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A dedicated design for the anglers and packed to the gills with features.

All your fishing gear will feel right at home on the deck of the angler-friendly Jackson Kayak Cuda 12 Kayak. Slide onto the supremely comfortable seating and paddle to your favorite fishing spot. Once you're in position, a large flat platform in the middle of the boat allows you to stand up and take advantage of this boat's rock-solid secondary stability for the best possible casting position. You'll find tons of storage for tackle, rods, and other gear, and small touches like rudder compatibility (rudder sold separately) and a removable hull skid plate prove that the designers at Jackson Kayak were paying attention to the details. This twelve-foot version of the Cuda makes navigating tight coves and smaller bodies of water that much easier so you can land a big one.

  • Wide, flat hull shape makes this a paddling and standing platform that performs particularly well in wind so you won't get blown around
  • Hi/Low seat is padded for comfort and adjustable, and it includes a removable rear utility bag and underside pocket
  • Hi/Low seat is height adjustable so you can get the perfect position for casting or paddling
  • Seating area also features a flat section of deck and a stand-assist handle so you can take advantage of this boat's excellent secondary stability by standing for a better casting position
  • Secondary rear seating position allows you to move your seat towards the stern if you prefer to sit further back in your boat
  • 26-inch center hatch gives you storage for bait, tackle, and other essentials
  • Center hatch storage insert is removable, giving you easy access to the internal rod storage under the cockpit
  • Rear tankwell gives you enough storage for a drybag, rope, or other gear that you need to keep within reach
  • Bow and stern hatches have tight-fitting covers that help keep your gear dry
  • Boat also features flat areas for mounting fishing accessories on the hatch cover, paddler stagers, rod stagers, flush-mounted rod holders, rod tip covers, vertical tackle-box stagers in the tankwell and either side of the seat
  • Bow features a built-in mount for a GoPro-brand helmet camera so you can film every moment on the water
  • Removable skid plate protects the bottom of your boat from rough river bottoms and shallow coves

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Here's what others have to say...

5 5

By far the best!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Just got my desert camo cuda 12 in this week and all I have to say is wow! Very stable to stand on even during the windy days and super seating! I've road on 5 different kayaks that my family owns and so far the cuda is by far the best.

5 5

A fantastic all-water boat

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This has been my go-to boat for the last year now as it is that much easier to car-top than my old Cuda 14. It has the same incredible Cuda deck layout that is convenient for all fishermen. So much comes standard on the boat that I haven't had to do any extra rigging to make it fishable, which is a big plus to me. It boasts awesome stability - I stand up and fly fish out of mine without problem. The Elite seat is second to none, allowing me to be out on the water all day. It is not as fast or track as well as the 14, but the shorter boat is easier to turn in the tight marshes of south Louisiana and I'm really not racing anyone down here anyway. It has been a really great all water boat for me.

5 5

Versatility is it's specialty

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Having owned or paddled many different kayaks, I can say the Cuda 12 is one of my most favorite! This kayak can handle open water, rivers and even inshore salt water with ease. I fish many different types of water, and the Cuda 12 has preformed every task I've asked of it. Spending several hours on the water is no problem with the Elite seat, and the stability allows me to stand and sight fish with ease.

Versatility is it's specialty
5 5

6 months in

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This boat is exactly what anyone would be looking for in a go anywhere fishing rig. The stability is fantastic on flat or moving water, sitting or standing. I was able to run class III rapids and still keep all gear safe/dry and accounted for. Even on a windy day casting a fly rod on the lake is still an option. The included rod holders are perfect for trolling and or storage. The hull provides ample storage for days worth of gear ranging from spare rods to tents and all in between. The seat is very comfy even after 6-8 hours of active paddling.

5 5

Best on the market

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Where to start. I've paddled many different boats, but this one takes the cake.....for fishing. The Cuda has every need you might have covered. You can tell anglers designed this because it is set up to pull in lunkers from the start. From the rocket launcher holders in the rear to the casting/spinning holder up front. I did install an anchor trolley system for windy days because there is a tendency to get sideways when hunting a specific spot in windy conditions. The seat is bar none the best feature on this boat. You can literally sit in it for 8 hours and not have a bit of trouble on your rump or lower back(i have chronic lower back problems). As far as standing up, it is the easiest up and down motion you could imagine. The stand assist strap helps, but is not even close to necessary. I hooked into a 15 lb channel cat while standing and never once felt like i was going to get wet. I'm 6'0 and 215 lbs, so not a small fella by any means. It is heavy though. 80 lbs with no gear can be cumbersome when loading onto a roof rack. But once you get a process down, it is fairly simple. I suggest getting the center hatch insert and side cargo nets. Just makes sense if you carry a lot of gear like i do. Behind the seat is ample room to make your "milk crate" storage system. The front and rear hatches are somewhat small in diameter-about 9". So getting a dry bag bigger than about 5 liters is a task. I've made 2 three day floats while camping on the shore in this beast. More than enough room for the essentials. Tent, food, thermarest, cooking gear, etc. I do suggest a 240cm paddle. The bending branches angler classic works perfect for me. So in review, i suggest trying a couple boats out. The Wilderness Systems Ride series is a nice option as well, but i felt the Cuda was more ready to fish out of the box, and a little more stable. Good luck and tight lines.

5 5

The perfect fishing platform

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

Just got back from the first trip out on this kayak (and it's the first kayak I've owned). It's hard to imagine a better vessel for fishing. The seat is more comfortable than my couch. It has easy to set and release bungee cords to tie down rods and gear all over the place. It has a center console that makes my car jealous. It was a bit windy today that produced some chop and made standing challenging at times, most of that is probably due to it being my first time out. I kept the seat in the high position the entire day, it was stable enough that I didn't consider the need to change it to low and I've got a 240cm paddle (you definitely want a long paddle, I'm 5'7" and 240cm was just right). You will definitely get wet in this thing, especially if there are a lot of weeds in the lake. I was in lilly pads and weeds the entire day and had more than a few clumps landing in the boat, especially after hooking and bringing fish on board. This thing is well built, nothing on it feels flimsy or cheap. I stopped to get gas on the way to the lake and had some people stop to tell me they loved the color (I have the forest camo). Now I'm off to the store to get some parts for an anchor trolley setup...

1 5

Seating Makes this Boat Unsafe

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

This kayak is marketed for its "stability" with boasts of being able to stand up while fishing. That may be true, but they forgot to tell you that the seating configuration results in this tipping over very easily. The seat being high means your center of gravity is high and the slightest movement to the right or left tips this disappointing product. After using it once, I am so afraid of tipping that I am selling it. What a waste of money.

Responded on

Hey BDA, since you don't like your Kayak I am more than willing to buy it from you! Hit me up!

Responded on

I have a Coosa (same seat) and the boat is a little unstable in the high position, but is easily placed in the low position.

Responded on

BDA, i am confident if you had put the seat in the low position till you were used to kayaking you would not have had an issue. walk first, then run.

Does this version of the Cuda come with...

Does this version of the Cuda come with (1) RAM 2007 universal rod holder, (2) RAM rocket launcher rod holders & Jackson Kayak Nalgene bottle?

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Yep! The Cuda 12 and 14 both come with those accessories.