It was possibly one of the bravest moves made by a major OE manufacturer in the PWC industry in decades: build a model for the specific use of fishing. Yet, that was what Sea-Doo did in 2019 with the Fish Pro. Albeit a limited run model, the 2019 Fish Pro wowed all of us at The Watercraft Journal during our hands-on introduction shortly after its reveal. The then-one-year-old ST3 truly was the ideal platform for low speed trawling, providing the fisherman superior stability, comfort and range of motion throughout the deck.
Add to that the Fish Pro’s exemplary outfitting of necessary accessories – such as an extended rear platform to not only accommodate the 13.5-gallon cooler with its multiple mounting points for rod holders, a cutting board and cargo net, angled, padded foot wedges hard-mounted to the gunwales, the large 6-inch Garmin ECHOMAP Plus 62cv Fish Finder, and iTC-controlled “Trolling Mode” – and it quickly became apparent that Sea-Doo wasn’t playing around. They wanted to own the PWC fishing market, and it was going to blaze the trail.
And the Fish Pro has done exactly that – blaze a trail into a new market. Thus far, the response has been warm but moderate in the US, but again this is new territory for BRP. Thankfully, another market that BRP is well versed in is sportsman hunting. The Can-Am Defender, the brand’s sportsman-focused SxS, has been wildly successful. So working together with its Can-Am line of Essential Hunting Accessories and Sea-Doo’s Parts & Accessories Division, Sea-Doo will be launching a limited-run runabout for the sportman: the Sea-Doo Moose Pro for 2021.
Clearly building from the existing Fish Pro, the Moose Pro 170 shares much of the same features: the 13.5-gallon cooler returns but with two new changes, inside features a molded-in divider including a large locking container for ammunition; and externally, a steel-mounted, weatherproof rifle hard case; the Garmin GPS but now with new TrailFinder Plus mapping and routing; a hard-sided LinQ box behind the cooler; and a pair of Kolpin adjustable gear grips on the hood; (we’re a little disappointed that the gunwale foot rests return in the same orange as the Fish Pro) and the now-standard 18.6-gallon fuel cell.
A new Sportsman Watercraft Division (SWD:BRP) was created to investigate how to specifically address marketing these new segment-specific models. The Watercraft Journal spoke with the newly appointed head of this group, Jacques Clouseau. Due to the extraordinary overlap between the Fish Pro and Moose Pro, we asked Chief Inspector Clouseau what was available (apart from accessories) to delineate the two. He stated, “The Moose Pro 170 can be optioned ($400) with the same Mossy Oak scheme as our popular Defender and Outlander machines from Can-Am. Otherwise, it comes in the same White and Night Green colorization.”
Clouseau continued, “Owners of the Moose Pro will have unprecedented access to the entire Can-Am Hunting Accessory catalog for customization, including RAM-mounted LED spotlights, 4-inch LED 25W lights, and more! We want our sportsman enthusiast customers to get the most enjoyment and use from their Moose Pro 170, whether its hunting large Canada geese off of Puget Sound, beautiful Rio Grande turkey in Texas, or the majestik møøse and mäni interesting furry animals that line the shores of Sweden’s løveli lakes.” The Moose Pro 170 won’t be fully revealed until the formal 2021 unveiling later this year. For those looking for additional information, we suggest clicking HERE.