Easy Guide for Installing Fish Finder on a Kayak

By Anthony Contreras / November 29, 2017

​You don’t have to be a scientist to install a fish finder on a kayak. If you have the right knowledge at your fingertips, you will install it with ease. Selecting the perfect electronic for it can be difficult, how to power it, where you are going to run the transducer, what size, are all the questions you need to know before you start doing this job.

You don’t have to be a scientist to install a fish finder on a kayak. If you have the right knowledge at your fingertips, you will install it with ease. Selecting the perfect electronic for it can be difficult, how to power it, where you are going to run the transducer, what size, are all the questions you need to know before you start doing this job.

​Fishing from a kayak has many advantages. You will be able to quickly travel across the country in pursuit of the perfect fishing spot because you can break down the folding kayak and carry i​​​​t in the backpack or by hand. The great thing about them is that they can hold a lot of extras.

Fishing from a kayak has many advantages. You will be able to quickly travel across the country in pursuit of the perfect fishing spot because you can break down the folding kayak and carry it in the backpack or by hand. The great thing about them is that they can hold a lot of extras.
Do you want to know the best part?
In some key ways, this great sport boosts mental health. We know that this may sound like an excuse some husband will make it to his spouse to let him go fishing, but it is not at all! The number of new anglers grows every year because it is one of the most recreational activities.
It will provide you physical, emotional and mental benefits. You will feel better during and after this activity. In this article, you will learn about 7 fishing health benefits and why this hobby is an excellent way to improve physical and mental well-being.

​In this article, we are going to share some steps on how to install a fishfinder on a kayak.

Keep reading to know more.

"Fishing provides that connection with the whole living world. It gives you the opportunity of being totally immersed, turning back into yourself in a good way. A form of meditation, some form of communion with levels of yourself that are deeper than the ordinary self" according to English poet and writer Ted Hughes.

​1. Register the Unit

1. Register the Unit
If you want to know more, all you have to do is read on.
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​Go to the manufacturer’s website and make sure to register your fish finder.

Go to the manufacturer’s website and make sure to register your fish finder.
‘’Records on recovery after cholecystectomy of patients in a suburban Pennsylvania hospital between 1972 and 1981 were examined to determine whether assignment to a room with a window view of a natural setting might have restorative influences. Twenty-three surgical patients assigned to rooms with windows looking out on a natural scene had shorter postoperative hospital stays, received fewer negative evaluative comments in nurses' notes, and took fewer potent analgesics than 23 matched patients in similar rooms with windows facing a brick building wall.’’ according to NCBI.
What does that mean? One of the best cures to reduce pain and accelerate the healing process is the view of natural habitats. This way you will be enjoying your hobby and at the same time heal more quickly.

​2. Have a Steady Power

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​To give your transducer better image quality, you will need a good battery life. In order not to get interference with the picture quality, the power needs to be stable. Otherwise, it can cause some different problems with your sonar device.

To give your transducer better image quality, you will need a good battery life. In order not to get interference with the picture quality, the power needs to be stable. Otherwise, it can cause some different problems with your sonar device.
The fishing is a great way to get some exercise. Spend your day hiking to a remote lake or wading in a stream, and you will get an excellent workout without going to a yoga class or going to a gym. You can have plenty of activities while fishing such as boulder hopping or climbing in the rough terrain, repeatedly reeling and casting, hiking and wading against the current in a stream.
During this hobby, you could burn from 600 to 1400 calories without knowing it. It will help you building strength in the tendons in your shins, calves, ankles, and feet and the little-used muscles. When hiking up riverbanks or steep slopes, it will also build strength in the hamstrings and quadriceps.
“You can make your fishing excursion as physical as you want. Even just getting out there, you’ll still get the benefits of the outdoors, and maybe that’s the beginning of a new fit, healthy lifestyle,” Janna Superstein, president of fly fishing company Superfly International Inc. says for the Huffington Post.

​​3. Position the Transducer

3. Position the Transducer
3. It Will Reduce Your Blood Pressure
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​To get that clear picture on your sonar you need to position the transducer correctly. Locate it in the right place on your transom and make sure you have put it at the precise angle. The transducer needs to be over the water surface.

It is essential to set up and level it properly during an installation.

