While most people spend a tremendous amount of time focusing on the actual fish finder technology they’re going to be going out on the water with, you need to make sure that you have invested in a high quality fish finder mount before you put any expensive equipment in your boat.
If you go down to your local bait and tackle shop, or even just spend a little bit of time down in the water, you’ll likely here tons of different stories about fishermen that ended up losing very expensive gear simply because it wasn’t attached as well as it could have been. Too many people have lost fantastic fish finder technology to the depths of their favorite fishing poles simply because they didn’t have the right mount – an issue that you never want to deal with. Nothing can spoil a day of fine fishing faster than this kind of incident.
Here are just a handful of things you’ll want to look into moving forward.
Make sure that you are purchasing a fish finder mount specifically built for your fish finder
I know this sounds like a bit of a “no-brainer”, but the truth of the matter is too terribly many people end up purchasing some generic fish finder mount that has similar dimensions to the fish finder they own – and then are surprised when everything ends up in the drink.
Not only should you avoid those generic mounts at all costs, but you should also be looking to invest in a very specific and purpose built fish finder mount from a reliable and reputable company. Always, if given the opportunity, purchase a fish finder mount that has been crafted and created to your devices very specific dimensions.
So let’s assume that you’ve bought the best fish finder on the market, the Garmin Echo 550c Fish Finder and you need a mount for it. You would get the EXACT same models mount, practically every brand offers a solution like this and they are rather easy to set up usually.
Fish finder mounts have absolutely nothing to do with aesthetics whatsoever, but are all of the functionality
This is another real trap that some fishermen fall into, and honestly it’s becoming more and more commonplace across the sport.
We end up purchasing these fantastic and truly flashy boats with all kinds of metal flake paint, and “luxury” features – in the last thing that we want to do is upon some ugly fish finder mount that destroys the whole look of our setup.
However, those “ugly” mounts are almost always the most rock solid and secure of the bunch, providing you with the safety and security that you’re searching after in the first place. When it comes to a choice between design aesthetics and actual functionality, you’d have to be kind of crazy to go with something that looks great but may or may not perform in crunch time. Don’t fall into this kind of “showroom fishermen” mentality – it could have disastrous effects.
Mounting hardware is just as important as the mount itself – as well as the location that you mount the fish finder on your boat
The final piece of the puzzle is not just investing in the right fish finder mount, but also using the right mounting hardware and finding a suitable location on your boat to mount the equipment. Different setups will require different space considerations, but you’re likely to find a pretty slick spot for your new fish finder on your boat with little headache or hassle whatsoever.
At the exact same time, it’s critical that you use hardware that has been specifically designed for your boat and for your fish finder mount, or you could end up in a world of hurt later down the road when something that shouldn’t have failed ends up giving up the ghost, so to speak. Also keep in mind to read the user manual so you know how to set up a mount for your fish finder, exactly.
This is one of the more important purchases that you can make as a fisherman, so make sure that you are securing your hardware before you hit the water.