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Sea-Doo Fish Pro Review | Bass Fishing

January 14, 2020


Hey, folks. Glenn May here with BassResource.com. And I’ve been bass fishing for about five
decades now, it’s dating me. And I’d be the first to tell you that bass
anglers don’t necessarily like personal watercraft, and water skiers, and that sort of thing,
mainly because they’re loud, they are disruptive to the serenity of fishing, they put out these
big wakes that rock the boat. And of course, some of the operators out there
are a little dangerous, don’t operate in a respectful manner. They get too close, they drive their personal
watercrafts in a dangerous manner. That’s again, they are the minority, bass
anglers have that, too, in our community. There’s some bass anglers out there that just
aren’t really good boaters, so they gave everybody a bad name. So there’s always been this kind of a friction
between fishermen and personal watercrafts. So when Sea-Doo got a hold of me, and they
said, “Hey, we want you to try this new personal watercraft that we’ve designed. We want you to fish out of it.” I was like, “Really? You want me to fish out of a personal watercraft?” And they said, “No, this is actually designed
for fishing. And you’re going to be the world’s first bass
angler to use it, and you get to fish at Florida’s famous 13/Stick Marsh Farm Pond that which
is notorious for having giant bass. And I was like, “Wow, okay. All right. I’m gonna give it a shot.” You don’t really learn anything new unless
you try something new. And you get to experience new things for yourself,
so I’m just gonna put myself out there and see what happens. Why not? So I wanna tell you a little bit about what
happened, what my impressions are and see if this might be something that you wanna
try. Now, for years personal watercraft owners,
they’ve modified their Sea-Doos for fishing. They’ve added rod holders, and ice chest,
tackle storage, and so on to make it possible to fish from the PWCs. Some of these are really whacked out modifications,
they look kind of wild. And some of these, I’m telling you, they’re
pretty modified. But now Sea-Doo has come out with the first
production model PWC that’s designed specifically for fishing. It’s called a Fish Pro, and it’s actually
pretty cool. It’s built on a large platform. It comes with a large cooler, rod holders,
tackle storage, a depth finder, an extended rear deck, and it even has a nine-position
slow-speed settings for trolling, which I’ll talk about that a little bit. But my first thought was, hey, I could use
something like this to get into areas that you just can’t get into with a traditional
bass boat. Those real skinny water, shallow areas, you’re
just not gonna be able to get into, this looks kind of promising. But, you know, is this really something you
can fish out of? So when I first got there, I got a little
walk around, got to see what this thing look like, and upon seeing it, my first reaction
that, “Yeah, this is big.” It’s a very capable three-seater with an extra
rear platform that gives it an even larger profile. I’d say it’s one of if not the largest PWCs
I’ve seen. It has a large 13.5 gallon cooler attached
to the back with rod holders attached to that. The chest has a lot of room and it has plenty
of room for beverages, food, ice. And of course, if you wanna put fish on ice,
it has room for that. Today I had actually a bait bucket in there
with several water bottles, ice, lunch, and I still had a ton of room left in there to
put whatever else I wanted in there. And it’s attached to this rear platform using
these locking mechanisms they call link. And the reason they have this is it adds a
modular approach to attaching all kinds of different accessories to this watercraft. You can put this in here, you can put a smaller
cooler in there, you can add a fuel tank if you want. I can see transforming this cooler into a
live well, for like tournaments. You can actually do that. So it’d be pretty handy. And then you attach the little other cooler
on a smaller cooler and there you go, you got your lunch and beverages in there. But one of the things that really stood as
I walked around was this integrated depth finder. It’s actually fish finder, it’s built into
the console for easy viewing while you’re driving in also while you’re fishing. I mean, the placement of this thing is they
thought this out. It’s actually well-designed and it’s a good
unit, it’s a Garmin echoMAP unit, has GPS navigation on a trip technology. It has traditional trip sonar and they’re
clear view scanning sonar. It’s really impressive, the transducer is
Thru-Hull mount, so you don’t have to fuss with it. It’s a really good fish finder and I was impressive
that that’s on there. Also, it has a really large waterproof storage
compartment on the front of the seat, and actually you can access this while you’re
sitting down in it. So you can put tons of room and it’s actually
huge. You can probably put easily two, maybe three
tackle boxes in there, plus rain gear, plus a PFD and other equipment, tons of room without
having to modify it. So that I thought was really thoughtful. So after getting a look through all this,
I’d said, “Okay, well, now, it’s time to get on and actually go ride this thing.” And when I first got on, the very first thing
