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Garmin GPSMAP 441 GPS Chartplotter Review

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  • Garmin GPSMAP 441 GPS Chartplotter
  • GARMIN GPSMAP 441 GPS CHART PLOTTER
  • Internal/External Antenna = Internal | Resolution (VxH) = 240 x 320 | Screen Size = 4.0/3.2 x 2.4
  • Preloaded with U.S. coastal area map data
  • Includes Alaska, Hawaii and detailed charts for Bermuda
  • High sensitivity GPS receiver
  • 240 x 320 pizels QVGA color display
  • Waterproof (IPX7)

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Kayak Fish Finder Install Methods

Kayak Finder Install Options

 

There are several way in which to install a kayak fish finder to a kayak and this article examines some of them.

While it’s relatively easy to install a fish finder to a kayak, there a number of things to be taken into consideration. When kayak fishing, there’s a very likely possibility that the fish finder will get wet so it’s important to consider buying a waterproof fish finder.

 

Waterproof Kayak Fish Finders

Kayak Fish Finder

Humminbird 385Ci Kayak Fish Finder

There are several waterproof models advertised  but although the best kayak fish finder manufacturers claim they are waterproof, doesn’t always mean it’s the case. For example, most portable fishfinders contain their own batteries and this is the most vulnerable spot to enter. Although they are fully gasketed, the gaskets don’t always creat a waterproof seal particularly after they age because the properties  seal material will break down after being exposed to the elements after a time and especially sunlight.

Therefor it’s a good idea to create your own seal with a little silicone or similar material. A very light coating is sufficient for this purpose as it’s important to be able to easily remove the cover in order to change the batteries. If for some reason you need to have your kayak fish finder serviced or repaired, it’s very likely that the original seal will leak so once again steps should be takes to ensure waterproofing.

Where to Install a Kayak Fish Finder.

Another area we examine is the location of the fish finder on your kayak. While the ability to be able to view and adjust the fish finder settings is imperative, quite often, if it’s installed very close at hand, it can become an obstruction to you’re while your fishing or moving around. Most keen and experienced kayak fishers, mount their fish finder att he front of their seating position but on the higher part of the deck itself for ease of vision and adjustments.

We highly recommend the Humminbird 385CI portable kayak fish finder.

Portable fish finders are the ideal for kayaks as they can be easily removed for cleaning and servicing but in many cases, while the kayak fish finder itself can be removed, the transducer is generally screwed or glued to the transom. Others are mounted inside on the flattest part of the hull. While this does restrict the capabilities of the transducer somewhat because the sonar needs to travel through the hull, immersing it in a sealed container full of glycerine usually provides the operator with accurate readings.

 

 

 

Hammerhead Takes Kayak Fish Finder Transducer

Small Hammerhead Shark Finds Kayak Fish Finder Transducer a Tasty Treat

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hammerhead shark

A friend of mine recently had his kayak fish finder transducer ripped off by a 4ft Hammerhead Shark.

He was fishing about 2 miles off shore when he noticed a dorsal fin emerge from the water around 30ft away from where he was fishing.

Not being unaccustomed to such sights, he slowly reeled his line in and sat as still as he could. He’s done this in the past and so have I when this sort of thing happens so as not to draw attention to a moving object. This usually works as the shark has nothing to concentrate on and generally moves away within a few minutes.

He waited for around 5 minutes which is what we generally do before deciding to move to another area but he was shocked and amazed when he started to paddle away with a definite strong nudge on the stern of his kayak.

Kayak fish finder transducer torn away.

He turned to see a hammerhead shark about 4 feet long hanging onto his transducer.

Unsure what to do, he started yelling at the shark which took no notice at all and started shaking it’s head while still hanging onto the transducer. Now really stating to become concerned, he started hitting the water with his his paddle trying to discourage the shark and eventually actually hit the beast on the head a couple of times before with a final shake it ripped the transducer right off it’s mounting and nearly capsized the kayak because the cable was still attached to the transducer and the kayak.

Fortunately he had his knife in his hand already as a precaution and was able to cut the cable by lying face down and leaning over the transom.

However, the mounting bracket which was made from stainless steel had twisted and punctured the stern just below the water line and his kayak was taking water. luckily he had fitted an extra water tight bulkhead on the inside of his kayak but the transom was sitting low in the water from the extra weight of perhaps 3 gallons of water on the inside which made the yak difficult to handle but was able to get to shore safely.

Hammerhead sharks are known man eaters and even a small one like this can take a hand or a foot. He’s now replaced his transducer and is out using his kayak fish finder as I write.

 

Inflatable Kayak Air Pressure Tips

What Happens to Inflatable Kayak Air Pressure and Why?

