You don’t need an expensive boat with all the bells and whistles to catch quality fish these days. Fishing kayaks are a great alternative which allow anglers the ability to get out on the water and reach fishing destinations once only accessed by boats. With the popularity of kayaks also comes the wide range of accessories available. You can now fit your kayak with the same if not more accessories than you can a boat including anchors, rod holders, live wells, electric motors and fish finders.
When it comes to attaching a fish finder to your kayak there are several methods you can choose from. Each method will be determined by both your personal preference and the style/build of your kayak. There are three main ways to install a fish finder transducer on your kayak, in the hull, side or rear mounted using a bracket or through the scupper hole. All methods are relatively easy but will require some additional parts and equipment to achieve a good result.
This option is a more permanent method and requires glueing/fixing the fish finder transducer to the inside hull of your kayak. To use this method you first must have access to the inside hull of your kayak via a porthole or storage space.
If you are not confident with drilling or mounting the transducer in your kayak, or simply don’t have access to the inside hull then you can consider one of the many fish finder mounting brackets on the market today. If you kayak is anything like mine, it has a wide range of mounting points available for everything from cup holders, rod holders, bait boards and motor mounts. The benefit of using a mounting bracket is the ability to move the location of your transducer easily or even use on another kayak. There is no drilling required, simply fixing the bracket into existing mounting locations and running your power to a small battery and cord to the fishfinder screen which you can either fix directly to your kayak or also use mounting brackets and accessories.
Another easy method that doesn’t require any drilling or fixing items to your kayak is using the scupper holes to mount the transducer. Scupper holes are typically used to drain water from your kayak however they can be utilised for other purposes. There are a number of off the shelf scupper mounts available which make this option a breeze with little technical skills however if you want to make your own you can.
There are numerous examples of the scupper method of Youtube. I recommend taking a look at a few of these to get a better understanding of the process as it can be a bit tricky.
There are also a lot of custom mounting brackets people have used to mount their find finders at various locations on their kayak. If you don’t want to spend a lot of money on buying various mounting points and brackets then get creative and try your hand at a DIY project.