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.

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