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Anglers are a dedicated bunch, and the Jackson Kayak Big Tuna Kayak is a dedicated sit-on-top angling boat. This boat features a dizzying array of features to help you land massive catches, not the least of which is the one-of-a-kind live-bait tankwell that circulates fresh water from below the boat without the use of electronics or plumbing. Just ahead of the comfortable Elite Seats you'll find wide standing platforms that take advantage of this boat's massive primary and secondary stability, allowing you to stand tall for the best possible casting position. Grab a buddy, stash your rods underneath the rear hatch, and load up for a day of fishing from this top-shelf, kayak-angling platform.

  • Tuna Tank is a 26-inch, live bait-well that circulates fresh water from below the boat so you can store live bait within easy reach of either the bow or stern seating, no electronics or plumbing required
  • Elite seats feature extra padding for comfort, 360-degree swivel capabilities so you can turn around fully without standing up, and extra pockets for storing small essentials
  • Large 22-inch standing platform allows you to fully stand in front of your seat so you can get the best possible casting position and line of sight
  • Hull is rudder compatible and includes mounting space for rod holders and other deck-mounted accessories
  • Storage includes tackle box stagers, a beverage holder, rod tip covers, molded-in drift chamber for a drag chain or anchor, rear hatch with internal rod storage, a front day hatch, and more
  • Rear hatch features a watertight hatch cover to keep your storage area dry
  • Bow, stern, and side grab handles make it easy to get a grasp on this boat for unloading from a car and loading into the water
  • Included 'long load' flat attaches to the stern of the boat to ensure that other motorists are aware that this boat is hanging off the back of your car or truck
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so far so good

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

took it down the taccoa river. it was an absolute nightmare because the river was down. Those little sit in single kayaks did fine but we kept getting stuck on rocks. The rod holders are in a terrible spot not conducive to paddling so we will have to remedy that before our next big adventure. very stable, super roomy. We were on the water 8hrs straight and the seats were comfortable till the very end.

Not just for the family.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I purchased the Big Tuna to use with my family and it quickly became one of my go to kayaks for fishing by myself. They wide open deck of the Big Tuna while in the single position is awesome for having all of your gear within easy reach when you need it. I love standing in the kayak and being able to reach down and grab my net. The kayak is also an awesome family boat. I take my oldest daughter crappie fishing in it all the time and now she is learning to bass fish with me.

Not just for the family.

Big Tuna is a Big Hit!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Big Tuna is extremely versatile. This boat shines as a tandem boat and has more than enough room to load up your kids or dog for a day of fishing. The tuna tank is awesome, and can easily be rigged to hold live baits for targeting stubborn fish. The coolest thing about the Big Tuna is that it is an in incredible solo boat as well. I used this boat on rivers and lakes and take full advantage of the tuna tank and all the room to house gear for marathon trips. This is a great family kayak but also a great fit for the advanced angler looking to harness live baits and target larger fish on long floats!

Great for Anglers

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Big Tuna is a terrific choice for kayak fishing. I researched just about every angler's kayak out there for one year before purchasing the Big Tuna. I was very impressed with not only the kayak, but the Jackson company as well. Their line of kayaks are superb. Yes, they are a bit on the expensive side, but I'm very pleased with the quality and innovation of their kayaks.

The Big Tuna has plenty of storage and bungee cords to hold your fishing supplies. The chairs are some of the best and most comfortable out there. The carrying handles on the kayak are very strong, as is the hull and kayak itself.

As far as the Tuna Tank goes, forget about using it for dry storage. Water WILL get inside the tank, especially if you weigh down the boat with two people and fishing gear; but even going solo, the grooves on the lid act as wells and hold water, and as soon as you lift the lid the water spills into the tank. I just drilled holes in mine and use it to hold bait or to store my catch. I like it better for that anyway because it's one less bait bucket or catch bucket to store on the boat. Plus, there is so much storage on the boat that you really do not need to use the tank for storage.

It's a bigger AND heavier kayak (quite heavy), so it does not track as well as others, but is sturdy and will allow for standing to cast further. I even stand and throw my cast net from it, that's pretty sturdy.

Is this the 2014 model, the one that comes...

Is this the 2014 model, the one that comes with the lumbar support, new carry handles, etc.? Can you purchase additional seats and do you offer packages (rudder, paddles, etc)that feature this kayak?

Hey Fabrizzio,

The models currently in stock are the 2014 models. It comes with the HI-Lo seats with lumbar support and all of the current features. We also carry this in a rudder version and the YakAttack Edition:

Unanswered Question

I had a demo on a Big Tuna. The BT I demoed...

I had a demo on a Big Tuna. The BT I demoed did not have a rudder, though it is an option I am interested in. In the solo position to be comfortable the foot pegs were at the furthermost forward slot in the rail that is the furthest forward in the middle of the boat. Seeing as where I need the pegs to be comfortable, will the rudder option work for me? Will it bottom out against the section of the boat the front seat sits on and not be able to move in a full arc?