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Fish finder on small neighborhood pond in Jon Boat??

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Does anyone use a fish finder for small ponds, in a Jon Boat? We've got a pond in my neighborhood we've been fishing for years and always thought it would be cool to get a cheap fish finder to mount in our Alumacraft.

This may be another option. Has anyone ever used one of these? Looks pretty cool as long as it's not a pos. Then again, I'm wondering if it might be a pain having to cast and recast every time you want to use it though.

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http://www.dickssportinggoods.com/product/index.jsp?productId=1894549

Any suggestions on something in the $100-$150 range?

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I have the Eagle Cuda 168 on my 14' Jon. I have only took it out twice but for the price it works real well.

How much did u pay for it?

Those fishin buddy's are pretty cool how it's all one unit, although I wouldn't really mind having to mount one on the boat either.

I've always been a big Garmin fan, and they have a couple models in my price range I was thinking about too.

Guess I just need to wait till next time I'm around Bass Pro and go play with them first. You know you're in trouble when the bait monkey starts wanting electronics  ;)

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    It was $79 at BP, but believe it or not Walmart had it for $69 near me. I put a deep cycle in my Jon, and run it off that along with a little Sevylor electric motor for trolling (that one was free from a friend of mine).

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I use my Humminbird 565 that i have mounted on my "big" boat, that is mounted to my TM and put it on the TM of my jon. I use plugs for the power cords on each, and move the mount back and forth. I dont see the need to pay big bucks for a cheap unit when it cost me $10 to be able to transfer it between boats

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I use my Humminbird 565 that i have mounted on my "big" boat, that is mounted to my TM and put it on the TM of my jon. I use plugs for the power cords on each, and move the mount back and forth. I dont see the need to pay big bucks for a cheap unit when it cost me $10 to be able to transfer it between boats

The jon is my big boat  ;). You don't happen to have any pics of that setup do you?

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Here are some pics you can see the plugs I use on both boats and the set up for the screen, its held on with velcro. I bought my jon about 3 weeks ago for 200, I had a TM and batts, so I bought a set of jumper cables for the TM batt, which sits in the back for weight distro, I put another batt in the middle of the boat for the fish finder. I spent less than 20 to get the boat ready for me.

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Jon boat set up

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Mount and screen setup

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Mount and screen setup

Thanks for the pics. That screen would last about 10 minutes if we mounted one there on our boat  :;) . I've almost always got another person fishing with me and between the 2 of us, our tackle and rods we're stumbling around the whole time out there :(. I'm sure we'll figure something out, probably putting mine in the rear with the TM battery. That's a nice little setup you got for $200, can't beat that!

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How small is the pond?  IMHO, if it's less than an acre, there really isn't a great need for a fishfinder.  (It's one of the things about a pond that's so nice-you don't have to do a lot of searching to find the fish or appropriate structure).  And a cheap (i.e., "less sophisticated") fish finder won't tell you that much anyway.  But if you have the money to spend, why not.

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How small is the pond? IMHO, if it's less than an acre, there really isn't a great need for a fishfinder. (It's one of the things about a pond that's so nice-you don't have to do a lot of searching to find the fish or appropriate structure). And a cheap (i.e., "less sophisticated") fish finder won't tell you that much anyway. But if you have the money to spend, why not.

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&q=5100+Laurel+Grove+Ln,+Matthews,+NC+28104&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=38.281301,79.101563&ie=UTF8&ll=35.016334,-80.713495&spn=0.004842,0.009656&t=h&z=17

Not real big, much bigger than an acre though. It's definitely not a necessity to catch fish, we know the spots to fish from 10 years experience. I'd like to see exactly where the underwater structure is and what the bottom looks like.

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My boat is 14 ft and so far have only fished alone in it

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