We explore some of the best bait boat fish finders available on the market today, from budget options to high end integrated fish finders.
Technology in carp fishing has come a long way over the last decade, not only can you use a bait boat to accurately bait and present your rigs, you can now use a bait boat fish finder to locate fish, underwater features and clear patches on the lake bed. All this is designed maximise your chances of catching while on the bank.
Fish finders are becoming an increasingly popular accessory for today’s bait boat anglers. They range in price from around £100 for a basic entry-level fish finder to around £800 for the bells and whistles branded versions.
Which bait boat fish finder is right for you? It really boils down to personal choice and budget. Essentially they all do the same thing but the most expensive versions claim to do it better and more accurately.
Here we take a look at some of the best options available on the market today.
Budget bait boat fish finders
Starting with the popular universal bait boat fish finders available on eBay from either TMC Tackle or Horizon Fish Finders, both options use the same base Lucky branded fish finder as the unit but use different fitting options to attach the fish finder to the bait boat.
Horizon Standard Fish Finder
The perfect entry-level fish finder for your bait boat with DIY fitting. This fish finder is universal and will fit most bait boats. The fitting is super simple via a bracket which is attached to your boat via self-adhesive pads. Boasting a huge range of up to 400 meters and weighing less than 300 grams, this bait boat fish finder is ideal for the mobile angler who is looking for a basic solution to map lake bed features and water depth. You can read our full review of this fish finder here.
Universal Bait Boat Fish Finder
This kit was originally designed by ourselves and the idea then copied my many sellers such as TMC Tackle on eBay. This innovative bait boat fish finder kit transforms the popular Lucky Fish Finder by extending the fish finder range and using a simple kit to attach the wireless fish finder to your bait boat. This fish finder will fit most bait boats and offers a very simple fitting via self-adhesive pads. This really is the most simple plug and play fish finder available on the market today, with no expert expertise needed to get up and running. Simply insert the batteries, attach to your bait boat and away you go.
With a range of around 200 meters in good angling conditions, ample battery life and a compact, lightweight handset, this bait boat fish finder is the ideal choice when looking for a budget plug and play option. This handset is more advanced than the Horizon Standard Fish Finder and for a similar cost, we think this is the best budget option on the market today. Available in both colour and black and white display options. You can learn more about this universal fish finder here.
Price: £119 with free UK postage
Learn more about this fish finder by watching the video below
Premium Toslon Bait Boat Fish Finders
For those anglers looking for a more advanced solution, then the Toslon fish finders are the best that money can buy. With more advanced featured such as GPS tracking you will be able to make the most of every fishing situation.
Please note: these fish finders are not plug and play. You will need the sonar to be wired into your bait boat, which requires expert fitting. You can attempt this yourself but we recommend you seek out professional help when installing these fish finders. You can easily damage your boat if the sonar is not correctly installed.
We recommend using The Cabin TS LTD as your supplier for these fish finders. Simply purchase the fish finders via their eBay shop here and they offer an installation service for an additional fee. Simply send your bait boat to them or drop it off and they will take care of the rest.
Toslon TF500 Bait Boat Fish Finder
The Toslon range of fish finders is considered to be some of the best within the angling community. The pack some fantastic features and offer detailed mapping of the lake bed.
The TF500 is the entry-level Toslon option but it still offers a range of features which make it great value for money.
This fish finder has a 2.4ghz radio frequency with a max range of around 300 meters in good angling conditions. It offers a 4.3 inch colour screen with a good resolution.
We recommend using The Cabin T.S LTD on eBay as your supplier for this fish finder as they supply detailed instructions on how to install this fish finder yourself. If your not comfortable trying the fitting yourself, they will install this fish finder for you for a fee, which we highly recommend as you get the peace of mind that the unit is correctly installed and ready to go.
Price: £399 (fitting not included)
Toslon TF640 Bait Boat Fish Finder
The Toslon TF640 is a fish finder and GPS in one. The GPS feature allows you to store over 100 locations on as many lakes as you can fish. This allows you to send you boat out to the exact same spot over and over again, essential when targeting small areas on the lake bed or when baiting small areas for heavily pressured carp.
The colour display offers a high resolution as you would expect from a fish finder in this price bracket. With a range of over 300 meters and depth of over 80 meters, you are sure to cover all angling situations with this fish finder. The 2.4ghz digital frequency ensures you will not clash with any other anglers using fish finders on your water.
This bait boat fish finder is, without doubt, the best all-round option if you have the budget available. It’s built to last and the array of features will ensure you get that edge when mapping your lake bed, searching for wary carp and presenting your baits with complete accuracy time and time again.
As stated previously, we recommend using The Cabin T.S LTD on eBay as your supplier for this fish finder. They will install this fish finder for you for a fee, which we highly recommend as you get the peace of mind that the unit is correctly installed and ready to go.
Price: £739 (fitting not included)
Toslon TF740 Bait Boat Fish Finder
The Rolls Royce of fish finders, the Toslon TF740 is the ultimate bait bait boat accessory. The TF740 offers a more detailed fish finder with a host of features, advanced GPS + auto pilot all in one! Load the boat, activate the auto pilot and the advanced technology will navigate your boat to the exact same spot over and over again.
Take a look at some of the features in the video below.
Unlike other fish finders, the TF740 is designed specifically for bait boats, this fish finder acts as your bait boat operating system, allowing total precision with your bait placement. It can accurately map the lake bed, record water temperature, depth, distance, features and fish. It is the most advanced bait boat fish finder available on the market today.
With a detailed 5 inch colour screen, high resolution, 300 meters plus range and 2.4ghz operating frequency, the TF740 is the ultimate fish finder for the serious angler.
As stated previously, we recommend using The Cabin T.S LTD on eBay as your supplier for this fish finder. At present, the Toslon TF740 is only available supplied and fitted on the Anatec Catamaran bait boat range via The Cabin.
Price: £1699 (supplied and fitted to any Anatec Catamaran)
The above bait boat fish finders are all more than capable of covering most angling situations. If you are just starting out then the budget fish finders mentioned will certainly do the job. They are capable of accurately measuring depth, underwater features and fish holding areas.
Use these fish finders as an overall part of your angling armoury, rather than using them as fish finding tools, use them to get a better understanding of the lake bed, this will help you become a better angler as you will start to understand more about the fish and the water you are fishing.
The more advanced Toslon fish finders are ideal for those larger waters, especially the European reservoirs where bait placement and long-range fishing is essential to ensure you’re making the most of your limited time on the bank. If you would like to recommend a bait boat fish finder for inclusion in this article then please comment below.