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Old 09-18-2007, 02:26 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Picked up a pontoon and would like to outfit it with a fishfinder. Nothing fancy, just something to tell me what the bottom is like and maybe see some fish. I've got a battery cage on the back of the pontoon, so one with a battery would work (I think). Any opinions on one that isn't too expensive but works fine?
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Old 09-18-2007, 02:31 PM   #2 (permalink)
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You can pick up the eagle cuda 168ex from Sportsman or Gander for around $68.

It is a decent fishfinder for the price. Plenty of features (Temp, depth, shallow/deep alarms, zoom, grayline adjustment, sensitivity adjustment, backlight, fish alarm, etc) The cuda 168 is what I had on my pontoon and what is now currently being used on my boat.





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Old 09-18-2007, 02:41 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Fishing Buddy 1100 at Gander $99.00. I really like mine.
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Nice mtnman! Sounds like you're gonna do some lake fishing now? Given up on the small streams for the fall? SEems like the flows are down really low on those places.
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Fishing Buddy 1100 at Gander $99.00. I really like mine.
I know a couple of people who use those and only have good things to say about them.
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Old 09-18-2007, 03:24 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I use this Eagle Fish Easy 234 DS Portable...It was only $90 on Ebay- new in the box. This is a great "bottom finder." I don't really trust it to find fish although there is ALWAYS a massive school of fish on top of the airators at Quincy...

http://www.thegpsmart.com/more/on/details/EAG25199
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Old 09-18-2007, 04:26 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I've had my Fishing Buddy for about six years now and it still works fine...The downside is the batteries...I think the newer models batteries last longer. But, nothing beats it for portability..If you only want to track the bottom, they work great...But, they only have a 9 degree transducer as compared to say 20 or more...So, you won't see as many fish on your screen as you would say with a fish finder with 20 degrees or more.
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Old 09-18-2007, 09:51 PM   #8 (permalink)
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When I had a U-boat II I bought a Fishing Buddy 2250 and it worked pretty well, and was good for both fishing out of the tube and ice-fishing, though the 9-degree cone limited what you could see in shallow water.* I transferred it over to my FishCat 8 pontoon and made a custom mount (no more straps) and it allowed me to find some neat structure and schools of suspended fish.* The one problem was that the custom mount vibrated whenever I was moving at trolling speed and I couldn't get an accurate reading.

So, after a couple of years I asked for a Cuda 250 S/Map combo sonar and GPS.* I installed it this summer and made a custom-swinging mount for the transducer.

Here's the Sonar/GPS unit installed.



Here's the transducer mounting.


I decided not to use the stock battery (it weighed about 5 pounds) and instead got a smaller 2 AH 12V that works just fine for the trips I take.* The sonar works great, even at trolling speed, and with the wider cone angle I can see more fish in shallow water.

Now, if I don't want to take the finder with me, I just unclip it from the mount and swing the transducer up out of the way.* The sonar is also portable, so I can use it on the ice.* If I do want to use the sonar on the pontoon, I just snap it into place, drop the transducer, and we're in business.* Having the GPS is nice too...now I can mark those "interesting" spots when I find them, instead of scribbling down visual bearings and cross-references.
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FishDr...I had the same problem with my fishing buddy vibrating in the cup...I know you're using a different model now...but, for those that aren't...Take a tennis ball and cut a hole all the way through it...Insert the fish buddy and then using black tape or UPC black plumming tape, just tape it at the desired height for the depth you need.* Now when you slide the fish buddy into the holder, it will stay right in place...No more vibration.* *

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You can use any fishfinder you will just have to rig up some type of mount. Your power source can come from something like this.

http://tinyurl.com/2endes
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