Which Fishfinder Brand do you use?

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Fishfinder Brand?

Poll ended at Wed Jul 06, 2011 8:13 am

Eagle
16
27%
Lowrance
10
17%
Garmin
2
3%
Furuno
0
No votes
Humminbird
17
29%
Navman
1
2%
Other
3
5%
I don't have a fishfinder
10
17%
 
Total votes: 59
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Wed Jun 29, 2011 8:13 am

What brand fishfinder are you using on your kayak? or do you not use one at all?

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Wed Jun 29, 2011 8:30 am

Lowrance. Because it was in Dads shed after he upgraded.

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Wed Jun 29, 2011 8:35 am

Humminbird now, and I've used a Navman in the past on the yak.
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Wed Jun 29, 2011 8:46 am

Those of you that have had or used more than one, I'd love ta know which you preferred and why ya changed it. Thinking about getting a mid-range one. It has ta be easy to use, do it's job well, and handle the tough treatment I give all my gear.
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Wed Jun 29, 2011 8:58 am

Eagle Cuda 350...mid price range (aorund $500 ??)...B&W, but gave me both the GPS and FF functionality. Mapping functionality VERY basic and you cant download /update the maps.......BUT, I find it perfectly adequate for what I want.....
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Wed Jun 29, 2011 9:10 am

New yak has arrived and just waiting for fish finder but it will be a Hummingbird
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Wed Jun 29, 2011 4:41 pm

Have a cheap eagle 168, only a year old and is now is fogging up. Bugger

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Wed Jun 29, 2011 4:55 pm

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Wed Jun 29, 2011 5:13 pm

Hummer for me .... A :^)

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Wed Jun 29, 2011 5:38 pm

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Wed Jun 29, 2011 5:46 pm

Never had one - like the sporting aspect more.

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Wed Jun 29, 2011 5:46 pm

Cuda 168 then 300 now Lowrance XD50S. Slight upgrades only, but each time for a good reason
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Wed Jun 29, 2011 5:49 pm

I prefer the term Depth Finder cos mine doesnt really find any fish :lol: But it always finds the bottom ;)

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Wed Jun 29, 2011 6:04 pm

G1 wrote:I prefer the term Depth Finder cos mine doesnt really find any fish :lol: But it always finds the bottom ;)
:lol:

I use a humminbird, but also have a garmin (currently in for repair).
Both great units, but the humminbird has a much better resolution.
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Wed Jun 29, 2011 6:14 pm

I can't remember how many sounders I've personally used now, but have had excellent results from Lowrance, Eagle, and Humminbird. I like the information I get off my Humminbird 798 and the way it allows me to actually hunt fish in depths out to 150m (will read much deeper). I do have a new addition to the family I have to stay :x about at the moment, but lets just say I can now spot bait fish in 400m and theoretically still find the ocean floor at 1,000m, but I haven't paddled far enough yet to find out :lol:
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Wed Jun 29, 2011 7:09 pm

Garmin 300c. Previously owned a Cuda 168 and reckon that bang for buck the Garmin is better.
Why? sunstrike, my sensitive eyes and a Black/grey screen don't mix. I prefer colour (also great for night fishing). Resolution not so good though but does the trick.
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Wed Jun 29, 2011 9:40 pm

Ive used an eagle 250 , now have a humminbird 525 on my p13 .
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Thu Jun 30, 2011 8:33 pm

Just installed a cuda 300 on the yak, first ever ff so still learning the ins and outs of it :geek:

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Sat Jul 02, 2011 9:37 pm

Haven't got one and mostly have thought perhaps don't need one because I usually catch good fish anyway. Recently have wished I could see what the bottom looked like. $159 for a Cuda 300 at Marine Deals looks good.

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Sun Jul 03, 2011 4:57 am

fritter wrote: $159 for a Cuda 300 at Marine Deals looks good.
Which leads me ta ask: What basic features does a usable fish finder need ta have to make worth while having? I looking a get my first one too. Don't have a lot of money to through at it, but don't want ta waste money on a Fish Finder that doesn't do the job I need it to do.
1 - It's got to be waterproof as it's going on the Yak.
2 - It's got to be easy ta use.
3 - It's got ta tell fish from bottom.
4 - Depth indication is a must.
5 - Water temp at different Depths would be a plus.
6 - GPS would be a plus.
7 - It's own Rechargeable Battery pack (or at less a place to put them in) that would last a day's fishing would be handy (means less wires and no lead acid batt needed).
8 - Must be under $500 or I can't afford it.
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