Big Rig HD

Big Rig HD Introducing the Big Rig HD! One of Jackson Kayak's most popular fishing kayaks now gets the upgrades of both its HD predecessors, the Coosa HD and Cuda HD. Most importantly, the Big Rig HD can be converted into the Big Rig FD with purchase of the Pedal Pod system. The HD version of the Big Rig has features an oversized center storage pod (Paddle Pod), foot-controlled rudder system, our High Hi-Lo Ergo Seat Frame with MOLLE System, which includes infinite fore-aft trimming and the unique Big Rig rod troughs are doubled up with TWO rod tubes on both sides of the bow. The Big Rig HD's new rod staging system lets you set down and snap up your rods at a moments' notice. Unlike the other HD models, the rod tubes can also accommodate fly rods up to 9' in length with fly reel geometry behind the seat. Jackson Kayak's use of track systems remain throughout giving you flexibility in setting up for the day of fishing and our hulls are molded for Raymarine and Power-Pole readiness. Storage is upgraded throughout the Big Rig HD with hatches updated to new rotating latches. Upgrading from the HD to the FD is a snap - the Paddle Pod is replaced with our Pedal Pod, which includes geometry for our FlexDrive unit, and the rudder controls convert to hand rudder controls for the FD experience. From the FD, the addition of our E-Drive (coming January 2019) means a truly hands-free fishing experience, where the rudder controls return to foot control and our battery will take you anywhere you want to go. Hull size and performance are comparable to the original Big Rig, but features an elongated keel for superior tracking while paddling, pedaling, or motoring. The FlexDrive system allows forward and reverse, has unique articulation to adapt to shallow water, obstacles, or cleaning, and is removable for true kayak use.

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Product Features

  • 1  - Hypalon Paddle Keeper

    Tuck your paddle blade under this Hypalon keeper to get it out of the way but still in arm's reach - snag-free for your treble hooks! Resistant to UV damage and temperature extremes, this material will keep your paddle safe!
  • 2  - Four Rod Tip Tube Protectors

    Storage for four rods with extended reach for fly rods as well.
  • 3  - Storage pod

    New central Paddle Pod for gear, tools and more right at your fingertips. The FlexDrive pedal drive or EDrive motor system can fit here in its place when you upgrade to our Pedal Pod!
  • 4  - Gear Tracks  - YakAttack

    Located on both sides and in the front and rear of the kayak, the Yakattack gear tracks are built into the kayak in easily accessible locations for adding accessories and RAM Mounts.
  • 5  - High Hi-Lo Ergo Seat Frame with MOLLE System

    New for 2019 is an updated Ergo Seat Cover, complete with MOLLE compatible webbing on the rear of the seat, and a removable MOLLE panel underneath. A new custom MOLLE pouch for tackle comes standard (on certain models), and now you can customize both behind and under your seat for tackle and gear management with the myriad of MOLLE compatible attachments readily available on the market. This seat sits higher than our traditional ‘high’ position on other fishing kayaks, improving ergonomics for ease of pedaling or paddling.
  • 6  - Integrated Rudder Control System

    Our integrated rudder control system allows precise direction correction while pedaling and can be operated with left, right, or both controls. It is hand controlled on the FD and foot controlled on the HD.
  • 7  - PowerPole Ready - PowerPole Micro Anchor  - Power-pole Micro Anchor

    Four easy molded-in screw points are ready for easy installation of the PowerPole Micro Anchor system.
  • 8  - Hinging Rear Hatch

    Large rear hatch with new easy-opening latches.
  • 9  - Fly reel pocket

    Safe resting place for your fly reels that allow for the storage of your 9-foot fly rods.
  • 10  -  Transducer Scupper

    Two front scupper holes accommodate many transducer sizes, making installing a fish finder unit a breeze.
  • 11  - Flush Mount Rod Holders

    Two flush-mounted rod holders behind the seat for easy access. Great for trolling for big fish!
  • 12  - Omega Rod Holder with Track Mounted LockNLoad Mounting System  - YakAttack

    New for 2019, this truly universal rod staging solution from YakAttack works flawlessly with spinning, casting, larger conventional reels, and yes – even fly rods of all sizes. A 360 degree rotating collar offers the ability to quickly secure the rod by capturing the reel, and allows spinning reels to be stowed in the natural downward position, not hung off the side. Multiple modes allow anglers to easily stage rods for quick access or lock them in for maximum security.
  • 13  - MOLLE Snap Seatback Pouch

    New for 2019, this MOLLE seatback pouch makes accessing behind seat contents a breeze. Fully MOLLE-compatible, pouch snaps off easily to reload for those days on the go and easily accommodates two 3600 series Plano boxes.

