Video: How to Setup Your Yamaha WaveRunner Fishing Rig


We recently covered a WaveRunner fishing rig setup on Dean Banyon’s Yamaha VX Deluxe. In this latest episode, Dean shows us his brand new 2018 Yamaha FXHO in which he appears to have meticulously set this one up as well for offshore fishing.

Immediately we can see that Dean must have started building this setup the day he brought it home from the dealership as he indicates it took him about two months and it appears he left no stone unturned.

If you are planning on setting up your own WaveRunner for a fishing rig platform, you will definitely want to check out this video as it is one of the most advanced setups we have seen to date with a lot of new features not employed on other recent builds.

One of the nice features are the beautiful aluminum rod holder bars on this application. They are professional quality and feature a bolt-on design through the side bumper rails. As opposed to other setups where the bars are bolted directly into the fiberglass, this setup is much cleaner and seems to create a leak-free setup.

If you remember the previous build by Dean, he showed us his ingenious automatic fuel transfer system utilizing a small electric pump to transfer fuel from the rear storage tank to the main fuel supply tank. Interestingly he chose to not use that design here but instead shows us his fuel cap relocation on the outside of the WaveRunner.

We are not sure why it was decided to forego the automated transfer system here, but I think we can all rest easier knowing that this new system is less likely to leak and create dangerous vapors within the engine compartment. Plus it gives a neater and more organized look.

This build has also sparred no expenses when it comes to electronic goodies. From GPS and fish finder transducers to full navigation and spot lights, this thing is now legal and ready to operate even after the sun goes down.

All electronic devices have individual toggle switches neatly placed inside the center box and all wiring has been done in a bus bar style manner with individual positive and negative wires leading up to a centralized area.

Again, Dean has chosen to go with a dual battery setup utilizing a toggle selector for battery one and two. Additionally, with the quick-diagnose fuse blocks we can see that safety and neatness are of utmost importance here. After all, losing power is the last thing you would want when you are miles out to sea.

Another neat little gadget employed here is the automated micro anchor system. The motorized base unit is mounted at the rear of the WaveRunner on the cooler rack. Then there is a rod that moves up or down using the toggle switches. In shallow water, moving the rod down into the mud or sand serves as the anchor.

It always seems like Dean throws in some extra surprises towards the end in these videos and sure enough there was no disappointment on this build. The last feature we are shown is a gas grill mounted neatly and securely within one of the rod holders at the back.

Can’t wait to get back to shore to grill up some juicy tuna steaks? Hey why not just bring the grill along too. Another fine Yamaha WaveRunner fishing rig build to take some pointers from.

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Brice Leckrone

Brice Leckrone

Brice is a Mechanical Engineer for 33% of the day and a PWC enthusiast for 100% of the day. When he is not at work or at the farmhouse with his wife and countless animals, he likes to be on the water. Having evolved from motorcycles and race cars that go way too fast for a married man, he now likes to ride watercraft that go way too fast for a married man.

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