Jackson Coosa Elite Fishing Kayak Review

Jackson Coosa Review
Jackson Coosa Fishing Kayak
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Jackson Coosa Kayak Review

Looking for the best fishing kayak? For the money, there aren't too many better than the Jackson Coosa Fishing Kayak.

The Jackson Coosa Fishing Kayak is the invention of pro kayak angler Drew Gregory, who together with Jackson Kayak developed the first kayak designed with one goal in mind -- to meet the needs of the fisherman. 

While the Jackson Coosa kayak excels in lakes, ponds, and other bodies of water, it is the first and only kayak that caters specifically to the river angler.

Anglers need three things in a kayak: Stability, durability, and the ability to set the kayak up to their particular fishing needs. The Jackson Coosa Fishing Kayak meets and exceeds demands in almost every way possible.

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One of the most useful features of the Jackson Coosa is its revolutionary wide hull design which makes standing easy for everyone. Whether you like to stand while casting or when reeling in the big catch, the Coosa's 23.5" wide standing platform offers plenty of space to spread your feet out and form a stable base. This is an enormous advantage of the Coosa Fishing Kayak and will allow you to do things never thought possible in a kayak.

coosa fishing kayakWhen you're not standing, the next feature that sets the Coosa apart from other fishing kayaks is the Elite Hi/Lo seat which raises you above the water allowing for greater visibility while fishing, not to mention greater comfort. The seat can also be placed in the low position which offers superior stability when paddling through rough waters, rapids, or surf. To top it off, the seat is completely removable and can double as camp or lawn chair.

The Jackson Coosa Fishing Kayak gives Anglers a variety of deck arrangement options. There are numerous built-in areas to hold your paddle, rods, paddle stagers, rod holders and other essential fishing equipment.  For example, the built-in paddle stager is perfect for when standing and fishing. For a more permanent placement, an integrated paddle holder on the side of the kayak ensures that the paddle is safe and secure at all times. Rod stagers are built into the front hatch and into the sides of the kayak allowing for quick access to your rods and access to the tightest of fishing holes while at all times keeping your lines untangled and the rods secure. There are also two built-in flush mount rod holders located directly behind the seat that allow for easy access to rods.

Additional Features:

Day Hatch - For safe and dry storage of items, the Coosa includes a convenient day hatch located towards the front of the standing platform. 

Adjustable Foot Pegs - Not all fisherman are the same size. The Coosa's adjustable footpegs guarantee a perfect fit for all anglers.

Drag Chain - An advanced feature of the Jackson Coosa Fishing Kayak is its recessed chain drag system. Simply deploy the drag chain which will make contact with the bottom of the river or lake to act as an anchor or slow you down so you can fish the exact area you want for as short or long as you want. Simply retract the drag chain to return the kayak to full speed.

Bow and Stern Hatches - Storage area is never going to be a problem in the Coosa with two large, lockable hatches located both at the bow and stern of the boat. Easily fit all your rods, camping gear, and more.

Tackle Box Storage - Another wonderful feature of the Coosa fishing kayak is the tackle box storage area located directly under the hi/lo seat. Built-in to the Coosa under the seat are two storage areas that fit typical plastic tackle boxes like a glove. Access to the tackle boxes is immediate. Simply reach under the seat on either side and pull the tackle box out. It makes switching fishing tactics faster and easier than ever. (no more reaching around the seat to access a rear tackle box).

Large Tank Well - Located directly behind the seat on the Coosa is a large tankwell with bungee cord perfect for strapping in a milkcrate.

Removable Skid Plate - Perhaps one of the most innovative features of the Coosa Fishing Kayak is it's removable skid plate. Rivers are tough on kayaks and even the best kayaks tend to wear out over time as they're dragged on the keel.  Once the keel is worn out, it's usually time for a new kayak. Not with the Coosa and its removable skid plate. Once the plate starts to wear down, simply replace it and your Jackson Coosa will be as good as new.

Made for Rivers - The Jackson Coosa's hull design, stability, and whitewater capable rocker make it the best performing river kayak for anglers allowing for access to the spots where fish like to hide like narrow flats, whitewater, and other hard to reach areas.

Full Specifications

  • Length: 11 feet, 3 inches
  • Width: 31.5 inches with a 23 inch interior standing platform
  • Weight: 63 pounds without seat, 67 pounds with seat
  • Weight Capacity: 375 pounds
  • Removable Hi/Lo Seat
  • Lockable bow and stern hatches that will stow rods up to 11 feet
  • Quick Access day hatch
  • Adaptable foot pegs
  • Drag chain and anchor
  • Rod stagers
  • Flush mount rod holders
  • Paddle Stager
  • Paddle holder
  • Cup holder
  • Under seat tackle storage
  • Changeable keel skid plate
  • Large rear tankwell with bungee
  • 3 year warranty (no charge hull replacement for 2 years)
  • Superlinear polyethylene hull

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