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Vexilar for Summer Fishing


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I tried something today that worked out great, so I thought I would share it with you. I decided to hook up my Vexilar FL8 on my aluminum jon boat for river fishing. I took a 4 inch piece of PVC pipe that is just large enough for my iceducer transducer to slide through. I then used some epoxy glue to glue the piece of PVC pipe near the back of the boat where the aluminum was flat with no rivets. I then filled the PVC pipe with water and dropped the transducer into the PVC pipe. It worked awesome. I got good bottom readings even at speeds up to 14 mph (that's as fast as my jon boat goes!). It is nice not having a transducer outside of the boat where it can get damaged and with this method it is easy to take the transducer out of the boat for ice fishing. Give it a try -- I think you will be very pleased with this system. Bruce

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GREAT Idea!

I love my Vex FL-8 on my river rig and have thought of mounting the transducer to shoot through the hull instead of hanging on the rear. I do have a high speed transducer but no matter what turbulence and pitch is a issue, your methode Bruce just may be the ticket.

Thanks for the tip.

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I have a buddy who found a similar deal by accident- he was hanging his transducer over the edge occasionally checking depth. While not using it he set it on the floor of his small boat. He forgot to turn it off one time and noticed that the transducer shot right through the bottom of the boat when it was sitting in a little water (he has a small leak). He's never hung the transducer over the edge since.
Scoot

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That's funny, I've been using my Vexilar the same way all summer. I just set the transducer in the back of the jonboat and splash a little water on it. I didn't really want to epoxy it, in case I needed it for another boat. I really like the PVC pipe idea. Thanks for the tip Bruce, I'm going to try that myself. Vern

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I discovered that too a few weeks ago while taking secchi disk readings on the lake I live on. I grabbed my vex one day and I wanted to play with it a little bit. On my way back in, I set the transducer on the floor of my fiberglass duck boat. It read right thru, with minimal gain needed.

I often let my transducer shoot thru the ice while fishing in the early season before there is a lot of snow. No tangles!

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The trandsucer does work through the hull but make sure you don't move it around and scratch the bottem of it. I learned the hard way and had to replace my transducer because it was scratched.

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