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    Cool Getting into PWC fishing... any advice?

    Hey everyone. I am very seriously considering getting into PWC fishing. I don't think I'm in the right place to have anyone talk me out of it.

    I'm out of the Tampa, FL area where I am lucky enough to live on a saltwater canal with direct gulf access. At this point in my life, PWC fishing seems to be right up my alley. I love the idea of being able to walk out back, push the pwc in the water off of a floating dock, go fishing, come back and have relatively easy clean-up.

    I've read all of the back and forth over brands and reliability. I REALLY don't want to stir any of that up but one of my main questions is this:

    Since I am going to be riding exclusively in salt, storing on a floating dock in salt, should I be giving a stronger preference to the Rotax closed-loop system?

    If not, I have found a 2007 Yamaha FX HO with 150ish hours listed at $5500 nearby. I think that's a good starting point, but if I'm wrong, let me know. I really love the new Sea-Doo Fish Pro but don't think I can justify spending $15k on something I don't even know if I enjoy yet!


    I'm planning and budgeting a lot of crucial safety and riding gear including:
    - Emergency GPS locator
    - Waterproof handheld VHF
    - Good lifejacket
    - Wetsuit jacket
    - Goggles and possible face shield
    - Dye packs?
    (I have flares and other basic safety gear from boats)

    Any other gear you would recommend?


    In regards to cooler rack and rod holders, I've seen a lot of different set-ups around and I am still deciding on how I will end up approaching that. I am trying to figure out the right solution to quickly pop the rig on and off so I can cover it and store outside. So far Kool PWC Stuff seems like a fairly priced rack that I wouldn't have to build but open to suggestions here.


    If anyone lives in the area and is looking for a fishing partner once I get rigged up, I would love to join you.


    I appreciate any advice and recommendations. I'm trying to be as safe as possible out there.


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    I recommend getting a fish finder with some sort of GPS and charts. I didnt get the charts and regret it (I can add them later).
    For the price of cooler racks, I'm highly considering buying a lifetime cooler from walmart and attaching all my stuff straight to the cooler. (pole holders, plier holder, knife holder etc.) And all the mounting that i will need to hook it onto the ski.
    you could even attach a pole that drops down for your transducer so you dont have to mount it to the ski. (I mounted mine with a bracket.) It has held up to 76mph so far.
    As far as ski, im just using my GP1800, because i already have it. and i only fish freshwater currently.
    I currently just rachet strap an rtic cooler to the back, and its kind of pointless except for drinks/food and of course any catch you want to bring home. I dont feel good about drilling holes in it to mount stuff lol.
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    Thanks Reaper, I ordered a similar fish finder. I do like your mount location vs doing it in the center console. I have an idea for attaching the transducer to the ladder but I'll have to wait and see if that works out.

    I ended up finding a 2011 VX HO with 118 hours and a few months of warranty left. Came with a cooler rack so I attached some Scotty style pole mounts and rod holders to it. Took it out for a ride with everything hooked up today and it all seemed to hold up good. Can't wait to get everything else set up and go fishing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reaper9789 View Post
    I recommend getting a fish finder with some sort of GPS and charts. I didnt get the charts and regret it (I can add them later).
    For the price of cooler racks, I'm highly considering buying a lifetime cooler from walmart and attaching all my stuff straight to the cooler. (pole holders, plier holder, knife holder etc.) And all the mounting that i will need to hook it onto the ski.
    you could even attach a pole that drops down for your transducer so you dont have to mount it to the ski. (I mounted mine with a bracket.) It has held up to 76mph so far.
    As far as ski, im just using my GP1800, because i already have it. and i only fish freshwater currently.
    I currently just rachet strap an rtic cooler to the back, and its kind of pointless except for drinks/food and of course any catch you want to bring home. I dont feel good about drilling holes in it to mount stuff lol.
    Iím setting my ski 13 VXR up now.
    I went with the dragonfly 4pro with chart and so on.
    Doing a dual battery also for off shore. Using all Bluesea equipment. A UHF would be good to have also

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    Nice solid fishing/cooler rack
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    Here is my transom mount setup.. people sell pretty nice ones so you dont have to build a ghetto one like mine. (made from an old street sign lol)
    I tried gluing it in the hull under the supercharger, but it would not work there. I have gone 76 with the transducer setup here. I get good readings to about 35mph, then it wigs out.
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