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Fish Finder Help
Hello and thanks for taking time to read. I recently purchased my first boat and need some advice on fish finders. I like to fish for blue cats and prefer to catch shad for bait. I have a 19 foot aluminum hulled ski boat, if relevant. I don't have experience with fish-finders, so the simpler the better (I am comfortable with high tech electronics in general)
  1. What are some quality fish-finders that won't break the bank? (don't want to spend more than 500 in any case, would like to stay lower)
  2. What style/type of transducer should I buy? (Or do fish-finders usually come with a good one?) - how many degrees, etc
  3. What features are "must haves"?
  4. How many watts for fresh water lakes do you need?
Thanks Again,

MJ
(This post was edited by mchljrdn on Jul 24, 2012, 1:09 PM)
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Re: [mchljrdn] Fish Finder Help In reply to
12 volts on most of the fish finders I have seen.

most all finders come with transducers.

as for under $500.oo
Look in to the eagle brand finders. You should find one of thier products in your price range.


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Re: [mchljrdn] Fish Finder Help In reply to
Hummingbird is also a user freindly unit to look at.


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Re: [gdn443] Fish Finder Help In reply to
Thanks for the advice! Any particular models? I couldn't find eagle locally but Hummingbird (and lowrance). Any of these particularly good/bad?
597 ci hd 499
587 ci hd 499
586c hd 350
345c 280
190c 220

Appreciate the help.
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Re: [mchljrdn] Fish Finder Help In reply to
As anything else, a finder will have more tricks in it the more you spend. The 587 ci has a gps package as well as a finder. I have found that a big plus in helping me find fish. I'm sure they are all good units, you have to decide how much you want to spend.


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Re: [gdn443] Fish Finder Help In reply to
If you are on a budget, look at a B&W sonar unit and a separate hand-held GPS. I'm using a $100 Humminbird 170 on my kayak and it gives me all the info I need about structure and fish. I haven't felt a need yet to mark hotspots on a GPS, but you can pick up some great deals on any of the various web auction sites.

A drawback to that might be that a hand GPS may not have lake bottom maps available. But not every lake is included in the combined sonar/GPS units, either.



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