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#11389494 - 02/03/16 03:29 PM Portable Fish Finder
smove Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 02/09/12
Posts: 137
Loc: Forney, TX
Just wondering if anyone has one of these or have tried one of these portable fish finders that you can toss from the bank or even use in a 2man boat or kayak. Wanting to know your thoughts and feedback...

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#11389504 - 02/03/16 03:32 PM Re: Portable Fish Finder [Re: smove]
fishin'aholic2 Offline
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Registered: 11/08/07
Posts: 13184
Loc: Irving, Texas
I have seen several on the water reviews on the Deeper and it seems to be a very good product. If I had the extra money laying around I would definitely have one. The Ibobber is pretty similar but cheaper and not as good of quality as the Deeper.
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#11390131 - 02/03/16 07:39 PM Re: Portable Fish Finder [Re: smove]
joser Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 10/31/11
Posts: 506
Loc: clyde texas
I bought a Hawkeye portable runs four aaa batteries has a 30 foot cord for the transducer I've only used it on docks, has a strap to put around your neck and just drop the transducer in the water has a float to keep it up and a adapter to mount to a broom handle. it reads depth and marks fish but only uses symbols for bottom structure, with handle attached you can look under docks. its helped me with suspended fish and seem to work, I want to try it out this spring when Im fishing out of my water wagon, runs around $100

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#11390635 - 02/03/16 10:34 PM Re: Portable Fish Finder [Re: smove]
samcaw22 Offline
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Registered: 02/02/16
Posts: 35
I have been considering buying a Deeper for this year. Everything I've seen on it seems to be positive. I think it would be real handy during bank fishing trips to the creek. My only concern is how fast the update back and forth between your phone is. I like to fish catfish after a good rain when the water is flowing well I just wonder if it would have time to scan/update if the water is moving it down stream a little fast.

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#11390749 - 02/04/16 01:45 AM Re: Portable Fish Finder [Re: samcaw22]
crope1 Offline
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Registered: 05/20/10
Posts: 6354
Loc: mansfield,tx
welcome to the forum!
Originally Posted By: samcaw22
I have been considering buying a Deeper for this year. Everything I've seen on it seems to be positive. I think it would be real handy during bank fishing trips to the creek. My only concern is how fast the update back and forth between your phone is. I like to fish catfish after a good rain when the water is flowing well I just wonder if it would have time to scan/update if the water is moving it down stream a little fast.

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#11391111 - 02/04/16 08:35 AM Re: Portable Fish Finder [Re: samcaw22]
smove Offline
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Registered: 02/09/12
Posts: 137
Loc: Forney, TX
Originally Posted By: samcaw22
I have been considering buying a Deeper for this year. Everything I've seen on it seems to be positive. I think it would be real handy during bank fishing trips to the creek. My only concern is how fast the update back and forth between your phone is. I like to fish catfish after a good rain when the water is flowing well I just wonder if it would have time to scan/update if the water is moving it down stream a little fast.



Welcome to the forum!!!!

I guess my only concern would be, if you're fishing the creeks, how good the reception would be with your cell phone. I know there are some locations that I fish that has no reception at all.

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#11391135 - 02/04/16 08:48 AM Re: Portable Fish Finder [Re: smove]
LeanderLuvs2Fish Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 01/29/09
Posts: 148
Loc: Leander
I have been considering the following portable finders(no particular order):

Lucky FFW-718 Wireless Portable Sonar Fish Finder:
http://www.amazon.com/Lucky-FFW-718-Wireless-Portable-Finder/dp/B00MARDOCW/ref=pd_sim_sbs_422_2?ie=UTF8&dpID=51HMTiFM5-L&dpSrc=sims&preST=_AC_UL160_SR160%2C160_&refRID=07GWKG126Z4A4YJ61PZ3

Signstek FF-003 Portable Fish Finder FishFinder:
http://www.amazon.com/Signstek-Portable-FishFinder-Outdoor-Fishing/dp/B00C95IUSI/ref=pd_sim_sbs_422_4?ie=UTF8&dpID=41BzyPCtUGL&dpSrc=sims&preST=_AC_UL160_SR160%2C160_&refRID=07GWKG126Z4A4YJ61PZ3

HawkEye FT1PXC Fishtrax Fish Finder with HD Color(also has several models)
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B016O5IDBW?psc=1

Vexilar SonarPhone with Transducer Pod
http://www.amazon.com/Vexilar-SonarPhone-with-Transducer-Pod/dp/B00XIUOID4

FishHunter
http://www.fishhunter.com/directional3d

Choices...lol

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#11391141 - 02/04/16 08:50 AM Re: Portable Fish Finder [Re: smove]
LeanderLuvs2Fish Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 01/29/09
Posts: 148
Loc: Leander
Originally Posted By: smove
Originally Posted By: samcaw22
I have been considering buying a Deeper for this year. Everything I've seen on it seems to be positive. I think it would be real handy during bank fishing trips to the creek. My only concern is how fast the update back and forth between your phone is. I like to fish catfish after a good rain when the water is flowing well I just wonder if it would have time to scan/update if the water is moving it down stream a little fast.



Welcome to the forum!!!!

I guess my only concern would be, if you're fishing the creeks, how good the reception would be with your cell phone. I know there are some locations that I fish that has no reception at all.


Some use Bluetooth to connect to your phone and some connect via a wireless connection. In general the wireless connection gives your greater distance.

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#11391467 - 02/04/16 10:51 AM Re: Portable Fish Finder [Re: smove]
WestTxJiggin Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 03/10/11
Posts: 651
Loc: Abilene, TX
2cents I use a regular fish finder with a smaller lawnmower type battery for my kayak. I figured if I could do that why not just take it with me as a portable. So, a milk crate with the battery inside and the fish finder mounted to it and then just put the transducer in the water and Waa Laaa, portable fish finder. Redneck as can be, but works great.
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#11401211 - 02/08/16 04:21 PM Re: Portable Fish Finder [Re: smove]
TakeTheBait Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 09/19/12
Posts: 44
Loc: Plano, Tx


I love my deeper. Got it for Christmas and it works great. Waiting on spring and the fish to push shallow.

Only downside is battery life on my phone, app uses lots of power. Also you will lose Bluetooth on windy days.

Flukemaster has a great video on youtube about it.

Photo is a local pond in Plano. See a nice bass on the back side of the hump
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