No fish boxes but you can get super skinny.
Balancing atop the saddle of my Sea-Doo, I stand and scan the pass for movement. Suddenly there it is, a school of tarpon, surfacing right near me on the move. Calming my novice nerves, I cast out my line and hope for the best. In short order a fish shows interest, toys with my emotions … and then leaves me at the altar.
Evidently fishing requires patience. Lots of it.
My friends argued that serious fishing would be the furthest stretch for my PWC, but once again I’m making them eat their words. In the flats, my craft’s jet drive and minimal draft enable me to get into the skinniest of waters without tangling a prop or scarring sea grass. Today’s quiet, clean four-strokes also won’t tick off my fellow anglers or spook the fish. Prefer bigger waters, like the pass I’m fishing today? With a four-foot beam, my hull remains exceptionally stable.
Rigging a PWC for fishing is relatively simple. I have a fish finder temporarily installed at the console, but my main addition sits aft: a multipurpose contraption of aluminum bars fabricated by a T-top manufacturer that houses a cooler-turned-baitwell and twin rod holders, and can even serve as an elevated viewing or poling platform. But I can stand atop the seat of this 11-foot-long behemoth and survey the water. Standing in the footwells or on the generous aft platform, the stability is such that, when I do hook into a fish, I can fight it without tipping my ride or going into the drink. Sure, something big might tow me around a little should it take my bait, but hey, that’s half the thrill.
The retractable bar makes it easy to reboard; stable platform is great for landing fish.