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The Big Rig is a single-person SOT designed for incredible stability with a width of 37" in a stand-up fishing kayak. That is super stability. If you are built like an NFL Offensive Lineman this kayak is for you! Taking the best features of various Jackson Kayak fishing models into a new, larger package, while introducing some new ones at the same time to create the ultimate all-water, all fishing style, fishing machine. The Big Rig comes ready to accept the Raymarine Dragonfly fishfinder and Power-Pole Micro stake out systems.
- Enhanced Cuda-Type Rod Storage/Protection
- Raymarine and PowerPole Ready
- Multiple Rod & Tackle Stagers/ Holders/Tracks
- Drag Chain shoot on the stern
- Elite Seat comes with the lower lumbar back support
- Leaning post for added stability when standing and fishing. This folds down out of the way when not in use.
- YakAttack GearTracs added throughout the kayak so you can customize to your kayak fishing needs
- 2 Jackson Kayak Waterproof Plano Box for your tackle!
|Style (SOT, Sit-In, etc)||SOT|
|Length (ft, in)||13 ft 2″|
|Height (in)||12 in @ beam. 16 in max.|
|Weight (Pounds)||85 lbs|
|Seat Type (WW, Elite, Mold)||Elite|
|Hi-Lo Seating (Yes/No)||Yes|
|# Foam Bulkheads/Locations||NA|
|Front Hatch (Y/N), Dimensions (in)||Yes, 14″ x 22″|
|Day Hatch (Y/N), Dimensions (in)||No|
|Rear Hatch (Y/N), Dimensions (in)||Yes|
|Deck Rigging (Y/N, Bow, Stern, Both)||Yes, Bow and Stern Rigging|
|Rudder (Yes/No, Optional)||Optional|
|Rudder Type (Smart, Peg)||Peg|
|Footrest Type (Peg, Foam, WW, Mold, etc)||Peg|
MSRP = $1499
OTHER DESIGN AND COLOR OPTIONS:
CUSTOM DESIGNS: Minimum $200. Please contact DPS for pricing.
CUSTOM COLORS: Any custom, solid or multicolor, adds to the price of the boat.
Up to 4 colors – Red/White/Blue/Orange is $150
More than 4 Colors – White/Black/Blue/Black/White is $200
* Black, white and brown swirls may be added to any 2 colors.
Note: Shipping price is only good for the contiguous United States. Non U.S.A please call for shipping quote.
Shipping Note: We currently use Old Dominion Freight http://www.odfl.com/index.shtml for shipping. We usually get your kayak shipped out within 48 hours if we have in stock. We will forward you tracking after your kayak ships.
Posted by Billy Souders on 7th Apr 2014
Recently I purchased the Jackson Big Rig in the yellow jacket color scheme with the rudder. On February 25th, 2014 the Big Rig was delivered directly to my residence where I was just in awe at how much better the kayak was than what I had anticipated. I was not fortunate enough to test paddle one prior to purchasing it; however, I did enough research on this boat that I could tell you everything that there was to know.
The maiden voyage wasn’t until March 10th, 2014 on the Lake Marion in South Carolina where I was pre-fishing for the upcoming 2014 Spring KBF OPEN – Santee Cooper, South Carolina. I would first like to say that right from the start I was so impressed with this kayak’s stability. I am 6’3” tall and weigh in at around 285lbs,
yet I was able to stand and sit down with ease. Friends of mine even joked with me because I posted on Facebook about how easy it was to stand up in it while it was sitting in the garage. One friend even said, “Yea just be careful. It’s easier when it’s not in the water. LOL.” Well for most kayaks I would have to agree, but for this one I believe there is no difference. The Big Rig is amazingly stable in the standing position while casting, flipping, setting the hook and landing your fish. You basically do not need to sit down. I even enjoyed standing up and paddling the Big Rig like a paddle board.
When I ordered the Big Rig I also purchased a Werner Skagit 260cm paddle. While paddling the Big Rig all week at the KBF OPEN there were a couple things that I had learned. First and foremost, I prefer to have the seat in the low position for extended paddling. Yes, it can be paddled either way with ease. However, I thought that when I was paddling for an extensive amount of time and distance, it was more comfortable and I thought I was able to get more speed that way. Once I reached my destination I would readjust the seat to the high position and fish all day until it was time to head back. The only downfall is you cannot store anything of size directly under your seat when in the low position.