Comments on “Big Rig HD”

  1. michael macbride
    July 28, 2018 at 8:05 pm

    When will the new Big Rig HD be available? I am a large guy, 6’8″ and 310 lbs, and I just cannot wait for this new kayak to come out so I can get out on the water!

    1. September 24, 2018 at 9:49 am

      Hi Michael, we’re fired up on this boat, too! We’re looking at a November launch here.

  2. OkieBigRig
    July 30, 2018 at 2:04 am

    My old Big Rig just got outdated ,knew it was coming someday. Love the flat deck insert on the HD, wish mine was flat. Send out a crew with a HD and a FD Big Rig( maybe a 360 angler also?) when they get released ,and I can show you around Chimney Rock reservoir in Eastern Ok. It is around 1200 acres of small mouth and black bass fun. It’s a really unique lake. It’s a diked off mountain top. They pump water up from Hudson lake , through several giant tubes that run up the side of the mountain. The water flows back out and produces hydroelectricity. Chimney Rock( “The pumpback” as we call it) is over 100 feet deep in the middle. Some huge blue cats, and monster drum lurk in the depths. I like finesse fishing for bass and sometimes you set the hook and just a slow to fast drag slipping till it breaks nothing you can do about it. It’s a electric only ,no swimming lake. How do you explain to a warden that you fell out of the biggest widest stablest kayak there is and was not just cooling off from the heat. Maybe I need a wilderness or feel free sticker for the hot days so I don’t get in trouble cooling off.

  3. Shawn
    August 12, 2018 at 6:15 pm

    When will the big rig hd be available?

    1. September 24, 2018 at 9:49 am

      Hi Shawn, we’re looking at a November release.

  4. Stephen Osiecki
    August 13, 2018 at 8:24 am

    When will the HD version be ready for purchase? Also, how much will the HD weigh? Thanks.

    1. September 24, 2018 at 9:50 am

      Hi Stephen, we’re looking at a November launch. The HD will weigh somewhere in the vicinity of 110 lbs.

  5. David
    August 22, 2018 at 8:57 pm

    Will this be the place to check fo= any new information on this model? I have a high interest in it as a big guy he model myself.

    1. September 24, 2018 at 9:50 am

      Hi David, yes, this will be the right place to check for the latest info on the Big Rig HD/FD. We’re stoked on this boat, too!

  6. Joseph Arndt
    August 22, 2018 at 9:39 pm

    What is the weight of new Big rig HD im looking on getting a big rig and im thinking on getting the new one but without the peddles for starters

    1. September 24, 2018 at 9:51 am

      Hi Joseph, we’re looking at somewhere in the neighborhood of 110 lbs for the HD version of the new Big Rig.

      1. Joseph Arndt
        December 15, 2018 at 5:32 pm

        I wish they did financing for a alsome kayak pike that one

  7. Ryan C
    September 1, 2018 at 11:40 am

    How much is the cost of the flex drive conversion? If I already have a cruise fd, it would be nice to be able to switch back and forth.

    1. September 24, 2018 at 11:50 am

      Hi Ryan, if you’re wanting to get the ‘conversion pod’ for the Big Rig to go from HD to FD and you already have the upper and lower units from your Cruise FD the price will be $149. Price for the pod to convert from FD to HD will be $149 as well.

      Hope that helps!

  8. Daniel
    September 24, 2018 at 8:25 am

    I am just curious as to when this yak will be on the market. I am dead set on having this one. So the sooner I can pick it up the better!!

