If you’re a first-time user, you’re probably asking yourself how you can take advantage of all the features and benefits offered by a fish finder while doing your fishing in your kayak. There are several methods of installing a transducer on a kayak, and believe it or not, all of these are often times easier when compared to setting up the device on a regular boat. We’ve compiled a list of tips and tricks that can take your kayak fish finding experience to a whole new level.
There are three types of ways you can install a transducer on your kayak. You can either mount it in the hull, through the scupper hole, on the back near the rudder or use a suction cup transducer. Of all these methods, the most convenient one seems to be the last one in spite of the fact that it’s less cost-efficient as you’ll probably have to purchase the suction cup separately. However, getting a portable kit is advantageous for many reasons, and one of the most important ones seems to be that you can unmount the transducer at any time.
Stick with smaller screens
It goes without saying that you don’t have a lot of room in your kayak, so it might be worth noting that getting a too large fish finder can be counterproductive. We’re mostly referring to the display. Using a fish finder with the screen the size of a tablet is not a good idea. On the one hand, you’ll have to protect the screen somehow because chances are that it’s not waterproof.
Unless you have an unbeatable cover, stay away from fish finding apps
Products such as Fish Hunter or Deeper have become very popular over the years and that’s due to the fact that they’re less expensive compared to their traditional counterparts. However, in most cases, these include just the transducer and an app that you can use with your smartphone or mobile device of your choice. While such an option is beneficial to use when fishing on an actual boat, it might be less suited for kayak fishermen because water tends to get all over the place. As such, you’ll either have to buy a transparent and water-resistant cover so that you can protect your cell phone or tablet or just risk damaging the device. No cover, regardless of how efficient it seems to be, is absolutely impervious to water, and saltwater, even more so.
Pick an easy-to-use fish finder
On the same note, it’s important to emphasize that some people find it hard to understand the information that is being displayed on the screen of a fish finder when they’re trying to do their kayak fishing. There are several portable models that make it very easy to see what’s under your boat and that’s due to the fact that they don’t rely on the arch design that most fish finders use. They actually depict targets as tiny fish.