Fish finders are awesome tools that make fishing a lot more fun and increase your chances of getting closer to the fish you want to catch. However, they’re not completely faultless and can sometimes take some time to understand completely and make the most of. Knowing how to install a fish finder isn’t knowledge that comes naturally, so making mistakes is okay.

If you’ve ever felt confused about your fish finder or experienced installation issues, this article is just what you need.

We’ll look at some of the most common problems that fish finder users encounter and how to solve them.

Outdated Software

One of the first things you need to do when troubleshooting a fish finder is to make sure your device has the most recent software version running. You also need to keep the software updated so you don’t experience difficulties in the future. Outdated software can cause many issues, so checking if that’s the root of your installation problem could save you time and trouble.

Confused Settings

If you have fish finder image issues, it might be due to the settings on your device. It’s common for new users to examine the settings and get a feel for how this gadget works, and accidentally making changes or adjusting settings you don’t quite understand can result in image-related problems. If you’re not getting good images or experiencing interference on the screen, you should restore the device settings to the default. Most fish finders come with great images out of the box, so restoring to default can sort out this issue instantly.

Connection Problems

Anglers aren’t perfect and make mistakes too, especially if they’re focused on their fishing activities, and it’s not uncommon for them to make bad connections or damage terminals or wiring. Check the pins and connections on the wires and ensure that there’s no damage to your device. You should also check for damaged or broken pins and debris or dust in the connections that could cause these problems.

Electrical Interference

Electrical interferences are one of the most common problems that fish finder users experience, and it can be quite frustrating. The cause for this interference is usually improper wiring, bad connections, or wiring shortcuts, so make sure that’s not the reason why your device isn’t working as it should.

Power Wire Issues

Power wires that run against each other can cause issues, especially trolling motor wires. When using your fish finder, keep it away from other wires as much as possible. It would be best to install the fish finder and have its wire on the opposite side of your boat, away from the trolling motor power wires. Also, if you have excess wiring, don’t just bundle it up into a tight bundle. Let it run loose, or loosely roll it up in a large coil. Cables and wires that are tightly bundled can cause interferences.

Incorrect Power Source

Your fish finder’s power wire should run directly from the device to the battery source with an inline fuse in place. However, they’re often installed with the power running through switches instead of running directly to the battery. This should be avoided at all costs; use the battery as a direct power source.

Using a fish finder can enhance your fishing experience, but it should be installed properly to function as intended. If you can’t find the solution to your installation problems here, consult the user manual or contact the seller to find out more.