Sunday, July 24, 2011

Jackson Kayak's COOSA (Gear Review)

Unable to get out and fish right now so I figured that a follow up was needed to a review that was done earlier in the year on the Coosa, by Jackson Kayak.
There are many kayaks out on the market that claim to do a lot of things. I've fished out of most of them over the years and since getting the Coosa early this year I have now found a kayak to fit the type of fishing that I do as well as coming with most all of the features you would want in a fishing kayak.
Being designed by a professional river fisherman, a lot of thought went into the design and the thing that Fly Fisherman will find beneficial is the ability to stand up and fish out of this kayak. I'm a big guy and have never really stood up and fished except while in a boat. During the year I have been finding myself standing and fishing more often even more while tossing the fly. The seat on this kayak is so comfortable that it allows you to stay out longer, it also has two positions upper and lower. While in the upper position you are able to easily make the transition from sitting to standing then back again. At first when you stand up you will feel a little wobbly but don't fear because the platform allows you to spread your feet to get a better sense of balance and the kayak hull design is such that it has both primary and secondary stabilization which helps with the balance.
There are two flush mount rod holders mounted behind the seat at an angle so your rods are not straight up in the air. This helps out when casting as well as when you get around trees. In front of the seat is a notch built in to the side rails that allows you to lay your paddle in front of you and keep it from rolling away. While you are paddling there are rod stagers molded into the side with built in bungees to strap your rods down and out of the way. Both the front and rear lids are raised to keep water out and they are held in place by a stainless steel hinge and the bungee tie down. Another great thing is they can both be locked while traveling for security. If you fish rivers like I do then you will want to add a drag chain. The drag chain is lowered in current to slow you down and make it easier for you to present the lure to the fish that you are after. I do a lot of camping/fishing trips and storage is a must. The first trip out in the Coosa was a two night trip and I was able to put almost all of my gear underneath with only a few items behind me and out of the way and had no water coming up through the scuppers. This is the effect of how high the kayak rides in the water and makes it affected by the wind if you are in the high position more than others that i've fished from. I really have not been able to find many negatives with it and look forward to seeing the one that they are testing out right now for fishing at the coast.
See you on the river,

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