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#11864654 - 10/04/16 04:47 PM Fish finder question
Truman64 Offline
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Registered: 08/12/13
Posts: 128
Loc: Burleson, Tx
I just bought my first boat and I'm looking for a good unit to put on it. My question is what is a good unit with side imaging for around 800? Open to diffrent brands as long as it has side imaging because I mostly fish for catfish. Thanks
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#11865014 - 10/04/16 08:32 PM Re: Fish finder question [Re: Truman64]
dlmyers Offline
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Registered: 03/05/13
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Loc: Weatherford
I've been eyeballing the Lowrance Elite 7 Ti. Sharp looking, sizeable enough screen, touch screen....should fit the bill for what you're looking for.
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#11865046 - 10/04/16 08:45 PM Re: Fish finder question [Re: Truman64]
Outfitter Nomore Offline
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Loc: Keller
Helix, Helix, Helix no matter the size get a Helix.

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#11865115 - 10/04/16 09:09 PM Re: Fish finder question [Re: Truman64]
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Registered: 01/31/16
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Loc: Lewisville Texas
Helix...save you pennies and get the biggest bird you can afford...size matters when side scanning
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#11865118 - 10/04/16 09:10 PM Re: Fish finder question [Re: Truman64]
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Helix
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#11865999 - 10/05/16 12:24 PM Re: Fish finder question [Re: Truman64]
Truman64 Offline
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Registered: 08/12/13
Posts: 128
Loc: Burleson, Tx
Thanks everyone for the help I'm gonna go ahead and get the Helix. One last question do I need to get a different transducer than the one it comes with?
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#11866003 - 10/05/16 12:25 PM Re: Fish finder question [Re: dlmyers]
OutdoorArts Offline
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Registered: 09/25/16
Posts: 31
Originally Posted By: dlmyers
I've been eyeballing the Lowrance Elite 7 Ti. Sharp looking, sizeable enough screen, touch screen....should fit the bill for what you're looking for.


Yes not bad for the price either. I vote this.
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#11867897 - 10/06/16 01:45 PM Re: Fish finder question [Re: Truman64]
Muzzlebrake Offline
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Loc: Euless
I have had Birds and Lowrance and have Lowrance HDS Gen3 touch now.
My preference is the Bird. More bang for the buck and much more user friendly.
Both are good but the Bird is better all around.
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#11867953 - 10/06/16 02:14 PM Re: Fish finder question [Re: Truman64]
MilesHunter Offline
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Registered: 03/17/13
Posts: 822
Loc: Mansfield, TX
Originally Posted By: Truman64
Thanks everyone for the help I'm gonna go ahead and get the Helix. One last question do I need to get a different transducer than the one it comes with?


Just make sure it has the HD (high definition) side image transducer. I haven't looked at them in a while but I seem to recall that some of the smaller units (7" and under maybe) had the compact side image transducer. There is a significant image quality difference between the compact and the HD transducer.
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#11867987 - 10/06/16 02:38 PM Re: Fish finder question [Re: Truman64]
BigPoppa007 Offline
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Registered: 06/06/14
Posts: 1763
Loc: Burleson, Tx.
http://fishfinders.factoryoutletstore.co...CFYkCaQodDm4BOQ

999 ci Si

I have a Helix 7- wish I had got a Helix 9 or one of the 2 above. Helix 7 only has 1 micro card slot, no presets and no 800 khz.

http://www.thedigitaloasis.com/Humminbir...Kg#.V_aq6oY8JR4

If you get a Helix 7 or 9 do the $80 HD transducer up grade with Humminbird - original must be New trade in. Otherwise HD ducer runs $189-$269.......Helix 7 doesn't even have 800 KHz processing but you still get a better picture with HD transducer, Helix 9 has 800 processor.......

https://www.amazon.com/Humminbird-HDSI-T...=XHS+9+HDSI+180

http://www.humminbird.com/Products/XHS-9-HDSI-180-T/


Edited by BigPoppa007 (10/06/16 03:04 PM)

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#11868026 - 10/06/16 03:09 PM Re: Fish finder question [Re: Truman64]
BigPoppa007 Offline
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Registered: 06/06/14
Posts: 1763
Loc: Burleson, Tx.
Helix 7 Si price has come way down because of what is missing compared to Helix 9. $340 difference......

http://www.thedigitaloasis.com/Humminbir...JQ#.V_avKYY8JR4


I had a 859 HD Di I sold to get Helix 7 Si to have Side Imaging. Even in 2D sonar pic was better on the 859 and mapping is much slower to load on Helix 7 vs the 859.....


Edited by BigPoppa007 (10/06/16 03:38 PM)

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#11868155 - 10/06/16 04:26 PM Re: Fish finder question [Re: Truman64]
BigPoppa007 Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 06/06/14
Posts: 1763
Loc: Burleson, Tx.


Edited by BigPoppa007 (10/06/16 04:27 PM)

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#11868160 - 10/06/16 04:26 PM Re: Fish finder question [Re: Truman64]
gazn357 Offline
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Registered: 04/25/11
Posts: 132
Loc: Austin, TX
The 9 and 10 are same physical size, 10 has bigger screen. 10 comes with HDSI transducer. Try to get the 10 if you can.

-danny
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#11868169 - 10/06/16 04:30 PM Re: Fish finder question [Re: Truman64]
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Loc: southlake
I dont think i would ever buy a graph off Craigslist. You might get a deal. But you could also get burned. For the money he is wanting to spend. Go with the Biggest you can find a deal on.
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#11868676 - 10/06/16 10:35 PM Re: Fish finder question [Re: Truman64]
Truman64 Offline
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Registered: 08/12/13
Posts: 128
Loc: Burleson, Tx
I really appreciate the help everyone. I've decided to go with a Helix 9. I can't wait to try it out!
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