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Jackson Big Tuna

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90.00 LBS
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Product Description

The 2016 Jackson Big Tuna!


$99 Shipping Most of USA! 

Please Note: All 2016 Jackson Kayaks come from the factory "rudder ready" which means the tubing is installed by Jackson inside the kayak. Delaware Paddlesports can install the footpegs, wiring and string required to make your rudder operational ($50 fee). If we install the rudder for you we do everything except actually mount the rudder as it would get damaged in shipping. Mounting the rudder is very easy to attach when the kayak arrives to you.

The 2016 Jackson Kayak Big Tuna is a creature unlike any other on the market, with multiple never before seen features in the kayak fishing world. Leading the charge on these unique elements has to be the ‘Tuna Tank’, a unique bait/live well that requires no plumbing or electronics! It utilizes the water from beneath the boat to circulate into the bait tank keeping fish lively and fresh unlike any other system on the market. The tank also resides in the center of the boat for easy access and management. The possibilities with the Tuna Tank are endless – bring the kids on a trip and have them catch cool creatures and learn about them while in the tank; keep your catch alive to show it off to your friends later before you release it; keep your live bait alive and fresh; insert the cooler option to put your fish on ice or just use it as a cooler for your drinks; insert the solid piece and use it as dry storage!

Jackson Kayak also brings the popular elite seats, with new rear and underside pockets, and new ‘Face time’ seating! Simply rotate the front seat around to face your boat partner in conversation while drifting some fresh live bait from the Tuna Tank and having a few cold drinks while you wait for that big pull down! Guide your friends, children and clients to the fish of a lifetime by controlling the boat from the rear seat while they enjoy the ability to fish without the worry of paddling. Of course, sometimes you can have too much face time and that is why the architects at Jackson Kayak have made the Big Tuna easily convertible and fishable in a solo version as well.

Other familiar Jackson Kayak features such as paddle holders, stagers, wide standing platform, front day hatch, drop down rudder, adjustable foot pegs and a drift chamber for a drag chain or anchor make he Big Tuna an angler’s dream. New features like tackle box stagers, closeable mesh side pockets, rod tip cover and long load safety flag only enhance make the dream even sweeter! Just like the Tuna fish is a unique, powerful force in the ocean, the Big Tuna will also be a force to be reckoned with in our sea of fishing kayaks.

New Elite Seat 2.0

The NEW Elite Seat 2.0 is everything you loved about the previous version with some tweaks that are certain to make your time on the water more enjoyable, sturdier and more comfortable than ever before. It has a new look and feel with 3D mesh fabric. Some new changes for improved ergonomics and comfort, along with more storage capabilities, and NEW Therm-a-Rest lumbar pad.


  • New Look and Feel – Utilizes lightweight and breathable 3D mesh for an ultra padded comfortable feel. The redesign is very attractive and sleek, all black with a new JK logo and reflective piping
  • Elite Hi/Lo Seating – The Elite Seat 2.0 still offers optional hi/lo seating. The ‘lo’ position being more stable, where the ‘hi’ position gives you a better view into the water and a more natural seated position for transition to standing.
  • Improved ‘first hand’ storage – When in the “hi” position, there are two side pocket that fit Plano 3640-10 Waterproof tackle boxes; still providing plenty of room for 3700 size tackle boxes to fit under the seat. Both features making it easy to access tackle without having to turn around, and frees up more storage in the tankwell.
  • Better ergonomics – The top corners of the curved back have been rounded even more for improved comfort. The seat can be removed for transportation, or used as a camp chair.
  • New Therm-a-Rest lumbar support – The Elite Seat will now come with a removable Therm-a-rest lumbar pad on fishing models, that can double as a camp pillow.
  • More Secured Seating - There is a new cam strap system that allows the seat to be cinched down tighter with more ease, improving security and adjustability

What it comes with in 2016:

  • 26 inch center bait tank
  • (2) Elite seat 2.0 included for use in solo or tandem mode.
  • Rod tip cover on bow
  • (2) Flush Mount Rod Holders
  • RAM 2007 Rod Holder
  • RAM Tube Jr
  • (2) RAM ¼-20 X .5” Tough Ball (1.5”)
  • GoPro Mount
  • (2) Stand Assist Straps
  • Jackson Kayak long load safety flag
  • JK Nalgene water bottle
  • JK Sticker
  • (2) Elite Seat Pouches
  • Jackson Kayak adjustable/removable lumbar support for each seat

Also new for 2016!!

22  - Ergonomic Handles 

NEW Ergonomic Handles with added grip textured inserts help you keep good contact when carrying your kayak, even when wet. Also, there is no fabric to ensure snag-proof days on the water. 

23  - Fish Grips  - The Fish Grip 

Comes with (2) fish grips. A great fishing tool for landing and handling fish in a kayak, especially ones with gnarly teeth. Can be attached to the kayak and used to keep fish alive in the water until you get the perfect photo and release the fish. 

24  - Line Cutterz  - Line Cutterz 

Comes with (2) sleek, adjustable ring with double-sided blade perfect for quick and efficient cutting of mono-filament and braided fishing line. Blades are protected so safe and easy to use, convenient location on seat frame. 

