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#12473779 - 10/21/17 01:05 PM Need help re fish finder/sonar
SlowDown Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 09/20/08
Posts: 2111
Loc: Texas
I’m rigging up a Pelican Bass Raider 10e, a 10 foot mini pontoon boat. Want to select a fish finger costing under $200. Academy has a Garman Striker 4 Chirp Somar/GPS Fishfinder Combo for $119.99. Lowrance Hook 3X $89.99. Hummingbird Pirana Max 197e DI Fishfinder $149.99.

I will be fishing a highland lake with deep structure and a small power plant lake with mostly shallow water and grass.

I do not know anything about these units and am looking for help from someone that does.
Thanks.

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#12473833 - 10/21/17 02:07 PM Re: Need help re fish finder/sonar [Re: SlowDown]
retdbasser Online   content
Pro Angler

Registered: 11/29/06
Posts: 994
Loc: Garland,TX
If you decide on a Garmin Striker 4 take a look on-line at Bass Pro Shop $104.99 with $10 Promo card with Ship to Store or get one at the store for $104.99. I just bought one but returning because I don't like the mounts for my install. So can't recommend or not. I like Academy, just a dollar saving tip.

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#12474022 - 10/21/17 05:11 PM Re: Need help re fish finder/sonar [Re: SlowDown]
SlowDown Offline
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Registered: 09/20/08
Posts: 2111
Loc: Texas
Thanks very much retbasser..

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#12474485 - 10/22/17 12:52 AM Re: Need help re fish finder/sonar [Re: SlowDown]
Bobby Milam Online   content
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Registered: 07/13/14
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Loc: Arlington
I would go with Garmin simply because it has the GPS so you'd be able to mark your spots. The DI would be nice but I don't know how beneficial it would be on such a small screen.

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#12474614 - 10/22/17 09:05 AM Re: Need help re fish finder/sonar [Re: SlowDown]
SlowDown Offline
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Registered: 09/20/08
Posts: 2111
Loc: Texas
Thanks for the reply Bobby. The Garman unit has nice features and also sounds pretty user friendly, which is important to a non-techie like myself. At this point, still not being well informed, I’ve about decided it is the one I should get.

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#12474755 - 10/22/17 11:21 AM Re: Need help re fish finder/sonar [Re: SlowDown]
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Registered: 10/25/02
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The Garmin is simple to use. Just be sure you know there are no maps on this unit. As you said it has GPS so you can mark way points and tracks. I've got a Striker 5 and really like it.

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#12475479 - 10/23/17 06:47 AM Re: Need help re fish finder/sonar [Re: SlowDown]
retdbasser Online   content
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Registered: 11/29/06
Posts: 994
Loc: Garland,TX
There's a lot of info on "Pond Boats" forum.

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#12475661 - 10/23/17 09:45 AM Re: Need help re fish finder/sonar [Re: SlowDown]
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Registered: 04/08/08
Posts: 13210
Loc: Dallas, TX
If you can wait till after Thanksgiving, that's when the new product cycles start and the previous models go on clearance.

Of the ones you mentioned, the Striker has the most features.
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