That's about as welcome as testicular cancer on this board.
I dont see the issue, he didnt say riding around like nuts on jet ski's. He said jet ski fishing. I have contemplated getting that new seadoo fish pro just to fish inshore on. I typically only fish for flounder inshore, so i think i could use the ski to hop from one place to the next and get on a sandbar and cast. I have even seen them with the mini power poles mounted on them, you could just pull up to a creek mouth and anchor down and cast. pop up and hit the next creek mouth at 55mph
Soda Popinski said:
I would think the guys fishing from them would be a tick more reasonable than the normal jet ski idjit
Respect is earned! You don't gather much of it when it's common for jet ski idiots to run tight circles around your anchored boat while you're trying to fish. Or deliberatly run through your line when shore fishing; Sebastian Inlet comes to mind in my personal experience. If it ever comes up for a vote by Fl fishermen, jet skis will be history. And good riddance. Take your noisy toys and go elsewhere.
I am so happy! Go ahead and start using your PWCs in the Keys. You'll meet up with some of the local guides and old salts down there and probably have a few "Conversations" with them! I see you're an invader from St. Louis; PWCs and a Yankee to boot! Nice combination.
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Southern hospitality depends on mutual respect. That's why most PWC POS don't see much of it. The few that exhibit common courtesy do get to see it.
One Drop said:
L8RBRA, I'm sure you're a great guy but mentioning PWC's and The Keys in the same sentence on this forum is like signing a life sentence of heckling. You're never going to get a vote of confidence from any of us "old salts". Yes, we're bitter about PWC's from experience and a lifetime of fishing in The Keys will tell you they don't belong there. We're not telling you where you can and cannot fish in your Jet Ski, we're just telling you it's basically considered off topic here and all you're going to get is a bunch of heckle back. Nothing good comes out of discussing Jet Skis and The Keys, nothing. I'm sure Fish Stix has plenty of hospitality, it's just the mention of a PWC in The Keys sets off something in our brains that is unexplainable. The guy from New Zealand that used to post here fishing from his PWC in New Zealand was pretty cool because it was offshore in harsh conditions at times but the thought of a PWC zooming across a sensitive Key's flat just irks me to no end. Nothing personal, it just irks me and a lot of others living and fishing there.
I checked out the Seadoo Fish Pro on Seadoo's website. This watercraft STARTS AT ABOUT $15,000!! ****!!! A new Key West 17 foot center console sells for about $25,000 and that little Mako 17 wannabe boat will work in all sorts of fishing conditions, even offshore in The Keys on a calm day. You can also buy a darned good used boat for 15 grand and I'd take that over a PWC any day. Also, think about how you'll feel when that 9 or 10 foot long shark goes after a fish while you're trying to land it. Spend enough time on the water and that will happen, especially in The Keys.