Like I had mentioned earlier, I purchased my Big Rig with the rudder system. The first day of my trip I used it all day and it was nice. The second day of the trip I decided that I would try paddling without the rudder. I was immediately satisfied with the handling. The Big Rig tracks extremely well in and out of the wind. The tracking of the Big Rig was really nice and it glided well also. I will be fishing rivers for the most part and I believe that rudder will come in handy when paddling in the current. I am also certain it will help when I fish in salt water.
The casting brace is another nice feature. I like it for when I need to turn around and grab things or just make adjustments while in the standing position. It really is just a nice added security for making sure I don’t lose my balance. Other than those reasons I really didn’t use it except to hold my paddle while standing. With that being said, I would lay the paddle across the brace when it wasn’t being used. The biggest downfall that I saw was that sometimes when I would move around in the kayak, the paddle would start to seesaw back and forth which would start making a lot of noise and sometimes even start to slide off the brace into the water. The correction that I am going to make for this issue is I will be adding a paddle clip to the handle of the casting brace to ensure that the paddle remains secure and in one place.
The elite seat is another great feature. It was very comfortable and in the high position was nice for paddling and fishing while helping to keep me in a higher vantage point. The small mesh storage pocket that comes with the Big Rig is also great when added to the seat. I placed mine on the back of the seat and keep things like my sun block, pliers, waterproof camera, fish grips and so on. In the lower pocket attached to the seat, the only thing that I keep regularly so far is a can of my Reel Magic. The lumbar support is amazing as well. It was definitely useful during the long paddling excursions and after a day of standing a lot when you just want to lean back in the seat and rest for a while.
Another nice feature on the Big Rig is how large the open area behind the seat is. What surprised me most was that a 48-quart chest cooler can easily fit in that area. Even my 60-quart cube cooler fits in there. It is great for the fisherman that needs a place to put his catch for the day or even the excursionist who likes to take trips and camp. I currently have a black Sterilite storage container with a lid that latches that I use to transport my tackle. I am using that for the main purpose of keeping my tackle dry and out of the blazing sun. I personally love the idea of the new JKrate by Jackson but can’t bring myself to buy it just yet. The added Ram Tough Tubes on the JKrate would be a great function with the Big Rig.
At this time I haven’t even tapped into the variety of options that I could do with the 5 different tracks that come standard on the Big Rig. Currently I am only using the center track to mount my Lowrance Elite-4 DSI and the rod holder that comes standard with all Big Rigs. The next accessory that I do know that I am buying and mounting will be the Panfish Portrait Camera Pole. Everyone has to have a way to take their “hero shots.”
The anchoring system on the Big Rig is another nice feature. I installed a zigzag cleat and a mushroom anchor. From what I have seen, I am able to get the mushroom anchor up further into the recessed area at the stern of the kayak, keeping it clear of the water level and eliminating any possibility of drag. The largest downfall for me is that since I do fish rivers primarily, I want a way to anchor the kayak facing upstream. That is one benefit to the anchor trolley system that many other kayaks can have installed.
Storage on the Big Rig is vast. There are the bow and stern areas that allow more than enough space. Also, there is all the storage in and around the sitting area of the kayak.
If there was one thing that I would say is the biggest downfall to the Big Rig it would have to be the overall weight. I knew what it weighed from looking at the specs online but you never realize how heavy it is until you actually get your hands on it. To counter this issue, I recently made a kayak cart for easy transportation to and from the water’s edge.
In conclusion, I am extremely satisfied with the Big Rig. It has enough features for anyone and the customizability is endless. I myself have more ideas floating around in my head than I can keep straight.
Posted by Scott Williams on 9th Mar 2014
I have been kayaking and conoeing all my life and never been so exited about a kayak as this one. My first test was a 14 mile trip on the Potomac river in Md. We fished all day and just enjoyed the river to the greatest. The Big Rig was more stable than standing in a john boat ,and the seat was like sitting on the beach in your favorite beach chair, and had more storage than I will ever need. We were on the river for 7 hrs and we could have gone 7 more. By far the best kayak I have ever used .