If there was one word to describe the 2012 Jackson Coosa, it would be "features".The Coosa is stacked with features. You can tell that someone with a distinguished pedigree designed this beast. Jackson Kayak knew what they were doing when they partnered with professional kayak angler, Drew Gregory; this boat is no joke. At 11'2" long and 32" wide, the Coosa will float any type of person ranging from the smaller paddler, to a 250 lb river basser. The hull is designed to turn easily, making it fun for the smaller paddlers, and also a good boat for fishing in the technical rivers of Colorado. Check out the review:
The hull is designed to be able to handle up to class III whitewater. The Coosa is built out of the same plastic, the the rest of JK's fleet is, which means that it could actually paddle harder rapids if the captain was up for the job. It has a foam center wall inside the boat, so as far as safety features go, this boat will be able to handle whatever you throw at it.
A stable and aggressive hull for both whitewater and flats fishing.
Ferrying across whitewater is easy in the Coosa.
The Hi-Lo seating is unique and extremely functional. It raises and lowers, is removable, doubles as a camp chair, and also comes with storage built right in. The material is a synthetic micro fiber that is durable, dries quickly, and is very light in weight.
The Hi-Lo seat is supportive, light weight and durable. The chair is in low position in this photo.
Behind the seat storage.
Under the seat storage for items that you need quickly.
Grab the loop and stand up. It's innovative features like that that separate the Coosa from the rest of the pack.
Storage...Did somebody mention storage?Well, if you are looking for a boat that will safely store the kitchen sink, the Coosa is the one for you. With 2 large locking cargo bins (bow and stern), and a waterproof hatch with storage bag in arms distance of the captains helm, this boat will allow you to bring all that you need for a day of fishing. It's also got room on the back for a cooler (just behind the seat).
The locking bow storage compartment.
The hatches are permanently attached to the boat, and will not blow away in the wind, or float downriver...
Lots of open storage space inside...The center wall is a great touch too; added safety is always welcome.
The waterproof storage pod within arms reach of the captains chair. It has a removable pouch, as not to bang up your camera or phone.
Stern storage and and a bungee area for larger items. You can remove the bungees and put your cooler there too.
Adjustable foot pegs help dial in a snug and supportive fit. Again, the Coosa is designed to be able to handle whitewater paddling, and having your feet well placed is key.
Adjustable foot pegs as well as a spot for your heels.
There are multiple scupper holes to drain the water. This is a pretty standard feature, but just the same, the Coosa's got em! Jackson also makes scupper plugs to prevent water from seeping into the boat.
The scupper holes will drain the water out, and the Jackson Kayak brand scupper plugs will prevent it from coming in when you want to stay dry.
THE AMOUNT OF FISHING FEATURES ON THIS $1100 BOAT IS WHERE THE COOSA TRULY BREAKS AHEAD OF THE PACK.This boat has rod holder in the rear, rod organizers attached to the front storage hatch, a paddle holder on each side of the boat for hands free fishing, and plenty of mounts for more rod holders, GPS, a fish finder, and whatever you would need to bring with you for a serious day of fishing.
The rod holders in the aft.
Cut outs for additional fishing add-ons.
The paddle holder for hands free fishing.
There's a red flag attached to the stern of the boat. This was added to the Coosa's long list of features last year. They decided to add it for the pick up truck driving population that needs the flag to be able to legally have the Coosa hanging out of the back of the bed.
The Coosa is easy to shuttle around, especially with the built in flag (it's street legal!).
11'2" of roto-mold fishing beast weighs in right around 70 lbs. Jackson added a skid plate on the stern, which makes solo carrying less difficult. The plate is meant to be worn down and replaced (able to be swapped out in less than 2 minutes).
Skid plate close up. The CKS demo boat has had a lot of use, and the plate seems to be doing just fine.
Another shot of the removable skid plate.
CKS owner Earl Richmond dropping a line in the Arkansas River.
The Coosa is almost too heavy for one person to load on and off of a car, or carry to the water. I was able to load / unload it, and carry it down the boat ramp (a very steep one), but it took everything I had. Personally, I would rather have the Coosa weigh 70 lbs, and be as durable as it is, rather than weigh 50 lbs and crack or split in the hull. We also recommend purchasing a boat cart (like a C-Tug) for longer carries to the river or lake.
The Jackson Coosa just might be the best overall fishing kayak that we've ever stocked. It is nimble, stable, has every possible feature that you could ever want in a fishing boat (and even some that you don't need, but are nice to have anyways), and comes in some great colors. With a guy like Drew Gregory behind the design it is no surprise that the boat is as popular as it is. Here at CKS, we cannot keep the Coosa's in stock, and it is for good reason.
As the crisp air settles in for Fall Paddling season with popular events such as Beaverfest, Gorefest, Gauley Fest and Russell Fork Rendevous, make sure you are prepared with the gear you’ll need to have to stay comfortable and support your team on the river! Here are a few recommendations from CKS Online's Lead Buyer, Jonny Ortiz.