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At the center of Jackson Kayak’s well-arrayed fleet of fishing kayaks is the Cuda 12, a midsize, up-for-anything, high-performance boat that’s absolutely laden with awesome features.
Jackson Kayak designed the Cuda 12 to be the perfect compromise between the smaller Jackson Coosa’s unmatched agility and the larger Cuda 14’s fleetness. At 12 feet 7 inches long and 31 inches across the gunwales, the Cuda 12 commutes speedily enough and tracks well but also has the maneuverability to wend through narrow marshy lanes or mangrove labyrinths, and—with its broad, flat-bottomed hull—its secondary stability turns it into an ideal fish-fighting vessel. Its compact size and lightness make the Cuda 12 a no-hassle kayak in terms of transport. And the linear polyethylene construction translates to a strong, durable, lightweight boat with the muscle to endure years of on-the-water wear-and-tear.
If you’re an all-around sort of ‘yak angler, somebody who doesn’t necessarily need a craft specialized for swift rivers or big surf but likes to dabble in all kinds of in-between fresh- and saltwater, the Cuda 12 should definitely be on your short list.
Sitdown and Standup Fishing
The Cuda 12’s high-low Elite Seat 2.0 is all the more comfortable courtesy of the company’s ergonomically oriented design upgrades, which include the addition of a removable, adjustable Therm-a-Rest lumbar support. The Elite perch also includes a seatback utility pouch. And with the moveable foot pegs, you’ll certainly be sitting pretty while paddling or casting, whatever your size and shape.
Thanks to the ‘yak’s fantastic stability and the solid double-layered standing pad, you can also engage in standup fishing when the situation calls for it: Just use the handy-dandy stand-assist strap for pulling yourself upright and easing back down to a sitting position.
The Full Package of Fishing Features
The Jackson Cuda 12’s decked out with a whole slew of top-caliber fishing features, large and small. The hinged 26-inch center hatch provides easily accessible but secure storage in the hull’s interior for rods, tackle, and other gear; the setup can also accept a tub insert. The center hatch's sides come equipped with YakAttack tracks for mounting equipment. Stow coolers and other gear in the spacious rear tankwell, which includes bungees as well as two side stages for tackle boxes. There are also round bow and stern hatches serving as additional space for camping equipment and other supplies.
In addition to the YakAttack gear tracks on the center hatch, the Cuda 12 also comes prefitted with a number of conveniently situated, molded-in gear-mounting inserts: one for a GoPro camera mount and several for Ram rod-holder mounts—specifically, one Ram 2007 rod holder and a pair of Ram rocket-launcher rod holders—which can be swiveled to multiple positions.
The angling accouterments just keep coming: The Elite Seat frame boasts the user-friendly Line Cutterz for severing monofilament and braided fishing lines, while the included Fish Grip allows safer handling of sharp-toothed fish.
Rod and paddle stagers make wrangling your gear onboard a breeze, and the bow rod-tip protector gives you a snug pocket for bracing rod ends when you’re cruising through tight vegetation tunnels or under low-hanging canopies—or when you need to park your paddle during a contest with a fish.
On top of all those fishing-focused elements mentioned above, the decked-out Jackson Cuda 12 includes a centrally located beverage holder and a removable skid plate for protecting the stern keel. The Cuda 12 also comes ready for the installation of a SmartTrack rudder. And ergonomic handles ensure a comfortable and rock-solid grip when you’re hoisting the kayak around.
Specs & Color
The 12-foot-7-inch Cuda 12 has a width of 31 inches and weighs in at a clean 70 pounds without the Elite Seat (which adds 5 pounds to the scale). Colors include Bluefin, GI Jackson, Dorado, Bahama, Forest, and Electric Eel.
All in all, the Cuda 12 may well be the best choice among Jackson’s formidable fishing ‘yaks for anglers who want to ply a a wide range of waters. The kayak is fast-moving and tight-tracking for its size and shape, and it makes tight turns with ease. With its wide beam and flat-bottomed hull, the Cuda 12 rests strong and solid in the water: You can feel secure up on two feet even in breezy or choppy conditions.
The Jackson Cuda 12, in short, is a kayak that’s ready for just about any adventure you can throw at it. It’s the ideal, middle-of-the-road complement to your fleet’s more specialized crafts—or the reliable 'yak of choice for a fleet of one.