Garmin echoMAP 75sv install on Viking Reload Tackle Pod

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Garmin echoMAP 75sv install on Viking Reload Tackle Pod

Postby Ads22 » Wed Sep 06, 2017 2:28 pm

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It has taken a while to settle on my choice of sideview sounder. Finally, I decided with the price difference between the Garmin exhoMAP75sv and the Humminbird Helix 7 SI, I could probably utilise the $600 in other ways. With some handy income from my recent boat incident via YouTube and licensing the video, I have already paid for a substantial portion of the sounder, and has set some coin aside as well. In all, it cost $1099 on sale, with free redemption on BlueChart g2 Vision HD maps.

I was on call last weekend, so utilised any spare time I had removing the Lowrance Elite CHIRP 5 and tidying up. I also removed the chopping board and gave it an oil. Most of the time was actually spent removing the old sounder. Once that was done and a bit of a clean was done, I mounted the new sounder.

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The GT52-TM is a little longer than the Lowrance, however, it still fits nicely into the Reload tackle pod. I managed to use all of the old mounts and fittings, but replaced the bolt with a longer 75mm M5 bolt. To get the lower position for the transducer, I used some old window packers and trimmed them to a more suitable size roughly with a hack saw. I was aiming for functional, not pretty. I also had to cut the red wire as the fuse wouldn't fit through the existing hole for the power cable, then re-joined.

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The height may yet need adjusting as it is 2-3mm above the bottom edge of the transducer recess, but I will give it a test run first. I'm looking forward to seeing if this will make a change to my fishing - at least the areas that I am hitting with my casts!

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I'm a poor handy man, but it looks reasonably tidy. Just hope it works on the water now! :lol:

Cheers and happy fishing!

Adam
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Re: Garmin echoMAP 75sv install on Viking Reload Tackle Pod

Postby rocky » Thu Sep 07, 2017 9:56 am

Looks neat Ads, now you can see the side on :).

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Re: Garmin echoMAP 75sv install on Viking Reload Tackle Pod

Postby Ads22 » Thu Sep 07, 2017 6:46 pm

Cheers Rocky. Test run in Fitzroy tomorrow after school drop off if you want to join. :lol: :lol:
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Re: Garmin echoMAP 75sv install on Viking Reload Tackle Pod

Postby rocky » Thu Sep 07, 2017 9:06 pm

Hi Ads,
Love to have a fish but went to the croc farm today and I am taking there advice not to yak on the Fitzroy :). I also heard a bit more about our boating friends.
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Re: Garmin echoMAP 75sv install on Viking Reload Tackle Pod

Postby Ads22 » Fri Sep 08, 2017 7:06 pm

rocky wrote:Love to have a fish but went to the croc farm today and I am taking there advice not to yak on the Fitzroy :). I also heard a bit more about our boating friends.


Did you try any of the croc? I reckon it tastes pretty good. I took the yak out for a trial of the 75sv today. It was pretty good, but I have lowered the transducer by another 4-5mm to see if that makes a difference to the sidescan component. Was hard to differentiate fish, etc as there are jellyfish galore in the river at the moment. No fish for me today, and same for most people I saw on the water. The river was fished pretty hard over the weekend for the Rocky Rumble competition and quite a few fish landed. This may have sent them quiet, or perhaps there's something else going on. There have been quiet a few threadfin caught at night on live or fresh river prawns. I wonder if they have been filling up at night.

Interested to know what you heard about the boating friends. I have a pretty good update from Maritime and not entirely happy with it. Will have to chat at some stage to see what you have heard, too.

May head out somewhere to test the adjustment this weekend, not sure yet. They just put a croc sighting sign at the boat ramp as I was leaving. Not sure if that'll change my view on putting the kayak in there. It's not as if they aren't always there, but will see.
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