Sevylore 2 man Inflatable kayakWhen using an inflatable kayak or canoe, it should be kept in mind that the inner air pressure plays a major role in both the performance and safety of the craft.
Air pressure will change according to temperatures governed by weather conditions for all inflatable kayak and canoe types. For example, in very warm conditions the inner air pressure of any inflatable kayak or product will rise with the opposite occurring in colder conditions.
It should also be kept in mind that because the majority of the  inflatable kayak units and boats are inflated while on dry land, the air pressure will very likely change once the boat has been launched into the water where it’s very likely that the temperature of the water will be significantly different to the air on land.
Keeping in mind that only the bottom portion of the boat will be in contact with the water, the air temperature inside an inflatable kayak will change as it circulates with the motion of the boat and it’s passenger or pilot and thus in all likelihood decrease the boat’s air pressure.
Being aware of how to compensate for changing air pressures due to changing temperatures will ensure that an inflatable kayak or canoe will perform to its maximum capabilities as well as ensuring safety and longevity of the craft’s life.

 

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A few Inflatable Kayak Time of day tips.

If embarking on an outing in the early morning in an inflatable kayak, it’s very likely under normal circumstances that as the sun rises so will the air temperature and as a consequence, so will the air pressure in an inflatable product.
In this scenario, when inflating the craft initially it would be wise to slightly under-inflate to provide space for air expansion with rising air temperature. Should the pressure remain too low after several hours, more air can be added.
Keeping the above in mind, it may also be necessary to reduce air pressure in conditions where the inflatable kayak or boat is pulled from the water and left to stand in the hot sun for extended periods will cause the inner air to expand and thus raising the inner air pressure.
Over inflated kayaks and boats tend to have a shorter life because of over stress levels on construction materials such plastics, cloth, rubber and bonding agents.

inflatable kayakOver inflation can also be a safety factor in situation where a hard object such as a sharp rock is struck by the inflatable kayak hull and is more likely to puncture if the air pressure is too high, whereas if the air pressure is lower, the materials will tend to yield allowing the craft to slide off the object with no damage

By contrast, if an inflatable kayak or canoe is under inflated, it become difficult to to control in that it will tend to be sluggish and non-responsive.

How often to check Air pressure in an Inflatable Kayak?
Determining how often to check the air pressure comes to the user with practice but a simple guide is to check every hour or so while the air temperature is rising until about noon when the sun is at its zenith and hottest. With practice an experienced inflatable user can determine the correct pressure in several ways.

 

  • Firstly, simply by feel by squeezing an area of the tubes
  • Secondly, by judging the performance of the craft in the water when paddling or trolling. (many inflatables come with the ability to fit a small outboard or electric motor to the stern or through the “floor”
  • And thirdly, by using a suitable portable mechanical or electronic air pressure gauge.

The consequences of incorrect air pressure in an inflatable kayak or small craft can vary in significance

The materials used to manufacture such crafts in modern times is tough, resilient, hardy, reliable and well able to withstand pressures far exceeding the manufacturer’s recommendations. However, constantly abusing their recommendation will eventually lead to dire and long lasting consequences which will cause significant damage to the boat and shorten its usable life so care should be taken to preserve the life of any inflatable kayak or small boat.

 

Fishing Tips to ensure success

If you’re looking for some simple but helpful fishing tips, you have come to the right place. It is easier than you think. Fishing tends to have multiple facets and levels of expertise

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involved, so everyone can be challenged by this sport and find success. With the tips presented here, you will surely have fun fishing, no matter what your skill level.

Don’t blind the fish! While shiny lures are often very effective at attracting specific species, the reflection of the sun can blind a fish and send it swimming away. Matte lures can be equally as effective while they won’t scare off as many fish as a metallic lure would, so consider using both when you fish.

Avoid Feet Injury Fishing Tips

When you are wading through the water ,walk slowly and carefully. Try to feel what’s in front of you gently with your feet before putting your weight down. This will let you avoid injury from sharp objects and also let you know if the bottom is hard enough to support you without sinking into mud.

Of course it’s always a good idea to wear some sort of foot protection like waders with a thick under soul.

Whenever wading in a river, make sure to walk carefully and safely. Being too noisy will scare fish away, and sound can travel farther under water. Try not disturbing the river bed and be patient.

Understand migration patterns of whatever fish you are going after. In springtime, for example, cast uphill so the fish will move towards your bait. In the fall, the fish will be moving in the other direction, and thus you should fish downhill.

If you find yourself losing fish, give your fish hooks a quick inspection. Many people who fish do not remember that hooks that are used a lot can become blunt or twisted, which makes it difficult to catch additional fish. Changing hooks will help to set your lures and keep the fish from getting away from you.

