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Old 06-09-2009, 12:11 AM   #1
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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">Sincemy parents let me borrow their jet ski and bring it down here with meI figured I would make it useful and turn it into something I can fish off of. Finally finishedthe cooler rack for the back ofit and managed to get out on the water Sunday morning for the maiden voyage. Didnt make it out of the Destin pass until around 730am. Everything worked out well with some minor adjustments for next time, but overall had a good time. I also learned quite a few lessons about fishing off a jet ski, rule number one it is not as easy as it looks, don?t go nose first into a wave or you and everything on the jet ski will be soaked with saltwater forever, having eyes in the back of my head would make things a lot easier when trolling, strap down the top of the cooler when towing the jet ski down the road or you may lose the lid, re-apply sunscreen as soon as you get out to where you are fishing or you will hurt badly the next day. <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">After setting out a spread for whatever I could catch I trolled for a while and picked up a few smaller bonita, but trying to keep the waverunner straight well setting lines and fighting fish is kind of a pain, especially when you have more than one fish on at a time. I gave that up rather quick like and cruised the beach for schools of fish. Thebonita were everywhere. After catching a few of them on light spinning gear I cruised the surf for whatever and ended up with a bunch of ladyfish, bluefish, few spanish and that?s all I could find. Did not venture to any wrecks since I do not have a bottom machine on it yet. I bought one just need to figure out how to install it properly. Was hoping to find a larger variety of fish or good eating fish, but no luck, had a lot of fun though. A depthfinder will come in handy I am sure. Water was slick calm and it was a beautiful day on the water, I had a lot of fun just cruising the beach looking for fish. Didn?t want to bring the fly rod this trip as I did not know what I was getting into, but next trip it will be on board for sure. Attached are a few pics I took with my point and shoot camera that is kind of jacked up right now so what little pics I have the quality isnt the best. The ones taken in the parking lot were taken withmy digitalSLRthat I wasn?t about to take out on the waverunner with me. I added more tie downs to the cooler after the pic, notice the cutting board on top of the cooler and the knife and plier holster mounted on the front. Now I somewhat know what I am doing I should have a better fishing report for the next trip and I will hopefully be able to make a full day of it and try a bit more variety of fishing techniques.<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">Overall, the rig didnt turn out too bad. Looking forwardto some more adventures with it in the future.
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Old 06-09-2009, 07:48 AM   #2
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That is hardcore...
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Old 06-18-2009, 03:57 PM   #3
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Neet......How much did it cost too make it? They seel for $249 with cooler included but they don't look nearly that nice:bowdown:usaflag
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thats awesome
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Old 06-18-2009, 04:07 PM   #5
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That looks great and very workable. I thought about doing that at one time... at least I could get out fast in the gulf... than peddling the yak. :bowdown :clap :letsdrink
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You might be a redneck if.....
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I've seen a guy on a jetski drifting for kings on the mass before.
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very cool!!
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Old 06-19-2009, 01:48 PM   #9
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Might be a bit redneck, but it works great. I now fit right in with the rest of the crowd, lol. Total cost was probably around $120 including straps, paint, etc... Took me about two full days to complete. I enjoy creating things and have even more fun when it improves my fishing/hunting capabilities. I was told the pvc may crack, but hopefully it holds up, so far so good.
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Old 06-20-2009, 04:39 PM   #10
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terrific idea broski, truly fun by looks alone.... i've thought about it for years but never had the balls... you sir are bave; i heard about some guy like 15 miles offshore in a jet-ski, was that you?
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