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Offline Barbarossa13

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Re: Fishing electronics
« Reply #15 on: March 29, 2021, 06:44:44 AM »
If you ever plan on putting an electric trolling motor on the bow you may want to consider which brand of fish finder you go with.  I got a minn Kota on my 18í hewescraft, ended up with a humminbird finder so I could pair the two together. Being able to follow a contour line is the cats meow.  Good luck with your decision!

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Re: Fishing electronics
« Reply #16 on: March 29, 2021, 08:52:55 AM »
Garmin is much easier and more intuitive to use. Last thing you need on the water is, while marking a fish or location, is to try to remember which third level of which menu has the map you want. Lowrance drove me nuts.

Press the waypoint button twice.  I think it's what you get used to, just like cell phones.  I've been using Lowrance for probably 20 years now.

That said, they aren't the leader for higher end units for sure and my next unit will likely be something else but it also won't be at the same price range either.

Garmin makes great electronics outside marine stuff and I would heavily consider them as well but haven't used their units on a boat.

In the $800 range, the transducer is going to be the limiting factor regardless of the brand, especially if you use it deep and/or in salt.  The head unit can only work with the information it gets back.

If I absolutely had to stick with $800, I would be really tempted to spend $250-300 on a higher power transducer and get the best screen I could for $500 knowing it's likely smaller or less features.  That's for salt though, I don't know much about lake and river needs.

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Re: Fishing electronics
« Reply #17 on: March 30, 2021, 06:48:56 PM »
Do most units come with a low end/weak transducer?

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Re: Fishing electronics
« Reply #18 on: March 30, 2021, 07:25:11 PM »
Do most units come with a low end/weak transducer?

They come with ducers that match up well with the unit they are paired with...meets the needs of most people.

You need to go to a larger airnar to get 600-1000 or more watts to really up the functionality of a head unit...if it can handle it...most base line lower price head units don't need that type of watts though.

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Re: Fishing electronics
« Reply #19 on: March 30, 2021, 07:58:51 PM »
I guess it depends on where you fish and what package you buy.  I think most people that buy them are more concerned with the size and functionality of the screen than the transducer, so they put more money in there and scrimp on the transducer to hit a price point.

I know the Elite 7 can power much more transducer than it comes with.  I want to say the transducer is 200 Watts and it can power 500, but I might be wrong on that.  I usually have trouble shooting bottom starting at 300 feet or so while trolling and it won't hold bottom up on a plane unless I'm in super clear water.  I've remounted it more times than I care and got it better, but in deep salt it just isn't ideal.  It also has trouble marking fish with big schools of bait or junky water.

For a lake, I'm sure it's great, I just don't really do that often enough to have much of an opinion.  In fairness, it's not really marketed as a salt water tool with all the structure and side scan stuff.  Yeah, it works and for $800 all in, I think it's a solid value.

If you are interested in going that route, I'll make you a deal on my transducer and you could just buy the screen.  I'll have it off my boat in a week or two.

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Re: Fishing electronics
« Reply #20 on: March 30, 2021, 08:41:50 PM »
For my needs, most freshwater would be 80' or less, and saltwater would be less than 300'.

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Re: Fishing electronics
« Reply #21 on: March 31, 2021, 07:39:45 AM »
Any thoughts on the Helix series. I stopped over at a coworker and checked out the Helix 7. Seemed to be a good unit. The down imaging is very nice.

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Re: Fishing electronics
« Reply #22 on: March 31, 2021, 07:47:20 AM »
DI is nice if you are in deep enough water.  I have the Helix 10 with SI as I fish central WA lakes.

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Re: Fishing electronics
« Reply #23 on: March 31, 2021, 08:54:42 AM »
I have a Helix 10 and like it a lot. Easy to use and does everything I could want!

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Re: Fishing electronics
« Reply #24 on: March 31, 2021, 10:07:30 AM »
Is the difference in number just correspond to the screen size on most units, or is more power involved?

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Re: Fishing electronics
« Reply #25 on: March 31, 2021, 10:11:34 AM »
Most reference the screen size, I would always double check the power though.  There can also be differences sometimes in the smallest size to the mid and large screens, they can have less features.

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Re: Fishing electronics
« Reply #26 on: March 31, 2021, 11:49:07 AM »
Thanks for the input folks. I pulled the trigger on a Garmin. Sounds like it will do more than I need.

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Re: Fishing electronics
« Reply #27 on: March 31, 2021, 02:12:17 PM »
Metlhead, what Garmin unit did you get? I've got some old Lowrance on my 01 Lund I might want to upgrade.

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Re: Fishing electronics
« Reply #28 on: March 31, 2021, 03:09:48 PM »
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Re: Fishing electronics
« Reply #29 on: April 01, 2021, 08:36:51 AM »
I really donít think you can beat a garmin. The custom contour mapping you can do with it is priceless. No stock maps are never that accurate but with the garmin QuickDraw feature you can simply push a button and map out everything you fish while fishing. It really helps show you why some spots are better then others. And when it comes to trolling or sitting in small Channels know exactly what the bottom looks like around you is super helpful. Lowrance sucks. Avoid them

 


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