A Fish-Finder that Utilizes Your Phone?

Yep, Introducing the New Vexilar SonarPhone T-Pod!

Vexilar SonarPhone T-POD
Vexilar SonarPhone T-POD

The new Vexilar SonarPhone T-Pod is a unit that turns your smartphone or tablet into a fully functional touch screen sonar system that will rival the performance of sonar systems costing hundreds more.

This is a very exciting kayak fishing product for a number of reasons. You don’t need cell phone coverage to use it since the phone connects via wifi with the SonarPhone’s transmitter. The T-POD is a ultra portable wifi transmitter system that has a self contained battery and can be pulled behind your boat, cast out or thrown from shore due to its transmitting range of 100 yards. The app that you download on your phone (android or iPhone operating system) is free and super simple to set up.

Kayak anglers looking to take a minimalist approach to using a fish-finder will absolutely love this product. It requires no hard mounting of rigging accessories to your kayak and can be used between multiple boats if you like to switch from kayak to kayak on your outings. It does have a narrower frequency compared to some of our other fish-finder models. The T-Pod operates at 125 kHz and it shots a single beam with a 30 degree cone. The display size does depend on the size of your smart device, so keep that in mind.

Want to learn more? Give this video a watch:


The Vexilar SonarPhone T-Pod is available now and retails for $129.95. See more about it here: http://www.austinkayak.com/products/13827/Vexilar-SonarPhone-T-POD-SP100-Fishfinder.html

ACK Fishfinder Installation Package

ACK Fishfinder Installation Kit
ACK Fishfinder Installation Kit

Installing a Fishfinder on a kayak can be a daunting task to people who try it for the first time.  Trust me, I know.  The first time I tried to install a fishfinder I had wires running all over the place and parts laying all around because I didn’t know what they were, where they went or what they attached to.  I even came out of the whole experience more frustrated than relieved. I am pretty sure I even questioned if all that work was even worth it.  Let’s face it, sometimes it just helps having a more “seasoned” installation veteran show you the ropes or even install it for you.  Here at ACK, we recognized this problem and came up with a solution.  Not only did we come up with our own ACK Fishfinder Installation Package, but we created a full set of instructions including detailed photos that are extremely easy to follow.  As if that weren’t enough, we filmed a step-by-step video to help show you how the installation is supposed to go so that you’ll have a visual reference if need be.  Pretty cool, right?  I sure wish I had that when I did my first installation!  The ACK Fishfinder Installation package gives you everything you need to help get your fishfinder up and running with fairly minimal effort.  Now you don’t necessarily have to follow the rules to a “T”. If you want to tweak the installation to fit your own personal wants or needs, feel free,  the instructions in the kit will help guide you down the right path to get you to your end goal….a working fishfinder! As always if you have questions or need advice feel free to send us a email at customer@ack.com.

Here’s the video:

-Jerron @ ACK

Taming the Currents and Seeing in the Dark

I recently got a chance to go on a late night fishing trip. I was particularly excited because this was going to be a great opportunity for me to test out some new equipment that I had purchased for my kayak.

As usual the weather conditions were not predicted correctly. Instead of 5-10 mph winds we had the pleasure of experiencing 15-25 mph winds. This made for difficult paddling with strong currents and a nasty head wind when it was time to return to our launch point. Those same strong currents required that I safely secure my kayak while trying to cast my lines so I went ahead and deployed my Bruce Claw anchor. It was a good choice because of its ability to be retrieved quickly and easily in case it became hung up on the bottom. And as you can imagine, this was important that night because of the strong currents and the amount of crushed rock piles we were fishing over.

That same night, I got to test drive my new fishfinder, the Humminbird 385ci. This unit proved to be really handy at night because of its ability to locate bottom structure and depth as well as being able to plot points on a map. The GPS effectively allows me to mark waypoints, paths traveled and gives me the option to zoom in on a map to get a better idea of where I am or where I wanted to go — perfect for night fishing. The combination of depth and structure had to be just right or we’d never find the fish. Lucky for us, the Humminbird 385ci helped us out tremendously and we were all able to catch our limits of Trout even got a bonus Redfish to boot!

As a kayak angler, I personally recommend these products especially if you plan to find yourselves in the same type of conditions. Give them try and good luck!