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BUCKMARK
07-11-2006, 10:56 PM
Down the road a few miles is a great lake for crappie fishing. My problem is that this lake is a reservoir and no gas motors are permitted to be on the boat period. They also made it so you can't back your trailer into the water to unload.

I purchased a plastic 10' Pelican Bass Raider pontoon boat just for this little lake. The fishing is simply awesome! I'm set up with a 55lb Minn Kota motor and a good battery for this lake that stretches about 1 mile in length.

At the water line, they built a "wall" about 15" high to keep trailers out of the water. They also installed metal poles that stick up about 4 feet to keep the bigger boats from being launched there. From the top of this "wall" is a fiberglas ramp that will allow you to back up to the wall, and slide your boat down into the water. This is the only launch on the lake. It's a huge pain in the rear...but the fishing is great, it's close to home, and the lake isn't fished much at all.

Heres my problem...

We used my cousins 16' flat bottom Lowe boat, and we knocked the transducer off of the boat on that stupid ramp. It killed the transducer and he got a new one. I purchased a Bottom Line fish finder, and the directions say that the transducer must be attached to the BOTTOM of the boat. I know that ramp will kill my transducer the first time I launch the boat.

I was thinking of using some type of epoxy to glue a velcro pad on the bottom of my boat. Then glue the other half of the velcro to the transducer. Once the boat is launched, I can reach down into the water and attach the transducer. Then remove it before cranking the boat back onto the little 4x8 utility trailer I use to haul it.

Anyone got any ideas? I was thinking perhaps I should have went with a Bottom Line Fishin' Buddy of some type. Are they any good? I don't want to spend a lot of cash on a fish finder for this little red-neck crappie rig.

I would love some ideas on how to install a fish finder on this plastic boat.

Thanks
BUCKMARK

CrappieLips
07-11-2006, 11:06 PM
buckmark is there anyway you can atach it to the trolling motor,i got a large 6" hose clamp and mounted mine on the bottom of mine when i need to put it back on my big boat just loosen the clamp slip it off put it on the other boat

crappiencali
07-11-2006, 11:09 PM
When I fished down at Reelfoot last year they put there transducer to apiece of pvc pipe and would slide it in to the through a clamp on the front of the boat. My partners son-in-law had his set up and man it worked great. Quick in and out. May want to talk to a couple of those Tennesse boyz they may ba able to help you out. Good luck.

BUCKMARK
07-11-2006, 11:43 PM
Thanks for some ideas guys.:cool:

I found that Bottom Line makes some sort of trolling motor mount, but they don't show a picture and I can't locate one for sale. I should contact them tomorrow and find out if I can buy one straight from the factory.

I also like the idea about the PVC pipe with the transducer on the bottom. I never thought about something like that. I got the idea, I just need to draw one up. This idea sounds like a trip to the hardware store! I can see me and the guys in the garage drinking a ice cold Yuengling Lager and talking about how well it's gonna work when and if we ever finish it. I like it!

Thanks again,
BUCKMARK

slabbatical
07-12-2006, 05:41 AM
I have something like what is described. Another thought is to put the transducer on your trolling motor with a hose clamp..Then it is only in the water when the TM is. They have kits for this set up but it is essentially an expensive hose clamp.

Good Luck

chaunc
07-12-2006, 08:30 AM
Have you thought about the suction cup transducer mount that comes with the portable models? I use one when i rent a boat and take my locater with me. Just reach down and push it in place after launching.

ky-slabseeker
07-12-2006, 02:45 PM
You are not talking about mounting the transducer directly to the bottom of your boat hull instead of to the transom are you:confused: ???????

BUCKMARK
07-12-2006, 02:56 PM
You are not talking about mounting the transducer directly to the bottom of your boat hull instead of to the transom are you:confused: ???????


Yes sir.

