The Return of the Big Fishing Kayak: Introducing the Jackson Kayak Big Rig

The thrill of big fishing is back! Jackson Kayak is proud to announce the grand comeback of the big fishing kayak, presenting the all-new Jackson Kayak Big Rig FD. The beloved original has been updated and revamped for the year 2024, featuring the latest Flex Drive Mark IV system. With upgraded features and the powerful new MKIV drive, the Big Rig FD proves to be bigger, faster, and better than ever before.

Unforgettable Test Experience

A few weeks ago, I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to test the Jackson Kayak Big Rig FD, and let me tell you, it left a lasting impression! Not only was I able to pedal and paddle at a commendable speed, but the kayak’s stability was unparalleled. I could confidently stand up and fish without a worry. In addition to that, I put the new MKIV Flex Drive to the test by pedaling vigorously over laydowns. To my amazement, the drive effortlessly maneuvered, gliding right over any obstructions. With a simple pull of the lever, I was back to pedaling as if nothing had happened.

Unmatched Comfort with the HILO Seating System

The Big Rig FD boasts the outstanding HILO seating system, offering an array of adjustments to suit your comfort. Not only can you effortlessly move the seat forward and back, and adjust your backrest from a leaned-back position to an upright posture, but you can also raise and lower your seat. This feature proved to be a game-changer for me, especially given my unique body proportions. Being a tall person with short legs, sitting low in a kayak sometimes leads to discomfort. However, with the HILO setup on the Big Rig FD, I found unparalleled comfort. I loved being able to sit up, scoot forward, and customize the setup precisely according to my dimensions, allowing me to fish and pedal with ease throughout the entire day. As a larger individual, the appeal of a bigger fishing kayak rig is undeniable.

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Well-Thought-Out Design

One aspect that truly impressed me about the Big Rig FD was the accessibility of everything through their track system. The kayak provides the ability to add numerous add-ons without the need for drilling holes or making any modifications. The boat is already equipped to accommodate various electronics. You can conveniently place a battery box under your seat or utilize their tackle storage system. It is evident that this kayak was meticulously designed by anglers, for anglers, offering the utmost convenience and functionality.

Discover the Big Rig FD

Curious to see more details and photos from our incredible day with the Big Rig FD? Check them out below!

Jackson Big Rig FD

About the Big Rig FD

Integrating the renowned Mark IV Flex Drive System, the Jackson Kayak Big Rig is back and better than ever. With the highest solo capacity among the Jackson Kayak lineup, the Big Rig FD is perfect for those who want to bring along everything, including the kitchen sink, and still enjoy the stability and fishability that only the Big Rig series can offer.

Big Rig FD Features

  • Ample room and volume to accommodate all your gear
  • Extensive storage space in the bow and aft storage wells
  • Stern equipped with a four-hole bolt pattern to support accessories such as the PowerPole and Torqeedo trolling motor
  • Bungee-less bow design ensures a “snag-free” experience
  • Rod management system capable of securing and protecting four fishing rods
  • Fly rod holders molded into the kayak to guarantee the safety of your rod tips
  • Abundant gear track from bow to stern, allowing you to customize your rigging
  • Large transducer scupper designed to fit most oversized transducers
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Big Rig FD Features

What’s New for 2024?

This year brings exciting updates to the Jackson Kayak Big Rig FD. Discover the highlights:

  • Jackson’s EZ Hi-Lo seating system, patented for its simplicity, allows you to effortlessly raise and lower your seat with just one hand.
  • The Flex Drive Mark IV, the result of four years of constant evolution, is faster, quieter, and more durable than ever before.
  • The inclusion of a hatch bin, perfect for keeping your light tackle and gear secure inside the hull.

The Perfect Fit for Various Applications

With its immense capacity, the Big Rig FD is well-suited for lakes, large lazy rivers, and inshore saltwater fishing. Don’t compromise when it comes to hauling all the gear you need. The Big Rig FD will exceed your expectations.

Ready to explore this exceptional fishing kayak? Check out the Jackson Kayak website at UpStreamPaddle to get started.

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