Kraken 13.5 Jackson Kayak – Spearfishing and Fishing Kayak

This post is part of the Spearfishing Kayak Project

So I went to my local San Diego Kayak store, OEX Mission Bay to get repair parts for the new (to me) Scupper Pro kayak.

A few extra parts here and there and Ta-Da!…

…I’m kidding. Check out what happened.

Jackson Kayak Kraken 13.5-11

Choosing the Right Kayak

Before I left my house I checked If Valerie ( my double roller carbon speargun 😉  ) would fit in the hatch of the scupper pro. She didn’t which meant I’d have to strap her to the top somehow.

I’ve lost a speargun and don’t want to have that feeling again. I started to have doubts about this yak. So I took out Valerie’s custom Addiction Spear and took her with me to the shop.

The OEX Shop was clean and had all the repair parts I needed. If you are out of town they have a web presence

At the shop Kerry was a patient and answered all my questions. I had a lot of questions.

I started a pile of repair parts on the counter to get an idea of how much the repairs were going to be. It wasn’t a lot but two things kept popping into my head.

Time and Valerie.

Time – I’d rather be writing, making videos, and of course recording more episodes of The Spear. So the DIY low budget was going to probably cost me more in time. I can’t make time. :) Strike one for the Scupper.

Valerie – She has to fit inside along with other damn expensive spearfishing gear. Strike two

Then while considering sounder options

Sounder – I wanted to get a nice sounder/GPS combo and that would be like putting on some sweet rims on a beat up car. Strike three

Kerry, I have my speargun in the car. Can I bring it in to see which one of these kayaks works best?

When the dust settled the Kraken 13.5 by Jackson Kayak was the best option for me. The center hatch with the low angle in the back and the high in the fron works perfectly to accommodate Valerie the 130cm  Speargun. I’ll do a video and write up on that soon.

Jackson Kayak – Kraken 13.5

OK Here she is! Freshly unwrapped in an awesome “Bluefin” color pattern.

Nice Touch Jackson Kayak

One of the coolest things I’ve seen done by a manufacturer. We unwrapped this Kraken and there was a tag attached to it with the “built by” info and date. Nice touch. Thanks Wayne Green and Josh Davis. I know each one of these is unique. I love the way the pattern turned out.

Jackson Kayak Kraken 13.5-2

Kayak Fishing

A sport I first heard about in 2003. I was young and didn’t have the means or time to get started in it.

Since moving to San Diego in 2008 I’ve enjoyed the occasional bay bass catch and release session. Also, since we started fishing paddies before diving them a few summers ago, I already have the basics to add Kayak Fishing to my list of hobbies.

I’m looking forward to taking my older boy for a paddle around the bay. When it’s just him and me in the car, he usually asks, “Daddy, are we going on an adventure?” So I’m looking forward to sharing this with him.

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The next post will be the installation of the Lowrance Elite-4 Fishfinder/Chartplotter with US Basemap, 83/200KHz CHIRP, and DownScan Transducer.

TS 040: Interview with Chris Chaput from Sea Sniper Spearguns

Spearfishing-Podcast-V5-400x400Interview with Chris Chaput

This episode of THE SPEAR we get to know Chris Chaput the Soul Spearo behind Sea Sniper. We talk about how he got started in the sport and how Sea Sniper the brand was formed. He share some great stories, advice for new divers, and advice for new gun builders. I feel super fortunate to have have the opportunity to record yet another very fun interview. Like with most episodes I catch myself cracking up alone in the dark while editing and I can’t wait to share it with you.

So enjoy and thank  you for listening. read more…

Spearfishing Kayak – Poor Man’s Yacht

Oh yes, the…

“Poor man’s yacht” – Alex Reynaud (The Spear Episode 38)

Spearfishing and Fishing Kayak Project

This is part 1 of The Spearfishing Kayak Series

At the start of my spearfishing journey I wrote off kayaks and decided to just shore dive. When I first considered a kayak I started looking into them but the price was so close to a small boat I decided to just put it off and get a small boat instead.

I never got around to getting a boat.

I dove from shore and was successful. Also, I had boat invites. I started paddy hopping and diving the islands with friends that owned boats so I never got around to it.

