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#10874585 - 05/26/15 10:57 PM Jackson Big Tuna
bpcag03 Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 07/23/13
Posts: 3
Loc: Wylie, TX
What does everyone think about the Big Tuna? I think this will be a good all around yak for me and my family. I would like to hear from those that have used this tandem and solo.


Let me know if you have one and looking to get rid of it.

#10874645 - 05/26/15 11:41 PM Re: Jackson Big Tuna [Re: bpcag03]
Aggie61 Offline

Registered: 09/30/13
Posts: 169
I purchased a 2015 Big Tuna to take my 10 year old son fishing. We primarily fish inshore, flats, marshes, and small lakes. I thought he would be fine with both of us fishing together in the same boat. After a couple of trips he expressed interest in his own kayak to fish from. I purchased him a used Tarpon 100 and he has loved this boat, being able to fish and paddle on his own. I thought I might keep the Big Tuna as a secondary boat or buddy boat in addition to my Tarpon 120. After stored in the garage and never getting used I sold it.

Pros: Great stability, Great fishing platform and storage, No problems standing. Tracks better than expected for a wide 35"kayak. Great seats, Plenty of room for 2 people to fish. 500# weight capacity. You will feel very safe in this kayak will handle chop. Great solo kayak for a large person, I am 5'10 195 so was allot of kayak for me.

Cons: Heavy to transport 90# without seats, better have a trailer. Lots of freeboard, will catch allot of wind. It is a workout to paddle in wind, chop and tides. If you plan on covering lots of open water it can be a brute. Rod Holders are difficult to get too.

For me, wide heavy kayaks are not for me. I will sacrifice stability and ability to stand for a better more efficient paddle and fishing experience. I purchased for the purpose of taking my son fishing. At the advice of others to purchase his own yak and avoid a tandem, which I ignored, I hope you will take this into consideration before you make your decision.
I sold the Big Tuna and purchased wife a Hobie Revo 13, so now she can go out and accompany us as well.

Good Luck with your decision.

Edited by Aggie61 (05/26/15 11:43 PM)

#10876863 - 05/27/15 08:03 PM Re: Jackson Big Tuna [Re: bpcag03]
bpcag03 Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 07/23/13
Posts: 3
Loc: Wylie, TX
I have read the posts about tandems and kids wanting their own yak after awhile, and I have gone back and forth with the decision. My wife said something the other day about wanting to go out with us as well every once in a while. Knowing her, it might be once and done, she is not a big fan of the water, and then my son will want his own as well. I was leaning towards the Native Slayer 14.5 and putting a seat in the back for my son.

I think I need to have a serious conversation with my wife on if she really wants to go out with us. If I do get a used Big Tuna, I figure I wont be out much if I sell it again in a year or two.

#10877205 - 05/27/15 09:38 PM Re: Jackson Big Tuna [Re: bpcag03]
ArchFisher Offline

Registered: 09/17/06
Posts: 188
Loc: Grand Prairie, TX
I have one and fish out of it solo frequently. Not going to win any speed races, but I don't find it cumbersome. Extremely stable solo, slight wobble when fully loaded with two adults and a two year old.

It's heavy, but I still manage to get it on top of the truck.

#10877786 - 05/28/15 08:22 AM Re: Jackson Big Tuna [Re: bpcag03]
Palovik Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 06/11/09
Posts: 1362
Loc: Murphy, TX
Let me know if you want to demo one, can find you a local dealer.

Personally my wife and I use this kayak for tournaments, 1 each. Lots of room and easy to paddle for size.

This kayak is extremely versatile.
Kayak Adventures, Rigging, and Fishing Challenges

#10879326 - 05/28/15 06:54 PM Re: Jackson Big Tuna [Re: bpcag03]
Fish ZoMbiE Offline
TFF Celebrity

Registered: 03/25/09
Posts: 9937
Long wide n heavy. Also Unresponsive :-/
It is stable though. If u wanna stand to fish it could b right 4u.
Trade offs man.
Their cuda is a lot better yak for most IMO.


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