The weather is warming up here in New Zealand with another summer upon us. Jetskifishing is still growing strong, with more people expressing interest and getting started with this exciting sport. I receive plenty of enquiry regarding all brands of personal water crafts and felt it was long overdue to kit out what I feel is the best fishing platform in Sea-Doo’s latest range of skis. Along with my delayed Yamaha project, now expected to be finished for January 2013, this Sea-Doo GTX 155 is already transformed in to our team’s latest fishing weapon.
The GTX has been complimented with a great Exclusive Jetskifishing Store package, including the latest Raymarine A67 Multifunction Display featuring a sounder and GPS, also fitted with LED navigation lights, the dual battery system and the Ultimate Rod Holder 51 litre with five holders. For this maiden voyage I headed out to the area of the Noise’s to get a feel for the craft and all the add-on accessories before Kristy takes over with the ski for a few of her own solo adventures.
The sea conditions made for a pleasant ride out and I was especially impressed with the Sea-Doo’s electronic neutral, while setting for my first drift. The rewards of fishing sunrise soon had me with a nice Snapper hitting the soft bait and pulling some string! This one caught on the Gulp – New Penny 5” Jerk Shad, in twenty metres of water with a 3/0 1oz Berkley jig head to lower the bait in the current.
It’s always refreshing out on the water bright and early admiring the sunrise and the added bonus of catching fish, what us Jetskifisho’s know as living the dream!
The fish were hitting the Gulp grubs as well and a perfect size fish for our meals over the next few nights.
One of the many bonuses of Jetskifishing is you have your own independence, as a couple of our New Zealand Jetskifishing Club members caught up with me at their own leisure.
With the bite slowing we moved over to the area of Maria Island, hunting the fish using our sounders.
This was the spot of the day for me, yet not much sign on the sounder. The fish were very aggressive though, coming up off the bottom to smash the soft bait as it dropped through the water column.
With enough Snapper for my needs, I headed back after just two hours out on the water. While heading through Motuihe Channel I spotted another club member enjoying Jetskifishing with his wife, it’s always plenty of fun fishing two up...
I’ll be off on a Xmas break over the next week and hope to share a report in January showing where and what I have been up to with Jetskifishing. Be safe on the water and I look forward to seeing you at the Jetskifishing Store next year. We have some great gear for 2013, so come visit me if you are looking at upgrading your ski or adding some of our latest jetskifishing accessories to your jetskifishing machine.