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Thursday, 10 May 2018 06:13

Choosing The Right Fishfinder For Kayak Fishing

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In the early days of fishing, there was very little you could do except hope you picked the right spot and wait patiently for the fish to bite after casting your line. Of course, there were a couple of things you could do to improve your chances, such as using the right bait and familiarizing yourself with the area, but luck still played a big role. The arrival of fishfinders changed things a bit as suddenly anglers could find out exactly what is going on under the water without even having to get their feet wet.

 A fisfinder, coupled with a good fishing kayak, means you don't have to waste any time in spots where there are no fish and can figure out where all the fish lurk -- even on unfamiliar water. While many purists still prefer to use as little technology as possible when kayak angling, there is no denying how useful fishfinders can be for this hobby.  There are also a lot of options to choose from, so if you are undecided, the following questions should help you make an informed decision when it comes to buying one.

How Do They Work?

In general, fishfinders consists of a transducer, which handles the task of gathering all the information, and a display unit, that shows this information to you in a readable manner. Transducers are able to gather the information by sending out sonar signals and can use different frequencies for different situations. For example, high frequencies can provide more detail because of the narrower cone angle, but if you fish in deep water, then lower frequencies can provide better depth penetration.

How Much Do They Cost?

Fishfinders are not just available in all shapes and sizes, but at different price points as well. This means you can pick up a cheap fishfinder with a tiny, low-resolution screen or spend a little more money and get something that not only has a larger screen and color display, but also the ability to scan greater depths. It is also possible to find fishfinders that can set you back more than the price of your kayak, but unless you have more money than you can spend, there is no reason to pick them over a cheaper fishfinder that has all the features that you need. Bigger isn't always better either in the world of kayak fishing as you don't want something that will get in your way.

What Is Your Fishing Style?

Some types of fishfinders work better for certain styles of fishing, so figuring out what your preferred style is will help you to choose the right fishfinder for the job. For example, if you tend to fish in smaller lakes and stay close to the shoreline, then a GPS is probably not an essential feature for your fishfinder. On the other hand, if you fish in big water where there is a risk of getting disoriented once the shore is out of sight, then you'll appreciate a fishfinder with a GPS. As mentioned earlier, the frequency of your fishfinder also plays an important role, so if you stick to shallow water then opt for a device with a higher frequency.

What Type of Fishing Kayak Do You Have?

These days, anglers are spoiled for choice when it comes to fishing kayaks, but not all of them are equally user friendly when it comes to mounting your new fishfinder. Space is still one of the most important considerations when it comes to most kayaks and some of the smaller ones simply does not have any space for a large fishfinder. On the other hand, if you are fortunate enough to own a large, angling-specific kayak, you might already have convenient transducer mount. If not, depending on the type of fishfinder you choose, you might have to drill some holes in your kayak, which is obviously not a task for the faint of heart or DIY-impaired. However, even if you have a tiny fishing kayak, all hope is not lost as there are portable fishfinders available that can be connected to your phone. Other options include mounting the transducer inside the hull or even attaching it to the side or back of your kayak, so make sure you buy a fishfinder that is compatible with your kayak. If you are good at DIY stuff there are plenty of ways to get your fishfinder up and running in your kayak as this YouTube video demonstrates!


What Features Do You Want?

When it comes to fishfinders more features typically equal a higher price, but how many features do you really need? For example, some fishfinders have chartplotter features, which enables you to plot a course, see any possible navigational hazards on your trip or mark any good fishing spots that you find. Some fishfinders also make use of dual beam technology, which combines high and low frequency beams for use in both shallow and deep water without compromises. Then there are fishfinders that use compressed high-intensity radar pulse technology to provide superior deep water penetration. Other useful features range from temperature gauges to StructureScan and Down-Scan-Imaging. Do a little research about what features the fishfinder that you are interested in has and how many of these features you really need when you go fishing, so you don’t end up paying extra for stuff you’ll never use. 

Last modified on Thursday, 10 May 2018 10:11
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