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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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