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#11154901 - 10/09/15 04:55 PM Fish Finder Suggestions?
klockness Offline

Registered: 04/17/12
Posts: 210
Loc: College Station, TX
If all goes well I'll finally be back on the water this weekend with a "new" boat. I mostly recreational bass fish lakes around College Station and some east of Dallas. I'll be doing some crappie and cat fishing with the kiddo as well as inshore salt with the new boat on occasion. I'd like stay around or below $1000 if possible, want side imagine and a 7" or larger screen. The HB 899 HD SI with Nav+ seems to be the best bang for the $$$. I'm also considering the Garmin 73SV/93SV and Lowrance HDS-7 Gen-2. I don't have a map preference yet either but from what I've read I'm leaning toward the Nav+ since it can download any lake/region and has SonarChart.

Where is the best place to get my hands on the units and get some advice? I'm occasionally in Houston and Dallas. Any recommendations? Thanks for any input.

#11154928 - 10/09/15 05:09 PM Re: Fish Finder Suggestions? [Re: klockness]
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Visit a store that has them on display. Bass Pro, Cabelas, Gander Mt.

Do it on your own with no help from a sales person. Push the buttons and see which you are comfortable with.

When you determine that, purchase from a marine electronics dealer. It will be less than the big box general sporting goods places typically.
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#11155082 - 10/09/15 07:22 PM Re: Fish Finder Suggestions? [Re: klockness]
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Hodges Marine(online) has the 999 SI for $829. it's a combo package and includes the remote. I think that also includes shipping, but I'm not positive. Nobody is going to beat that deal. You know they are still making a profit on it at that price, so that's a pretty good indicator of what kind of markup there is on this stuff.

I've bought a lot of stuff from Hodges and they are an up-front outfit. They are a spinoff of Black Bear Sporting Goods which also has really good prices on Motor Guide trolling motors. There are deals out there. Google is your friend.
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#11155342 - 10/09/15 11:09 PM Re: Fish Finder Suggestions? [Re: klockness]
Curtbass Offline
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Check out David at shut-up-and-fish. Hes got a deal on end of summer pricing. Plus he is a great person to deal with.
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#11158802 - 10/12/15 08:30 AM Re: Fish Finder Suggestions? [Re: klockness]
klockness Offline

Registered: 04/17/12
Posts: 210
Loc: College Station, TX
I can get cash back on my credit card that the wife allows me to use on fishing without much hesitation. I can use it as cash or I can get extra as Bass Pro. I would definitely like to buy from a smaller company so it sounds like the savings would about balance out. That 999 doesn't seem to come with a good map but it's a heck of a deal. They have a good price on the HDS-7 Gen2. I guess I'll just have to get my hands on all of them then choose a compatible map.


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