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 Posted: Thu Dec 10th, 2020 07:12 pm
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willem wikkel spies
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i have had the opportunity to do some jetski fishing.

before this trip, i was seriously considering getting myself a used jetski.

with the lack of off shore fishing, things were heating up as i just needed to get my fix!!!!

in any case, a friend is in the fortunate position to own a 2006 fx 1600 with 252 hours on as well as a 2013 fx 1800 with about 60 hours on it.

with us having the flat at st Lucia, it allowed us to make a long weekend down to St Lucia.

i have only tested the jetski on Nigel dam and it was for a short period of time.
in the testing of it, i managed to fall off the jetski as my center of gravity was far to high at that point in time.

so it was a important point to consider.

we set down to St Lucia on the Wednesday.
the weather seemed to be good for fishing.

in any case, the first morning we arrived a bit late on the beech, only 5x jetskis are allowed to fish st Lucia at any point in time.

we were ski no 5 and 6.

lucky for us, they allowed both of us to launch.

so we drove down to Maphelane as we were launching from the bay.

the bay was full of water as it was also high tide.
the first ski was placed in the water, the vehicle was moved away.

it took 3x of us to get the ski into the water.
Tony was first to launch and he waited for me in the calm water of the bay.

so 2nd ski is on the beech
and again we were 3x getting the ski into the surf zone.
lucky for me, my daughter, a friend and my wife was present.
my wife removed the vehicle from the edge of the water.

so off we went to the deep with the skis.

the launch was lekker as the high tide allowed for plenty of water in the bay.
the waves were about 1,9meters high.

we had over cast conditions with a fresh south Easter wind.
we did manage some fish after getting some live bait.
the dorries were also full up and hungry.

we did slow trolling with live bait and drift live bait fishing in different water depths.

the sea conditions were not flat at all.
so water kept on coming over the nose of the ski when travelling.
the water temp was high, so it was not bad at all, being wet.
but when travelling to deeper water or other areas, the wet conditions were not nice at all.

i must say, i was impressed with the handling of the jetski in the water.
it does sit down quite deep and i expected it to roll much more then what it did.

i never felt unsafe on the jetski.
even in the bad conditions we were experiencing.

we were also a team, so the one was never to far off away from the other.

the beaching was also not too bad as with me, the waves were non existent.

15 minutes later, when Tony arrived, i informed him that some bad sets were coming through.
Tony did started riding a wave and he wanted to turn around to catch a bigger wave, with that a monster of a wave stood up behind Tony.

Tony eventually outran the wave and he beached safely.
seeing how easily he outran the wave was nice too see.

we then had a day off due to bad weather, the boats were out fishing, but we did not temp fate.
35km/h winds is not too bad, but on a jetski one needs to think 2.

the Saturday morning we again launched from Maphelane bay.
we were 1st in line being 04:15 on the beech.

again we needed some man power getting the skis into the water.
the launch was good with no problems.
wind finder got the weather completely wrong, but in any case, we had 1,9 meter swells.
the ocean was full of holes, and it was raining hard at times.
the wind was blowing out to see and later the wind changed to a fresh north Easter.

again we fished and we did manage 4x dorries between us.
the sea was very kuk, to a extent that we were feeling it properly.

we again beached around 12:00, soaking wet and very cold.

it was a experience of note.

some notes to consider.

jet skis are capable vessels, but the weather needs to be taken into account.
so fair weather is best, no wonder our jet skis for sale have low hours on them, 60-280 hours normally.

we dont see skis with 800 hours and more on them.
this indicates that the guys are using them in fair weather.

there is not much space on the jetski, so all your equipment needs to be easily accessible.
this includes drinking water in reach from the front hatch "the 2nd day i could not reach my fluids"

wearing a pfd, is a personal aspect, i had both, but decided to keep on wearing the normal life jacket at all times.

in strong winds, if you manage to fall off the vessel, you might be in big problems.
you will be sitting deeper in the water column and i am sure that the jetski will be blown away from you.
so you will be out there drifting on your own.
no safety equipment at hand, nothing.

