Getting a fish finder is all fun and games till you come to the point where you finally have to install it. And we all know how that goes down. So, we dedicate our article today to all those struggling right. In other words, we will teach you How to Install Your Fish Finder the smart way!
Installing your fish finder will be fairly easy as long as you follow through a common knowledge and information. We will walk you through everything, don’t you worry. Without further ado, let’s get this class started!
Things to consider:
There are a few things you have to acknowledge before you start trying to install your fish finder. First of all, you can’t install or mount all fish finders the same way. Second, your fishing station: boat, kayak or whatever, will to some extent decide how you should install the finder.
At the end of the day however, installing the receiver (what you may call the display monitor) will not trouble you too much. Transducers on the other hand are where the real work begins. And from there, it eventually boils down to wired and wireless fish finders. But we will walk you through everything, no problem!
How to Install Your Fish Finder
Wired fish finders
We recommend that you install the transducer before the receiver since it makes positioning the receiver much easier later. Next, connect the wires between them to check if they connect smoothly or if the wire falls short. You can go 2 ways here: run the wires through built-in slots and manually drilled holes, or run it over the transform itself.
Now for the mounting part. For starters, begins by inspecting all the accessories you finder has come with. You are very likely to receive some sort of mounting accessory or other. Keep in mind that you can install your transducer in various ways:
- You can use transom mount
- Mount it to the hull of your craft
- Use a portable suction mount, and so on
If it comes with a mounting bracket for the boat’s transom, then drill in the bracket and then the transducer in it. Always check after you are complete drilling; it shouldn’t wobble or feel loose. On the contrary, use removable suction brackets on the hull or transom to hold your transducer in place if you don’t want any power tools involved.
Some transducers can even be floated. They come with cables, about 20 to 25 feet long, and a floating bobber than keeps the transducer afloat on the water.
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There is a lot of cable work involved in wired fish finders so understanding which goes where is crucial. First of all, begin by inspecting your boat (kayak, raft, etc). See where you want to place and position the display monitor. Keep in mind however that it must always be very close to you, and at least less than an arm’s reach. The last thing you want to do while fishing is to leave your seat to operate the receiver every 5 minutes!
Second, check for wiring inserts or holes. Most watercraft has small slots and holes that let you insert wires, cables, ropes and so on. Thus, this is the way can run through, organize and connect your cables.
Third, connect the receiver to the transducer the wires. Check your instruction manual for directions. It is very likely that the connection cables are either marked or color coordinated for your convenience. If you received a mounting bracket, screw it in place and rest your receiver in. In addition to this, you can fit the receiver on adhesive, removable brackets if you want to avoid the tool work.
Your transducer and receivers are now connected and wired, mounted and installed. It is now finally ready for use!
Wireless fish finders
Here’s the thing about transducers of wireless fish finders: they are a piece of cake! If you own a wireless finder than you probably know by now that they aren’t as bulky as their wired counterpart. Most wireless transducers are in fact shaped like a ball or globe and fit right into the palm of your hands. In addition to this, information from the transducer flies to the receiver over Bluetooth or Wi-Fi so there’s no trouble of cables connecting the two whatsoever.
Needless to say, there’s isn’t much to install or mount when it comes to wireless transducers. What you do however need to do is thread the transducer using a fishing-grade string or line. And after you thread it, you throw or cast it pretty much anywhere you like and it almost immediately begins sending info back to the receiver. Be sure to consider the reception range of your finder which is usually more or less 100 m. If you exceed this range, you will begin to lose connection.
Wireless fish finder comes with receivers most of the times but these days, you don’t even need one. You usually use your own devices, for example: your phone, tablet or phablets.
For mounting, you can use screw-on brackets or suctions brackets; pretty identical to the mounting process of wired receivers. On the other hand, many receivers comes with neck straps that let you wear the display monitor around your neck instead of having to mount or install it at all! This way, it’s closest to you and you can quick-check any time.
Installing your fish finder will never be a challenge anymore if you follow through our article on How to Install Your Fish Finder. We left behind all the complicated and complex, technical stuff that goes over most people’s heads and instead put together something far for comprehensive, simple and straight forward. But, we would also recommend that you tag in an expert friend into helping you through the process.
We hope our article will help you finally install that fish finder that you have been trying to use for a while. Until next time, happy fishing!