    1. September 24, 2018 at 9:53 am

      Hi Daniel, we’re looking at a November launch on this boat. Stay tuned!

      1. Daniel
        September 28, 2018 at 1:30 pm

        Could you send me a picture of the colors this boat will come in?

  9. Daniel Gebhardt
    October 15, 2018 at 10:14 pm

    been looking at kayaks for a while and the big rig hd looks like the one! would like to upgrade it to peddal drive eventually. what would the upgrade cost and does that include hand rudder control? Seems like foot rudder control would be a little tough with a pedal drive

    1. October 16, 2018 at 9:59 am

      Hi Daniel – We’re still dialing in the upgrade price at the moment. The HD version comes standard with a foot-controlled rudder system (something we’ve not offered standard on a fishing kayak before!), and the conversion kit includes all you’ll need to swap controls from foot to hand control. You’re spot-on…a foot-controlled rudder system would be a tricky wicket with a pedal drive 🙂

  10. Kirk Dragoo
    November 13, 2018 at 9:02 pm

    Do you have any idea yet as to the standard colors that will be available on the Big Rig HD? Also what will be the up charge for a custom color? Thanks.

    1. November 14, 2018 at 3:59 pm

      Howdy Kirk, the standard colors will be the same as the Coosa FD, MayFly, etc. If you look at the pictures in the studio gallery for one of those boats it should help you out. Custom colors are +$200 and could add six to eight weeks.

      Hope this helps!

  11. James Davis
    January 16, 2019 at 6:24 pm

    Do these still have the stand assist bar from previous big rigs?

    1. January 17, 2019 at 11:02 am

      Hi James, they do not. You can pick one up in either our store at or snag one of YakAttack’s Command Stands.

  12. Daniel Self
    January 29, 2019 at 9:17 pm

    Where can I purchase the rod stagers? My new big rig only came with one.

    1. January 30, 2019 at 11:26 am

      Hey Daniel, you should have received both a left and right rod stager. Shoot an email to the folks at and let them know – we’ll get one out to you directly.

  13. Brad Jones
    February 3, 2019 at 8:57 am

    Can I order this in Realtree? Also, I plan on doing a lot of duck hunting out of it. Is there a production blind available? And/or a reclining/layout seat?

    1. February 4, 2019 at 11:28 am

      Hi Brad, we will not be offering this model in Realtree. Currently we do not have a blind available – try sending an email to the fishing pros ( and they’ll be able to offer some solid recommendations. The seat will lay flat when the straps at either side of the seat are released.

      Hope this helps!

  14. Smitty
    March 10, 2019 at 12:27 pm

    Will a 35qt Orion cooler fit in the tank well of this boat?

    1. March 21, 2019 at 4:09 pm

      Hi Smitty, it will not but our 25q Orion Cooler will fit in the rear tankwell.

  15. Daniel
    March 19, 2019 at 11:32 pm

    Hi, i’m interested in knowing what all comes with the kayak as a package? Does it come with just whats on the kayak and a seat or does it come with a paddle or with storage bags like some of your other models did?

    1. March 21, 2019 at 4:06 pm

      Hey Daniel! This boat does not come with a paddle but it does come with a seatback snap MOLLE storage pouch. You can see the full list of items that come with the Big Rig HD under the ‘Product Description’ tab on the kayak page – Let me know if you can’t find it.

      1. Daniel Lamar
        March 23, 2019 at 9:10 pm

        Thanks! Was able to test drive the Coosa HD and the Big Rig Hd today, absolutely loved the stability and room on the Big Rig, was able to stand and paddle on it with no problem.

  16. Rob Lucas
    March 21, 2019 at 8:55 pm

    Which is better to fly fish from, Mayfly or Big Rig HD?

  17. carson
    June 26, 2019 at 6:32 pm

    is there a way to get the pedals?cause i recently bought one and want the pedals?

    1. June 27, 2019 at 10:27 am

      Hi Carson, and congrats on your new Big Rig! You can pick up the pod for the HD/FD here: – if you give us a call here at the factory we can get yout pricing for the upper and lower flex drive units as well (931.738.4800).

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