​4. Installation Guide

To get that clear picture on your sonar you need to position the transducer correctly. Locate it in the right place on your transom and make sure you have put it at the precise angle. The transducer needs to be over the water surface.
It is essential to set up and level it properly during an installation.
People who are physically active have a lower risk of getting high blood pressure -- 20% to 50% lower -- than people who are not active. You don't have to be a marathon runner to benefit from physical activity. Even light activities, if done daily, can help lower your risk.’’ According to WebMD.
High blood pressure can put you at a higher risk of having a stroke or heart attack and lead to a lot of serious problems. Many of the medications have harmful side effects, which is why it is essential to exercise regularly. Fishing is the excellent way to enjoy your favorite hobby and have a little workout that is essential to your health.
The best thing is that researchers say that it only takes about thirty minutes per week of this activity to improve overall health and blood pressure. The ‘’spending time in nature effect’’ will last for some time after you return home.
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fishermen on kayaks

To give maximum performance, just follow this guide to set up your fish finder on your kayak boat correctly.​

  • First determine where on the ship you want to place your fish finder. The most logical solution is to be near your arm in front of you.  We don’t recommend to put it on the side of you because that is where is going to be your stroke or pad.
  • Next, you want to do is find some flat surface on your kayak and mount the transducer. To stick it solidly to the boat, clean this place using the piece of sandpaper to be sure there is no any debris. To the lower part of the setup pad, apply a thin layer when you are taking the install one. Around the install, pad makes a little rim. Just make sure that it is pointing to the front of the kayak or it is lined up with the transducer direction. So, find a perfect location for your install pad and apply to it. Use some glue pressure and let it dry for about 24 hours, depending on the humidity and temperature.​
  • After you have done this part, you need to place the transducer into the kayak’s bottom. To eliminate a lot of bubbles put the nozzle of the Goop tube against the boat. To get that excess air bubbles out and smooth the Goop, use a toothpick. Depending on the humidity and the temperature, keep it ventilated to dry evenly and give it some time to rest for about few hours.
  • Now, you can begin mounting the finder device to the kayak. Remove the bottom portion and take the base of so you can easily install the unit. To make a stronger connection with the kayak, make sure that you take a flat spot for the installation. On the fish finder’s bottom portion of the base, there is a flat surface where you need to drill a hole. The next thing is to use the mount screws and set it into the kayak. To make a stronger connection and give a lot more resistance on the back, use a washer on the backside.
  • To the top mounting piece connect the finder head device. But, before that, you will need to remove its primary head first. The next step is to drop your screws when you lined up the holes and tighten them. Then you need to find the place for the transducer wires.
  • The location on the boat where they will go out of it. Once again find some flat spot and pick a Grommet to go around your transducer wire and the power cable. Size the garage to Grommet size you want to place in the kayak. Find the right place and drill a hole, with the wire running up through install the Grommet.
  • Now you should be able to connect the power to the appliance. But first, take your nine-volt battery connector and your transducer power line. There are 2 red wires in the power line. On the end of both of them put the cable connection and pinch the orange button to secure your attachment using the set of pliers. Repeat this action for the wire that is black.
  • Before you install your eight double batteries, use the wires and snap them to the nine-volt battery connector. Get off the way all the excess wire on the transducer bumbled up and on the boat. You can always bundle these cables inside the kayak to keep them motionless, or you can leave it inside the ship.
  • On the back of the fishfinder plug the wire and start up the device. Use a water-resistant bag for your battery pack. This way you will protect it when the water comes in the boat.
There is no better relaxation than fishing.  Staying away from your phone and computer and being out in nature will let your brain focus on one task and relax. Can you imagine something more peaceful than spending time in a mountain stream followed by a delicious dinner of grilled fish? We can’t, and if you are an angler than we think that you will agree with us.
It is just like meditation, and it will decrease depression and anxiety. Fishing will give you a chance to unplug from the radio blaring, news, traffic jam, blinking inboxes and ringing phones. It is a silent hobby where you can only hear the sounds of frogs and birds calling off in the distance and waves.
6. Boosts Immune System
A day spent under the sun is the best source of vitamin D. ‘’Vitamin D refers to a group of fat-soluble secosteroids responsible for increasing intestinal absorption of calcium, magnesium, and phosphate, and multiple other biological effects.’ according to Wikipedia. It allows the body to use the calcium from the bloodstream and plays a significant role in bone formation.
7. Improves Balance
This hobby requires some severe maneuvers. It can help you offset back pain because balance requires benefits flexibility and core strength.

The Conclusion

​Selecting the perfect electronics for your boat sometimes can be difficult, but with these easy steps, we made it simple. We hope that you will find our article about fish finder installation useful.

Selecting the perfect electronics for your boat sometimes can be difficult, but with these easy steps, we made it simple. We hope that you will find our article about fish finder installation useful.
There are many reasons why fishing is so good for your health and why it will help you become a happier person. In this article we show you how this sport can be great activity for you and your family.
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