I noticed was that it was actually very comfortable. It felt like a custom fit. Nothing was awkward about it, nothing felt
uncomfortable. I actually felt that I was very safe in it. I actually stood up, had to check it, rocked
it back and forth, is it gonna tip over? And really, it felt very, very stable. It felt low center of gravity. It didn’t rock that much, it took a lot of
effort to do it. And so what I did is I actually swung my legs
over the console and I stood up on one side because I figured that’s gonna be the real
test and it just barely tipped, it really didn’t tip much at all. So I was really impressed. I could move around, I swoop my leg around,
put it backwards. I moved around, sat sideways on the bench,
I could move all over this thing without feeling like I’m gonna fall over. It was a very, very stable platform. So I was very relieved about that. And I’ve heard the PWCs, they’re notorious
for slow speed maneuverability, just not being very good. So that’s the first thing I did as I kicked
it on, and kind of motored around at idle and then real slow speeds and it actually
was really easy to steer. I can make circles with ease, and this actually
has a reverse throttle on that works as a break. And trust me, it is like a break. If you’ve been on a bicycle before and you
hit the brake, it felt a lot like that on water, which is pretty cool. But it’ll add an additional maneuverability
on it. So I took off and got on plane. What I realized right away is that this engine
was really responsive and very, very powerful. It had a lot of power and quick, quick acceleration. Now, I’m used to going 70 miles an hour in
a bass boat. Don’t get me wrong, but this has a very different
feel to it. You’re right there very close to the water
and it’s a different, you know, type of watercraft, so it took a little bit of getting used to. But it was fun, I’m telling you. At first, I wasn’t really confident in the
stability and controlling this thing, so I didn’t go full-out. But by the end of the day, I was going over
50 miles an hour in choppy water without any problem at all. And I can tell you the learning curve just
wasn’t very steep. So if you’ve ever piloted a bass boat before,
or any kind of boat, you can handle one of these with ease, trust me on that one. The cool thing about this is that the engine
really just as a gas miser, I drove all over this lake and it’s a pretty sizable lake. And I used maybe 3 gallons of gas at the most,
maybe. And this has a really large fuel tank and
talking to Sea-Doo, they said you can go over 70 miles on a single tank. So you can reach pretty much any destination
you want to with this and make your way back without any problems whatsoever. So that’s pretty cool. And the ride itself was really dry, even going
through choppy water, it was a dry ride. I really didn’t get wet, I expected to get
wet and be soaking wet. In some boats, you know, during the day. But I didn’t, it was actually really dry ride. So cool. Nice. I can drive it, steer it, not a problem. That’s a PWC, but really, this is a fishing
machine. So how old is this fish? That was really what I wanted to know. So let me tell you about this. So I’m used to standing in front of the deck
with the bass boat while fishing and so naturally, that’s what I did on this. I stood up to fish. And yeah, you can do it. Yeah, you can fish with these, but I understand
it’s not like normal standing up, you got a seat between your legs. So you’re kind of at a stance, and that takes
a little bit of getting used to. It wasn’t really awkward, and I wasn’t tired,
and my legs didn’t get tired at the end of the day, but it’s just a different kind of
stance. And again, you can fish while you’re seated
if you want to, or while you’re seated forwards, seated backwards. You can sit on it sideways. There’s a little angle gunwale along the side,
you can rest your feet on it while you’re doing this. It’s got kind of a gripping material on it
so your feet don’t slide and it’s comfortable. And I can move, you know, I tried all those
different ways. And again, it didn’t feel like I was gonna
lose my balance or this thing was gonna tip over at all. I felt really comfortable moving around on
it, not a problem. But the one thing is when you’re using this,
the rod holders, you know, they stick straight up, they stick the rod straight up in the
back behind you. So if you’re facing forward, whether you’re
standing or sitting, you’re casting, you gotta be very much aware of those rods behind you
because you could get tangled up on them in the back cast. And you know, I nicked the rods a couple times
and I thought I was doing pretty good, but there’s one cast I made in the middle of that
day where the hooks on my crank bait got caught on the line on the rod behind me and that
made for a nasty backlash. So, you know, you just got to be real careful. I’d like to see those rod holders, maybe have
them adjustable or something that you can lay the rods down horizontally while you’re
fishing so they’re not standing up in the way, but nonetheless it wasn’t that big of
a deal. It’s just something you got to be aware of
while you’re fishing. So the ice chest is in the back and this is
where you can…also has a little tackle storage back there where you can put your planos back
