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TM270W and FCV-585 shallow fishing aluminum boat

Old 02-21-2012, 02:05 PM
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Default TM270W and FCV-585 shallow fishing aluminum boat

Hi all, long time lurker just signing up. I have been going through HULL trying to figure out which transducer to install on my 17'6" North River aluminum boat. I have no issues drilling a hole in the bottom so I have been open to all solutions (but shoot thru). I have pinged every FCV-585 owner that I know getting their feedback on their transducer selection as well. Those installs have ranged from TM260's to P66 to SS60 to SS264W only and SS264Pair.

First and foremost what do I fish for and what are depths/water type:
Nor Cal Lakes Kokanee Trolling 50%
Sac River King trolling 30%
Sac River/Delta Striper and Sturgeon troll or anchor/bait 20%
SF Bay/Tomales Bay Halibut 10% salt, drift and troll

Lakes are all under 300' deep for the most part, most if not all fish are hunted/taken are at less than 80 feet deep, with most being less than 50' deep. SF Bay 40 feet or less the whole time for Butt's. Sac River and Delta for Salmon, Striper and Sturgeon will be in in a max of 50-60' of water (more like 20' when trolling).

I can write about all the choices that I didnt select and why but figured that would bore you - TM260, TM258, SS264Wide Pair, SS264Narrow Pair, SS264W only, P66 and SS60. I figured I would save you the details, feel free to ask why I didnt select a specific unit, I will have an answer for all of them.

Enter the TM270W - transom mount, 1KW, 50/200 and both cones are 25 degree. I suspect this will get me on top of the fish I need to get on top of with my fishing regiment. About the only time I wont be able to get on top of fish (but still know they are in my cones) is when marking kok's at about 100 feet where the 44' beam circle will be about 10' outstretched past each downrigger off the side.

I pushed the button today and i had tracking information within 15 minutes.......I ordered from Gil aka SemperFiFishing of course, give him a PM, you wont regret it. I expect to have the first of next week, wouldnt expect this initial install takes more than an hour, then I will begin the tests and reporting back here as soon as I get some water time. tick, tock, cant wait! thanks for having me here!
Old 02-21-2012, 08:57 PM
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Kurt, good luck in the Delta .

For anyone who has never fished for sturgeon..that is what Kurt is after in the Ca. Delta and why he needs that TM270W..
The Delta is not deep but one needs a very sensitive transducer with wide coverage.
These sturgeon lay in holes and despite their size are super difficult to find with sonar.

Sturgeon are amazing to look at.
And great eating.

Link to Sturgeon:

Not of anyone I know..but its a great shot of a healthy sturgeon .

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Old 02-26-2012, 06:10 AM
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Myt, please let me know how you make out. This is the transducer I am interested in also. My striper fishing is in the same depth ranges and I want something better than my p66 or p79.

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