What a better way to start this off! Show your ride! My yak the day I got it and my first bass on it!
Show Your Ride!
Rig looks good, CDS! I'll second the lowrance - I have a slightly older model - the Elite 5 Chirp - which I think was one year older than the hook. Works great.
On my old kayak, I've got a Humminbird 587 HD DI that I shoot through the hull. I did my setup a little differently as I didn't feel like dealing with goop and air bubbles (I read about horror stories, maybe they aren't that bad).
I cut out an outline of the transcuder out of some foam - actually it was an old ice fishing hole cover- and then gooped the foam to the hull. I then put some lithium grease into the cut out area onto the hull and then stuck the ducer into the grease. In 6 years of the kayak being stored and transported on it's side, I've only re-applied the grease once. It doesn't run all over when warm and provides a good medium for the transducer to shoot through. Not saying it's the best option, but an option none-the-less.
Cds... My lowrance hook 4 is pretty nice. I use it thru hull with eletrical putty and it works absolutely no issue. Bonus I have the icepack for winter. Not to pricey and accepts Navionics even though the insight Pro chip it came with has given me no reason to get a navi chip yet. I would think it would be fine for saltwater applications.
Maiden voyage. Several hours run time....half throttle pretty much delivers top speed so I guess it’s mostly broken in.
It had some issues. #1 was cavitation. A 1/2” shim temporarily fixed that...motor died as if it ran out of fuel at about the 1 hour mark-when all I’d done was idle speed. Couldn’t get it started so brought it in to Mack’s...not sure why it died but I can see that if there’s fuel in the carb it doesn’t need choke.
Got 3 more hours trouble free.
This is my Florida Keys fishing machine....I still need to find an inexpensive sonar/gps that has a “standard size” transducer (for thru-hull mounting)...is compatible with Navionics...and has a reputation for durability in saltwater.
Hi Fetch. Rutabaga is a good place to start. If you have time, they host Canoecopia in early spring. Nearly all manufacturers are there and you can sit in tons of kayaks. There are so many to choose from.
I personally like Jackson Kayaks, and they make a few 'Realtree Camo' versions. I think one is the Cuda and the other the Kilroy.
And here is a pic of me on my Cuda 12. We also have a Coosa, a Kilroy DT, and two other big box kayaks. Our favorite thing to do is kayak camp, and we're leaving tonight to hit up the north fork of the Flambeau river for 4 days.
Yeah, that's the downside to my Revo - nowhere to really put fish. I do know a guy who runs a fish bag in his tankwell behind him. But I'm a junky - I like to bring about 5-6 rods out with me and a ton of baits. If I wanted to go the fish bag route, I'd have to lose the crate. Maybe something I'll think about in the future.
But to answer your question, yes, I stringer my fish. Usually run one each side. The Lindy Heart of Steel stringer is what I use cuz it slides through the teeth and gills. It gets to be a real pain one you have about 3 or 4 kings on the stringer.