Breaking in the new Cuda

Got a chance to try out the new Cuda this past weekend, it didn’t disappoint.  I headed south to some of my favorite marsh in Louisiana.  I had not been kayak fishing in a few months, so the trip was a much needed break from ordinary, everyday life.  I fished points in open water early on and picked up a few trout here and there.  Then moved on to drift some open water oyster flats, again picking up a few more trout.  I got bored trout fishing (which always happens, I’m a terrible trout fisherman) so I ventured into the broken marsh, stalking pockets and ponds looking for redfish.  Two totally different styles of fishing, handled easily by the Cuda.  The broken marsh was alive with sheepshead, black drum, and reds.  Winds were calm and temps were high, making it an ideal day to fly fish.  Unfortunately I broke my 8wt early in the day, so I was stuck using spinning tackle.  My backup rod was in the FJ,  which was parked at the launch, 2 miles away.  Next time I will stow it in the cavernous Cuda hull.

The Cuda is an excellent compliment to the Jackson Kayak line up.  Where the Coosa excels in rivers, the Cuda is perfect for the marsh and open water.  It has the same stability that the Coosa boasts, yet it tracks straight and has some gitty up.  The layout is very well thought out yielding an endless amount of rod/tackle storage options.

I was able to film a bit of the trip using my GoPro Hero.  The flat surfaces on the Cuda intended for electronics made for great mounting options for the suction cup mount of the GoPro.

Comments on “Breaking in the new Cuda”

  1. Brian
    December 21, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    What’s the paddle belt clip you have and are those common at kayak shops?

  2. Chris Strokes
    December 22, 2011 at 3:12 am

    Great video, what is that you are using to hold the paddle on your waist when you are standing up?

  3. January 11, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    Check this out guys:

    It is homemade, haven’t seen anything like it in shops, works well when trying to be quiet.

  4. Joey Landreneau
    January 12, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    Have you looked into “The Stinger” stern mounted anchor system…a mechanical “power pole” for kayaks?

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