Show Your Ride!

7/18/18 @ 6:12 PM
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Robbollio
Robbollio
USER since 10/17/04

What a better way to start this off! Show your ride! My yak the day I got it and my first bass on it!

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9/13/18 @ 7:49 AM
markrazzy
markrazzy
USER since 6/23/09
Yes, the transducer is a elongated, but it still works. Down imaging even works great shooting through the hull. Obviously, you have to mount it on a flat spot that will accommodate it. And you know that I do a lot of deep water fishing in my kayak l, and it has no problem marking fish or even the thermocline. Robollio's method is probably better, I just wanted to try my way first to see if it'd work and I never went back. 

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9/12/18 @ 12:35 PM
cds
cds
USER since 9/18/01

Thanks Mark...

both those units-the bird and the Lowrance Hook-have downscan dont they? Isn’t the transducer elongated for those?

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9/12/18 @ 7:57 AM
markrazzy
markrazzy
USER since 6/23/09

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.  

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9/11/18 @ 11:19 AM
cds
cds
USER since 9/18/01

Thanks Rob...I was kind of leaning towards the Hook 5 but there’s been some availability issues.

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9/9/18 @ 3:38 PM
Robbollio
Robbollio
USER since 10/17/04

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.

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9/4/18 @ 7:35 PM
cds
cds
USER since 9/18/01

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.

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8/14/18 @ 4:55 PM
Sdrag
Sdrag
USER since 2/5/16

Been using the field and stream for years, just bought the Hobie this year.

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7/31/18 @ 8:30 AM
KayakDan
KayakDan
USER since 8/25/14

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.

Good luck!

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7/30/18 @ 3:07 PM
markrazzy
markrazzy
USER since 6/23/09

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. 

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7/30/18 @ 1:50 PM
Snorkel
Snorkel
MEMBER since 7/30/16

Nice Mark, where do you put those fish after you catch them?  Do you just use a big stringer rope and drag them around with you?

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