Many anglers want to add a fishfinder, navigation light, deck lights, GPS, phone charger, trolling motor and more to their fishing kayaks. The only question, how to power it all? Battery too small; you’ll run out of juice before you run out of daylight. Battery too big, you’ll run out of paddling energy before you run out of daylight. Electrical connections exposed to saltwater and grime are asking for trouble. We turned to the pros for power solutions.
Jacob Scott knows plenty about kayak fishing and electronics. As a FeelFree pro staff, he represents the Moken on the water. As a product specialist for Lowrance, he has pimped out his kayak with all the bells and whistles. “I have a few more electronics than most people,” he admits with a laugh. That includes a HDS Gen3 fishfinder and GPS combo, sonar hub, satellite XM radio and weather, and a marine radio. All of it runs on a 7Ah sealed lead-acid battery. The “Ah” stands for amp-hour, or how long the battery will last with one amp per hour draw on a single charge. “That should run the unit all day,” he promises, adding that turning the screen brightness down can have significant savings on battery power.
After some trial and error, Scott settled on closed cell foam to seat the battery. He cuts the foam to fit the battery and glues the foam to the bottom of the kayak. “Try to center the battery so it doesn’t affect the boat’s trim,” he adds.
To make connections, Scott heads to the auto parts store. “I use waterproof blade connectors and two-wire housings for connections,” he explains. Scott’s biggest challenge is...