in there and get your tackle. You do have to slide to the back to get to
it which really isn’t a problem. If you’ve ever been on a PWC before, they
have a little bit deeper, like a saddle type seat. This one doesn’t, it’s actually shallower
and they designed it that way so you can easily slide around and slide to the back if you
need to. And that’s what I did, the ice chest supports
an external storage net like I mentioned, it holds about two plano 3700 boxes. It’s really strong, it’s got this elastic
top to it that holds things in, but whatever you put in this net storage thing, it will
stay, which is great. While you’re running around, you’re hitting
wakes, and bouncing around, nothing’s going to fall out. But it does make it a little bit difficult
to get those plano boxes out. You have to use both hands, you just can’t
reach back there and grab it. So keep that in mind. The ice chest has a recessed flat lid on the
top and it works like a tabletop and actually has kind of a rubber like lining, so things
don’t slide around and move around. That works great, I used that while I was
rigging. Nice little platform and that was really a
good idea that they put in that design. That said though, I would like to see it and
add a few storage options up to the front of the watercraft or holding a few bags of
baits, or hooks, or weights. You know, those things like if you’re breaking
off or you have to retie, or rerig, or what have you, it’s right there available to you
so you don’t have to go to the back of the PWC and get all that. So I’d like to see that made in a future iteration. Hopefully, they make something like that. Now, if you’re a bass angler, you’re probably
wondering about controlling the boat without a trolling motor. And this is a big thing for me. I was like, yeah, how do you do this? So I thought it was gonna be kind of a pain,
but quite frankly, it wasn’t as much of an inconvenience as I thought it was gonna be. For the most part, I just drifted along the
shoreline using the wind. It just kind of pushed me along and of course
the wind wasn’t going perfectly parallel to the shore lines. Every once in a while, I had to kick on the
engine and back it up a little bit or move it around, reposition a little bit, and then
just turn the engine off and let the wind do its job. The engine wasn’t very loud. It’s actually very quiet engines and so when
you kick it on, it’s not like kicking on a prop engine, it’s very quiet. And so I actually wasn’t really worried about
spooking the fish. So with time and a little bit of practice,
it wasn’t really much of a hindrance at all. And I was able to fish just like you would
normally for bass fishing, it’s just that you don’t have the full control that you would
have with the trolling motor, but it’s not that hard to adapt it to the wind. Now, what I’d like to see on this is maybe
if you could attach an anchor to it, maybe a Power-Pole Micro Anchor, or something like
that. I think that would be very useful if you wanna
stay in a spot and maybe bed finish or fish a spot thoroughly. Or maybe if you had an anchor with you, again,
that storage compartment up front is plenty of room, so you can have an anchor and attach
that to it. That will work as well in a traditional rope
anchor. But yeah, I’d like to see something like that
where you can attach that to the boat. But other than that, again, it wasn’t that
big of a deal. It did have this trolling feature. Now, it has nine incremental slow speeds for
trolling. Basically, from 1 mile an hour to about 9
mile an hour. And I tried the 1 mile an hour, tried fishing
that for a while along the shoreline and I found it was just a bit too fast. It was kind of a [inaudible 00:14:13], if
you got a Minn Kota, about 40, right? Or four if you got, you know, other trolling
motor speed. It’s just a bit too fast. Now, I’ve got a headwind, then it probably
would compensate and slow down enough where you could fish it. But it’s definitely too fast if you were fishing,
say, worms or plastics, jigs flipping a pitch and that sort of thing. But if you’re fishing spinnerbait, crankbait
moving, covering a lot of water is doable. Yeah, it’s doable, you can do that. Now, if you are doing other kind of fishing,
say walleye fishing, or trout fishing, then you can troll with this with ease. It’s actually really designed for that. And it’s perfect for that. So if you’re a fisherman that likes to troll,
this will do it for sure. Overall, I think this is a good platform from
somebody that will wants a family-friendly recreational watercraft that also wants to
use it for fishing. Especially if you don’t have the room to store
a large boat in your garage or maybe you live in an apartment and you don’t have a big budget,
I think they started around $15,000, it’s a lot more affordable than a pricey fiberglass
bass boat, especially a new one. But I’d say for guys like us, or like me that
fish for bass all the time, it’s actually a really good option to get into those little
tight small areas that you just can’t get to with your traditional bass boat. And I think I’m gonna get one of these because
I can think of several places that I want to get to, but I just can’t with my bass boat. So those fish better watch out because I’m
coming for you. Get the Fish Pro. Check it out, guys. You’re gonna like it.

