Kayak Fishing: How to Add a Fishfinder to Your ‘Yak

by Ric Burnley Step 1: To mount the fishfinder’s display unit, choose a location that’s easy to see but out … Continued

by Ric Burnley

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Step 1: To mount the fishfinder’s display unit, choose a location that’s easy to see but out of the way of rods and paddle. Attach the mounting bracket with stainless-steel bolts and lock nuts. If the underside of the mount isn’t accessible, use plastic pop rivets to hold the bracket to the deck.

Step 2: Install the transducer puck inside the hull. Make a mounting base out of a 1-inch-thick piece of foam padding by cutting an outline of the puck into the pad. Use Lexel to glue the pad inside the hull along the centerline and below the waterline. Fill the cavity in the foam halfway with Lexel and insert the puck so that sealant oozes around the edges.
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Step 3:** The 12-volt 8 ohm battery should be secured inside the hull, on the centerline, as close to midship as possible. Use another piece of foam pad to make a mounting base and glue the pad to the bottom of the hull. Attach the power wire with appropriate-size connectors. Step 4 Drill a 1-inch hole in the deck near the mounting bracket. Thread the wires through the hole and cover with a wire cap. Connect the power and transducer cable to the display, and you’re set.

Step 4: Drill a 1-inch hole in the deck near the mounting bracket. Thread the wires through the hole and cover with a wire cap. Connect the power and transducer cable to the display, and you’re set.

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From the September 2012 issue of Field & Stream magazine.

Photo by Ric Burnley