My name is David Waters. I'm a Navy service member born and raised in California, now currently living in Connecticut.
I've enjoyed fishing from the very beginning. My father took me out on a trip off the coast of California once and I had a blast when I was only the age of 5. I continued to go on these trips every so often as I was growing up.
After I joined the Navy, I stopped fishing. With several location changes, I was rarely fishing for some time. It wasn't until I got off my 2nd deployment in 2010 and was on vacation did the urge randomly strike me one morning in North Carolina's Outer Banks. It was towards the end of August and the weather was perfect. I saw people fishing off of Avalon Pier so I went a shop nearby that sold tackle and bought a simple setup. Got some friendly advice on how and what to catch, and off I was to the pier with Fishbites Bloodworms with double bottom rigs. I had never fished off the East Coast till then. When I caught my first fish, I had to ask the women next to me what it was.
But when I returned to Virginia, I kept with it. The more I did it, the more my passion for fishing grew. Not long after it turned to fall and I learned how to catch Striped Bass of the James River Bridge Fishing Pier. I quickly realized that fishing off local piers limited me in many ways. I wanted to get out there where the boats were. After seeing and hearing reports of great catches, I knew I had to get out there and get a piece of the action.
Not in the position to own a boat, I started to research what kind of platforms I could fish from that would work for me. I kept my options open. I had always enjoyed riding on a jet ski and had planned to get one for myself someday, but when I searched around I was able to come across a deal that made buying a jet ski not only possible but happen a lot sooner then I had anticipated. For some time now I had been closely watching others involved in jet ski fishing, mainly a angler named Brian, locally known as Jet Ski Brian (http://www.jetskibrian.com/).
I ended up purchasing the jet ski, and off the bat I wasn't exactly sure if I was going to rig it for fishing or use it for riding, because jet ski fishing isn't for everyone. But after taking it out on a fishing trip, I knew without a doubt this is how I wanted to fish. There are many advantages of fishing from a PWC as well as it's challenges, but it's certainly a very fun and economical way to approach fishing.