Fish Finders Fishing Tips

You can find a great fishing spot from your boat by using a fish finder. Fish finders send out sonar that pinpoints schools of fish. Yet some fisherman like to keep it old school and not use this type of aid. They think that fish finders create an unfair advantage for the fisherman.

If you can’t fish, don’t worry about it! Picking up fishing is not difficult at all. There are multiple levels of difficulty to keep the activity interesting, but also many easy places for a beginner to start. Use the fishing tips  from this article and you’ll be fishing in no time,

Fishing Tips For Bass Fishing

Great Fishing Tips for Bass Fishing

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A Nice Bass

If you have always wanted to learn some fishing tips and how to fish but always prolonged it, then you can stop doing that today. You have just caught yourself a nice catch in this article, as it contains plenty of information that you can use to lure fish towards you, as you begin your fishing journey.

Pay attention to your knots. The knots in the fishing line are what hold your hooks to your line. It doesn’t matter how many fish you catch if the hooks come free from the line under pressure. Practice knots with thread or other material at home before you take to the waterways.

Tips for Fishing Alone

When fishing alone, be careful not to go into water that is too deep. This is especially true when fishing near large rivers as a sudden undercurrent could pull you under and drown you in even fairly shallow water. Another one of our  good fishing tips  is that  it’s typically better to fish with at least one other friend.

Any avid fisherman should have a sharp hook at their disposal. Carefully run the hook across your fingernail. Ideally, it should leave a light scratch mark. If it doesn’t, try to replace it or sharpen it if you desire to catch fish with it.

Be sure to understand the habits and customs of the fish you are trying to catch. If you are fishing for a night creature at noon, then you are unlikely to have much success. This is also true of the types of bait you are using in order for your catch.

Fish Finders Fishing Tips

Make use of a fish finder in order to help you discover the best fishing spot whenever you are fishing on a boat. Fish finders make use of sonar technology to detect fish in the water. Some diehard old timers shun the use of a fish finder and rely on instincts and luck. Many fisherman prefer to fish using no technology.

You should now understand that fishing really isn’t that hard of a subject to get your head around. It just takes knowledge and the more you learn, the easier it seems. Go ahead and reread these fishing tips if you have to, the knowledge here is only going to help you, so you want to make sure you retain it all.

Kayak Fish Finders Welcomes You

About Kayak Fish Finders and Me

We’re passionate about kayak fishing and having a good knowledge of kayak fish finders can really make a difference to the experience you have when out on the water.

Below you’ll find general information about fish finders and more about me and my story but you may wish to jump straight into a particular model or brand name.

Garmin kayak fish finders are one of the most popular brands and are generally the best ones for beginners because they’re so user friendly, whereas Humminbird  fish finders and others  are more suitable for those who are on a budget but still want the basic needs required for successful kayak fishing. However, there are many brands of specifically designed kayak fish finders for sale both in retail outlets and on the Internet and it’s not difficult to find a site with the type of kayak fish finders review you’re looking for and wish to install or mount on your kayak.

 

The Growth of Kayak Fishing Popularity.

In recent years kayak fishing has been steadily growing in popularity but it hardly be defined as a new fad. The Eskimos where using kayaks for fishing as long as four thousand years ago and although the basics are the same, modern technology has added a whole new dimension to using a kayak for recreational fishing.

The addition of better and high tech materials used in the manufacture of kayaks has added not only ease of use to the fisherman but also safety and security. Along with the new technology and materials used in manufacture, the use of electronic marine devises such as electronic fish finders is also steadily growing among keen kayak fishermen.

State of the art kayak fishing gear has been coupled with these devices to make kayak fishing for fun, a relaxing and rewarding experience. People from all walks of life and age groups are indulging in a sport which not so long ago was for hardened enthusiasts and buffs who thought only in terms of traditional kayak fishing using the bare basics of a kayak suitable for fishing, a paddle and an extremely limited array of fishing tackle usually made of a hand line, a few sinkers, an equal number of fish hooks and possibly a  bait container and a knife.

kayak fish findersHowever, a well set up fishing kayak can now include everything from sophisticated custom crafted fishing rods and reels, food and water, integrated storage compartments, a variety of safety measures and a whole host of other gear specifically designed to suit kayak fishing and of course a reliable and accurate kayak fish finder.

Other items may include camping and wet weather  gear, signaling and navigational devices as well as communication and various tracking devices such as a state of the art compass. However today’s technology has been instrumental in incorporating many of these tools into a single unit.

Despite the smaller sized fish finders usually associated with kayaks, many of these units include maps, tracking, and memory so that the average user can pinpoint a favorite fishing spot and save it’s location co ordinances for future reference in order to return to exactly the same spot on  future fishing trips.