a check in time between buddies/ family is very important, maybe each hour/ 2 hours.
Tony went off to the 25 meter mark while i was still in the 16 meter mark.
the distance is around 1,5km apart.
on that distance and ugly seas, it does take some time, before you see where your fishing buddy is.
if anything did happen, the one would not even know about it.

on the 2nd day, Tony found out that his 2 way radio battery was discharged, it only kept life for about 10 hours.
it was so wet, that my cell phone in a plastic bag also became wet and operating a touch screen was not easy with very wet hands.

so again, if you fell off the ski for a unknown reason, there is no radio, cellphone on hand.
it means you are in deep trouble.

this means, that one needs to consider the aspect of falling off the ski for what ever reason and what actions you will need to take in order to get back to the ski.

GOGGELS:
Tony has goggles on his ski.
the reason is should something be caught into the impeller side of the ski you would need to remove it, otherwise you will be stranded or running in limp mode.

also when slow trolling and coming to a stop, the ski will turn side on, onto the coming waves.
obviously with lines in the water, you need to take notice that your lines do not get tangled up in the impeller.

i dont like swimming, and swimming with sharks is also a big no no for me.
so keeping the impeller side free/ clean is also paramount!

RODS:
on the 1st day i had 4x rods on the ski.
3x for live baiting/ pulling lures and 1x sabiki rod.
at times even the 4x rods were too much.

on the 2nd day i only took 3x rods.
2x for life bait trolling and 1x sabiki rod.

the length of the rods also needs to be considered.
the shortest was 6ft 6 and the longest was 8ft.

so fighting a fish on a longer rod is nice, it allows you to move the rod about when the fish does move around the ski.
there are no outboards, so no hookups on engines.

only when you get the fish closer to the ski, does the rod length become a problem.
it is as if teh rod is too long and one cannot get the fish close enough to gaff it.
so here a shorter rod should be better.

this will allow you to pull the fish closer in order to gaff it.
your other problem is where do you put the rod down in order to gaff the fish.
that is a debatable aspect but it needs to be considered.
also you need a priest on the ski.
this will allow you to get the fish dead calm asap.

the one dorrie was so wild, that i eventually took it off the gaff and threw it back into the water as i just could not control the fish.

on the 2nd attempt, i gaffed it again and i managed to calm the fish down with the end of the gaff as the priest was still packed away in the bag.

so with calming down....i ended up with the ski being full of blood all over on the seat etc.
so i had to clean that off, but there is no bailing bucket in reach.
so another aspect to consider.

SPACE:
is a aspect the jet ski lacks properly!!!
everything needs to be in place, and one cannot just move things around.
i even got hooked up onto my sabiki rod, and the more you move, the more hooks get involved!!!

this was a real frustration even though it only happened once.

i had made up some fishing trace bags, just the needy stuff.
this was kept on the front dash.

notes on launching st Lucia/ Maphelane:
as stated, only 5x jetskis are allowed at any point in time.
so you need to be in line, early.
it is not common that more then 5x skis do launch at once, but seeing that jetski fishing is growing, it might be a aspect to consider in the future.
when coming from st Lucia and launching at Maphelane, one also has to move the vehicle back to st Lucia side.
the tractor drivers normally assist in moving the vehicles, keys are normally given to Wiseman if no one is available to move the vehicle..
so vehicles are not allowed to be left at Maphelane.

BEACHING:
is done on the st Lucia side.
Wiseman will normally show you where to beech by moving the tractor to the point if it is not already standing at the exit point.

RADIOS:
St Lucia beech control vhf radio works on channel 68.
i have seen that the boats will launch and they will call in behind the back line and inform Wiseman that they are safe and whereto they are heading.

i tried calling him once but he did not answer on launching.
he did not push us in, so it might have been that he was busy at that point in time.

on return, "beaching" you need to contact Wiseman regarding permission to beech.


