A fish finder certainly helps to increase the chances of finding and catching fish. However, many anglers and even casual fishermen are wary of installing them in their boats because of the technicalities and complexities that come with it. If you are aware of what needs to be done, however, that is half the battle won. To make things a bit more seamless for you, here is how to install a fish finder on a bass tracker easily. See our guide for the best fish finders for kayaks, too.
The significance of power and its hindrances
First of all, it is vital to get acquainted with the fact that you have clean, good power to the sonar unit. You also need to make sure that there is a fuse between the unit and the power source. This works to safeguard the unit. Not having adequate power to your power source can lead to issues with the trolling motors and power sources. Hindrances can occur in a variety of ways.
- There can be an issue with the trolling motor wiring. This is especially true of the ones that are near the power supply for the transducer of the fish finder.
- There can also be a problem in case you are running a 12V trolling motor. If you are running the trolling motor, see that you refrain from running the fish finder and sonar unit on the same power.
Knowing this helps you save yourself from a great deal of trouble.
The transducer mounting board, angle and location
When it comes to all kinds of fish finders, installing the transducer is critical especially if you are making use of solar imaging sonar and down imaging. Buying a transducer mounting board helps in a big way. You can install it on the transom of the boat. Use two screws to secure it in place. Once you get this right, you have to focus on the transducer location and angle. If you do not pay attention to these aspects, you won’t be able to get good, accurate images.
Remember, the transducer should be as close to the centerline as you can fix it but don’t install it so close that it constantly cases disturbances owing to cavitation. Also, the transducer has to be in close contact with the water at all times. Above all, do not forget to register and update your fish finder software. This helps you stay up to date with the latest technology which can play a vital role in your fishing endeavors.
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