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#11391259 - 02/04/16 09:37 AM Kayak-Fishing Noob - Depth Finder Selection
Fishin N' Golfn Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 02/03/16
Posts: 2
Morning All,

Wont bore with details.... Basically trying to pull the trigger on a Depth Finder for my Pelican Sit on Top Yak and have narrowed it down to two models (but still open to other suggestions). Not terribly concerned with GPS - will stay local and wont be venturing off into deep waters or uncharted territory.

Really just looking for a quality finder that will give nice clear images of structure and bottom composition.

Two Models I am Considering:
Garmin Echo 551DV Sonar
Lowrance Elite 4x CHIRP 83/200 455/800 Sonar


Budget is $300 or under but I like the $199 price point of both of the above.

Any feedback/Tips would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!

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#11391432 - 02/04/16 10:40 AM Re: Kayak-Fishing Noob - Depth Finder Selection [Re: Fishin N' Golfn]
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Registered: 11/06/14
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Loc: Benbrook, TX
Don't forget to factor how you will be mounting it into your budget. I don't have a FF right now so I won't input on this, but I have heard a lot of great things about the CHIRP
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#11391487 - 02/04/16 11:01 AM Re: Kayak-Fishing Noob - Depth Finder Selection [Re: Fishin N' Golfn]
jasoniam Offline
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Registered: 08/10/11
Posts: 1159
Loc: Bedford
I have the elite 4x chirp with gps got it from imarineusa 260 shipped and it's amazing
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#11391512 - 02/04/16 11:10 AM Re: Kayak-Fishing Noob - Depth Finder Selection [Re: Fishin N' Golfn]
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I will chime in on the GPS function, as it is very helpful fishing new waters or any waters. With the correct mapping software, you can use it to help you narrow the waters down, by showing you the general area of creek beds, road beds, any deep water holes. Then use the fish finder to pin point those areas. Keeps you from having to hunt as hard randomly and gives you more fishing time due to keeping you on high target areas.
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#11391729 - 02/04/16 12:40 PM Re: Kayak-Fishing Noob - Depth Finder Selection [Re: Fishin N' Golfn]
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welcome

I have the Lowrance Mark-4 HDI mounted on mine, love it. I'll never have a graph that doesn't have GPS in order to mark waypoints

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#11393011 - 02/04/16 08:50 PM Re: Kayak-Fishing Noob - Depth Finder Selection [Re: Rhino68W]
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Registered: 02/03/16
Posts: 2
Good point. Thanks for the post, appreciate it.

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#11393883 - 02/05/16 09:31 AM Re: Kayak-Fishing Noob - Depth Finder Selection [Re: Fishin N' Golfn]
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If you buy the Lowrance. Go check on the Lowrance website. Product might qualify for a $50 prepaid Visa thumb

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#11394288 - 02/05/16 11:48 AM Re: Kayak-Fishing Noob - Depth Finder Selection [Re: Fishin N' Golfn]
HeavyLead Offline
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Registered: 01/18/14
Posts: 891
Loc: Rowlett, Texas
I have the Elite 4x Chirp. Kind of wish I got the one with GPS now. I use the Navionics app on my phone, so I'm not completely lost, but it sure would be nice to be able to just glance down and see exactly where I'm paddling.

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#11394531 - 02/05/16 01:12 PM Re: Kayak-Fishing Noob - Depth Finder Selection [Re: Fishin N' Golfn]
YakRider Offline
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Registered: 04/09/07
Posts: 463
Loc: TX
Does downcan and/or sidescan add a lot of benefits to kayaker especially for crappie fishing?


Edited by YakRider (02/05/16 01:13 PM)

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#11394627 - 02/05/16 01:46 PM Re: Kayak-Fishing Noob - Depth Finder Selection [Re: Fishin N' Golfn]
HeavyLead Offline
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Registered: 01/18/14
Posts: 891
Loc: Rowlett, Texas
yes!

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#11394783 - 02/05/16 02:39 PM Re: Kayak-Fishing Noob - Depth Finder Selection [Re: YakRider]
bert Offline
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Registered: 07/20/01
Posts: 2141
Loc: Garland, TX, USA
Originally Posted By: YakRider
Does downcan and/or sidescan add a lot of benefits to kayaker especially for crappie fishing?


Downscan/sidescan is 3d sonar vs 2d sonar, for an idea of the difference in technology my usual analogy is the difference between 4k uhd tv versus a grainy black and white tv from the 50s. Being able to see the difference between what you think is a tree and a the smallest twigs on the tree with fish hiding in the branches makes a huge difference in locating the fish especially crappie.
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