I will be starting a Spearfishing (Fishing) Kayak Project. read more…

TS 039: Alex Reynaud’s Spearfishing Journey Continued

Spearfishing-Podcast-V5-400x400Interview with Alex Reynaud

This episode of THE SPEAR we get to part two of the Alex Reynaud interview.  We continue with The Salty Spearo segment. We talk about the 2014 World Spearfishing Championships in Peru, the story of the 68 pound Ulua on this episode’s cover, the best trip to do as a beginner, and what it’s like to be a brand ambassador. Then we move into The Spear segment where he shares more great insights.

Enjoy. read more…

TS 038: Alex Reynaud’s Spearfishing Journey

Spearfishing-Podcast-V5-400x400Interview with Alex Reynaud

In this episode of THE SPEAR we get to know Alex Reynaud. A world class spearo who is a long time listener of the show and came prepared with so many great stories, insights, and practical tips that we blew past the 2 hour mark. This episode is half of the interview and it is an hour and 20 minutes long. I wouldn’t dare edit it down. There is just too much great info.

Enjoy. read more…

TS 037: Mike Wasilisin’s Spearfishing Journey

Spearfishing-Podcast-V5-400x400Interview with Mike Wasilisin

In this episode of THE SPEAR we get to know Dr. Mike Wasilisin. A spearo who is off to a great start in his spearfishing journey. In a few years he has gone all out and shot almost all the our local game species and then some. He is here to share his journey and share some of the insights that have helped him along the way.

So lets dive into this episode.

Enjoy. read more…

TS 036: Memo Arikok’s Spearfishing Journey

Spearfishing-Podcast-V5-400x400Interview with Memo Arikok from Medfish Freediving School

In this episode of THE SPEAR we get to know Memo Arikok. One of my heros of the sport when I first started out. He is an amazing spearo and freediver and he shares some great stories, insights, and tips that are new to the show.

So lets dive into this episode.

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THE SPEAR Fishing Podcast Ep 035 Transcript

Guys there is no good reason for this show to go away. There just isn’t. There are now 1,000 of you listening every week. That number just keeps growing. There are listeners reaching out and saying you have to get this guy’s story. We are just scratching the surface. There are so many divers to meet and stories to hear. read more…

Spearfishing San Diego Offshore 2015 Paddy Season

I took some footage from multiple trips Spearfishing San Diego offshore and put together this video.

The video is mostly shot offshore in US and Mexican waters. This is how I try to spend some of my Saturdays in the summer.

THE-SPEAR-Spearfishing-Podcast-Ep31Big thank you to Matt Swartout, also in this video for taking me out and being an awesome fishing buddy. You can listen to Matt’s spearfishing journey on The Spear Ep 31.

Spearfishing San Diego 2015 Paddy Season Video

Here is the video. Enjoy.

How Was Your Summer?

I would love to see your videos from the 2015 Spearfishing Summer Season. Reply in this comment with a YouTube or Vimeo link to your best 2015 Spearfishing videos. If there is enough interest I would like to make a SpearoNation 2015 recap and include all the highlights.

This Week on The Spear

Tune in to The Spear this Thursday for an interview with Memo Arikok. A phenomenal spearo from Turkey that inspired me at the beginning of my spearfishing journey and still does now. Check out his Vimeo Channel and get pumped for episode 35.

TS 034: Chris Taylor’s Spearfishing Journey

Spearfishing-Podcast-V5-400x400Interview with Chris Taylor

In this episode of THE SPEAR we get to know Chris Taylor

Our guest this week actually lives a mile or two from my place and we probably would not have met if it wasn’t for this show. He is an awesome dude and loyal listener. He shares his spearfishing journey, some new tips to The Trident segment, we totally geek out on technology, and my inner nerd comes out.


Enjoy. read more…

TS 033: Lobster Diving Primer for New Spearos (California Bug Diving)

Spearfishing-Podcast-V5-400x400Lobster Diving Primer

This episode of THE SPEAR is for the first time California spiny lobster divers

We go over the additional gear needed to bug dive, where to find these tasty creatures and I share some tips and pointers that I’ve learned from my own experience harvesting lobsters

OK let’s dive into this episode.

Enjoy. read more…

TS 032: Spearfishing the North West with Chad Cabe

Spearfishing-Podcast-V5-400x400Interview with Chad Cabe

In this episode of THE SPEAR we get to know local Washington spearo Chad Cabe.

We talk about spearfishing in 51 degree water, freediving competition, water comfort, and mind control. He also shares some great stories and insights.

OK let’s dive into this episode.

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