Kayak fishing is a very relaxing activity. It can be enjoyed alone, or, if you have a bigger kayak, with a friend or two. Dropping that bait into the water and then pulling out that big fish fills one with joy and pride.
However, sometimes we have a bad day, or a couple of bad days. That is why many kayakers use the fish finders. These devices are small (as they are intended to be used in a kayak) but powerful sonars that help you detect the fish and help you increase your catch.
WHAT IS A FISH FINDER?
A fish finder is basically sonar. When you purchase a fish finder you typically receive a two-piece device – a transducer that acts as a transmitter of sonic waves and the receiver, which is the display that converts that information into a picture. Some devices only have the transducer which can be connected to your smartphone, which then displays a picture. A fish finder device not only tells where the fish are, but tell you how big they, if there is weed and debris and the shape of the river’s bottom.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A KAYAK FISH FINDER
The first thing to pay attention to is the transducer. This is the main and the most important part of the fish finder. You need to check the device’s cone angle. Smaller angle means that the beam of sound is more concentrated and the beam can penetrate further into the water. A wider cone offers wider field of vision but less depth. There are transducers that combine the two.
The larger the display, the better the view, of course. Having a large display will give you more information, but will make the device clunker and risk dropping it into the water. The frequency of the transponder is also important. The higher the frequency of the sound the transponder is emitting, the more detailed the information gathered and the sound will penetrate deeper.
Finally, you need to decide whether the device is portable or fixed. A portable device is better for those who lease the boat, as they can move it from one to another. Fixed ones allow to skip setting up and just reap the benefits.
OUR PICKS FOR BEST KAYAK FISH FINDER 2017
|FishHunter PRO||Tri-Frequency||150 ft / 100 ft||iOS, Android||Wi-Fi||$$|
|Deeper Smart Sonar||Dual||130 ft||iOS, Android||Bluetooth||$$$|
|HawkEye FT1PX FishTrax||Dual||200 ft||Handheld Display||n/a||$|
|Garmin Striker 4 Fish Finder||Dual||240 ft||Handheld Display||n/a||$$|
|Signstek FF-003 Portable Fish Finder||Dual||240 ft||Handheld Display||n/a||$$|
First up, we have the FishHunter PRO fish finder. This excellent fish finder is said to be one of the fastest and the strongest on the market. It has a WI-Fi connection that links up with your phone and has a casting range of 150 feet. The finder has a combined tri-frequency that allows for a great deal of information to be gathered.
The device has a depth range of 150 feet and 100 feet for Ice fishing. The battery lasts for 10 hours.
Up next, it’s the Deeper Smart Sonar. This is a great dual beam device that operates at a 290 kHz frequency that gives you a 15-degree cone for depth and at 90 kHz that gives you a wide cone of 55 degrees. The device can penetrate to the depth of about 130 feet. It is compatible with iOS, Androids and tablets, and connects via Bluetooth. The app for the transducer includes a fish activity calendar, weather, maps and much more.
Coming in at number 3 is the HawkEye FT1PX fish finder. This is a great device for kayaks and smaller boats due to its compact size. The finder’s transducer boasts the dual frequency mode that lets you find the fish in deep water and have a pretty wide view. It comes in two variations, as a black-and-white display model, and with a colored screen.
Our penultimate product is the Garmin Striker 4 fish finder. In the fish finder industry, this is the cream of the crop product. It has a Clearvu-type scanning sonar that accurately depicts what’s underneath you. The Chirp function constantly sends out frequency for sweeping the area and the flasher makes the product relevant for ice fishing and vertical jigging.
And our final product is the Signstek FF-003 portable fish finder. This incredibly powerful device has a 100-level sensitivity setting that allows you to scan multiple levels of the depth range. It can detect objects from 2 to 240 feet with stunning precision. It enables to see the contour of the bottom and the temperature of the water. Because it is simple to use, it is very popular with the customers.
REASONS TO GET A FISH FINDER IF YOU FISH ON YOUR KAYAK
Obviously, the most important benefit of a fish finder is that you’ll be able to catch more fish, and catch bigger fish. But there’s more to it than that. Firstly, kayak fish finders are specifically built for the kayak. They are smaller in size and not cumbersome at all.
Secondly, a fish finder helps you survey the terrain underwater. It helps you detect debris and weed and avoid those places.
And finally, the device allows you to see the body of water’s bottom, which may help you figure out where are the fish hiding or what particular areas are rich with fish.
POPULAR KAYAK FISH FINDER BRANDS
Some of the most famous and most trusted fish finder brands are Singntek, Hummingbird, Garmin, FishHunter, Lowrance and Helix. These brands produce top-of-the-line finders. They usually have warranties and perform better than most generic and mid-level fish finders, making them very popular and highly regarded. If you weren’t caught up with one of the above choices, check out those brands to find some more great options.
THE BOTTOM LINE
Well, that’s it for us, folks. We hope you like the devices we’ve picked out for you, and we hope you go home with one of these in your pocket, and, most importantly, we hope you will catch plenty of fish with help of one of these excellent finders.
featured image from flickr – Hobie Kayak and Hobie Fishing Pictures