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#10827153 - 05/07/15 09:27 PM LSS2 Transducer question
Top Waters Offline
Angler

Registered: 01/24/11
Posts: 415
Loc: Melissa / Lake Fork
Holy cow this thing is huge! OMG

Just bought a HDS7 Gen 2 with SS and can't imagine fishing at Fork for more than 15 minutes with this transducer without knocking it off. How do you guys deal with this?
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"Spit in his mouth, Son. It will make him grow bigger faster"
My late grandfather Bill Chapman (and former lake patrolman at Lake Tyler, TX)

P.B. 9.4 lbs - Lake Fork

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#10827169 - 05/07/15 09:32 PM Re: LSS2 Transducer question [Re: Top Waters]
Michael Curbow Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 06/07/07
Posts: 552
Loc: Frisco
Mount it inside your jackplate if you have one. I used some $2 framing brackets from Lowes. This setup has worked great for me so far.

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#10827177 - 05/07/15 09:35 PM Re: LSS2 Transducer question [Re: Top Waters]
Top Waters Offline
Angler

Registered: 01/24/11
Posts: 415
Loc: Melissa / Lake Fork
no jackplate
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GO -------> fish

"Spit in his mouth, Son. It will make him grow bigger faster"
My late grandfather Bill Chapman (and former lake patrolman at Lake Tyler, TX)

P.B. 9.4 lbs - Lake Fork

Let's save the water in our lakes.....conserve water.
www.netafimusa.com/landscape

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#10827403 - 05/07/15 11:16 PM Re: LSS2 Transducer question [Re: Top Waters]
Rog Offline
Angler

Registered: 03/08/05
Posts: 402
Loc: Carrollton
Have same issue no jack plate on older model skeeter. Only option for clear line of sight was to use the bracket and mount it below the step on transom. Have not busted it yet but pulled it off twice because I mounted too low. But got a reading on pad...... I had to mount it higher. Mount it high enough so the step gives some protection. Also there is a after market spring loaded bracket that is suppose to flip up if you go directly over a stump. My issue was hitting stumps side ways while turning or negotiating stumps on troll motor. I predominately fish Fork and it's been on two years since I put it on. Slap it on a go fish you will love it. Make sure to use a level to get it as level as possible in both directions. Btw J B weld makes a product called under water weld that is awesome when you tear the screws out. Lol. Hey my skeeter zx is 20 plus years old and still running strong. The patch work just adds character to the scratches. Lol

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#10827456 - 05/08/15 12:11 AM Re: LSS2 Transducer question [Re: Top Waters]
Top Waters Offline
Angler

Registered: 01/24/11
Posts: 415
Loc: Melissa / Lake Fork
Thanks Rog.

My boat was born when I was a SR. in high school, so it has a few character scars as well.

I just couldn't believe how big the transducer was...I have had issues knocking the smaller transducers off and couldn't imagine trolling this thing through timber. My biggest concern is when backing out of a jam and hitting a stump square while going backwards. I just don't want to have to keep buying these things....they are $$$$! LOL.

How far below the water line can you mount them?
_________________________
GO -------> fish

"Spit in his mouth, Son. It will make him grow bigger faster"
My late grandfather Bill Chapman (and former lake patrolman at Lake Tyler, TX)

P.B. 9.4 lbs - Lake Fork

Let's save the water in our lakes.....conserve water.
www.netafimusa.com/landscape

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#10830019 - 05/09/15 01:48 AM Re: LSS2 Transducer question [Re: Top Waters]
Top Waters Offline
Angler

Registered: 01/24/11
Posts: 415
Loc: Melissa / Lake Fork
Anybody else have suggestions?
_________________________
GO -------> fish

"Spit in his mouth, Son. It will make him grow bigger faster"
My late grandfather Bill Chapman (and former lake patrolman at Lake Tyler, TX)

P.B. 9.4 lbs - Lake Fork

Let's save the water in our lakes.....conserve water.
www.netafimusa.com/landscape

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#10830092 - 05/09/15 07:12 AM Re: LSS2 Transducer question [Re: Top Waters]
horseplaydvm Offline
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Registered: 05/07/09
Posts: 6126
Loc: Ok, USA
Mount it directly to the bottom of your boat if you have space.
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#10831381 - 05/09/15 06:54 PM Re: LSS2 Transducer question [Re: Top Waters]
Top Waters Offline
Angler

