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Looking to get a good fishfinder for my kayak when it comes in. I want something good enough to be able to use in shallow water though without the equipment giving false readings and all that weird junk. I fish in shallower lakes from 2-10 feet. 2-30 ft. And one goes down to 50 feet. I usually fish the shallow area but would like to start venturing into deeper water or help find fish when it’s super cold, I don’t want to spend 1000$ but I’m all ears for what everyone has to offer

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Fish finder for a kayak is no different than any other vessel.  The only caveat being how large of a screen you want to have on your boat and the transducer and how you will mount it.  That being said I feel that for kayaks side imaging is a must, especially in shallow water as it allows you to see what's around you without paddling over everything.  I personally have a helix 5SI but i wish i got the bigger screen.  So my advice is figure out what features you want, mapping, side imaging, auto charting etc...then look to see ant is out there and in your budget.  Another big factor is usability.  Go play with them in a store and see how they all work and if you feel comfortable using them and if it makes sense to you.  

How large and how you will mount the transducer will also be a factor.  Lots of people use the arms over the side, I personally don't like them which is a big reason why I bought the kayak I have now since it has an electronics pod in the center of the boat.

There are a lot of good options out there for sure.  

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What flyfisher said. I’ve got a seven inch screen which I believe is perfect for a yak. Another consideration is power draw. Anything over seven pulls a lot of amps. The large transducers can be difficult to mount other than using a arm, which collects weeds if your around coontail or pads.

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Thanks. Ihave never used a fish finder so I’ll hahe to go to a local

store and play with them 

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For me a “fish finder” is less useful than knowing water temp and depth. Even the best “fish finder” won’t tell you anything if you have no idea of where to look in the first place. Water temp and depth are really the only reason I have sonar on my kayak. $100 for a 4” Lowrance unit and a $30 ES4L battery that will run the unit all day long (12 hours +) and not go below 50% charge level. Especially on a small body of water, water temp is going to primarily tell me where the fish are, or at least, should be. 

 

If you’re fishing large bodies of water GPS is useful. 

Side scan is nice but hardly required. 

Sonar doesn’t typically work well in water that’s less than maybe a foot and a half, but if you need to fish shallower than that, you don’t need sonar anyway. Almost all units will work fine in depths of 2 feet down to whatever they’re rated to, unless you have something made for offshore that needs to read 1,000+ feet deep. You’re probably not putting that size unit on a kayak. You would need a 75lb battery to run it for more than a few minutes. 

 

If you’ve never used a sonar unit before, all the different settings will drive you nuts. Ultimately it comes down to what you want on your yak, and what your budget is. The bigger the unit, the higher the price tag. But IMO that’s a lot of fluff for fishing primarily shallow water, where simply reading the water should tell you where you need to fish. 

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I am using a lowrance hook2 7 triple shot. I'm in the process of upgrading to a 9 inch screen and higher quality unit. Just cant decided between helix 9 or elite ti2 9 lol

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I think I found a good one a lowrance for 599$ it has side and down imaging and seems to be good for. E price.  

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I run either a Helix 5 or Helix 7.  Both are SI/DI and Lakemaster chips.  Really, the 5 is plenty big.  You're really close to the screen, and most often I'm split with either CHIRP/DI or CHIRP/GPS.  For SI, I'm usually full screen, mostly scanning toward shore.

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8 minutes ago, J Francho said:

I run either a Helix 5 or Helix 7.  Both are SI/DI and Lakemaster chips.  Really, the 5 is plenty big.  You're really close to the screen, and most often I'm split with either CHIRP/DI or CHIRP/GPS.  For SI, I'm usually full screen, mostly scanning toward shore.

Yeah that’s the one I was looking at! I think it’s like 599$

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Sounds about what I paid.  Does a lot for that price.

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