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Livescope on a Kayak #14562864 12/12/22 07:13 PM
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I'm considering getting a Kayak and putting livescope on it to fish some of my local ponds that have big offshore fish in them. I have livescope mounted on the trolling motor of my bass boat. I'm trying to understand conceptually how livescope would be mounted on a kayak so you could use the tool effectively on offshore bass. My observation from the bass boat is that big bass are constantly moving, but it's easy enough to keep them in the scope while casting at them because the trolling motor is foot controlled. It seems like if I found a fish with a hand controlled pole as soon as I made a cast the fish would be moving and I'd now be unable to move the transducer on the pole because my hands would be occupied with the rod and reel. Has anyone solved this problem with Kayak or does the pole work better than I'm thinking it would? Thanks for any insight!


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Re: Livescope on a Kayak [Re: Jpurdue] #14563162 12/13/22 12:36 AM
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This would be the first kayak I would check out, might be others that have come out since but without spot lock trolling motor, not sure how tough it would be to use livescope trying to stay in place in windy conditions. Other spot lock trolling motors now on the market for kayaks but not sure how easy they are to pull in and out of the water from a kayak. I've considered it myself. Duc Tran at Mariner Sales would be the guy to speak to.. he has probably seen everything that has been successfully tried.

https://www.onthewater.com/old-town-brings-spot-lock-to-kayak-fishing

https://www.motorguide.com/us/en/xi3-kayak.html

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Re: Livescope on a Kayak [Re: Jpurdue] #14563680 12/13/22 03:43 PM
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A couple of years ago I purchased a Lawrance unit that is "Active Target" compatible. I don't have the add-on (yet?), but did a little bit of research on how to best mount the transducer. At the time I came up with this potential solution...

I thought that I could mount the transducer to a 3' stainless steel pole with a short 90-degree handle on top. I would then attach the pole to a push pole holder with two thumb screw hose claps. This way I could dial in the preferred tension on the pole. This application might require a small piece of PVC pipe (cut in half to match the push pole holder) to provide plastic-type friction all the way around the pole... but maybe not.

The Railblaza push pole holder will allow for easy removal if I get into shallow water and/or want to remove it to power pedal to the next spot.

I have not tried this application yet, but it should work.

Let us know what you come up with!

https://www.railblaza.com/products/railblaza-push-pole-holder/

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Re: Livescope on a Kayak [Re: Jpurdue] #14566398 12/16/22 04:06 PM
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Originally Posted by Jpurdue
I'm considering getting a Kayak and putting livescope on it to fish some of my local ponds that have big offshore fish in them. I have livescope mounted on the trolling motor of my bass boat. I'm trying to understand conceptually how livescope would be mounted on a kayak so you could use the tool effectively on offshore bass. My observation from the bass boat is that big bass are constantly moving, but it's easy enough to keep them in the scope while casting at them because the trolling motor is foot controlled. It seems like if I found a fish with a hand controlled pole as soon as I made a cast the fish would be moving and I'd now be unable to move the transducer on the pole because my hands would be occupied with the rod and reel. Has anyone solved this problem with Kayak or does the pole work better than I'm thinking it would? Thanks for any insight!



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Re: Livescope on a Kayak [Re: Jpurdue] #14566920 12/17/22 02:17 AM
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Put a tiller handle on pole that is within reach of your elbow..


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Re: Livescope on a Kayak [Re: Jpurdue] #14581859 12/31/22 11:20 PM
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Do a quick youtube search for livescope kayak mount.
They work great on a kayak. There are a lot of DIY solutions that are pretty simple yet functional.
I have been running one since they first arrived and now feel crippled without it.
I have had a Humminbird 360 on my yak for even longer and still keeep it for open water schooling fish. ( stripers in my case )

This is a quick vid of my personal setup that inclused a lot of 3d prining and machining in my shop.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NuCYgtcc_0I


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