The directions for this transducer shows it mounted on the bottom of the hull.
I ordered this unit and didnt know what I had until I opened it up. I'll try to post a pic, and you can see what I'm up against. Perhaps I should consider a different model...but this unit was in the right price range.

skiptomylu
07-12-2006, 03:19 PM
All you need for the trolling motor mount is a radiator hose clamp and use electrical tie wraps to secure the wire to you troll motor shaft. That is with a puck tranducer.

TapOut64
07-12-2006, 03:33 PM
Yes sir.

The directions for this transducer shows it mounted on the bottom of the hull.
I ordered this unit and didnt know what I had until I opened it up. I'll try to post a pic, and you can see what I'm up against. Perhaps I should consider a different model...but this unit was in the right price range.

I would be worried about some type of structure hitting the transducer. The lake I fish has tree tops of which some are above the water line but some are just an inch or two below it.

ceb
07-12-2006, 06:23 PM
How about something like this? From Cabelas or BPS.... http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/templates/pod/horizontal-pod.jsp?rid=&indexId=cat21402&navAction=push&navCount=6&cmCat=MainCatcat21276&parentType=index&parentId=cat21402&id=0000844

http://i76.photobucket.com/albums/j15/crappiepic/i010095sq05.jpg

KCBH
07-12-2006, 06:34 PM
I have a boat that I keep at a local pond and I just hang the 'ducer off the edge of the boat.

I am lazy like that ... yes I am.

Haha.

tioga183
07-13-2006, 08:51 AM
Not sure if it will work on your specific boat but the guys at the attatched link use insidethe hull mounts.Just go to the do it yourself section and scroll thru it is always a topic being talked about.
http://kfs.infopop.cc/6/ubb.x?a=cfrm&s=418607442

tioga183

ky-slabseeker
07-13-2006, 03:26 PM
I wished I could see your transducer.You have either a puck style which goes on the TM or you can epoxy it inside the hull.Or a through hull type that you bore a hole through the hull and it mounts in the hole and tightens up and is flush with the bottom.Or you have the one with a bracket that mounts on the transom.That is all that I have ever seen in my time fooling with boats.But they could be a different one out there.What brand of fish finder is it?????

papasage
07-13-2006, 06:40 PM
anyflat bottom transducer gan be epoxeyed inside . you just can`t have any air bubbles in the epoxey .

Jakekatfishin
07-13-2006, 07:07 PM
If you have a flat bottom aluminum boat, the best way to do it that is somewhat temporary is to use silicone caulk and caulk it to the inside by the drain plug or where ever is felt appropriate, just make sure there is no air bubbles and that it is in contact with aluminum that is below the waterline. I know that many people consider the epoxy, but I cannot waste the money for a new transducer or new unit if I get a new boat. The silicone will hold and work as well as epoxy and hold enough if you let it dry. Also a good tip is to clean the aluminum with alchohol before attaching the silicone and transducer.

HurricaneJM
07-13-2006, 08:59 PM
just put the transducer on the trolling motor, also, it sounds like a lot of hassle, and who runs this lake?

BUCKMARK
07-13-2006, 09:21 PM
just put the transducer on the trolling motor, also, it sounds like a lot of hassle, and who runs this lake?


It's not really much of a hassle if you set up a small boat for this type of launching ramp...which I am trying to do.

This lake is really two lakes.

The upper lake is fed by a stream and springs, it then runs down a 30' spillway into the lower lake. Each lake has one boat launch, and they are both the same type. The lower lake then runs down another 30' dam into a stream that is the main water source for Cumberland MD.

Since this is drinking water...they are very strict about boating. You can't even have a gas motor on your boat, and no backing trailers into the water.

The signs read PA. FISH and BOAT COMMISSION IN COOPERATION WITH THE CITY OF CUMBERLAND MD.

It really is a great lake with few people fishing it. Many nice crappie, gills, perch, bass, muskie, cats and walleye. the upper lake is also stocked with rainbows.

If I want away from loud boaters, skiers and jet skis...this is my lake.