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Offline JMB

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Portable Transducer Arm/Bracket
« on: April 08, 2018, 09:38:14 AM »
I am new to the forum, but not new to fishing and I am planning my first fish trip to Kipawa at the Kipawa lodge in early August.  The owner Wayne shared that his fishing finders are more like simple depth finders and I would like to bring a portable fish finder.  I have been looking at the Sully aluminum transducer brackets to attach to a rental boat and was wondering if any of you do the same thing and have some suggestion on what you use and how your rig you portables.

Any and all help and advice would be greatly appreciated.
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Re: Portable Transducer Arm/Bracket
« Reply #1 on: April 08, 2018, 10:04:59 AM »
Many tin boats have handles on either side of the stern. Have fastened transducer to piece of Trex decking, tucked that up through the handle and clamped to the boat. Have also used the suction cup models for the transducer on portable rigs...I'm sure others can attest that the suction cups tend to give at times.

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Re: Portable Transducer Arm/Bracket
« Reply #2 on: April 08, 2018, 10:13:17 AM »
Thanks!

I am sure that will work. Sort of the same concept with the Sully, but a DIY.
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Re: Portable Transducer Arm/Bracket
« Reply #3 on: April 08, 2018, 09:38:44 PM »
Yep, transducer mounted to wood or metal and clamp to stern. If possible Bolt and wing nut to keep really tight but need hole in stern.

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Re: Portable Transducer Arm/Bracket
« Reply #4 on: April 09, 2018, 11:16:05 AM »
I have a Sully...works great. But at $40 plus US for the Sully, a piece of 1"x 2" with a $2.00 C-Clamp works just as well...as mentioned. I'd recommend mounting it to the stern per CB's, not necessary the side or gunwale though...that's not gone well for us in the past.
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Re: Portable Transducer Arm/Bracket
« Reply #5 on: April 09, 2018, 12:12:09 PM »
Thanks guys,

Great suggestions and yesterday I found a reasonably priced rare earth magnet transducer clamp that attaches to the inside and outside of the transom that is adjustable and moveable.

I may go that way because I don't have access to the boats and measurements.  With the adjustable I can play around with the transducer position and depth until get it right.

Now it is on to getting the gear and tackle ready.  I have 7' plus light, medium light, and medium outfits and jigs, vertical jigs, dropshot rigs, and minnow type lures and crankbaits.

I fished the reservoirs and Chesapeake bay many years with an Alumacraft Lunker series boat, but more recently have been a river and smallmouth and trout wading specialist.

I am really looking forward to the camp experience and getting back to some lake fishing.
« Last Edit: April 09, 2018, 12:19:13 PM by JMB »
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Re: Portable Transducer Arm/Bracket
« Reply #6 on: April 10, 2018, 02:28:44 PM »
A few years ago I , being a millwright by trade,  I made portable brackets for our Coca Cola group at 3 Seasons . I simply formed a 1" wide  x 3/16" thk piece of stainless flt bar ,fitted with welded hardware to attach my transducer to , in a U-shape .These U-shaped brackets slip over the transom of my 14' Legend in Erie or any camp boat or canoe I've come across so far . I realize that not everyone has access to material and welding machines but just an idea for a DIY model

                                                           

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Re: Portable Transducer Arm/Bracket
« Reply #7 on: April 11, 2018, 09:58:58 AM »
As a senior, I've fished out of many outfitter boats over the years. I've been using a transducer bracket I purchased at Cabelas (Item: IK-010095 - the regular/standard model) for 10 years or more. It's a reliable piece of gear that is easy to use and easy to adjust. Consequently, easy to recommend. FWIW.

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Re: Portable Transducer Arm/Bracket
« Reply #8 on: April 21, 2018, 07:37:21 AM »
Hello Jay,

That is interesting.  I will check it out.

I am really looking forward to the trip. It is beautiful up there.
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Re: Portable Transducer Arm/Bracket
« Reply #9 on: April 24, 2018, 06:37:05 PM »
JMB,

not sure what kind of sonar you are purchasing but your easiest bet is to purchase a suction puck made for your model.

About $15.00 and easy to take on a off an aluminum transom.

Just take if off when travelling because some of them tend to slip.

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Re: Portable Transducer Arm/Bracket
« Reply #10 on: April 24, 2018, 08:17:55 PM »
JMB,

not sure what kind of sonar you are purchasing but your easiest bet is to purchase a suction puck made for your model. About $15.00 and easy to take on a off an aluminum transom.
Just take if off when travelling because some of them tend to slip.

The primary reason for opting for a transducer holder similar to the one I referenced is that you can run around the lake at WOT (15/20 HP) looking for walleye/structure and never have to worry about your transducer coming off.

Jay

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Re: Portable Transducer Arm/Bracket
« Reply #11 on: April 25, 2018, 10:02:23 AM »
I'm with Jay.

A clamp on transducer bracket is the way to go.
I personally use the one from Tite-Lok.

http://www.titelok.com/product-p/trd-5d798.htm
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Re: Portable Transducer Arm/Bracket
« Reply #12 on: July 10, 2018, 12:23:08 PM »
I have a clamp on transducer bracket that I picked up somewhere many years ago, but never used.
Looks very similar to RHYBAK's, so it's likely the "Tite-Lok" brand.
Might dust it off and use it for my recently purchased 12 ft. aluminum boat.

I used to use a 1" x 2" piece of wood, clamped to the transom with a galvanized 'C' clamp. it worked fine for years.



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Re: Portable Transducer Arm/Bracket
« Reply #13 on: July 25, 2018, 05:44:25 PM »
Got the fishing finder adapter kit and the Screen platform, padded clamp, and rare earth magnet transducer holder were easy to put together in about 10 minutes. I married it up with a Lowrance Elite 5 TI refurbished unit that was on sale and am good to go.  Will be arriving with my Bud Mark Aug. 4th at Kipawa Lodge for the week.


Thanks for all the help from you kind folks.


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