Fishfinders Under $400

By Michael Vatalaro

Imaging fishfinders come to the small screen near you.

Whether your craft is large or small, you’ve got to find the fish before you can catch them. (Photo: Jason Arnold)

High-frequency fishfinders, sometimes called imagers, can produce almost photo-like images of the bottom using higher-frequency soundwaves, but often at the expense of range. For anglers in shallow water, this isn’t a problem. Even better, imagers are now available in smaller, more affordable units, making them ideal for small craft, including kayaks. Here are five options to choose from:


— Published: Spring 2015



Installing A Fishfinder On A RAM Mount

An adaptable mount that lets you swing your fishfinder out of the way can be a big help on a small boat.

It can be difficult in smaller boats to flush-mount modern plotters with larger, 7-inch screens. Choosing a readable, safe, useable location for bracket mounting without adding obstructions in an already compact seating/floor plan may also present challenges. One solution is to use Ram Mounts.

Ram Mounts are cast from aluminum, extremely strong, and most importantly, adjustable, with interchangeable product plates and ball sockets with matching pivots. These use large hand knobs (no tools required) to change positions. Twist to lock, and you're good to go. I mounted a Lowrance Elite 7 HDI using a small swivel Ram Mount (see photo above). It uses less room and is snuggled in an unused corner on the passenger side, but it allows the boat operator to view the screen easily.

You can also create alternate mounting positions, but be sure to allow extra length for the wire leads to the second location.

 



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