Choose The Fishfinder For Your Hobie Kayak

We offer a variety of different Fishfinders to suit your style of fishing.

Hobie Kayak Fishfinder picture
Hobie Kayak Fishfinder picture

Why have a Fishfinder on your Hobie Kayak

The UK Hobie Fishing Team have found that a good Fishfinder can make the difference between an average fishing day and a really good day. In short, they are an incredibly useful tool to enable you to catch lots more fish.  These days if you attend one of the competitive kayak fishing events around the country (such as our KAOTY series sponsored by us) your chances of placing well without using a fishfinder are very slim indeed.

The main benefits are as follows:

  • They are also great for measuring the speed, depth and helping with basic navigation.
  • You can mark and record your favourite fishing spots.
  • You can spot underwater structures/habitats that attract fish.
  • You can spot the baitfish which your chosen catch are attracted to.
  • You can easily find your way back home.
  • You will know what is going on underneath your kayak, being able to see the depth of the water will give you a really good idea of how deep your lures should be.

Which Fishfinder and Transducer Combination is right for your Hobie Kayak?

The transducer is attached to the screen of the fishfinder and it sends and receives signals.  A good fishfinder depend on an efficient transducer – the transducer is the device that changes the electrical pulses into sound waves or acoustic energy and back again.

Fishfinders and transducers are constantly evolving and developing.  At the moment there are 3 main types of Fishfinder/Transducer that we regularly install to Hobie Kayaks.

Fishfinder with The sonar CHIRP transducer

This Fishfinder combination can be fitted to any age of Hobie Kayak either by the factory molded transducer port or by using an arm over the edge of the kayak and into the water. This type of Fishfinder sends pulsing signal directly to the seabed and collects the returned information about depth, fish, structure and contours that are below your craft. If your kayak is moving then the information on your screen shows what your kayak has just passed over.
Finders that are fitted with these SONOR CHIRP transducers are typically more basic and require less technical knowledge to be able to translate the given information.

Screen sizes come in 4”, 5” & 7”. Some models can also take a ‘chart card’ which will enable you to record more data, and be able to give you preloaded cartography from around the world.

Fishfinder with Side-Imaging Transducer

A side Imagaging transducer sends out a signal in a below the kayak and also to the sides, this type of transducer and fishfinder combo allow you see a much wider area than the sonar CHIRP transducers.   The screens tend to be higher resolution giving you a better image to interpret. The side imaging transducer works really well when combined with the retractable Guardian Transducer Sield which comes as standard in the all Hobie Pro Anglers, the Pro Angler 12, The Hobie Proanger 14 and The hobie Pro Angler 360

Take a look at the video of the Guardian Transducer in action.

Don’t worry if you do not have the Guardian on your chosen Hobie Kayak, a special mounting plate for side-imaging transducers can be fitted to all 2021 Hobie Kayaks that will accommodate a side-imaging transducer.

The final category is the Directional Fish finder and Transducer

The Directional Fishfinder and Transducer combination is favoured by our UK Hobie Fishing Team.  This combination gives you real time images of in whichever direction you choose to point your transducer.  The transducer itself is installed on a moveable arm.  Watch your lure dip into the water and see whether the fish react.  Helps you to know whether those fish on your screen are your target predator species or not.  This directional finder gives you the freedom to explore freely underwater.

We can help you choose the right Fishfinder set up for your Hobie Kayak

Click on the ‘hotspots’ for more information.

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Step 2 – Choose A Mount
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Step 3 – Choose A Power Supply
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Step 4 – Enjoy Free Installation