First Look: Jackson Kraken Pro and Skipper

Jackson Kayaks has a kayak for everyone and now they have a kayak for kids, too. The new Skipper has a nine-foot long and 28-inches wide with a light, stable design that is easy to handle. The flat floor begs for stand-up fishing and a down-sized seat offers comfort for all-day fishing.

Jackson added a line-cutter to the seat to keep sharp objects out of small hands. They even threw in a mini fishgrip to keep small fingers away from sharp fish teeth. The front day hatch is a perfect place to store gear without flooding the kayak. The fun-sized boat comes with a price tag around $1000.

Jackson Skipper

For grown-up anglers, Jackson is now offering Pro and Elite model kayaks prerigged for instant action. We took a look at the Kraken Pro that comes rigged with Raymarine Dragonfly, Buck Splizzors, Nocqua power system, Kraken Krate plumbed for a live well as well as Plano and RAM accessories with gear tracks galore! Now an angler can leave the outfitter ready to fish.

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Ric Burnley
“Thank God my dad wasn’t a podiatrist,” jokes Ric about following in the footsteps of a famous outdoor writer. After graduating from Radford University and serving two years in Russia with the Peace Corps, Ric returned to Virginia Beach and started writing for The Fisherman magazine, where his dad was editor. When the kayak fishing scene exploded, Ric was among the first to get onboard. His 2007 book, The Complete Kayak Fisherman is one of the first tomes to introduce anglers to paddle fishing and hundreds of articles and seminars have brought countless anglers into the fold. When he’s not chasing every fish that swims, Ric teaches English at a school for at-risk teens.

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