Jet Ski on Beach

REASONS TO TRY JET SKI FISHING

With the success of kayak fishing in recent years, it has opened the fishing world up to alternative fishing applications. One application that appealed to me was jet ski fishing. The application is gaining popularity state-side, with fishos in Florida galavanting around the Keys on their personal watercraft (PWC).

I can understand why. The beauty of kayak fishing is that the small and agile kayaks are able to get in smaller nooks that a boat just can’t get to, and jet skis can do the same. Like kayaks, launching is far simpler than a boat, but unlike kayaks, these things can cover some serious distance at speed. These were my reasons for trying my hand at fishing from a jet ski.

JET SKIS OFFER THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS

As I mentioned, their slight size and manoeuvrability mean jet skis will appeal to kayak fishos who like to get to places where others cannot. But the speed aspect means jet skis also have all the versatility of a boat. You can engage in more styles of fishing from a jet ski, including drift, jigging and trolling. In this respect the jet ski offers the best of both worlds, agility, but also the versatility to drag a lure at speed.

It is also safe to take jet skis deeper into the ocean than you might be willing to go in a kayak. The deeper hulls make them more stable over swells. Simultaneously, it is perfectly comfortable in the shallows of a sleepy lake or river system. For fishing versatility, jet skis are the future.

JET SKIS ARE CHEAPER THAN BOATS

A jet ski is cheaper than a boat in almost every way. Most boats require a larger initial outlay, both for the boat, and the much larger trailer required for transportation. Jet skis are also more fuel efficient than a larger boat, allowing you to save on the cost of fuel.

YOU ARE SELF SUFFICIENT

There is no need for a crew or necessary paperwork for mooring and docking, on a jet ski, you are the master of your own destiny. You are fiercely independent and can store the thing in your own garage, removing the incurrence of hefty storage fees.

VISIBILITY IS GOOD

Unlike in a boat, where you are positioned a few feet above the water, on a jet ski, your low position close to the water’s surface allows you to see much more of what is going on underneath. It allows you to locate fish by sight as well as other methods.

JET SKIS ARE EASY TO KIT OUT FOR FISHING

What put me off getting a boat was the lengthy process of modifying it for all my fishing needs and desires. On a jet ski, it was very simple. All I had to do was add a storage box at the back, a couple of rod holders, and a canopy. There was already a position for the GPS and fishfinder. With minimal effort and expense, I was able to transform it into the perfect fishing vessel.

CLEAN UP IS EASY

After fishing trips at sea on my friend’s boats, the cleanup job always looks so daunting. Washing it down and waxing it gets old quickly. But with a jet ski, it takes almost no time at all.

JET SKIS ARE SO MUCH FUN

Finally, jet skis are just more fun. That was their original purpose. For people to blow off steam tearing across the ocean and hitting waves just for the hell of it. Take your fishing gear off and you have the perfect toy to play with on the water. Not many fishing boats double as an aquatic toy and I defy you to find a kayaker that wouldn’t enjoy a few hours on a jet ski.

Jet ski fishing will have something for everyone. The machine’s versatility is the reason why in places like New Zealand it is really taking off. This one is not just the latest fishing craze, it is here to stay. Once you dip your toes in the world of jet ski fishing, it will pull you in.


 

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Mike G
mgilles@dinga.com.au

Mike loves to travel on the open road, he's really into vehicles of any kind, especially those with 2 wheels.