Kayak fish finder?

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  1. wildcoy73

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    What would you suggest for a 10' kayak, and how to mount it and transducer.
    This is the 10 ozark trail from Walmart. Just getting into it, and know working 6 days a week it will get minimal use.

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  2. ebijack

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    Just a thought.
    Mount the FF to the removable screw cap from the dry area . Epoxy the transducer to the inside bottom of hull directly below. Easy and cheap to remove and replace cap when you move to another kayak. Knock the transducer loose. Good to go.
     

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    I used one of the scupper holes on my Jackson
     
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    What do you want it to do? Just give you depth? If so, buy the cheapest thing you can find. Want GPS to mark waypoints for structure & fish? +$.
    Want to mark fish well on the bottom? +$$
    Want down and side imaging? +$$$

    You pay for what you get.
     
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    That is true.
    Just getting into this. And afraid if I flip the kayak I would ruin the unit. I have looked at 2 unit the striker4 unit and a cheap humming bird.
    I want a bottom depth and to be able to see if a fish is below me.
    I have not use any side view unit so not able to say if that would help.
    I want to fish smaller lakes and ponds.
    Also thinking of trying the upper section of the rogue river.

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    A gps with a map does come in handy!
     
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    I would recommend something like this as the best bang for your buck looking for fish, especially tight to the bottom. Lowrance typically is class leading in 2D sonar. The other brands shine in the other features. The HDI transducer is an upgrade from the regular cheap ones that will also help give you a more detailed signal return.

    https://www.lowrance.com/lowrance/type/fishfinders-chartplotters/hook-5-midhighdownscan/

    If that’s more than you care to spend, then any cheapy will do. This is just a good option to spend your money wisely on the features you need. You also get GPS and downscanning as a bonus too.
     
  9. mbirdsley

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    Garmin striker 4. Look on eBay and you can get the unit From $75 refurbed-$180 for the lake mapping ones. Battery costs another 60 bucks. Can also use it for ice fishing


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    I have a Garmin striker 7 on mine(10ft Pelican sit and stand)with side imaging( I use the side imaging more than I suspected I would) set up in a ram mount. I made a bracket for the transducer so I can remove it when taking in and out of the water. Works great haven’t flipped the yak yet and hope not to would be a lot of wasted money.


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    I just made a bracket out of 1" pvc pipe with a couple of metal pvc brackets I screwed into the side of the kayak just slide the pipe up when hitting the shore and push it down when out fishing. Been using it for 5 years works great and cost me about $5.


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  14. fisheater

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    I use a Ram transducer arm for my canoe. Years ago most guys went with a silicone mount to the hull. It seems the duct seal mount demonstrated in the video is a popular method.
    For what it’s worth, silicone does not stay stuck to polyethylene, I’m pretty sure Lexel will stay adhered, if you choose that method.
     
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    One more vote for the Garmin striker 4. Good light weight unit with GPS. And as a bonus the base of it fits well in my cup holder, no need for any more holes drilled to mount.

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