The Jackson Kayak Lifestyle
Jackson Kayaks recently hosted their 3rd Dealer Summit. We were invited and flew to Nashville Tennessee. Another hour drive and we were in Cookeville at the hotel for the evening.
The following day was set up as a fun day with white water guys charging rapids
...and fishermen wetting a line.
We opted for the latter and headed to Rock Island State Park. Amazing weather, beautiful scenery and even a couple fish caught made for an excellent welcome to Tennessee.
The day turned to an evening at the Jackson Family ranch where Eric Jackson and his family showed all of us the finest in southern hospitality. This was only the prerequisite as the Summit officially began the next morning. We were all set up with lodging, some in tents, campers and most in cabins.
We stayed in a Rock Island State Park cabin within the state park property. Very nice and well maintained.
The morning started with breakfast served out front
and then we shuttled down to start on the water demos and clinics on rigging fishing kayaks. There were various partnered vendors such as Yak Attack, Bending Branches, GoPro and RAM there to answer questions and show how well these products work with Jackson Kayak.
Pro staff fisherman gave us their first-hand experience of what has proven to work well for them in regards to setting up Jackson Kayaks as well as their roto-molded stand up paddleboard, the Superfishal.
Monday was more in depth presentations from all the partnered vendors. We made a short drive to the Jackson Kayak factory in the small town of Sparta.
Lunch was waiting there for us, we then did a complete tour of the facility with a very knowledgeable Jackson Kayaks employee as our guide.
We drove back to the state park and relaxed before heading to another area within the park for a catered catfish dinner, complete with hushpuppies and coleslaw.
Tuesday we finished up some of the vendor presentations, and then focused on some marketing strategy clinics including maximizing pro staff and social media. The afternoon seminars pertained to white water sales and we stayed true to our roots. We decided to better use our time and go fishing.
Most of the clinics were a long cast from the water so we had to get back out there. Beautiful River to fish, we had plenty of action in the way of small fish short biting our presentations, but no fish came over the side. The final evening was spent at the Jackson log home where we were fed well and kept very entertained.
We left Tennessee feeling like we were part of the family. We were thoroughly impressed with how Jackson Kayaks made us feel as their dealers. They seemed to spare no expense in showing all their dealers the highest level of hospitality and openly welcomed any input and our wanted to know how we perceived their company. We expect great things from Jackson Kayaks and are excited to be a part of it all. In introducing new innovative fishing kayaks, Jackson Kayaks is boldly relevant and building a great reputation in the sport and in the industry.
The Cuda 12 and Cuda 14 will fit very well into any body of water. These 2 kayaks are purely built to fish and share the same well thought out features:
Elite seating with high and low settings to accommodate different on the water conditions. With the added lumbar pad- there is no more comfortable seat on the market!
Tackle staging areas, well thought out to keep the essentials within easy reach.
Center Hatch for stowing rods in and out of the surf or in transport, drop in tray for more convenient, organized storage
Rod tip protectors and horizontal rod storage help keep your rods safe, under low bay bridges or heavy cover along lake shore lines.
Molded in mounts for GoPro and RAM products as well as plenty of flat spaces to rig everything the way you want.
Storage hatches on the bow and stern not only allow more storage, but also easier rigging and internal access.
The Cuda 12 at 12' 6" and 31" wide would be a great choice for southern California lakes, harbors and coastal ocean fishing for anglers seeking a shorter, lighter more maneuverable fishing kayak.
The Cuda 14 at 14' 3" and 30.5" wide would be the best choice for the angler seeking higher 400 pound pay load and greater ease in covering distance.
The Big Tuna is 14' 1" and 35.5" wide, it can be paddled solo or tandem and is rated for up to 500 pounds. This has to be the most well-appointed, comfortable tandem on the market. Take it out solo for stable stand up style fishing or double up and take turns with the whole family.
The Superfishal is 11' 7" and 35" wide. It elevates you as well as your fishing adventure while giving you a higher perspective and a view of more than you ever did before while sitting in your kayak, Easier and longer casting from a standing position. This roto-molded fishing platform is super durable and can be rigged to paddle standing or sitting.