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2020 Sea-Doo Fish Pro 170 is one of the most versatile and well-known models in the Sea-Doo fleet but there is often confusion about exactly why this is model so popular. Read on ahead to find out the reason!
There are around 700 million recreation anglers worldwide and many of them are considering to buy a personal watercraft for fishing purposes.
PWC fishing is becoming more and more popular in the US and thus there is a greater market demand for special fishing PWC models, as well as the necessary gear and accessories.
Keeping with the rising trend of PWC fishing, Sea-Doo grabbed the opportunity and released the Sea-Doo Fish Pro.
This special model was designed in collaboration with traditional and PWC fishermen to polish the concept to the utmost. This unique model is dedicated and designed especially for fishing purposes, but there are numerous other fun activities that you can use it for (even for wakeboarding!).
In this article you can learn more about this unique model’s specifications, features, accessories and much more.
Along with a basic review of its performance we will also be comparing the 2020 Sea-Doo Fish Pro with the Kawasaki Ultra LX-F, which is advertised as the “dedicated fishing Jet Ski”, as well as the Yamaha FX HO which is arguably the “best fishing WaveRunner” from Yamaha in the market.
2020 Sea-Doo Fish Pro Review
Hull and engine
When it comes to PWC fishing, one of the most important factors to consider is the stability of the hull. A huge proportion of customers are looking for smaller and nimble watercrafts to enjoy activities on the water but it should be noted that these models are not suitable for fishing purposes.
Sea-Doo Fish Pro, for one, offers what can arguably be regarded as the most stable hull on the market. The model is based on the the Sea-Doo GTX line’s ST3 hull, but it’s longer because of the Extended Rear Platform.
Fish Pro is powered by a 4 stroke, 170 HP, 1.630 cc Rotax engine which is cooled with closed loop cooling system to keep out debris and salt water. This Rotax engine is a naturally aspirated (Na) model, which means you can’t find a supercharger unit in it. You must be wondering why a (Na) Rotax engine is important for you. There are two answers to this question; reliability and better gas mileage.
Reliability on the water is always a key point; it’s even more crucial if you go out to the open sea. Therefore, it is important to avoid supercharged engines when choosing to buy a new PWC for fishing purposes. Models with naturally aspirated engines also have less maintenance needs and a lesser chance to breakdown as well.
In addition to reliability, naturally aspirated (not-supercharged) engines offer much better fuel efficient rides as well. This means that you can go longer distances without a need to refuel your watercraft. This is especially helpful while fishing on a watercraft as it can take you a long ride just to reach a perfect spot for fishing.
What’s new with the 2020 Fish Pro?
The 2020 Sea-Doo Fish Pro’s large front storage is located right in front of you when you’re riding on the PWC and it open right in front of you allowing you to use it while you sit on the seat. This pioneer storage solution is unique on the market and extremely convenient to use:
Additionally, it includes clever organizer units for your smaller stuff along with a small glove-box in front of you for your phone and smaller gears.
The rear section of the seat is removable which means you can make use of even greater space if you want to add extra accessories. Moreover, with the Sea-Doo’s pioneer LinQ system, you can attach the cooler, storage units and even extra fuel cans to the platform really easily.
The fishing rod holders are attached to the side of the cooler. There is no need for huge and heavy racks on the rear platform!
On the other hand, if you don’t want to take a large amount of extra gear with you, you can use this large aft deck for fishing. Because of the extreme stability and non-slip surfaces, you can enjoy countless safe and enjoyable hours of fun!
As far as the 2020 Sea-Doo Fish Pro fuel range is concerned, you will not be disappointed once again. The fuel range of the Fish Pro is outstanding because of its fuel efficient engine which can help you save quite a few dollars from the need of less fuel.
Additionally, the Sea-Doo Fish Pro is equipped with the Intelligent Throttle Control (ITC) system. This system gives the driver full control over the propulsion system which means that the engine starts in neutral without moving the PWC forward immediately.
You can control the speed manually or you can even choose the speed from pre-set settings. With the built in “ECO mode” you can set the best cruise speed very conveniently which means the most fuel efficient rides and the highest MPG for you.
Sea-Doo Fish Pro 170 Accessories and Features
If the specifications mentioned thus far have not been enough to convince you to purchase the Sea-Doo Fish Pro or have left you confused about what to do, don’t worry! We have compiled some more in-depth details about the watercraft to help you make an informed decision.
Let’s jump right into the fishing package that comes with the Sea-Doo Fish Pro!
- 18.5 US gal /70L Fuel Tank Capacity
- Garmin ECHOMAP Plus 62cv Fish Finder
- Fishing Cooler (13.5 US gal / 51 L)
- Trolling Mode Rugged LinQ™
- Fishing Seat
- Four Fishing Rod Holders
- Extended Rear Platform with 2nd LinQ™ Attachment System
- Storage Bin Organizer
- Angled Gunwale Footrests
Along with the above mentioned feature and specifications, Sea-Doo also offers the opportunity to customize your PWC according to your preference.
This means that you can choose which accessories and features you want your watercraft to have. The 2020 Sea-Doo Fish Pro’s extended rear platform is where you can add a cooler, a fuel can and a storage container from the choice of three. (Can be mounted with the unique LinQ system.)
Additionally, you can have a BRP Audio system in your PWC that is connectable to your phone via Bluetooth. You can fish while listening to your favorite music; getting into the right mood.
In order to make use of the option of customizing your own Sea-Doo Fish Pro 170, all you have to do is visit Sea Doo’s official website and use their building tool to build your own fish pro and get pricing details accordingly.
