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Whether you are a serious angler that chooses to fish from a kayak or just a person that loves all the latest gadgets, check out what I found to be the best kayak fish finders out there to make finding fish easier.
Why Do You Need A Fish Finder?
Honestly, I do not know that we Need a fish finder, but for those dedicated anglers, or those techie guys that just like gadgets, maybe they just really Want a fish finder, LOL.
Although, here are a couple of reasons you might think you need one.
- Finds the fish, so you don’t waste your time trying to find them the old-fashioned way.
- May help keep track of the good fishing spots
- Helps to determine how deep the water is and temp.
- GPS, in case you get lost on the lake
If you are fishing in tournaments, a fish finder is probably a necessity. You have to be competitive and in order to keep up, you need to find the fish fast. Or, maybe you just like to work smarter instead of harder.
What is a Fish Finder?
The easy answer is just what it says, it finds the fish for you. I however, am going to explain it a little further for you.
A fish finder is a device that uses sonar (sound navigation and ranging) system to make a picture of what lies underneath your kayak or vessel that you are fishing from. They can detect everything under the water within its range from trees, bushes, the bottom of the lake or stream, and fish.
By pushing sonar waves down into the water, each time the wave hits something solid it bounces back and sends a signal back to the transducer, which then creates a visual on a screen to be read by the fisherman.
With todays technology they can also detect water temperature, and some come with a GPS function.
Let’s get on with my picks from my search.
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Okay, now that the formalities are out of the way, lets get to it!
Hummingbird Piranha Max 4
When you talk about fish finders, one name that is sure to pop up is Hummingbird. Since their first fish finder developed in 1971, they have been a leader in the industry. They are imagined, engineered and manufactured in the USA.
I chose the Hummingbird PirahnaMax 4 PT due to the nice carrying case that it comes with. It makes it perfect for kayaks and canoes.
It sports a 4.3 inch screen with a tilt-mount base. It’s dual beam sonar has a depth capability of 600 feet. This little wonder incorporates the stylish features and functionality of their Helix series. All that in a portable little living space.
The PirahnaMax4 also has the FishID+, Fish Alarms, Depth Alarms and zooming has never been easier.
It also comes with a portable transducer and a 7Ah battery and charger.
Some key features are:
- 4.3″ screen, with 256 color range and is LED back lit. It has a crisp 480×272 resolution
- 2400 W PTP power output
- 320′ Down Imaging
- 600′ Duel Beam Sonar
- Tilt-mount and swivel base
- Convenient carrying case
- Comes w/transducer
Unfortunately this one does not come with GPS capabilities, but do not let that stop you from checking this one out. It uses Unimaps and has an operating frequency of 200/455 kHz.
It also only weighs in at 2 lbs and doesn’t require much space. We all know that space is a premium in a kayak.
Garmin Striker 4
I know when we hear the name Garmin we immediately think of GPS. Well now we can get that wonderful technology of the GPS system wrapped up with their fish finder system. Two for one, nothing better than that.
The Garmin Striker 4 sports a 3.5″ color screen w/keypad operation and 480×320 pixel resolution.
This little contraption boasts the ability to work in saltwater as well as freshwater. The Chirp sonar can reach up to 750′ in saltwater and 1600′ in freshwater.
What is Chirp?
Chirp sonar sends a continuous sweep of frequencies, ranging from low to high, then interprets them individually upon their return as opposed to a single frequency like traditional sonar systems. Because the frequencies provide a wider range of information, Chirp sonar technology can create a crisper picture of what is in the water.
Some Key Features are:
- 3.5″ color display w/keypad operation
- Built-in, high sensitivity GPS
- Chirp sonar and HD-ID sonar
- Includes the Chirp (22/200 kHz) transducer w/transom & trolling motor mounting kit
- Share way points with other Striker or Echomap combos
- Smooth scaling depth-range adjustment
- Includes tilt-swivel mount
- Speed data displayed directly on screen
- Shows current water temp
With all of this functionality in one little machine how could you go wrong? The Striker 4 also comes in a portable option with its own carrying case. That makes it perfect for us kayakers. Again, small and compact high function and very affordable.
Deeper Smart Sonar Chirp Portable Fish Finder
All I can say about this one is OMG!
This little bugger takes fish finding to a whole other level. Talking about technology all wrapped up in a tiny little living space. It’s kind of like letting the genie out of the bottle.
This little, castable, GPS-capable, Wi-Fi enabled fish finder utilizes the Chirp sonar technology and gives the average angler an edge over the competition. The Deeper Chirp connects right to your smart phone or tablet via a free app that is packed full of features and gives you real-time sonar imagery of what is happening in the water. This cute little green ball can also save maps of your favorite fishing spots for later via Lakebook, which is also free.
The Deeper Smart Sonar Fish Finder can detect fish as deep as 330′ or as shallow as 6″.
- Convenient, castable fish finder w/full-featured performance
- Durable ABS enclosure
- Connects to your phone or tablet (WiFi) up to 330′ away
- Up to 6 hours of operating time and quick charging
- 3 modes, standard, ice fishing, boat
- 3 frequency Chirp scanning
- Free app compatible with most smart phones and tablets
This is probably most high-tech little thing I have ever seen. It only weighs 3.2 oz. and will fit in your tackle box. It comes with big technology and some great features, sure to be a useful and fun device for any angler.
Are You Ready?
Are you ready to enter the world of high-tech fishing?
After my recent research about these fish finders I now feel a little more informed about what a fish finder is capable of and that they are useful for more than just finding fish.
I always thought that if you were using a fish finder that you were cheating and taking the fun out of fishing in general. I now know that even if you find the fish, the challenge is now to figure out what they are hungry for. Catching them is still a matter of figuring out what bait to use.
Also, I had no idea you could buy a fish finder the size of a large bobber. How fun is that?
Not to mention, with the models that offer GPS you will not have to worry about getting lost.
Well, I hope that I was able to provide enough information and options to help you make an informed decision about your next kayak gadget. Add some serious bling to your tiny boat and let’s get out there and catch the big one!
Maybe, you are just searching for that perfect gift for that kayaking fishermen or woman in your family.
If you have any questions or want to share your experience with fish finders, leave it in the comments below.
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