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#11300707 - 12/23/15 07:20 PM Sonar on a budget.
amobo45 Offline
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Registered: 10/12/15
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Is it possible to locate catfish using a cheaper sonar?
How does the cheaper piranha ones work from Walmart?
I can't really afford the 500-$1000 ones right now, just wondering if it's a waste of money to
Buy the cheaper ones. I have a depth finder but it only shows the bottom and it's not real accurate

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#11301018 - 12/23/15 10:16 PM Re: Sonar on a budget. [Re: amobo45]
obsessive Offline
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In my opinion having the $12 navionics app on your phone is going to be a better investment than one of those super cheap sonars.
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#11301079 - 12/23/15 10:54 PM Re: Sonar on a budget. [Re: amobo45]
amobo45 Offline
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Yeah I got it this morning but I'm meaning to find big fish on sonar.

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#11301080 - 12/23/15 10:56 PM Re: Sonar on a budget. [Re: obsessive]
liketofishalot Offline
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Originally Posted By: obsessive
In my opinion having the $12 navionics app on your phone is going to be a better investment than one of those super cheap sonars.


agreed
i catch more fish off my navionics app then my 400.00 at the time elite 5
by the app and save up at least a grand and get something that will help you see the fish
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#11301256 - 12/24/15 07:14 AM Re: Sonar on a budget. [Re: amobo45]
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Originally Posted By: amobo45
Yeah I got it this morning but I'm meaning to find big fish on sonar.


Get a Vexilar Sonarphone SP200 wireless transducer to go with your mobile app. You can have maps, Navionics Sonar Charts Live mapping, and sonar on your mobile device.

BTW, any sonar unit will "find big fish" if you learn how to use it for that.


Edited by Wayne P. (12/24/15 07:20 AM)
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#11301503 - 12/24/15 09:38 AM Re: Sonar on a budget. [Re: amobo45]
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This is what the Sonarphone app looks like on an iPad. Looks the same with iOS smartphone or Android phone/tablet.
I have it on three tablets and two smartphones.

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#11301644 - 12/24/15 10:46 AM Re: Sonar on a budget. [Re: amobo45]
BrianTx01 Offline
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There is a lot of good used units out there that are better than the piranha. I am getting ready to sell my HDS 5.
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#11301742 - 12/24/15 11:48 AM Re: Sonar on a budget. [Re: Wayne P.]
amobo45 Offline
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Wow you can see the fish well on that. I think I will try that out

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#11302015 - 12/24/15 02:21 PM Re: Sonar on a budget. [Re: amobo45]
BigPoppa007 Offline
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Registered: 06/06/14
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Loc: Burleson, Tx.
Yup buy used.

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#11302110 - 12/24/15 03:15 PM Re: Sonar on a budget. [Re: amobo45]
Tony from Oak Point Offline
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I got one of these Lowrance Mark-4 with GPS recently for my kayak (from a different place). I have the Navionics smartphone app too which is nice, but over time I have realized having a fish finder mounted with GPS ability is a lot more practical. This graph does not have the down imaging transducer and may not be the best choice for you but I thought I'd share. This graph does have enough resolution to pick up big fish no problem. If only I could limit the fish alarm to big fish!

http://www.westmarine.com/buy/lowrance--factory-inspected-and-certified-demo-unit;-mark-4-hdi-with-83-200-khz-tran-mt-transducer-and-us-base-map-cartography--17292483

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#11302727 - 12/25/15 01:06 AM Re: Sonar on a budget. [Re: Wayne P.]
obsessive Offline
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Originally Posted By: Wayne P.
This is what the Sonarphone app looks like on an iPad. Looks the same with iOS smartphone or Android phone/tablet.
I have it on three tablets and two smartphones.



I wonder how long until they come out with a side imaging unit. That is cheap as dirt compared to a brand new unit with a comparable screen size (I already have an ipad).
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#11302752 - 12/25/15 04:08 AM Re: Sonar on a budget. [Re: amobo45]
Wayne P. Online   content
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Another thing you can do is real time contour map creation paired with the Navionics mobile app.
That function is called Sonar Charts Live.
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