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#11460732 - 03/07/16 10:04 AM Deeper brand sonar for bank fishing
HOTFishing Offline
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Registered: 05/31/15
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Loc: Heart of Texas
Does anyone use one of these for bank fishing? Reviews seem pretty good.
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#11461302 - 03/07/16 01:05 PM Re: Deeper brand sonar for bank fishing [Re: HOTFishing]
MrNovice Offline
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There are many bank fishing sonar units on the market now. Maybe Consumer Reports has reviews out comparing them? They start from $40 and go up, the Deeper brand model you listed runs $200 and has pretty good reviews. I usually compare by reading the bad reviews and seeing if the things said are something I am willing to live with before purchasing...

Here's a link to the Deeper model so others can weigh in easier:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zU6_B4RuF4U

http://www.amazon.com/Deeper-DP0H10S10-P-Wireless-Sonar-Finder/dp/B00T9EK01W


Edited by MrNovice (03/07/16 01:05 PM)
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#11461948 - 03/07/16 05:49 PM Re: Deeper brand sonar for bank fishing [Re: HOTFishing]
HOTFishing Offline
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Thanks, I'll check into them.
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#11461980 - 03/07/16 06:04 PM Re: Deeper brand sonar for bank fishing [Re: HOTFishing]
MrNovice Offline
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Originally Posted By: HOTFishing
Thanks, I'll check into them.


Sorry I couldn't be of more help, I don't have any of them. I figured someone else might chime in to help though.
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#11462351 - 03/07/16 08:27 PM Re: Deeper brand sonar for bank fishing [Re: HOTFishing]
HOTFishing Offline
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I've watched a number of videos about this item and it sounds great. I keep getting shut out and I would have thought someone here had one and could speak to its usefulness. Thank you for the info, lately I've been feeling like the idiot in you tag line. bang
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#11462428 - 03/07/16 09:09 PM Re: Deeper brand sonar for bank fishing [Re: HOTFishing]
MrNovice Offline
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Originally Posted By: HOTFishing
I've watched a number of videos about this item and it sounds great. I keep getting shut out and I would have thought someone here had one and could speak to its usefulness. Thank you for the info, lately I've been feeling like the idiot in you tag line. bang


No idiots here, well...not for asking questions anyways. I truly don't think a lot bank fisherman use sonar or anything to get a picture of what under the water looks like. We usually just toss a few lures and if we get stuck on something then we know there's some cover or brush there and if we catch a few fish then we fish that hole dry. Granted I think it would be awesome to have something to see it, maybe not necessary to have this high tech model but something would be nice. I guess the best that can be done here is to check out the reviews on Amazon, it has over 700 so that should be a good indication of what people think. I also imagine a few "cheap" boaters would probably try it to not to have to drop $1,000 on a Hummingbird or something like that.

Just some thoughts...
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#11462433 - 03/07/16 09:13 PM Re: Deeper brand sonar for bank fishing [Re: HOTFishing]
amobo45 Offline
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Registered: 10/12/15
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TRy the sonarphone by vexilar. I have the castable unit and one on my boat. Great investments

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#11462438 - 03/07/16 09:15 PM Re: Deeper brand sonar for bank fishing [Re: HOTFishing]
Headbuster Offline
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I have one that I got as a gift, it's pretty cool. The app is nice and it's pretty easy to set up. Gives you the water temp, depth, and fish. You can record what your saw and replay it. I have only used it a couple weeks and I don't leave home without it. Great tool, you still have to put the fish on the stringer but, this will help.

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#11462917 - 03/08/16 08:36 AM Re: Deeper brand sonar for bank fishing [Re: HOTFishing]
HOTFishing Offline
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Loc: Heart of Texas
I'm trying to get my 12 yo daughter interested and if she is catching fish she is having fun. It's not fun for her to sit around and not catch anything. I've spent too much time lately fishing and not enough catching. Head buster, you're correct about having to put them on the stringer but it helps to know if the fish are even there.

I've checked into several types including the sonar phone and ibobber. I like that the deeper has two frequencies.
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#11462952 - 03/08/16 08:47 AM Re: Deeper brand sonar for bank fishing [Re: HOTFishing]
bowler49 Offline
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Registered: 04/12/15
Posts: 8
Loc: Texas, Travis County
I haven't tried the deeper brand but I bought the Lucky fish finder from Amazon for $72 and I like it. It will measure water surface temperature and depth. It will also detect fish and has a fish alarm. It is a 2 piece setup so you don't need a cell phone to use it.

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#11462969 - 03/08/16 08:54 AM Re: Deeper brand sonar for bank fishing [Re: HOTFishing]
LeanderLuvs2Fish Offline
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Registered: 01/29/09
Posts: 147
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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#11463079 - 03/08/16 09:40 AM Re: Deeper brand sonar for bank fishing [Re: LeanderLuvs2Fish]
wharf_rat_01 Offline
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Registered: 03/04/16
Posts: 8
Loc: Keller, TX
I have the older non-directional 3d FishHunter that I've used a few times on both my kayak and from the bank on the Trinity River in Fort Worth. It's a little flaky connecting to a cheapy waterproof Kyocera Hydro Icon Android phone I bought specifically for fishing (takes a long time to connect, have to restart the app a few times), but connects pretty seamlessly with my Samsung Galaxy S4. It's extremely useful for finding depth and the fish finding seems pretty accurate, getting them to bite is a whole other matter though :P

I'm heading to San Diego next week for spring break with the kids and I'm planning on using it while pier fishing, we'll see how it goes there.

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#11463092 - 03/08/16 09:45 AM Re: Deeper brand sonar for bank fishing [Re: HOTFishing]
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Registered: 05/31/15
Posts: 67
Loc: Heart of Texas
I'm looking at the fishhunter right now but wondering if I should start smaller. Decisions decisions...
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#11463099 - 03/08/16 09:47 AM Re: Deeper brand sonar for bank fishing [Re: HOTFishing]
wharf_rat_01 Offline
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Registered: 03/04/16
Posts: 8
Loc: Keller, TX
I forgot to mention the FishHunter works best at 6' of water and above, otherwise it has to be right on top of the fish to find it. It looks like the newer one works at 4' and above, so something to consider if you're fishing shallow waters.

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#11463445 - 03/08/16 11:51 AM Re: Deeper brand sonar for bank fishing [Re: HOTFishing]
Fisherman13 Offline
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Registered: 07/13/13
Posts: 1768
Loc: Lake Lavon
Most fish finders are useless in water less than. 4ft in sonar. The cone from the sonar will be small and only see a very small area. I have had a fish finder on my kayak for some time. It is a great tool to have. Knowing depth and depth changes will really help but finding fish with it unless they are loaded in one spot can be tricky. Fish don't show up in pretty little arches like they show on the simulator. Usually see lines or blobs. Sometimes you will get arches. But be warned underwater tree limbs show up looking like fish arches too. Thought I was fishing a tree loaded with crappie once turned out it was all the branches of the tree that were showing up on the screen. I just purchased a unit that has the Down scan to help identify the difference between trees and fish. So don't expect it to be the best answer to finding fish when you go out but it will aid you in knowing depth and depth changes.
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