Big Tuna

14' 2"
Width (in)
Weight (lb)

Big Tuna Description

The Big Tuna is one of our largest capacity kayaks with the ability to paddle either as a tandem or a solo fishing kayak. It has many different seating positions allowing for traditional tandem positions, ‘facetime’ positions and a good variety of solo positions making it a great platform for fishing of all kinds. Its JK stability, logical accessory positioning, rudder option, and speed make it a serious predator in all water types.

Big Tuna Specs and Features

  • Structure: Rigid / Hard Shell
  • Cockpit Type: Sit on Top / Open Cockpit
  • Seating Configuration: Solo, Tandem
  • Ideal Paddler Size: Average Adult, Larger Adult
  • Skill Level: Intermediate, Advanced
  • Ideal Paddler Size: Average Adult, Larger Adult
  • Skill Level: Intermediate, Advanced

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Big Tuna Reviews

Read reviews for the Big Tuna by Jackson Kayak as submitted by your fellow paddlers. All of the reviews are created and written by paddlers like you, so be sure to submit your own review and be part of the community!

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A few years ago I had a big…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 7/19/2022

A few years ago I had a big tuna, it's a shame they discontinued it in 2021. It's a very versatile platform, mine has an electric motor that I installed in the center hatch. I have also seen people convert the center hatch to a pedal drive. I use it in various configurations as I don't always have someone to go kayaking with. The tuna tank is wonderful, I use it to secure my fish, to carry my live bait, storage, cooler etc. Thanks to Jacson kayaks there are still replacements available in their store in 2022. The take two is a good kayak but I really enjoy my fully equipped big tuna and the versatility it provides.


I love the space, good in…

Submitted by: paddler1174213 on 2/15/2021
I love the space, good in Texas coastal waters rivers, it does drift. So I sealed the large center space around the bottom. Water was going into open space and acting like a rudder in river currents, it's much better now. The Jackson kayak rudder is 1 star, for the price and a Jackson product should be better and I had it installed. Better rudder 4 stars as is 3 stars. Know of better rudder please email

I bought this kayak in…

Submitted by: gratefulkrf178 on 7/26/2020
I bought this kayak in early-July as a birthday gift to myself. My first kayak purchase; ideal for a novice fisherman like myself wanting to get outside on our local paddling trails as well as for the family road trip we will take in August. We bought a 3rd elite seat from Jackson and this will easily fit my wife and 4yo for paddle adventures. The rear cargo hull on this boat is the best feature; which fits both sets of paddles (broken down), 2 fishing rods, 2 cases of tacke, and an ammo box I've outfitted with paddling essentials, and there's STILL room for more in there. My boat came with the rudder attachment which makes this a perfect vessel for drifting along with the family or just throwing a line and letting the current take me. I can't wait to utilize the center hull space as a live-well, as for now we use it as even more storage space and have bought the matching Jackson cooler bag that fits in this space perfectly. This is an amazing boat. They though of everything in designing this kayak. My wife has even admitted that "this is one of the best purchases of our 11-year marriage." HA! The water is my new playground thanks to this Jackson Big Tuna kayak and I can't wait to get out on the water any chance I get. Thanks to Mountain Sports, in Arlington, TX, the Jackson Kayak dealer where I made the purchase. They were tremendously helpful and considerate of everything I needed to get going. A true outfitter.

This is a great and versatile…

Submitted by: paddler834240 on 7/24/2020
This is a great and versatile kayak. They have the most comfortable seats and this comes with 2 of them. There are many seat positions and what I love the most is it can be used as a solo or tandem kayak. I enjoy taking it out for a paddle or fishing by myself but I really love taking my 4 year old daughter out. She can face me and use the hole in the middle to fish or play with the water. Lots of other great features and well and made in the USA.

I love this boat! I know its…

Submitted by: golfanatic on 7/2/2019

I love this boat! I know its big and heavy (70 lbs) but it glides in the water and is easy to paddle. I love the seats and could sit in them for hours. My kids (6&9) both ride with me sometimes. I rigged it for fishing when going solo and its stable enough for me (6'4" 290 lbs) to stand. Nice work Jackson Kayak!