25  - SealLine Seat Pouch  - SealLine 

Water-resistant seat back pouch from SealLine. Heavy duty construction that will keep your items out of the elements. Removable for versatility and comes with bungee for added storage to easily accessible items.

Big Tuna Specs


  • Length: 14 ’1″


  • Width: 35.5′


  • Weight: 102 w/Elite Seat, 87 w/0 Seat and Tank


  • Standing Platform: 23′


  • High Low Seats: 2


  • Day Hatch Dimensions: 8″ in


  • Rear Hatch Dimensions: 16 3/4″ x 11 3/8″


  • Stern and Bow Deck Rigging


  • Peg Rudder: Optional


  • Peg and Molded Footrest


  • Capacity: 500 lbs


NOTE: scupper plugs can be purchased as an accessory and do not come standard with our fishing boats.


2016 Standard Jackson Kayak Fishing Colors: (Note: Coosa shown below)





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.

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Warranty Information

Jackson Kayak (JK) warrants to the current owner, upon proof of purchase by the original owner this Jackson Kayak to be free from any defects in material or workmanship, and to conform to the product specifications set forth in this owner’s manual if the product is used and cared for in the according to the instructions furnished, for three years, as outlined below, from the date of purchase by the original owner.

The warranty period for boats sold by Jackson Kayak as “demos” begins when the boat is first shipped from Jackson Kayak.

Hull Warranty:

•First year Free hull replacement (or 20% of MSRP for complete boat)
•Second Year 20% MSRP for hull (or 40% of MSRP for complete boat)
•Third Year 30% of MSRP for hull (or 60% of MSRP for complete boat)

Outfitting warranty:

•First year: Free replacement
•Second year: 30% of MSRP
•Third year: 60% of MSRP
Customer is responsible for all shipping and handling fees to and from Jackson Kayak’s manufacturing facility or some other place which Jackson Kayak may designate.

This warranty is void if the boat is altered structurally or subjected to stresses beyond the physical limits of the boat’s material. The warranty does not cover abrasion or abnormal use.

Jackson Kayak reserves the right to change products or designs without incurring any obligations to incorporate such designs into already completed products or those in the hands of dealers or consumers.

The warranty contained herein is the exclusive warranty made by JK and there are no other warranties, expressed or implied, including warranty of fitness for a particular purpose of merchantability made with respect to such boats.

JK is not liable for any injury sustained in the use of this product. The user of this product acknowledges assumed risks and waives any and all claims against Jackson Kayak and any of its agents.

In no case will Jackson Kayak be liable for incidental or consequential or special damages.

Some states don’t allow the exclusion of incidental or consequential or special damages, so the preceding exclusion may not apply to you.

The warranty gives you specific rights and you may also have other legal rights that vary from state to state.

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Product Reviews

  1. Great Fishing Kayak 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 28th Sep 2015

    This is a great kayak I have been looking at for a long time. Bought it to use a a single or tandem and it fits the bill. I cant wait to get it to the beach next year but worked great on the lake for a trial run.

  2. No better place to get a kayak and gear than Delaware Paddlesports 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 2nd Apr 2015

    Was in market for a Jackson Big Tuna, and came across DPS website. "Brian" live chatted me--little did I know he was the owner. Super friendly and helpful, all the way through my purchase. Patient with a noob, solid recommendations, products came quickly--well packed and all in order. Highly recommended!

  3. one of the best tandem kayaks out there 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 18th Aug 2014

    Bought this kayak to take family out for fun and this kayak didn't disappoint. Really impressed me by how well it paddled. Paddles easier than an ocean kayak scrambler but not as fast. I paddled by myself with my gf holding the fishing rod for around two miles while she pulled in all the fish. Used the tuna tank for a live well and kept 20 cigar minnows alive no problems (drilled holes in tank) . Really needs a 250cm paddle. You can do with a 240 but that's bare minimum. The ram ball mounts for rod holders seem like they are not strong enough for trolling. I could be wrong, but it flexes the kayak when you push it. They're also in awkward spots. For other things like depth finder, gps are fine. Seats were awesome. Stability was good, but felt rocky. Takes some getting used to. Never felt like getting tipped though. Definitely need a cart of some kind to move around. Service from Brian at dps was awesome. Answered all my questions fast! Shipping was fast! One call and less than a week later I had a big tuna in my yard.

  4. Awesome! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 13th May 2013

    My son and I attended Paddlesport 2013 in NJ and we were shopping for a Tandem Kayak. We saw a lot of them but the Jackson "Big Tuna" stood out of the rest. We loved the High and low seating arrangement and also the Facetime. We didn't pull the trigger at the show, but after convincing my wife to take a look at the promotional video, she was happy with our decision. We decided to purchase the Big Tuna from Delaware Paddlesports, they were easy to deal with and they also gave us free paddles. Brian delivered the kayak to our home as promised and we are so grateful for the service that they provided. If you decide to buy a kayak, Delaware Paddlesports is the place for you. They are honest, friendly and they have the best deal around.

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