well as the Jackson Kayak pro staff to come up with what I feel will be an AWESOME big water fishing kayak.

With so many big boats on the market now the Kraken is going to put the kayak back in kayak fishing.

Jackson Kayak Debuts Jim Sammons Signature Ultimate Offshore Fishing Kayak

How is this for a bad ass logo.

How is this for a bad ass logo.

Sparta, TN – Jackson Kayak has teamed with one of the most recognizable kayak anglers in North America to develop “the ultimate paddlers kayak” for offshore and big lake kayak anglers.

Pioneering kayak fisherman Jim Sammons, the gregarious host of two popular syndicated kayak fishing TV shows paired with Jackson Kayak design team leader Tony Lee to develop the all-new Kraken.

Sammons, who has been using and endorsing Jackson Kayak boats for the past 18 months, said the Kraken is his signature dream boat; a sit-on-top designed for performance and outfitted with all the accessories he needs to carry him and his gear for miles an miles of fishing enjoyment.

“Our core mandate was to build a great paddling boat for fishing, instead of a fishing boat we can paddle,” said Jackson Kayak design team lead Tony Lee. “The end result reflects all our design experiences pulled together into one very awesome paddling kayak.”

At 15’3” the Kraken is designed for speed, comfort, and perfect trim to handle surf, swells, rough currents and beach landings with equal aplomb on the way out in search of fish, as well as on the home laden with the catch. “Tony did an awesome job coming up with the perfect balance of speed and stablitly,” Sammons said.

Love this logo placement

Love this logo placement

Unique to the marketplace, the Kraken handles live bait challenges with ease thanks to an innovative, drill-free solution combining a bait tank pump scupper with an included customizable JKrate. Sammons also think kayak anglers will enjoy the Kraken’s seven separate areas of gear tracking for rigging flexibility.

Named for the legendary many-tentacled Norse sea creature that fishermen often took the risk of trying to fish above since the catch was so plentiful in its clutches, the Kraken aims to be the go-to vessel of choice to help kayak angling enthusiasts land trophy catches. Key features of this monstrously equipped ready-to-fish kayak include the following:

A new and improved Elite seat with fore/aft adjustable trim to compensate for large load swings;

All new, more comfortable foot pegs;

New hinged center hatch for easier hull storage access

4 behind-the-seat rod holders: 2 RAM Rocket Launchers, 2 Flush Mount;

Neoprene sealed dual-level front hatch;

Bait tank pump scupper

Transducer scupper for fish finders.

Rotomolded of linear plastic, the Kraken weighs 75 pounds and has a capacity of a whopping 550 pounds. MSRP is $1799; $1999 with rudder.

The Kraken will debut to sporting goods buyers at the upcoming Outdoor Retailer Summer Market in Salt Lake City Aug. 4 – 9. In addition, four new sportsman specific boats will also be unveiled at the trade show including the debut of Jackson Kayak’s first waterfowl specific kayak fishing/hunting boat in conjunction with premier camouflage maker, Realtree, as well as updates to three, more traditional, boat designs for anglers who love to ply rivers and small lakes.

A visit to Yankeetown in Levy County Florida

June 27, 2014

Fishing the grass bed in Florida

Last month the Kayak Fishing show was invited to visit Levy County Florida for some kayak fishing and local hospitality. We were not disappointed in either. We had some tough weather, with wind and rain but when we got on the water it was awesome. Even on the tough days the scenery was well worth getting out for a paddle.

Damon Bungard from Jackson kayak joined me on this trip and brought along his custom kayak hauling, bomb proof high speed camper Xventure trailer.

Damon’s Road tripping mobile

We stayed at a very cool little place called B’s Marina and Campground which was located right on the water. We hooked up with Captain Rick from Osprey Guide service for the week to show us around the area and put us on some fish.

Captain Rick waiting on the kayakers

Damon brought along three kayaks for the trip, a Kilroy for him and a Cuda14 and Big Rig for me. Each of these Jackson kayaks was rigged with the new Power-pole Micro anchor which were just awesome for hold position in the wind. I ended up spending most of my time fishing from the Big Rig because I loved the stability of it and the ability to not only stand up and sight cast to the fish but the fun of fighting a big fish and getting towed around while standing..

