I have been fishing off personal watercraft for well over a decade now and still remember the day clearly, pondering on how I could make the concept of fishing off a watercraft a reality.
This vision first started when my children and I set off on a fishing adventure holding our rods, but not long after setting off on our journey we quickly realised we had no where to store the fish or the rods.
I enjoy designing and engineering projects, so after brainstorming some innovative ideas, the Ultimate Rod Holder was born. This was just the beginning of this amazing journey and to follow was the development of a line of watercraft fishing products and accessories in my ‘Ultimate’ brand.
For many years I had contemplated the economics of a dedicated personal watercraft for fishing, and would a manufacturer share the same vision, engage my ideas, research and development. This vision, for a manufacturer to use some of my experience from NZ to produce a product rugged enough for the offshore fishing experience was to come to reality.
With a considerable number of hours spent enjoying time on the water I had more time than most to analyse ideas. The concept of someone from little old NZ having an influence on the first production fishing unit seemed unrealistic from the other side of the world!
I was wrong, behind the scenes manufacturers had been watching the excitement of the sport I had grown in our region for many years. There had been plenty of phone calls to me, visits and much talk that one day it could happen.
Over the years I created fishing videos and events which had more than just us in NZ excited! Sea-Doo also saw the potential to take this sport to the world market. As a lead innovator, I was confident Sea-Doo would tick all the boxes to the highest level. That’s where I come in... I was approached to share my knowledge to help design and produce the industry first watercraft built for fishing.
Being involved for the last couple of years with the Fish Pro project has been an amazing adventure. Revealing the new product in Colorado last week on the stage in front of a few thousand people was a proud and emotional moment. For the world to see what is an industry first, designed by the Sea-Doo team with all fishing enthusiasts in mind and influenced by my New Zealand experience and the passion for the sport.
Now over ten years on and I have been able to fulfil my dream with the number one personal watercraft manufacturer Sea-Doo supporting my vision and showing the initiative to bring a personal watercraft for fishing to the world market.
Alongside working with the Sea-Doo team developing this product, I am also privileged to be the Sea-Doo Fish Pro Brand Ambassador, I represent Sea-Doo and am the voice of this amazing new and innovative platform for the global market.
I am excited to tell you more about the Fish Pro as it is highly featured and designed to suit many on the water personal water craft fishing methods. Check out the introduction video.
Sea-Doo Fish Pro Brand Ambassador
The Fish Pro is feature rich and just some of the key attributes that have me super excited for this fishing platform are listed here:
An introduction to the Fish Pro is available at my YouTube Channel.
I will be hosting evenings throughout the country this summer so you can learn more about the Fish Pro, what gear I use and how I catch the fish.
The first evening will be at the OBC (Outboard Boating Club) Auckland RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
The weather is warming up and we still have a few spots left for next months Monster Snapper Hunt, don't miss out on this awesome event. You can also win big CASH PRIZES while enjoying some of the countries best Snapper fishing with like minded fisho's.