FEES:
a launching permit is bought from parks board at the Cape Vidal gate offices.
the costs were R 110 for a ticket.
i do understand that the ticket is valid for 1x week as angling/ launching conditions can change over night.

with Jetski fishing the tractor is not needed.
but should you need it, a cost of R 250 extra is charged.

also take note that even if you do not use the tractor for launching and Wiseman pulls you out the surf, then he will charge you a fee of R 50 to R 150 a shot. "these fees are not through the book it seems, as we only paid him the 2nd time round R50 for 1x jetski.
no invoice receipt was given for the R50-00

TOOLS:
well there is not much space for even just the needed equipment.
if you do need tools, where will you put them.
what tools will it need to be?
working on a jetski out on the water is nearly impossible.
anything can go wrong even if teh machine is well serviced.
getting your hands into places might also be a problem.

TO BUY OR NOT TO BUY A JETSKI FOR FISHING:
after this trip my thoughts are clear on it.
jetski fishing is not for me.
you are clearly from a different breed of anglers, to do it.

doing it on the north coast where you might find yourself alone at times, and it might be very risky if you do account problems.

if you fish the Balito /Durban area, then it might be a good choice.
help is never to far away from you.
boaters are always out there.
so if you did find yourself in trouble, your waiting time should not be that much.

FISHING PODS/ TUBBIES:
It is common that tubbies/ fishing pods are now fitted to the jet skis.
this does improve available space to use.
if you have them, then no fishing bags is needed to store caught fish.

it is claimed, that pods does assist in making the vessel much steadier, so it is a aspect to consider.

the only thing that you need to note is, that should you manage to overturn a jetski out there, you will need to loosen a tubby/ pod in order to right the vessel.
the cost of these tubbies/ pods are around R 25000-00.

when you do not have tubbies fitted, the vessel will right is self most of the times.
we did not have tubbies present on either of the skis.
we had a normal capsize container for safety equipment on the one side, and on the other side i had a live well.
Tony had a cooler box as his 2nd box.
Tony uses a bag on the rear side as a live bait holder.

the capsize container for live bait does work to a degree.
water was used from the spray nozzel at the back.
the problem is that one can only hold so much live bait and with the warm water, they do tend to die quickly if they do not get fresh water regularly if you were to be doing drift fishing.


DUAL BATTERY SYSTEMS:
It will soon be law that a back up battery system is in place or a 2x battery system.
if a battery is discharged then there is no way of starting the jetski out there.

"certain outboards still had pull cords in order to start a engine"

ADVANTAGES:
Jetskis are very light to tow.
they are around 400kg so towing them long distances for the Joburg guys is much easier then towing a heavy boat.
they are easily moved about for trailering and moving them into tight spaces.
jetskis do fit into normal parking bays.

to be continued, ill be working on this post over time.
so do check in for some updates.

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 Posted: Fri Dec 11th, 2020 07:06 am
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yakuza
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Epic write up!

Great catches! I'm also considering scaling down to a ski for myself to fish at St. Lucia - I seldom have crew for my rubberduckie when I'm at the coast.

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 Posted: Fri Dec 11th, 2020 09:21 am
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willem wikkel spies
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cool, ja its a lekker place.

we might be looking at doing some trips down, next year.

we might even consider going down in groups cause crew is not always available.

so if there are guys who are interested in trips down, please let me know.

my cell is: zero ate 3 sewe 7 ate two 2 ate 8

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just a pic or two of our last trip

here filling up with diesel at Pongola.
the skis do not have tubbies on them

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the jetski fits nicely into a normal pcar parking area

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space is a problem on the jetski, so taking along 5x fishing rods on a session is a no no

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i thought jetskis could not sink.

looking at this pic, there is no safe area for you to be on should this occur.

at least he got the fish!!!!

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the last pic, is clear, this jetski has tubbies on.
so why would it sit down so deep in the water, seeing that the tubbies have their own buoyancy.

do we need to think twice regarding jetskis?

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at least we got some fish

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on the 2nd day i was watching tv big time as Tony got into the fish

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Nice report Willem
Thanks for sharing -
Ons geniet dit altyd om jou weergawes te kan lees

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