Registered: 01/24/11
Posts: 415
Loc: Melissa / Lake Fork
I don't have a step. If it is mounted well to the bottom, do you think it will hold up well to the occasional stump bumps that will undoubtedly happen on fork? I'm not talking about hitting while on pad, but just trolling around and idle speed.
_________________________
GO -------> fish

"Spit in his mouth, Son. It will make him grow bigger faster"
My late grandfather Bill Chapman (and former lake patrolman at Lake Tyler, TX)

P.B. 9.4 lbs - Lake Fork

Let's save the water in our lakes.....conserve water.
www.netafimusa.com/landscape

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#10857504 - 05/20/15 02:09 AM Re: LSS2 Transducer question [Re: Top Waters]
Top Waters Offline
Angler

Registered: 01/24/11
Posts: 415
Loc: Melissa / Lake Fork
I am really second guessing installing the lss2 to my boat. I have no jack plate and no hull step. Am I overthinking this?
_________________________
GO -------> fish

"Spit in his mouth, Son. It will make him grow bigger faster"
My late grandfather Bill Chapman (and former lake patrolman at Lake Tyler, TX)

P.B. 9.4 lbs - Lake Fork

Let's save the water in our lakes.....conserve water.
www.netafimusa.com/landscape

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#10860194 - 05/21/15 06:01 AM Re: LSS2 Transducer question [Re: Top Waters]
**TheLoneRanger** Offline
Angler

Registered: 09/29/12
Posts: 310
Loc: Palestine TX
If I'm not mistaken there is actually a guard for this transducer to keep from damaging it... A buddy of mine was talking about one... Do some research I'm sure you can find it.

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#10860202 - 05/21/15 06:07 AM Re: LSS2 Transducer question [Re: Top Waters]
**TheLoneRanger** Offline
Angler

Registered: 09/29/12
Posts: 310
Loc: Palestine TX
Honestly.... Mine is on the bottom of my hull identical to the above picture... They are protected a little more because of the hull design on the ranger and we can do this... But really if you amount it to a bracket just make sure the bracket would bend before the transducer would break or tear up.... That's what I would do... But honestly I think you will be fine doing whatever...

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#10860281 - 05/21/15 07:13 AM Re: LSS2 Transducer question [Re: Top Waters]
6BOOMER Online   content
Pro Angler

Registered: 01/16/12
Posts: 610
Loc: Del Rio, Tx
I have two, Installed second on the trolling motor. Homemade bracket. Works perfect.

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#10862377 - 05/21/15 07:13 PM Re: LSS2 Transducer question [Re: Top Waters]
Top Waters Offline
Angler

Registered: 01/24/11
Posts: 415
Loc: Melissa / Lake Fork
boomer - thanks for the suggestion, but the graph will be at the console so the TM option really won't work for me.

I have also looked at the transducer guards / shields and they really don't have a solution for my situation. Those are typically for under JP or step mounting, not just for sticking off the back of the transom. I may try to southern engineer something, but this is frustrating.

I talked to Lowrance customer support today and they basically said that with that age of boat that the LSS2 type transducer wouldn't be a good fit for me. So all you guys with older boats who are saving your money for this type of equipment, don't waste your money. Or you could just mount the equipment and keep replacing it at over $300 a pop.
_________________________
GO -------> fish

"Spit in his mouth, Son. It will make him grow bigger faster"
My late grandfather Bill Chapman (and former lake patrolman at Lake Tyler, TX)

P.B. 9.4 lbs - Lake Fork

Let's save the water in our lakes.....conserve water.
www.netafimusa.com/landscape

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#10862874 - 05/21/15 10:50 PM Re: LSS2 Transducer question [Re: Top Waters]
PhishWhisperer Offline
Angler

Registered: 07/29/12
Posts: 449
Loc: Orange, TX
I've had an LSS2 transducer mounted above the step of my old Skeeter for several years. Never had an issue.

Just make sure the transducer can see beyond the sponsons so you don't blind parts of the beam.

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#10863033 - 05/22/15 01:45 AM Re: LSS2 Transducer question [Re: Top Waters]
Ryorgensen Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 09/27/11
Posts: 1016
Loc: Good Ol East Texas
What does the age of your boat have to do with how the electronics work?? I have Lowrance hds units and lss2 structure scan on my 96 boat....works the same on my boat as it would on a 2015 boat...
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