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#10878157 - 05/28/15 10:52 AM Fish Finders
Racin TCK Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 05/26/15
Posts: 59
Loc: Mckinney, TX
I am curious how many run fish finders on their yak's? Maps, are they worth it?

I got a Lowrance Mark 4 Chirp. I have never used them before so, it won't do me any good until I learn how to work that thing.

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#10878183 - 05/28/15 11:01 AM Re: Fish Finders [Re: Racin TCK]
Zedteamk2 Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 01/04/13
Posts: 157
Loc: Little Elm, TX
I have Lowrance elite 3x that i run on my kayak.
Just sonar, no maps. I use my phone ( in a waterproof case ) for any mapping needs.
I could see it being handy for marking good spots though.
I tend to fish the same area's so i just kinda remember the general location.

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#10878344 - 05/28/15 11:59 AM Re: Fish Finders [Re: Racin TCK]
UrsusVeritas Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 04/04/11
Posts: 1016
Loc: Plano, TX
I use a Lowrance elite-4 hdi. I love having the dual image, broadband and DSI.
I use the navionics app on my phone for maps, waypoint etc...
I would love to have side imaging, but $$$

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#10878519 - 05/28/15 01:16 PM Re: Fish Finders [Re: Racin TCK]
Racin TCK Offline
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Registered: 05/26/15
Posts: 59
Loc: Mckinney, TX
I figured $200 was about all I could bring myself to spend and I figured it would work good as I have no idea how it works just yet.

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#10878654 - 05/28/15 02:03 PM Re: Fish Finders [Re: Racin TCK]
collincountytx Offline
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Registered: 04/08/08
Posts: 10068
Loc: Dallas, TX
GPS and maps are worth it if you do any night time or big lake fishing (the lake has to be big enough to be mapped by navionics/Lowrance, Humminbird,Garmin, etc) So if you fish mostly in the daytime on smaller lakes (White Rock, Bachman, Grasslands, etc), no need for GPS or lake maps.
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#10878668 - 05/28/15 02:09 PM Re: Fish Finders [Re: Racin TCK]
Racin TCK Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 05/26/15
Posts: 59
Loc: Mckinney, TX
Good point collincountytx. I don't want to limit myself so, GPS with my Lowrance for under $200 seemed like a deal I couldn't pass up. I will wait for the maps until I am more comfortable and have some fishing buddies.

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#10878711 - 05/28/15 02:29 PM Re: Fish Finders [Re: Racin TCK]
YAKaddict Offline
Angler

Registered: 11/02/14
Posts: 465
Loc: Plano
Got a elite 4dsi last night from academy for $100 on Clearence! I can't wait to hook it up

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#10878753 - 05/28/15 02:45 PM Re: Fish Finders [Re: Racin TCK]
Racin TCK Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 05/26/15
Posts: 59
Loc: Mckinney, TX
Nice find NtxBassMan!

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#10878794 - 05/28/15 03:08 PM Re: Fish Finders [Re: Racin TCK]
CenTexCanoe Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 02/03/15
Posts: 76
Loc: Waco, TX
I got a lowrance elite 4x chirp I've yet to use. All my regular lake accesses are flooded so it's hard to get out. Can't wait to use it though!

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#10878849 - 05/28/15 03:36 PM Re: Fish Finders [Re: Racin TCK]
RealBigReel Online   content
Extreme Angler

Registered: 01/31/06
Posts: 1187
Loc: Stephenville, TX
Humminbird 597ci HD DI with maps. Helps find the places I have caught fish and also avoid snags. Helps run the right depth contour when trolling.
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#10879561 - 05/28/15 08:54 PM Re: Fish Finders [Re: Racin TCK]
Jim Ford Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 01/28/12
Posts: 1202
Loc: Texas
GPS is priceless when one of those sudden dense fogs rolls in. Especially around the Intracoastal Waterway. A compass can tell you which direction you've paddled, but not how far. As far as the sonar, many folks want fancy. I tend to stay basic; a simple monochromic unit with greyscale will tell me everything I need to know. However, most of my fishing is shallow sightcasting at redfish, and the sonar isn't even on.

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#10879584 - 05/28/15 09:08 PM Re: Fish Finders [Re: Racin TCK]
BKT Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 09/27/13
Posts: 1210
Loc: Apple Springs
I have an Elite 4X but working on getting a Helix 5 with si...

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