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We’ve put together this Jackson Kayak Big Rig FD review to give you a closer look at some of its stand-out features, as well as help you get a better idea of who this kayak is for.
- Length: 13 foot 3 inches
- Width: 40 inches
- Weight: 145 pounds
- Weight Capacity: 550 pounds
The Jackson Big Rig FD is a 13 foot kayak that’s built for serious fishing. It’s designed for optimum stability and features a pedal drive system for added convenience and ease of use. It comes with rod holders and an adjustable Ergo Frame seat.
Before You Buy A Big Rig FD
The Jackson Big Rig FD is a sit-on-top pedal kayak. This can mean it’s easier to use and can be ideal even if you’ve never been in a kayak before. The open deck means it can be easier to get in and out of, and roomier when it comes to leg room and moving around to grab your gear.
This 40 inch wide boat is also very stable, which can feel more reassuring if you’re a beginner or a larger angler. It can also make it great for standing up in, allowing you to cast more easily.
However, it is a pretty heavy boat, which could make it more difficult to transport. Being over 13 foot long, it may also be more tricky to store and could be more awkward to maneuver in smaller bodies of water.
The Big Rig also comes in an HD model that has similar features but without the pedal drive. Instead it has a center console that can be removed if you wanted to separately purchase and install the pedal drive later.
Top Features Of The Jackson Big Rig FD
Flex Drive 3D Pedals
One of the most important features of this fishing kayak is the Flex Drive 3D pedal drive system.
Video: Jackson Flex Drive 3D – In-Depth Features
These rotational pedals can make it easier for you to get across the water, letting you use the power of your legs rather than your arms and giving you more freedom for fishing. You can also move both forwards and backwards using the pedals and turn using the rudder controls beside the seat.
The propeller under the hull has built-in technology that lets it automatically flip up if you hit an object under the water or if you move into the shallows.
The pedal drive can also be used with the Flex Drive E motor (sold separately), which can be installed once the pedal drive system is removed.
The Big Rig FD is built for stability so that it can handle a range of water conditions, from flatwater lakes and slow moving rivers to moderate ocean swells and currents.
The hull is designed so that you can stand up in it, which can make casting your line a little easier and it means you can stretch your legs if you’re on the water all day.
This kayak has a lot of space for you and your gear. As well as having a huge 550 pound capacity, there are two hinged storage hatches: one at the bow and one at the stern. The hatches have handy plastic tray inserts so that you can keep smaller items safe, but you’ll also find access to additional storage space inside the hull for larger items.
Video: Big Rig FD Complete Walk Through
At the stern of the yak there’s a large tank well with bungee rigging for holding your fishing crate, as well as an additional storage deck directly behind the seat.
Ready To Fish
The Big Rig FD features horizontal rod storage for up to four rods with rod tip protection and a rod management system for easy access. It can even accommodate a fly rod.
You’ll also find vertical rod holders as well as gear tracks for adding additional accessories.
The ergonomic seat features a rigid frame and breathable fabric. It can slide forwards and backwards and can be positioned both high and low.
This can be a great kayak for a wide range of waters, including big rivers, just as this user is finding out.
Great Day on the Stono River with the Jackson Big Rig FD. https://t.co/4Ky19q5Xtv #MCF #kayakfishing pic.twitter.com/WBDpf4ljQO— Terry Bryant – The Simple Man From Rural Arkansas (@McHenryCreek) February 7, 2019
Big Rig Alternatives
Hobie Mirage Pro Angler 14
The Hobie Mirage Pro Angler 14 is slightly longer, at 13 foot 8 inches. It has a MirageDrive 180 pedal drive system with push pedals and kick-up fins. This stable fishing kayak features H-rails for accessory mounting, plenty of storage space for all your gear and a huge 600 pound capacity. It also features an elevated seat for better visibility.
FeelFree Lure 11.5 V2 With Overdrive
The FeelFree Lure 11.5 V2 could be a good alternative if you’re looking for a more compact pedal kayak for fishing. This 11 foot 6 inch boat is loaded with fishing features, including rod holders, gear tracks, standing platform and lots of storage, as well as a pedal drive.
It also has a wheel in the keel to help you get it to and from the water.
Perception Pescador Pro 10.0
If you’re looking for a lighter, more affordable and easier to maneuver kayak, the Perception Pescador Pro could be a great alternative. It’s just 10 foot 6 inches and weighs 57 pounds. It has built-in rod holders, gear tracks and a spacious rear tank well for holding a crate.
It doesn’t have a pedal drive but might be more suitable for fishing in smaller bodies of water. It can also be easier to transport but it does have a lower capacity of 325 pounds.
- Pedal Drive system
- Lots of storage space
- Built-in rod storage
- Gear tracks
- Not Cheap
If you’re looking to spend a lot of time on the water fishing then the Jackson Big Rig FD could be a great boat. It’s very stable, packed with fishing features and has a convenient pedal drive system with a propeller that can kick-up to protect itself if it hits something.
Keep in mind though, that this fishing kayak is pretty heavy and you may need some help to get it from A to B. If you think the Big Rig could be your ideal boat, check it out here. Let us know what you think and feel free to share this with your buddies.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Does The “FD” Stand For?
The FD stands for Flex Drive, which is the name of the pedal drive system that you’ll find on the FD models of Jackson kayaks. The HD models don’t have a pedal drive but are compatible with the Flex Drive system (sold separately).
Is The Big Rig Suitable For Big & Tall Guys?
This can be an ideal yak if you’re big and tall. It has a high weight capacity, good stability and plenty of room for your legs.
Is This Kayak Good For Standing On?
Yes, this is a stable craft with non-slip deck pads for added traction and comfort while standing.
1 thought on “Jackson Kayak Big Rig FD Review”
Thanks for the review. I have not used the ‘push bike’ pedals before, they look interesting. Are they better to move around with than the traditional ‘push’ types such as on the Hobies?