Easily Install a Kayak Fish Finder

What You'll Need
Drill and bits
Box wrench
Wire cutters
Marine goop
Packing tape
Scrap pieces of wood
Stainless aircraft bolts
Electrical crimp connectors

A kayak fish finder is an essential tool in achieving greater success in kayak fishing. A fish finder operates using sonar. To find the fish, the fish finder emits a sound and when the emitted sound hits and object, it bounces of towards the dish finder receiver. There are various parts of a fish finder - the transducer, the transmitter, the receiver and a computer processor with digital display encased in a waterproof casing. You can easily install a fish finder on your kayak by following the instructions below.

Step 1 - Position the Fish Finder

Buy a fish finder. Determine where to put the fish finder on the hull of the kayak making sure that its position would not get in the way of your feet or the kayak compartment areas. Put the mounting base where the fish finder will be mounted and mark the bolt hole location.

Step 2 - Applying Transducer Cable

Put the transducer cable amid the center where the four bolts and map it out. Use a sharpie to chart out the transducer cable and the holes for the bolts so it will easily be recognized. 

Step 3 - Wiring

Drill 2 holes along each side to create holes for the transducer cable. Expose the wire power cable and have the wires attached securely. Connect the transducer cable passing through the holes from the underside and connect the power cable upwards from underneath.

Step 4 - Putting Holes

Make holes for the mounting bolts. Put a substantial amount of goop to the holes to prevent entry of saltwater. Connect the stainless steel bolts of the mounting base by applying fender washers and stainless aircraft nuts by the kayak hull. Use a box wrench after to tighten it.

Step 5 - Attaching Wires

The wires should be attached to the plug head after which the retaining clip should be connected. Attach screw securely of the plug head front part to the mounting base. Turnover the mounting head forward so that some extra wirings would be fed end-to-end of the hole. Strip up the hole surrounding the wires from the interior of the hull. Apply goop to secure the hole.

Step 6 - Installing the Cable

Find a level surface in the hull near the scupper hole to connect the cable. Polish the area with cable slowly into the goop. The back of the transducer should be the area to touch the goop. Lower the cable slowly in a circular motion while firmly pushing it down to eliminate formed bubbles.

Step 7 - Securing the Transducer

Lock in a wood piece amidst the cable and hull top to ensure the transducer cable to be secured in place and to have the goop set for a day.

Step 8 - Enclosing the Battery

Purchase a battery and a bag to put it in. Tuck in some connectors to the power cable matching the colors on the wire cutters. Attach the battery to the wires basing on color coding. Enclose the battery in a dry bag.