50 Comments

  • Reply Ricky Gonzo March 27, 2019 at 1:05 am

    Your tips and advice always help! Thank you for the time you take to make these. What do you recommend for small boat under $500?

  • Reply Michael Barnish March 27, 2019 at 1:16 am

    Glenn, I think ill just stick to a boat.

  • Reply Jeremy Salter March 27, 2019 at 1:16 am

    Wow next they will make a space shuttle we can fish from

  • Reply David Krumme March 27, 2019 at 1:26 am

    is this a joke? who would actually buy this 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

  • Reply Ken Tyler March 27, 2019 at 1:35 am

    Ehhhh, No. Could buy a nice used boat for the cost of that thing. Deprecation would be dramatic. Might want to test one the old Ampha Cars, you could stop at McDonald’s on the way home for a shamrock shake.

  • Reply Jeremy Newhouse March 27, 2019 at 1:37 am

    It's like everything else guys, it's an option. If you think of it as only a bass boat your kinda missing the point.

  • Reply smoovefishing March 27, 2019 at 2:28 am

    We don’t hate jet skis and or personal watercraft it’s the inconsiderate people driving them

  • Reply RDB Jr March 27, 2019 at 2:32 am

    Hats off to SeaDoo for giving it a try. I don’t know, I prefer to have a partner in the boat, so I’ll pass on the concept. Thanks for the video.

  • Reply Leland Small March 27, 2019 at 2:38 am

    Glad Sea-Doo put this together. I wish they put a trolling motor in it.

  • Reply Jetski Jay March 27, 2019 at 3:08 am

    lol designed to fish. Rofl the cooler takes up all the deck space.
    Oh btw those assholes on Jetski’s are probably the same Jetski’s I hate, they are typically rentals and the operators have no clue what the hell they are doing.

  • Reply Jetski Jay March 27, 2019 at 3:20 am

    BRP aka Best ripoff professionals!
    Oh we give you a 3 yr warranty then have idiots repair your unit because it’s funny.

