Check out Yamaha’s Shoreline Tubby fiberglass fishing pods, manufactured by Racetech Yamaha in South Africa and owned by the O’Keefe family. The pods are so easy to attach to your Yamaha Waverunner, that you can fish as soon as you are underway. They can only be found at the Shoreline Yamaha dealership, located in South Brisbane, Australia. The pods have a really cool patented latch system for easy attachment as shown in this video.
When the pods were tested on a Yamaha Waverunner FX HO and it was like a match made in heaven. One of the testers was so blown away by the rig that he lied awake at night thinking about how could slip it in with his own personal boats.
The Tubbies come with rod storage, tackle storage, fish boxes, a live-bait tank, rod holders, and a cutting board. Another great thing about the pods is that they stabilize the ski so there is little to no chance of finding yourself in the “drink.” They were predominantly designed to fit most three-seater personal watercraft machines, however they fit the Yamaha FX HO better than other machines.
Jordi O’Keefe states in a piece from boatsales.com.au; stating that “The FX HO is a great platform. It’s the best all rounder for someone that’s fishing minded. It offers good stability and storage. It’s a drier ride, especially on the troll, than most.” The reasoning behind O’Keefe’s declaration is because the bow rides high at trolling speeds so the operator doesn’t end up blinded by spray.
The FHO’s latest model has 180hp engine, is naturally aspirated, and a low maintenance machine. Even better is the fact that it’s fuel efficient, which is almost a prerequisite in order to troll for many hours. The PWC also has a large hull with a sizable deck at the stern and that deck makes for an awesome fishing platform.
The Shoreline Tubby is also available for saltwater fishing and its set-up comes loaded with vertical rod holders, adjustable Railblaza outrigger rod holders, built in cutting board lid, rear stainless steel racks, a storage tank for safety equipment, another storage tank for live bait that uses the trademark Yamaha visibility spout and reroutes it for circulated water, along with plenty of storage for fish in the pods, plus tackle in glove boxes called Quick Access Tackle Storage pockets, and drink holders.
The base price for the 2016 Yamaha FX HO is $17,900 and the Shoreline Tubby is available for $3500 so you can grab a nice fishing setup for a fair price.