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10-02-2005, 04:37 PM
I have a ponton boat that I am looking to put a fish finder on and I am looking for any advice. Thank you in advance.

10-02-2005, 05:49 PM
I would go to wal-mart and get a $99 special. I think that they got eagles.

10-02-2005, 06:45 PM
Are the eagles any good? Sounds like you cant beat the price.

10-02-2005, 06:57 PM
how muchyou want it to do? show fish-speed- how far you went-where you are ie gps-show lures while jigging and downrigger ball ? 99.00-2500.00 dollars

10-03-2005, 01:19 PM
I do like bells and whistles, but $2500 would be a little much. Just looking for a good all around fish finder. GPS probably not needed, but it sounds like fun.

10-03-2005, 01:20 PM
By the way, I have an inflatable pontoon kick boat not the party barge pontoon

10-05-2005, 11:50 AM
hey dude,

look into the fishing buddy side finder units...they're pretty standard for a lot of tubers...they'll run anywhere from 125 -200 depending on the model...you can get a used one for just a little under 100. the best thing about them is that they run on d cell batteries (or was it c cell) and they have the side scanning feature which is sweet....

good luck dude.

10-06-2005, 10:12 AM

I've got a pontoon also and mounted a fish buddy on it. Can't remember which one it is but it retails at about $150 and I bought mine on Ebay for $100 new in box. It does the trick, has water temp, depth, fish alert, and sidefinder. Depending on where you can mount it you may want to think about getting a swivel for your chair. I mounted mine on the back and use the swivel chair to spin around to access fish finder, trolling motor, and rod holder. Seems to work good for me.

10-06-2005, 12:06 PM
I agree with Fish dude. I use a fishing buddy on my U boat and it works great. The side seeing capability is pretty nice. I can get and idea on whether or not to paddle into fish a different spot on a lake. I can also spot fish following my lure back. I found out at Pyramid that I had more followers than I imagined. I changed my retrieve and started knocking e'm dead.

04-15-2006, 05:50 PM
Ok, here's the deal. I want to put a fish finder on my 10 foot jonboat. It might sound nuts but I fish it on Folsom and I actually need to know depth for the rockpiles I'm fishing, and I could use the practice reading a graph. So here's the boat:



I was thinking of mounting it on the middle built in seat. off to the very far right side. I usually stand either on that seat or stand in between the back seat and the middle seat. Also I could see it from the back seat when I'm sitting running the trolling motor.

Problem is I have no clue about mounting a fishfinder. I've seen trolling motor transducers and was wondering if I could mount the transducer to my trolling motor and then detach the cable from the unit when I take off my trolling motor for the day... is there any way I can mount this on there and be able to take the transducer off while loading and unloading my boat into my vehicle.
Also this is the unit I was looking at:

http://www.basspro.com/servlet/catalog.TextId?hvarTextId=45172&hvarTarget=search& cmCat=SearchResults

THANK YOU in advance for any answers.
Also just ask or pm if you have questions...
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04-15-2006, 06:29 PM
You can get a quick tach mount for the transducer cable, it is a suction cup type clamp. We have one on my brothers drift boat that we take out and put in my boat. That is a good fishfinder for the money as well.

04-15-2006, 08:58 PM
This is what we ordered

http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/templates/product/standard-item.jsp?_DARGS=/cabelas/en/common/catalog/item-link.jsp_A&_DAV=MainCatcat21276&id=0014025013194a& navCount=4&podId=0014025&parentId=cat21402&navActi on=push&catalogCode=IG&rid=&parentType=index&index Id=cat21402&hasJS=true

good luck and be sure to remove it when you fire up the big motor.

04-16-2006, 08:29 AM
Here is the one I just got for my jon boat. I throw mine upside down on my truck and bang it around pretty good. I'm sure the transducer would get smashed at some point. This portable has a battery and with a little jumper, can be connected to the motor battery. The transducer is a suction cup mount.


04-16-2006, 08:08 PM
When I had a finder on my Jon I used the trolling motor transducer bracket setup. It worked really well! The biggest thing you have to remember is to disconnect the cable running to the head unit when you remove the motor.