Hello fellow adventures! We…

Submitted by: paddler457403 on 7/31/2018

Hello fellow adventures! We have two Jackson Kayaks, a tandem and a single. Both have been awesome for fishing, paddling and relaxing in the current! We usually take them to large lakes, although we took them to the ocean this year. They are perfect for larger paddlers, we are all tall and fluffy. I have never been afraid I would tip and I've been rocked by some pretty big waves. Even the tandem stays steady. They are not the fastest Kayaks due to the size, but are easy to navigate through the waters. I do wish they were easy for me to carry alone, they are pretty heavy. We have fish finders mounted to both and they seem to be working great! I love the live wells and all the extra storage! They are easy to get in and out of, even with bad knees! So glad we decided to invest in these! Love being on the water!


Great kayak for me and my…

Submitted by: FrostMD on 6/19/2018

Great kayak for me and my son. Easily converts to a solo kayak. Tuna tank is awesome. Wish it came in a lighter color. Seats are comfortable and gave extra storage. Downfall is the ram ball inserts, don't over tighten or they will strip.


The wife and I love our…

Submitted by: Bravefart on 4/27/2016
The wife and I love our Jackson Big Tuna! Trick to this yak is to be sure to use it as intended. It is a two-person vessel that tracks, paddles, and fishes well in a stream, when two people are in control. It is somewhat difficult in a current for one person to manage alone due to it's length and moderate weight. However, the size of the yak, necessary for 2 passengers, is well utilized with all kinds of bells and whistles that make economical use of that size as well; storage hatches, pole holders, cooler/live-well option, depth finder, anchor, rudder, very cushy hi-low seats, and various other available Jackson options. I cannot do the Big Tuna justice in this short review, so I recommend that you visit the Jackson website and some of the YouTube videos to see if this, or another Jackson kayak, might be a good fit for you. If you do need a two-seater though, the Big Tuna is worth your consideration!

Can't give this product a…

Submitted by: Bravefart on 8/25/2015
Can't give this product a fair review because I am a novice yakker who bought my Tuna enroute to a stream fishing trip in Arkansas. The store rep kept referring me to the Jackson website for answers to any questions I had - which was weak and of no help for the immediate future. However, the product was more than big enough for this paddler and my gear.

Like some of the other reviewers, I would say that it tended to drift a little. Think that might be due to the design of the underbelly and the length of the Tuna (14'1"), especially in a current. Because I didn't know how to set it up correctly for two paddlers, that effort was a total disaster. Due partly to the fact that the dealer rep failed to supply all of the parts necessary for a two-person setup, or check me out on how to perform the setup - duh, go to the Jackson website. I later got the parts I needed from the dealer rep and checked out the Jackson website. Well 2 months later I still feel like I haven't given my Tuna a fair chance, but I don't plan on selling it anytime soon. Pretty sure it will meet my needs once I get straightened out on how to use it.

Don't know if this helps anyone else. Maybe learning from my mistakes will get you better prepared to make your kayak purchase. Before you buy, make sure and check out that Jackson Kayak website for a professional explanation of their fine products, of which the Big Tuna is just one!


It took us some time to…

Submitted by: rickandcheryl on 7/3/2015
It took us some time to decide to spend the extra money for a Big Tuna but it was worth it! This is the Cadillac of tandem fishing kayaks. The versatile seating positions, comfortable seats, room, storage, and stability are some of the features that make this kayak stand out from the crowd. It is well worth the extra dollars.

I had been thinking about…

Submitted by: gofishtx on 9/8/2014
I had been thinking about getting a Big Tuna to add to my fleet of plastic boats. I finally got to try one out at a local demo days. I found that while paddling with 2 people the boat was fairly stable, but I also noticed a lot of drifting to the side and the boat did not track as well as other boats I have paddled. The accessories and options available are awesome, but I found it too difficult to maneuver for my liking.

The Cadillac of tandem…

Submitted by: rickandcheryl on 9/6/2014
The Cadillac of tandem kayaks! We had another brand and after 2yrs decided to upgrade. What an upgrade! The quality and comfort far outweighed the extra cost.

The big tuna has no way to…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 8/10/2014
The big tuna has no way to access the hull to put sliders on, the seats do not tighten right down with the straps so they are always moving around try one out before you buy there are better kayaks out there by far

This tandem/fishing kayak is…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 8/14/2013
This tandem/fishing kayak is incredible! Easy to paddle as either a double or a solo. Stable enough to stand in too, with easy to reach stand up straps to make standing easier. Great to use for fishing or getting out after a three hour paddle. Seats on my Big Tuna kayak gave out in the bottom seam after only four outings, my local retailer, Blackcreek Outfitters, is dealing with Jackson Kayaks for me on that issue. Looks like the seat manufacturer forgot to stitch the seam properly. The kayak itself is incredible!!! Love it!!!