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Postby wooly classic » Sun May 13, 2018 10:48 pm

Hi I am looking to replace my 1980 something lowrance POS fish finder. I am having a hard time dropping $1500 on a new one, I was wondering if side scan is worth the extra money over down imaging and what size of screen most people are running. Is the mapping accurate enough to run channels in the river? I would use it to look for Sturgeon on the Fraser river and trout fishing lakes around home.
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Re: fish finder

Postby James1978 » Mon May 14, 2018 7:17 am

Check out the Lowrance Hook2 series. On the triple threat, you get side imaging for a decent price. I use mine on the Fraser and it works great. Cabelas or Harbor Chandler have the best pricing.
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Re: fish finder

Postby lovetheedge » Mon May 14, 2018 10:35 am

I just upgraded my lowrance unit and have a lowrance HDS8 gen 1 for sale, all it needs is the bracket to hold the transducer to the hull. Your or I could buy it. This unit is high definition color. It comes with the manuals and box.
PM me lets workout a deal. Or give me a call (208) 382-8282
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Re: fish finder

Postby Dawb » Thu May 17, 2018 12:48 am

ive got a 9" Humminbird (999si) and i like it.
I also bought a small Garmin for portable and could not believe how good it is (not an SI unit tho). I would entertain one of their SI units in the future if i was to replace my bird

Side image is great for fraser, its really great cause you can see where all the huge snags are, and not lose anchors or gear. yes u can see it with traditional imaging, but this way u can see how far to each side u need to avoid. strongly recommend it.

Go with the newest biggest you can justify affording lol and without blocking your view. The new mega imaging Hbirds are insane, but each company is coming out with new technology.
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Re: fish finder

Postby lovetheedge » Fri May 25, 2018 8:11 pm

My lowrance is sold.
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Re: fish finder

Postby Mule » Sat May 26, 2018 1:56 am

Side scanning technology is great if you know how to use it. Spend some time on the water with it and learn to read it. Garmin has some great units out there for very reasonable prices. Best bang for buck IMO. Plus, garmin sonar seems to be so much more clear than bird or lowrance units to me. Only drawback with garmin is their maps... However, rumour has it they are working on integrating navionics contours to their maps since the acquisition last year. No matter what brand you decide to go with, get a unit with CHIRP sonar. The clarity is so much better than the old stuff.
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Re: fish finder

Postby Stormtrooper » Sat May 26, 2018 6:58 am

Garmin hands down.
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Re: fish finder

Postby Riverjohn » Sat May 26, 2018 7:24 am

Stormtrooper wrote:Garmin hands down.

+1 :Drink:
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Re: fish finder

Postby wooly classic » Mon Jul 02, 2018 10:04 pm

Thanks guys I have been looking at the Garmin units they look good for the price
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Re: fish finder

Postby Mule » Tue Jul 03, 2018 12:52 pm

I bought a helix 9 mega SI about a month ago. It was a nice unit, but really a pain to get clear images out of. I spent more time adjusting settings every time I changed depths than using the thing.
Switched it out for a garmin echomap plus SV, and couldn't be happier. So much easier to use.
If maps are a necessity, just run a small bird or lowrance next to it. Easy to justify given the price offset between garmin and the others!
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