Fish Finder, el cheap, wot yer reckon?

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Marc N
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Wed Nov 01, 2017 3:15 pm

I've been looking at this kind of thing online and thinking that it may suit me in my Kayak

1 - the transducer looks like it'll fit down one of me holes.
2 - it's simple yes, but what more do I need? I'll be lucky to land on top of the fish and this'll show me if they're there.
3 - 4 x AAA batteries, so no Bat pack, to care about.
4 - it's cheap enough to throw away if it dies...

Wot yer reckon?

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1) Display: 2 inches TN/ANTI-UV LCD
2) Back lighting: White LED
3) Depth Capability: 328feet (100m)
4) Power Requirement: 4 x AAA alkaline batteries
5) Waterproof design: level-4 (spray-water-proof)
6) Show water depth, fish location, and bottom grass & rock
7) User selectable sensitivity,depth units, and fish alarm setting
8) Operational Temperature: -14°F to 122°F (-10°C-50°C)

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Wed Nov 01, 2017 3:57 pm

Nah mate... dont do it... keep ya cash for something else :y:

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Wed Nov 01, 2017 4:13 pm

Save yourself the stress and just make a small fire and burn your money or donate it to a charity.... like me for instance!
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Wed Nov 01, 2017 4:24 pm

I will add to the 'don't do it'. I honestly think you'd be better off without a fish finder at all.

Instead spend your money on:
- A water proof case for your smartphone
- A years subscription to the Navionics app

I get more from my Navionics app these days than I do my fish finder when looking for places / structures to fish.





... In saying that I don't really catch a lot of fish so take my advice with a grain of salt :)

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Thu Nov 02, 2017 8:30 am

Only thing I can see it being useful for is telling depth of water - and I wouldn't trust it to be very accurate with that.

Keep an eye out on TradeMe.

You can pick up a Hook3/4 etc for a good price when guys upgrade.

P.S. I like how they call it Lucky. Although being Chinese it should be: The Double Lucky Golden Horse Dragon Fish Finder ;)

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Thu Nov 02, 2017 1:23 pm

Mr Plow wrote:
Wed Nov 01, 2017 4:24 pm
I will add to the 'don't do it'. I honestly think you'd be better off without a fish finder at all.

Instead spend your money on:
- A water proof case for your smartphone
- A years subscription to the Navionics app

I get more from my Navionics app these days than I do my fish finder when looking for places / structures to fish.





... In saying that I don't really catch a lot of fish so take my advice with a grain of salt :)
I would totally second this. I've got an entry level Garmin sounder, and although it's fine for what I use it for, I could easily do without it, and rely solely on my Navionics app. Navionics is way more useful than the sounder.

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Marc N
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Thu Nov 02, 2017 10:24 pm

I would totally second this. I've got an entry level Garmin sounder, and although it's fine for what I use it for, I could easily do without it, and rely solely on my Navionics app. Navionics is way more useful than the sounder.
On the Navionics, I'll look into that, thanks.

I've also got Aqua Map NZ which looks quite good on the iPhone.

Cheers

Marc
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