Competitor fishing Jet Ski and WaveRunner
Before we go further into the specifications and prices, it should be noted that we can find good models for PWC fishing in the competitors’ fleets as well. Taking into consideration all the requirements that are important for a fishing PWC, we can conclude that the
In this comparison part of this article, we will compare the Fish Pro to the Yamaha FX HO and the Kawasaki Ultra LX models. Many experts recommend these models for fishing purposes and based on many PWC fishermen’s experience, these watercrafts truly are the best for PWC fishing.
This is represented in the fact that the Kawasaki Ultra LX-F is advertised as the “dedicated fishing Jet Ski”
This model is actually a stock Kawasaki Ultra LX, which is fully equipped with several high quality accessories and offered as a “ready to go” Fishing Jet Ski. It comes with a seat with 3-rider capacity 212 L of storage, stainless steel rod holder, a 70L cooler and a fish finder.
Unfortunately, this Ultra LX-F model is currently available only in New Zealand.
However, there are hopes that it will be available in the US market soon as PWC fishing becomes more and more popular. Until then, if you prefer Kawasaki, you can still purchase a stock Ultra LX and add the necessary equipment yourself. This can be your own DIY Fishing Jet Ski!
Similar is the case with Yamaha. If your dream is a fishing WaveRunner, you will have to purchase the necessary equipment separately. To take a closer look at how you can setup your own WaveRunner, don’t miss this video:
Moving on, let’s compare the 3 models by figures!
2020 Sea-Doo Fish Pro Price, Top speed and Specifications
Price, weight, length
|Brand||Model||MSRP (USD)||Curb Weight (Lbs)||Length (")|
|Kawasaki||ULTRA LX||$11 199||933||132,7|
|Yamaha||FX HO||$13 699||962||140,9|
|Sea-Doo||Fish Pro||$14 999||983||146.8|
As far as the Sea-Doo Fish Pro price tag is concerned, many buyers think that it is overpriced. This is, however, an incorrect judgment.
Although the Sea-Doo Fish Pro does have a higher price tag than the other two models, it should also be noted that it comes already equipped with several accessories and features, the cost of which is already included in the price tag.
If we take the dimensions into account, it’s pretty clear that the Fish Pro has the longest hull in the 3 models at 147″. The Yamaha is just 6″ shorter, while the Kawasaki is significantly shorter with being around 133″.
On the other hand, there isn’t much difference in the width and height of the models and curb weights are pretty close as well.
|Brand||Model||Storage Cap. (Gal)||Fuel Cap. (Gal)||Weigh Cap. (Lbs)|
PWC Fishing means tons of gear and extra fuel that you have to take with you. This makes the capacity of your PWC a major issue!
If we look at the numbers, it is clear that the Kawasaki outperforms its competitors in terms of storage capacity with 56 gallons while Sea-Doo Fish Pro has the best weight limit with 600 pounds.
All of these models can carry 3 riders and the gas tank sizes are pretty similar; around 20 gallons.
For fishermen, the performance of the watercraft is not much of a big deal which is why there is no need for us to compare the performance specifications of the three models.
|Brand||Model||HP||Engine (cc)||Top speed (Mph)|
All three of these models come with non-supercharged engines which is optimal for PWC fishing. On the other hand, Yamaha has the largest displacement of 1812 cc and its engine produces 180 HP. The Sea-Doo and Kawasaki both have around 1500-1600 cc engines with 160-170 HP performance.
In the chart above, we have compared the two competitors with the 2020 Sea-Doo Fish Pro top speed numbers just for informational purposes. It should be noted that these numbers are solely based on test and the results depend on many different factors and can vary. To keep things simple, you can expect around 55-58 mph top speed from these PWCs depending on the load and the weather conditions.
The 2020 Sea-Doo Fish Pro 170 is truly a work of art. It provides fishermen or any person that enjoys fishing the perfect experience because of being fully equipped.
The Fish Pro allows PWC enthusiasts the most efficient watercraft that they can use to enjoy their time on the water without having to worry about capacity, refueling and/or the losing control on the PWC.
Additional benefits of choosing the Fish Pro for your next fishing trip are:
- You can ride to the prime fishing spots that might not be easily accessible through a boat
- You are guaranteed to have more fun and save time while travelling from the shore to the prime fishing spots
- You can be seated comfortably on the watercraft and be in the perfect position to enjoy the activity of fishing
- You can experience being closer to all of the fishing action
- You can use the fishing craft to a family-friendly PWC any time
- The PWC is extremely easy to store, trailer and launch
When the first Sea-Doo Fish Pro was released, the market went crazy for it and the industry experts also immediately noticed and appreciated it.
“First and only true personal watercraft (PWC) built specifically from the factory for fishing.”
Kevin Shaw, Watercraft Journal
“The 2019 Sea-Doo Fish Pro is the PWC equivalent of an offshore battlewagon”
Jeff Hemmel, PersonalWatercraft
Finally, let’s take a look at how the Fish Pro operates on water. In addition to the spectacular factory image videos, we at JetDrift, really like the real owner reviews. If you like these kinds of videos as well, don’t miss this comprehensive real owner review:
It seems that PWC fishing is unstoppable and is reaching more and more fans nationwide. If you are thinking to try this amazing sport, you can consider purchasing a well-equipped Sea-Doo Fish Pro 170.
Another thing you can do is to choose a watercraft by other companies like Kawasaki Ultra LX or a Yamaha FX HO and then equip them with the necessary gear and accessories. This, however, will require additionally time, money and effort on your part.
Regardless of what you choose to buy, the most important thing to do is your research before buying your first PWC to avoid the most common mistakes of first time buyers. If you are interested in other models as well, don’t miss our head to head PWC comparison tool.
If you are a beginner, you can get some experience in some PWC rental before you purchase your own!
This was our short 2020 Sea-Doo Fish Pro review, we hope you find it useful!
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