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#11281719 - 12/14/15 01:05 PM Need input on best affordable sonar/gps for small boat for private lakes
Spring Lizard Waterdog Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 04/03/09
Posts: 996
Loc: Providence Village Texas
Hey guys, I need your input on which product you recommend for a small boat for private lake fishing.
I have looked at Lowrance Elite 5 HDSI Sonar/GPS combo and Hummingbird Helix 5 Sonar/GPS
Thanks for any input

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#11283646 - 12/15/15 10:25 AM Re: Need input on best affordable sonar/gps for small boat for private lakes [Re: Spring Lizard Waterdog]
TX0303 Offline
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Registered: 03/19/15
Posts: 123
Loc: WilCo
Either will do fine. Pick the one you like best.

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#11286592 - 12/16/15 05:23 PM Re: Need input on best affordable sonar/gps for small boat for private lakes [Re: Spring Lizard Waterdog]
phototex Offline
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Registered: 02/13/14
Posts: 1297
Loc: Coppell, TX
On most small private waters, you'll not need a GPS. The lakes are small enough that you just don't need it. I just use a Humminbird Helix 5 with downview, and do quite well; if you also fish bigger lakes, then you'd probably prefer a GPS unit.
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#11289613 - 12/18/15 01:55 AM Re: Need input on best affordable sonar/gps for small boat for private lakes [Re: Spring Lizard Waterdog]
davidsonbasser Offline
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Registered: 08/22/11
Posts: 807
Loc: Decatur, Texas
I just use an Eagle Cuda 300, they are discontinued now but the Eagle brand had several cheap models last time I checked and you can still find them on amazon and online. Of course they dont have all the gadgets like downview but on small waters you really don't need these.
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#11292360 - 12/19/15 05:30 PM Re: Need input on best affordable sonar/gps for small boat for private lakes [Re: Spring Lizard Waterdog]
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Registered: 12/18/15
Posts: 989
Loc: DFW
Helix 5 is pretty cheap plus it's on sale at academy right now.

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#11292592 - 12/19/15 07:38 PM Re: Need input on best affordable sonar/gps for small boat for private lakes [Re: Spring Lizard Waterdog]
pelican Offline
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Registered: 08/27/11
Posts: 2457
Loc: Grapevine
IMO sonar and DI is almost worthless in shallow water. If you want to know what's in the lake get a Side Image unit.
You should be able to get a great deal on a good used one, a lot of people by a small unit to start with then upgrade soon after.
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#11292596 - 12/19/15 07:42 PM Re: Need input on best affordable sonar/gps for small boat for private lakes [Re: Spring Lizard Waterdog]
Olhipi Offline
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Registered: 07/14/14
Posts: 208
Loc: Dayton,Tx
A 500 series Humminbird SI unit will do Sonar as well and they aren't that expensive . It'll just make you see what you've been missing and make you buy a Larger Screen Later......
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#11293251 - 12/20/15 08:17 AM Re: Need input on best affordable sonar/gps for small boat for private lakes [Re: Spring Lizard Waterdog]
Bob Landry Offline
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Registered: 08/10/11
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Loc: Austin, Tx
A fishfinder is like a boat. The next size up always looks better. I wouldn't buy anything without trying to see what it looks like in actual use. That 5" screen is going to be pretty hard to read in the bright sun. Personally, a 7" screen would be the rock bottom smallest and bigger would be better.
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#11293703 - 12/20/15 01:46 PM Re: Need input on best affordable sonar/gps for small boat for private lakes [Re: Spring Lizard Waterdog]
Justin B Online   content
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Registered: 12/17/03
Posts: 4908
Loc: Devol, Ok
I actually have a helix 5si/GPS for sale. I'm upgrading to the helix 9. If interested pm me
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