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The Fish Pro is a contender for those looking for an alternative to paddling out in a kayak or something cheaper than a fully outfitted aluminum fishing boat. Sea-Doo took its GTX 155 PWC and added fishing specific amenities and modifications to make the Fish Pro capable of extended trips and able to handle rough waters. This watercraft is comfortable, stable and an efficient workspace for fishing.
• Fishing cooler
• Angled side footwells
• Direct access front storage
• Bluetooth stereo
• Flip-down re-boarding step
• Two sets of LinQ gear attachment points
• D-Sea-Bel Exhaust system reduces sound emissions
Sea-Doo designed the ST3 hull to handle well in rough conditions. The deep-V on the Fish Pro softens the ride as it cuts through the waves, rather than bouncing atop them while the extended running surface contributes to the craft’s ability to track better. The hull is also built wide and short, taking advantage of a relatively low center of gravity, which increases stability while cornering and while walking around the craft.
The Fish Pro has a length overall of 147” (3.73 m), a beam of 49.4” (1.25 m) and an approximate dry weight of 856 lbs. (389 kg). The vessel is capable of carrying up to three passengers with capacity for 600 lbs. (272 kg). The base model starts at $14,799.
Power and Propulsion
The Fish Pro is powered by one 4-stroke, three-cylinder Rotax 1503 naturally aspirated engine. It generates 155-horse power, displaces 1,494 ccs and incorporates a closed loop cooling system to keep out salt water and debris.
The vessel has Sea-Doo’s Intelligent Throttle Control (iTC), which gives the driver control over the jet propulsion. With this system, the Fish Pro starts with the engine automatically in neutral without immediately propelling the craft forward. Drivers are able to manually control the impellers and reverse gates, or to choose from pre-set modes, which automatically correct for fuel efficiency and speed.
Looking at the helm, a 7.6’’ multi-function digital display is just above the handlebars and shows the speed, RPM, clock, water temperature, vehicle hour display, sport mode, ECO mode, trolling mode and speed limiter.
The display is also used to monitor and control the Variable Trim System (VTS), which allows the operator to adjust the angle of the nozzle, allowing the vessel to ride parallel to the water and adjust for weight distributions.
A watertight, impact-absorbing phone box hangs just below the handlebars, and there is also an option to install a USB port ($109.99) for charging convenience. The driver can also lift the handlebars to access the 27-gallon central cargo compartment, which comes with a bin organizer. Sea-Doo designed this feature so that operators can access this space from a seated position, which is an improvement from standing up and leaning over the handlebars, although it does result in a reduction of storage space.
In addition to the iTC modes for touring, sport and eco, the Fish Pro has an additional Trolling Mode. Similar to a no-wake or slow speed mode, which allows operators to control speed in half-mile and full mile per hour increments up to 9 miles per hour.
Operators press the cruise control button when in forward and adjust the speed by pressing the corresponding arrows on the handlebar. This control allows operators to keep the vessel moving hands free, so that they can turn and cast lines or reel in a catch.
While the right hand controls the throttle, the left controls the Intelligent Braking and Reverse (iBR). Squeezing the left trigger will lower the reverse bucket behind the exhaust duct to redirect the flow forward, putting the watercraft into reverse. This feature is useful for docking, avoiding obstacles or backing off beaches. Sea-Doo reports that this system allows riders to stop up to 160’ (49 m) sooner than watercraft not using a brake.
Fishing Specific Features
Sea-Doo has added a selection of fishing specific features to the Fish Pro. These include a water temperature gauge, which is shown on the digital display, and allows the operator to identify ideal fishing conditions while underway.
Positioned just behind the bench seat is the LinQ Fishing Cooler, which has a 13.5-gallon (51 L) capacity. The cooler attaches to the deck of the Fish Pro via the LinQ system and features a recessed work surface, storage net, multiple options for vertical and angle mounting positions, trolling slots, tackle and bait storage. It comes with four rod holders, with the option to purchase more.
The Garmin ECHOMAP Plus 62 CV fishfinder, which is mounted on a bracket attached to the right-hand mirror pod, shows charts, depth, course heading and the seafloor on a full color 6’’ screen. The Garmin uses CHIRP technology to produce live view, high definition images in conjunction with the standard in-hull transducer.
Sea-Doo also installed a larger fuel tank. The standard offering on the GTX 155 is a 15.9-gallon (60 L) tank, but the Fish Pro will carry up to 18.5 gallons (70 L) of fuel.
Seat and Deck
The bench, which can seat three, is designed so that the driver can comfortably maneuver to lateral and rear facing positions, while the angled side footwells, which have non-skid padding up the side of the gunwales, are deep and wide for comfort and stability.
For the Fish Pro, Sea-Doo also added an 11.5’’ deck extension. It has a re-boarding ladder and a second LinQ attachment set. This deck can be used as a casting platform, a watersports prepping area or as a storage space for additional gear such as a second cooler or a spare gas can.
The Fish Pro’s ST3 hull is built to handle reasonable chop. The deep-vee has similar characteristics to Sea-Doo’s RXP racing T3 hull, with a 22-degree deadrise and a sharp angle from the keel line up to the midline. This makes the ride more controllable while the craft cuts through waves and helps to keeps the Fish Pro stable in heavy-handed steering.
While the T3 hull featured a soft chine, the ST3 uses a hard chine to minimize pitching, and Sea-Doo re-profiled the strakes for straight tracking and steady control under high speeds. Midway starts a second, offset chine which adds approximately an inch of width to the vessel and enhances stability both at rest and at high speeds.
The Fish Pro comes with the Digitally Encoded Security System (D.E.S.S.) anti-theft system. Each key communicates with the watercraft via a wireless, radio frequency chip. Without the key, the craft will not start.
The optional custom trailer has a galvanized frame with adjustable carpeted bunks and sealed wheel bearings. The base model starts at $939.
BRP Limited warranty covers the watercraft for one year.
The standard equipment on the Fish Pro is more than enough to get out on the water. But some options to consider include wind deflectors for the handlebars ($99.99), the ergolock knee pads ($129.99) and the Ski and X package ($149.99), which adds ski mode and the display will show average and top speeds.
There is nothing else quite like the Fish Pro out in the market currently. The ST3 hull is an excellent choice for a fishing-specific vessel, with its stability and ability to handle rough conditions. The choices that Sea-Doo made to modify the ST3 hull for this particular model result in an even more stable watercraft with more useable space.
Standard and Optional Features
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