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#10754217 - 04/08/15 02:02 PM Fish finder question?
HumanSeine Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 11/23/03
Posts: 807
Loc: Mckinney,Tx
I have been looking into buying a fish finder with structure scan. I have pretty much decided to buy the HDS7 Gen2 with Structure scan. I know everyone likes the model they bought but what I am looking for is good performance and possibly saving some cash. If you were buying a unit today what would be your choice? Where would you buy it? I just don't want a unit that has to be in for repairs often.

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#10754448 - 04/08/15 03:46 PM Re: Fish finder question? [Re: HumanSeine]
tgravley aka lewisvillecatfish Offline
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Registered: 02/06/09
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Loc: highland village/lake Lewisvil...
The seven is good but compare the price to the hds8. It doesn't seem like much difference in size but the 8 is better for the ss
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#10755732 - 04/09/15 07:57 AM Re: Fish finder question? [Re: tgravley aka lewisvillecatfish]
hurricane 201 Offline
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Registered: 04/02/12
Posts: 1371
Loc: Johnson County ,Texas
Originally Posted By: tgravley aka lewisvillecatfish
The seven is good but compare the price to the hds8. It doesn't seem like much difference in size but the 8 is better for the ss


What this guy said, I have an 8 and kinda wish I had gotten a 10.
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#10755937 - 04/09/15 09:01 AM Re: Fish finder question? [Re: HumanSeine]
Redfish1975 Offline
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Registered: 03/27/08
Posts: 424
Loc: Texas
I also am in the same boat as the OP but want as big a screen as the money will allow....and wife.

I notice they now have the Gen 3 but not sure if those are worth the extra money or not.
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#10756266 - 04/09/15 11:08 AM Re: Fish finder question? [Re: HumanSeine]
Crappieshooter Online   content
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Registered: 06/09/04
Posts: 462
Loc: Paris, Texas
HumanSeine, I noticed your location changed. Do you not live around Paris anymore?
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#10761246 - 04/12/15 01:18 AM Re: Fish finder question? [Re: HumanSeine]
TxCatfishGuide Offline
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Registered: 08/29/01
Posts: 3934
Loc: Saginaw Texas
Screen size is everything.

You're better off finding a user unit with a bigger screen than a new unit with smaller screen.

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#10761471 - 04/12/15 08:59 AM Re: Fish finder question? [Re: TxCatfishGuide]
GetSlimed Offline
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Registered: 01/05/14
Posts: 447
Loc: Bedford, TX
Originally Posted By: TxCatfishGuide
Screen size is everything.

You're better off finding a user unit with a bigger screen than a new unit with smaller screen.


+1
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#10764478 - 04/13/15 01:23 PM Re: Fish finder question? [Re: HumanSeine]
tiny Offline
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Registered: 01/15/03
Posts: 1060
Loc: Lake Keystone, Oklahoma
if you like fishing shallow water you should get the humminbird ... it gives a full 180 view where the lowrance only gives about 160 or so. I've always said that catfishermen should get humminbird because of that problem with lowrance. the lowrance will space out on ya if you get in the shallows ... seen them do that on two different models of lowrance now. So if you want to see fish out say 60 ft to the side in 2 ft deep water then the humminbird is the only choice and when you find them in that shallow of water they're always feeding ... no matter what the conditions are because that's what they're up there in the shallows for .... to feed.
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#10766326 - 04/14/15 12:32 AM Re: Fish finder question? [Re: HumanSeine]
Redfish1975 Offline
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Registered: 03/27/08
Posts: 424
Loc: Texas
Ok i do fish shallows a lot for sure. So with that said i was not aware of this diffrence or issue with the lowrance in the shallows. What bird model would you recomend in the 10" range as for i know nothing about there units.
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#10766808 - 04/14/15 09:04 AM Re: Fish finder question? [Re: HumanSeine]
BrianTx01 Offline
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Registered: 04/13/09
Posts: 5735
Loc: Fort Worth
I think the bird is a single transducer as well.
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#10766825 - 04/14/15 09:08 AM Re: Fish finder question? [Re: HumanSeine]
BrianTx01 Offline
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Registered: 04/13/09
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Loc: Fort Worth
The pricing structure of fish finders is pretty crazy and the only reason they get away with it is because there is very little competition. There probably isn't $20 difference in the cost of materials of 5" and 12" screen...yet there is $1,000s of dollars difference in the retail price.
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#10768521 - 04/14/15 08:08 PM Re: Fish finder question? [Re: Redfish1975]
TxCatfishGuide Offline
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Registered: 08/29/01
Posts: 3934
Loc: Saginaw Texas
Originally Posted By: Redfish1975
Ok i do fish shallows a lot for sure. So with that said i was not aware of this diffrence or issue with the lowrance in the shallows. What bird model would you recomend in the 10" range as for i know nothing about there units.



1198
1199
Onix 10

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#10768579 - 04/14/15 08:25 PM Re: Fish finder question? [Re: HumanSeine]
tgravley aka lewisvillecatfish Offline
TFF Guru

Registered: 02/06/09
Posts: 12724
Loc: highland village/lake Lewisvil...
I would like a little more info on the lowrance spacing out in shallow water??? I run lowrance and use sidescan primarily in shallow water with no problem
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#10768601 - 04/14/15 08:33 PM Re: Fish finder question? [Re: HumanSeine]
Andy73 Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 01/29/14
Posts: 33
Loc: Lake Eufaula Oklahoma
been a lowrance user for years recently switched to a 1199 bird the bird is much better in shallow water also screen size matters especially when you split the screen to multi views

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#10768602 - 04/14/15 08:33 PM Re: Fish finder question? [Re: HumanSeine]
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Registered: 02/04/04
Posts: 8642
Loc: Lake Tawakoni, Tx
Get the 999...for the money it's the best bang for your buck.

The 1199 is better, but more expensive. In my opinion Humminbird hands down has clearer side imaging...and that's based on looking at lots of units side by side.

We are running the Onix 10 on the new boat...and wish we went with the ION 12.
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