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#11342124 - 01/12/16 07:22 PM New Fish Finder
JAlderson Offline
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Alright guys, I rigging up my new (to me) Hobie PA 14 soon and wanted some opinions on which fish finder to use. My old rig had a Hummingbird 345 kayak edition and I am looking to upgrade a lot from that. My questions are : which brand, size, SI/DI?, is SI worth it in a kayak?, what would you get if you had to do it over again. Thanks for any tips and time you have!

Josh A.

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#11342399 - 01/12/16 09:16 PM Re: New Fish Finder [Re: JAlderson]
pelican Offline
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Yes SI is worth the money, IMO. I also use my GPS mapping a lot.
I'm running Humminbird but Garmin and Lowrance also make very good products, it gets into the Ford vs Chevy debate.
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#11342899 - 01/13/16 08:23 AM Re: New Fish Finder [Re: pelican]
JAlderson Offline
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Originally Posted By: pelican
Yes SI is worth the money, IMO. I also use my GPS mapping a lot.
I'm running Humminbird but Garmin and Lowrance also make very good products, it gets into the Ford vs Chevy debate.

Which SI are you running ?

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#11342909 - 01/13/16 08:27 AM Re: New Fish Finder [Re: JAlderson]
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This is a good thread! I'll be interested in seeing what these guys input is!! I have been looking at the Helix 5 SI/GPS looks like a good all round set up for under $500!
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#11343080 - 01/13/16 09:26 AM Re: New Fish Finder [Re: JAlderson]
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My 2cents , I have had a lower end Lowrance that was very basic but extremely reliable and user friendly, I currently own a Raymarine Dragonfly 5 that is fancy and HD screen. I have had issues from the start with the Raymarine and will be going back to old faithful Lowrance, but a new model.

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#11343187 - 01/13/16 10:04 AM Re: New Fish Finder [Re: JAlderson]
pelican Offline
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Originally Posted By: JAlderson
Originally Posted By: pelican
Yes SI is worth the money, IMO. I also use my GPS mapping a lot.
I'm running Humminbird but Garmin and Lowrance also make very good products, it gets into the Ford vs Chevy debate.

Which SI are you running ?


I'm running a Humminbird 999ci HD SI Combo
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#11344822 - 01/13/16 09:42 PM Re: New Fish Finder [Re: JAlderson]
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Helix 7 on a PA. Look on hobie forums and there is thread how a guy installed the si ducer and how to rig it to pull it up when beaching. Good stuff.
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#11344988 - 01/13/16 11:53 PM Re: New Fish Finder [Re: shadboy]
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Originally Posted By: shadboy
Helix 7 on a PA. Look on hobie forums and there is thread how a guy installed the si ducer and how to rig it to pull it up when beaching. Good stuff.


Link to this Hobie forum please? Thanks

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#11345352 - 01/14/16 08:48 AM Re: New Fish Finder [Re: JAlderson]
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Most bang for buck IMO. Hummingbird!
call around. you might find a better price locally.
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#11345484 - 01/14/16 09:40 AM Re: New Fish Finder [Re: JAlderson]
pelican Offline
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IMO, go as big as you can, bigger is better. Don't forget to size your batter to the power draw of your FF and how long you plan to be on the water.
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#11345991 - 01/14/16 01:35 PM Re: New Fish Finder [Re: JAlderson]
JAlderson Offline
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So you guys all think SI is worth it and has become a must feature?


Edited by JAlderson (01/14/16 01:35 PM)

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#11346217 - 01/14/16 03:08 PM Re: New Fish Finder [Re: JAlderson]
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Not a must but a game changer.
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#11346295 - 01/14/16 03:46 PM Re: New Fish Finder [Re: JAlderson]
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It is a must for me, but I am totally spoiled. It just makes me look like a lot better fisherman than I really am.

I want the biggest screen I can afford, but if faced with the choice between a larger screen without SI and a smaller one with SI, I would definitely go with the smaller one and SI.

If you go to humminbird's forums on their website you can get a lot of insight on what folks do with it. There is a stick in the crappie section on this forum also that holds a lot of info: http://texasfishingforum.com/forums/ubbt...tur#Post7550468 it is at the very top of the crappie page. there are a lot of regular graph pics also and you can get an idea of the advantage.

Best of luck, Phill Pittman


Edited by Carver (01/14/16 03:48 PM)
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#11346416 - 01/14/16 04:38 PM Re: New Fish Finder [Re: JAlderson]
pelican Offline
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What ZoMbiE and Carver said.
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#11346533 - 01/14/16 05:29 PM Re: New Fish Finder [Re: JAlderson]
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If you plan on fishing tournaments, having SI can be a huge advantage--finding structure/beds/deep vegetation much faster and easier.

Others like to keep things simple: not having ram mounts and things hanging off the kayak everywhere.

I know the PA 14 has the transducer shield on the bottom and I've read reports that SI works just fine in there; but to get the best possible image from SI, the transducer should be just below the lowest part of the hull=hanging it off the kayak or the rudder. Also, if you don't get a Lowrance ducer, you might have to modify the transducer shield and/or the mounting tree.
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