View Full Version : Kayak Fish Finders
03-07-2012, 09:41 AM
Alright the season is around the corner and I've begun outfitting my yak.
Does it help that much/practical to throw a fish finder on your kayak when you go spearing?
If so - what models have worked the best considering size/quality/durability?
03-07-2012, 11:32 AM
Contact U/C Spearo. He has a Humminbird model that has color and I think GPS (might be mistaken on GPS). It is a great unit and it comes with a kit for mounting it on the kayak. :toast:
03-07-2012, 12:27 PM
I have one and I think it's very worth it. In Central and Northern Ca we are hunting terrain more than fish so having an idea of the bottom structure is very valuable. Find the right terrain you find the fish. I have the Piranha Max 160. It’s not the top of the line but it meets my needs very well and they make a kit for installing it in a kayak. Which might seem simple but as I found out, it’s not. Many types of glue won’t stick to the plastics that kayaks are made of so having the kit makes installation really simple.
03-07-2012, 03:03 PM
I like the mid grade units. Went with a humminbird 597 hd DI to get the down imaging feature and gps. Not completely sold on the down imaging yet but definately glad I got a unit with the larger color screen and gps.
I use it for finding and marking structure, not sure how this applies to your location.
It's mounted on the side of a hobie revolution using a RAM ball mount setup, very nice. transducer is gooped to the inside of the yak and the battery has a nice foam insert that it sits in to keep it from sliding around.
03-07-2012, 03:37 PM
If you are familiar with the area you dive the sounder is often more important than a GPS. I mounted mine on one of the deck lids. I can see it all perfectly there and I don't like drilling holes in my boat. If I decide to upgrade or it's too rough for electronics (Going through the surf) I just switch lids. Mine runs off a maintenance free gel cell that is mounted in a pelican case in the hull always dry and always safe from gear hitting it. It's a hummer 190C. The transducer is mounted in the hull like the one in the pics a few posts above. Works perfectly even when I put the motor on and troll with it.
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