  • Reply Wes Combs March 27, 2019 at 5:02 am

    You have your fishing kayak with paddles, then fishing kayaks with peddle systems, then companies like BOTE that pretty much make a kayak with an electric motor, then you have this and at the top end a full fledged boat. This actually makes perfect sense. For those who dont want a big expensive boat but dont want a slow kayak. If this had an electric motor, I could see myself getting one. Electric so that I can still fish my smaller lakes with restrictions on gas motors.

  • Reply Old Lady Angler March 27, 2019 at 10:12 am

    Looks pretty cool. That would be the only PWC I'd consider.

  • Reply Bare Knuckle Company March 27, 2019 at 11:00 am

    Not sure if I would buy one but nice video

  • Reply Jason Ward March 27, 2019 at 12:13 pm

    I think you are a couple days early for an April fools joke.

  • Reply Bill Palmisano March 27, 2019 at 4:44 pm

    Start around 15000? Forget it.

  • Reply Suellen Gonçalves - Pesca Esportiva March 27, 2019 at 5:09 pm

    Your video is awesome Congratulations Fisherman.
    Have a week of plenty and good fishing.
    hug!!!!! 👍🎣🐟😊

  • Reply michael shoffner March 27, 2019 at 11:41 pm

    No. They need to go back to the drawing board on this vessel as a fishing situation. No trolling motor and i dont see me standing straddle on this for very long

  • Reply Jaime F March 28, 2019 at 4:40 am

    How much do you weigh?

  • Reply G Sai March 28, 2019 at 9:19 am

    Wow people would pay anything for fishing. They would not need to worry about no sell at all. If I’m rich I do not mind owning one.

  • Reply Yolchie March 30, 2019 at 3:46 pm

    I honestly don’t want to be a hater, but they REALLY missed the design mark here.

    It’s obvious that they began to design this with the single worst question they could have asked themselves…”How can we (outfit) a JET SKI for fishermen?” The question should have been exactly the opposite…”Given all our experience in watercraft, how can we build the ultimate FISHING BOAT that is equipped with leading jet ski technology and features?”

    They started with a jet ski, when they should have started with a blank piece of paper to design a boat.

    This is a design failure on par with the Pontiac Aztek. Such a shame.

  • Reply HOOKDUP March 31, 2019 at 11:13 pm

    You really would not want to go super shallow with A personal watercraft as Mud , Rocks and other debris can be sucked into the water intake pump.

  • Reply Mr Scarface April 1, 2019 at 11:44 am

    I love the concept , i have a small garage and i fish alone , also ,i dont feel like filling up the gaz tank of a 17 foot fishing boat , gaz is expensive in canada , its 23k can with taxes , sound system and trailer . Fed up of shore fishing cause i cant afford a 40 to 60 k fishing boat ,this is a good compromise , cant have it all

  • Reply Son of a fisherman April 6, 2019 at 4:46 pm

    If they could find a way to put a trolling motor on that thing I would buy one great video 👍🏻

  • Reply Yaacoub Kari April 13, 2019 at 12:14 pm

    great channel 👍 and nice videos

  • Reply Mark M-K April 21, 2019 at 11:49 pm

    It’s an option for those who want something like this. People will buy it. A large number of people use their PWCs for fishing now.

  • Reply Yaacoub Kari April 25, 2019 at 8:55 am

    nice video👍

  • Reply Jeffrey Carter April 26, 2019 at 12:41 pm

    FYI, the FishPro has 1/2 MPH trolling speed in 1/2 MPH increments

  • Reply Luis Puerto Rico May 1, 2019 at 12:42 am

    It would even be cooler if it had under water lighting for night time fishing!

  • Reply Discovery Outdoors / Matt-N-Abra May 5, 2019 at 3:18 am

    Close but still no bueno. At some point one of these manufacturers is going to wise up and make a GOOD fishing version of a jet ski. Something with a mount on the front for a trolling motor and tons of storage including Rod lockers on the sides. Also those poles need to be aiming back so you have room to cast. Add a couple micro poles and integrated 9"garmin. Just waiting until someone gets it right so I can buy one.