Best kayak Fish Finders

Although not tagged with the same name, Garmin also make fish finders which target the same market as do Lowrance and Norcross Marine with their range of Hawkeye fish finders.

Lowrance also make a product which is  a great aid to kayak fishing with their Lowrance HDS 8 GPS and chart plotter which is normally a handheld device which can be easily mounted on the deck of a kayak. This type of unit is usually referred to as combo’s with all the major producers having at least one in their range of electronic marine products.

 

About Me.

I grew up virtually on the banks of beautiful Lake Maquarie in an outer suburb of Newcastle called Warners Bay in NSW Australia ,where together with my 2 older brothers, was introduced to kayak fishing at a very tender age.

We were a middle class family with my father being employed for many years at the BHP Steel Works as a steel inspector.  This job didn’t pay much and the idea of owning our own boats was simply out of the question so we were forced to improvise. My eldest brother was known within his circle of friends as the professor because he was always inventing things.

My first makeshift fishing kayak couldn’t be really defined as a kayak but more of a canoe and was made by him using bits of old roofing iron fashioned into something resembling a boat in a fashion popular with the kids of the area. It was bent up in middle to form a “V” with a piece of flat wooden board nailed across the back forming the transom  with the two opposing sides brought together and rolled together at the front to form the bow.All the nail holes were filled with bitumen we were able to scrape from the edges of the road under the hot sun.

kayak fish findersThese “kayaks” were makeshift indeed and would capsize with the least provocation which was often delivered by my 2 brothers in order to dump me in the water which is also how I learned how to swim out of necessity. However they fed my interest in kayaks in general and it was only a matter of time before I, being the smallest and lightest, ventured into deeper water where I’d go fishing for sand crabs and prawns with a small hand made net fashioned from my Mother’s old stockings and a rigid piece of wire bent around to form a rough circle to which the “nylons” were attached  with fishing line as lacing.

As we grew and expanded, so did the kayaks with the use of 2 pieces of corrugated iron instead of one and a seat which was nailed across and within the kayak. This also acted as a frame to which a keel was mounted underneath and passed through the hull with more sophisticated sealing material used to semi waterproof the unit and enhance and nurture my passion for kayak fishing.

When I was around 12 years old, in an endeavor to further expand my kayak fishing interest, I looked for other fishing holes in the fresh water streams which ran down the hills and into the sea. It was one one of these occasions, I slipped on some rocks at the edge of one of these streams which led to a small waterfall and consequently was carried over the waterfall to a drop of around twelve feet where I landed on rocks below.

Although not seriously injured, I was knocked unconscious when landing on my head and was carried out to a waiting ambulance by a group of boy scouts on a make shift stretcher and was trundled off to the hospital from which I was released the following day.

It was as a result of that episode I was given my first real kayak by my father who saw it as a way to keep me out of trouble and as my brothers wandered off to follow their individual interests, my interest and love of Kayak fishing continued to grow.

This kayak was a plywood affair and was what is now termed a sit in kayak and was more traditional in that it had a cockpit which needed to be lowered into and wasn’t the ideal fishing kayak because I had to carry everything I needed inside the hull between my legs. This caused problems because I had to reach in and feel around for my fishing gear because the cockpit was only just big enough to accommodate my torso.

My first Kayak Fish Finder.

Once again relying on my brother’s ingenuity, my first kayak fish finder was engineered and constructed from and old piece of PVC pipe with a piece of perspex glued into one end with roof and gutter silicone. I’d place the blocked off end into the water and push it down as far as the buoyancy would allow, and was able to see what was beneath the water’s surface.

The following year I was able to get  a  job during the school holidays delivering milk in the early hours of the morning and with my new found financial freedom was able to buy a bigger and better sit on top kayak.

At 15 I left school and got an apprenticeship within the steel consruction industry and the same year purchased my first electronic fish finder which as I recall was a big cumbersome Lowrance  which although it ran on batteries, wan’t a digital fish finder but rather had a paper roll on which soundings from the bottom were marked and consisted of a shaky profile of the sea bed.

It was the beginning of a long line of purchased fish finders I’ve used over the years while kayak fishing and have fished in several different countries including Canada, New Zealand, the USA, parts of Europe and in a number of Asian countries.

I’ve also used many of the bigger fish finders in a multitude of applications and feel I can speak and advise with the authority I’ve gained over the years on the ideal fish finders.

Now, well into my middle age, my passion for kayak fishing has not diminished and I will continue to go kayak fishing whenever and wherever I can.

I hope this site will offer you as much information as  you need in selecting the right kayak fish finder you and hope you the reader makes the the right choice and I wish you tight lines.