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#12341504 - 07/15/17 07:26 PM Fish Finder recommendations
channeldiver Offline
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Registered: 02/17/17
Posts: 18
My son and I are outfitting our 16' john boat with 15 HP Mercury for catfishing and starting to look at options for fish locator /depth finder unit. Does anyone have any recommendations on best unit to get for someone wanting to help locate depth and structure / fish and not spend a fortune doing it.

I really like the Hummingbird units / color screen.

look forward to your expertise.

#12341715 - 07/15/17 09:01 PM Re: Fish Finder recommendations [Re: channeldiver]
TCK73 Online   content
TFF Team Angler

Registered: 03/26/15
Posts: 3281
Loc: Jack County
You would be hard pressed to get better unit for the money than one of the Bird Helix units. Pick one with 2D, SI and DI in a size that fits your budget, and you will be set.

#12342081 - 07/16/17 06:08 AM Re: Fish Finder recommendations [Re: channeldiver]
El Gato Azul Online   content
Pro Angler

Registered: 01/31/16
Posts: 739
Loc: Lewisville Texas
+1 on helix...if you plan on chaising blues I would save up to get al least a 10" screen...the smaller screens are a lot harder on your eyes when scanning for long periods of time. I moved up to a 12 this winter and it ain't even fair!!
There is a fine line between fishing and floating around like an idiot!!

#12342098 - 07/16/17 07:02 AM Re: Fish Finder recommendations [Re: channeldiver]
SunUpSunDown Offline

Registered: 04/09/16
Posts: 70
Loc: TX
Before you buy , you might want to talk to a fishing guide in your area on his or her opinion , and see if they could give you a class on it , It saves the new fish finder owners a lot of time learning and you can spend more time catching fish .

#12342190 - 07/16/17 08:31 AM Re: Fish Finder recommendations [Re: channeldiver]
Bob Landry Offline
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Registered: 08/10/11
Posts: 2715
Loc: Austin, Tx
To get screen size and features you are going to have to spend some $$$. Fishing is an expensive hobby, more so with good equipment.
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#12342294 - 07/16/17 09:55 AM Re: Fish Finder recommendations [Re: channeldiver]
rdmac Offline

Registered: 05/06/15
Posts: 217
Loc: Palmer TX
+1 on Helix
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#12342425 - 07/16/17 11:35 AM Re: Fish Finder recommendations [Re: TCK73]
doctorxring Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 11/04/03
Posts: 822
Loc: The Republic of Texas
Originally Posted By: TCK73
You would be hard pressed to get better unit for the money than one of the Bird Helix units. Pick one with 2D, SI and DI in a size that fits your budget, and you will be set.

I double down on this comment. Side Imaging is an incredibly valuable tool when you learn how
to use it. If you go Helix other than a MEGA unit then be sure and make use of the trade up
program that Humminbird offers on the HD transducer. I speak from personal experience. The HD
transducer is worth the extra $90. PM me if you have any questions.


#12342504 - 07/16/17 12:25 PM Re: Fish Finder recommendations [Re: channeldiver]
Muzzlebrake Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 12/26/14
Posts: 1651
Loc: Euless
Friend of mine put together a nice rig to take to Canada where they had to fly in to the lake.
He bought a Helix 9 and mounted it to the top of a plastic water proof Ammo box with a motorcycle battery in the box to power it. He found a 4" suction cup bracket to mount the transducer to. The guide boats are aluminum and the suction cup holds perfect all day. When not in use the transducer and wiring fits inside the box. Pretty neat little traveling setup.
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Then He made the earth round...and He laughed and laughed and laughed!

#12342660 - 07/16/17 02:10 PM Re: Fish Finder recommendations [Re: channeldiver]
Extreme Angler

Registered: 05/20/10
Posts: 2236
I've always been partial to the birds, real user friendly and good tech support from what I've experienced. Lowrance is good too but between the two there are differences. You just gotta do research and more research and do exactly what your doing!

And P.S. Tom Gravley runs the the Lowrances from what I understand and he does really good with em. So good, he ate my arse up three days in a row and I had good friends on the rig. And I'm talking three days of 250 lb five fish stringers and he wasn't letting up.... but I'm on to him!?!?!?!? He is goin down!!!!! LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Spittin Squirmin and Squawkin!!!!!!!!!! roflmao roflmao roflmao texas

3 Lake Records / 2 All Tackle and counting... texas

#12343326 - 07/16/17 08:37 PM Re: Fish Finder recommendations [Re: channeldiver]
SARG Offline

Registered: 04/01/17
Posts: 395
Loc: Texas
Helix all day
I have a 5SI on a jon boat that works pretty good
The bigger boats have 9's and 12's on them

#12344336 - 07/17/17 01:42 PM Re: Fish Finder recommendations [Re: channeldiver]
Big Sam Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 08/20/08
Posts: 827
Loc: Arkansas

I do the same thing with my Gen 2 from Lowrance i can see what you see Prime..... peep slinger LOL
If it ain't broke don't fix it...but go ahead and work on it anyway.....

#12345321 - 07/18/17 04:42 AM Re: Fish Finder recommendations [Re: channeldiver]
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Pro Angler

Registered: 01/05/15
Posts: 567
I've never had much luck with sonar. I've done better with a rock tied to a line and feel the bottom directly with my own hands.
Black Warrior Lures
Slip floats that get'em in the boat!


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