  • Reply dolphinhead2112 May 16, 2019 at 4:14 pm

    There are some huge gators in the stick marsh,your crazy!☠😎

  • Reply John Doe The Baker May 17, 2019 at 12:12 am

    Has Sea Doo resloved the no side scan issue Garmen and in hull mounted transducer?

  • Reply DoramaRx May 17, 2019 at 11:29 pm

    So where is the live well? You bring a cooler with drinks and snacks and plan to be out for several hours. Where do you put the fish?

  • Reply dronus June 11, 2019 at 8:33 am

    the design still sucks to me. could be way better.

  • Reply Steven V June 14, 2019 at 6:41 pm

    I wonder if the rear seat, when removed, allows for more room. There is an Australian video when the seat was removed there was more standing room in the back.

  • Reply Ira Monnig June 19, 2019 at 1:48 pm

    I recently purchased on and I love it. My girlfriend, her son and I use it for towables, pleasure cruising and fishing. It's not a one-trick pony. Would I have spent $18k (Trailer + accessories) for just a pure fishing PWC? No. But it's the largest PWC that SeaDoo makes and it's awesome for towing a float w/ 2 people on it + 2 people on the SeaDoo itself. For the days I want to fish by solo, it's nice not having a large boat to maneuver at the dock. It is a niche PWC but it has more capabilities than just fishing. It has the mount point for the optional extended tow pole (which I got); add a 50ft bungee tow rope and 2-3 person towable and you're going to have a blast.
    FYI, this PWC is 12ft long, 868 lbs (Dry), has 18 gal fuel tank, 26.5 gal front storage and is very stable.

  • Reply bob.Evans. June 27, 2019 at 10:08 am

    Lets be onest people here thats not a jet ski thats a boat

  • Reply snikwad003 June 30, 2019 at 3:16 am

    It needs a trolling motor or you will wind up going swimming to clear out the intake grate

  • Reply Jerry Thomas July 4, 2019 at 6:13 pm

    Never

  • Reply jon snow July 10, 2019 at 5:29 pm

    does your wake spray your rods/reels sitting in the rod holders on the ice chest?

  • Reply Fanboy H July 16, 2019 at 5:15 am

    Look at all the punishing splash on the reels. Besides that, it looks great for people who cannot store 17-21’ fishing boat

  • Reply Austin Bartose July 23, 2019 at 2:35 am

    I’d buy one. I always wanted a jet ski just to fish. One of that’s made for fishing is winner

  • Reply Carter Olson July 30, 2019 at 5:59 am

    Your the most awesome YouTuber ever, you didn't even put midrolls on a 14 min video. Thanks for being a considerate and wholesome person

  • Reply Jaime Garza August 4, 2019 at 3:00 am

    Awesome video👍👍it answered a lot of my questions.

  • Reply Tim H August 10, 2019 at 1:51 pm

    Thanks for an informative video. Can you stand up some way in the back to fish? Could 2 people fish at the same time on it? Thanks again!

  • Reply Joe Sobaski August 26, 2019 at 1:58 am

    Actually

  • Reply Paul Caddy September 29, 2019 at 12:13 am

    I like the idea the thing iam seeing thats wrong my self iam a big guy and my balance is not that good so why cant you make the back wider so theres no roll over other it looks kick ass

  • Reply Escalade October 22, 2019 at 4:37 pm

    Nice Job! I Gotta Have It!

  • Reply keith jones December 31, 2019 at 8:49 am

    be happy , but a YAMAHA !!!

  • Reply Tommy S January 8, 2020 at 7:19 am

    No trolling motor for bass fishing,need a minnkota installed on the head or tail.And engine lifetime is about 300-500hrs,too short,anglers need 1000-2000 hrs at least

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