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Old 05-16-2015, 02:48 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I finally caved and bought a kayak. Granted it is an inflatable tandem kayak but still. I wanted something that could pack into a car and be set up easily for a quick day of fishing without the high price, garage space and add ons that go along with owning a hard shelled kayak. My current vehicle, girlfriend and two upcoming vacations also factored into the equation. I would use my canoe, but the thing is **** heavy and my car doesn't like me putting an 18 foot boat on top of it. Plus that's 18 feet of space it takes up in my garage. This little inflatable should only take up 2. Anyways, I'm not looking to go offshore fishing for kings or whitewater rafting. Maybe a nice day on the FPD ponds or paddling the DPR is about as much as I'd like to do.

Anyways, I was hoping you guys could recommend a good depth finder for under $200. I looked on Amazon and Bass Pro but want opinions from you all as well. I was looking at lowrance units but I don't want to break the bank.
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I got a Lowrance Elite 4 for $150 two Christmases ago. It's got a great color screen with easy setting. It's has GPS and you can put navionics chips in it. I am 3D printing a custom screen mount and have a removable transducer arm that inserts into a rod holder and hangs over the side of the kayak. It's a pretty sweet setup.
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I have a Humminbird PiranhaMax 150. While mine is not a portable, they do make a portable version that contains the batter and monitor in a carrier. I made a housing for mine and use an outrigger for the probe.

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Thanks for the responses guys. Had the kayak out on the river and it was very stable. Paddled well too even though it was first time in it. I was looking at finders and also found that there are now depth finders that are wireless and link up to your smart phones. There are also just wireless models with transducers that can float next to the boat (while wearing the receiver on your neck). I might also look into those since I can use them for ice fishing as well. Either way, thanks for the replies and I hope to take the yak out for a paddle again very soon.
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Old 06-04-2015, 12:23 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I run a lowrance elite 5 on my outback and a Hummingbird Helix 5 on my pro angler.
I love the detail in the hummingbird on the PA which i use more in structure fishing, bass, etc. My outback it my salmon battleship so i could care less about structure etc.



I was actually having this conversation with Christina WEber over the weekend at the Hobie Worlds Qualifier and she said both inshore and off the dragon fly has been pretty amazing. I only got a brief rundown...but from what ive seen im pretty sure this will be my next unit.




Here's some rigging ideas.


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Have a simple garmim echo 150 which I found brand new on Craigslist for $60 a few years ago. Detects small minnows, shows me structures and the depth along with water temps. All I need on the yak
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