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FLOAT TUBE FISHING FORUM » Float Tubes, Pontoons and Related Equipment Discussions » Float Tube, Pontoon, and Equipment Related Discussions » best fish finder for a tube?

best fish finder for a tube?

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1 best fish finder for a tube? on Thu Jun 29, 2017 11:55 am

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Hello,

Long time tuber, just found this forum. My Creek Company original u-boat has just sunk and I am waiting for the widely recommended her Cumberland with the current Costco deal.

I feel I will want to include a fish finder now, what model do you recommend? I have Echo 200 on my kayak but that is too large I feel. Side/bottom scanning is a common feature these days, do you feel this is worth it?

I am OK with paying $200 if needed if the performance is much improved vs those $100 units.
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2 Re: best fish finder for a tube? on Thu Jun 29, 2017 2:19 pm

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First off, Welcome to the forum Ohiotuber. I found this forum the same way you did, looking for a replacement tube. There is a thread going right now about fish finders with plenty of pro's and con's to consider.
If you can't find the thread I am sure someone will drop in a link to it.


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3 Re: best fish finder for a tube? on Thu Jun 29, 2017 3:27 pm

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Seriously ... look at the Deeper Pro +
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3.5oz
It tethers next to you on your FT.
It will link with most Smart Phones or tablets thru wifi.
It's rechargeable with a 2.0 port and each charge will last 6+hrs.
Just lift it out of the water and that turns off the sonar and that also saves on the battery charge remaining.
No boxes for storing your marine battery in, no mounts to mount the FF's on that were designed for boat usage, no straps, no cables, no transducer, no wiring .... those days are over!

THIS IS 2017!

It fits snugly in your FT cup holder.
It will record all your sonar tracked sessions and track your route as well as when your not using the sonar by showing a line of your route.
And it's the size and weight of a tennis ball!  Thumbs Up

It has many, many more functions.

I purchased mine on eBay for $220.00 including shipping. I luv mine.
I can't imagine adding 6-10 more lbs to my FT just to read the bottom, structure and to locate fish!
The Deeper Pro + will do all of that and much more!

And I've been known to have landed almost as many fish as the next guy!

It also offers you a demo on line. Check it out. You won't be sorry, I'm not.

Good luck in your search for a FT FF!  Thumbs Up

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4 Re: best fish finder for a tube? on Thu Jun 29, 2017 6:40 pm

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Here is a link to another thread on the subject.

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I personally have a Humminbird Fishin Buddy. I did a review a few years back you can see it here.

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 As technology advances I think my next one will be along the lines of the "DeeperPro".


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5 Re: best fish finder for a tube? on Thu Jun 29, 2017 10:25 pm

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Welcome to the forum, Ohiotuber!

The best fishfinder for float tubes is ANY fishfinder YOU want! The fact that you're on a float tube really isn't an issue.

You can go lean and mean or you can go big and bold. It all works.

I just posted a video here in the "Show your Float" section on how I do my iPad setup. The basic approach can be adapted to any fishfinder. I'm running the Raymarine Wi-Fish and I love the amazing detail of the downvision sonar. Added to the massive 9.7 in display on the iPad and it's like watching a movie.

So I'm in the "Yes" column for the "is downvision worth it" question. But like I say, whatever fishfinder you want will work on a tube, so get whatever you like.

Again, welcome and I'm looking forward to catch reports from Ohio!

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6 Re: best fish finder for a tube? on Fri Jun 30, 2017 5:51 am

Ohiotuber


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thank you, these are very helpful.

I worried that my 5" Echo 200 would be too large. Looks like this is not the case at all. The echo is mounted on my kayak with the RAM mount. I think I should be able to add RAM ball to the FT as well and easily move the units between both boats.

Also, I did not know about those wireless sonars. Messing with a cellphone on the FT seems like major PITA to be me.

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