Pulling on a Black Drum, stand up sleigh ride.


Better sized fish I had to sit to land em


Damon in on the action on the Kilroy

Besides the fun fishing this place was a bird watchers paradise. So many species of birds to be seen in such a cool setting.

Close encounters with Spoonbills


I think every other tree had an Osprey nest


Always cool to get a fly by from some peilicans

Besides the bird life we saw many manatee, turtles and one of the coolest things I have seen, dolphin pushing mullet up against a bank to feed on them.

Open wide

Open wide

And we caught plenty of fish too.




Damon getting em on the fly


And I got to add another new species to the list with this Florida Gar

If you like to fish or just want a beautiful place to visit and paddle you should visit Levy County you won’t regret it.
Here is a sneak peak of the show we shot in Yankee town.

A visit to Florida

June 27, 2014

Here is a little teaser of our visit to Levy county Florida.

A little teaser for this Sundays episode of The Kayak Fishing Show

April 9, 2014

This Sunday April 13 on WFN we air our episode shot out at San Clemente Island.
We jumped on board Islander Sportfishing with my Jackson Kayak Teammates Drew Gregory, Jameson Redding and Jerrod McGehee plus my friend Paul Lebowitz from Kayak Fish Magazine, for some fun action.
Calico bass were the main target but we added yellowtail and halibut to the mix.
Check out this trailer to the fun episode.

Cool New promo video for The Kayak Fishing Show

April 2, 2014

This is the new ad running on WFN promoting season five of Jackson Kayaks Kayak Fishing Show with Jim Sammons.
I have the pleasure of fishing with some of the greatest guys around while shooting this show. Lines like my friend Sean White has at the end of the ad always has us laughing!!!!

The Show starts airing this Sunday April 6th, I hope you enjoy it.

New Episodes of The Kayak Fishing Show coming soon!!!

April 1, 2014

Great new seasons for The Kayak Fishing Show with Jim Sammons on WFN and The Extreme Kayak Fishing Challenge on NBC sports will begin airing very soon.
Our first episode of Jackson Kayaks Kayak Fishing show begins airing on WFN on Sunday April 6th at 6:00am EST with four more airings during that week.
Seaguar presents The Extreme Kayak Fishing Challenge begins airing on NBCsports on Wednesday April 9th at 12:30pm EST.
Thanks to all of our great sponsors for helping to make this happen.

The Kayak Fishing show on WFN

The Kayak Fishing show on WFN

EKFC 2014 Episode 1 poster

Our complete airing schedule for the season

Our complete airing schedule for the season

KFS WFN Airing Schedule 2014

If you want to stay up to date on all we are up to, visit us on The Kayak Fishing Show Facebook Page.

Visit The Kayak Fishing show website for a sneak peak at our new show intro.

Panama, a kayak anglers paradise!

March 19, 2014

Panama Sunset

I have been to Panama to kayak fish three times, twice with Pesca Panama and most recently with Paddle Panama, and I can say honestly it is one of my top destinations.

The quantity, quality and variety of fish is like no other place I have been.
Unlike my first two trip with Pesca Panama, the trip with Paddle Panama is a land based “camping” trip in a remote area known as Bahia Honda.

On the trip with me were James McBeath from Jackson Kayak and Ben Roussel one of my Jackson Kayak teammates. Both James and Ben have already written up their reports on the trip as seen below.
Bens Panama Blog
James Panama blog.

The guys were great to fish with and we had a wonderful time.
Some highlights of the trip for me were figuring this new fishery out, switching to vertical jigging and really getting the fish to bite. Thank goodness for my Raymarine fish finder to help me locate then stay on top of the deep structure. It made all the difference in the world.

Going bendo on the vertical jig.

Of course getting my personal best Roosterfish is something I will not soon forget. I knew it was a big one so I got the guys in the camera boat to weigh it for me. We hung it from my 60 pound rated Boga grip and it went well past the 60 mark, we guessed it was around 70-75 pounds.

Jims personal best Roosterfish.

You can see some of that great fight and more on this short video report from our trip.

If you want a little adventure and the shot at some great fish you really should give Panama a try.

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