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#12518076 - 11/27/17 02:17 PM Fish Finder (Side Imaging)
Crappie Ford Man Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 12/28/15
Posts: 64
Loc: Allen, Texas
I'm looking for a fish finder with side imaging that won't break the bank ($500 or so). Looks like the Helix 5 and the Garmin 7 SV are likely the best choices. What are your experiences/likes/frustrations with either of these? One thing I would like to be able to do is mark brush on the side imaging and be able to narrow in on that location using GPS. Thanks.

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#12518103 - 11/27/17 02:50 PM Re: Fish Finder (Side Imaging) [Re: Crappie Ford Man]
JIM SR. Offline
TFF Celebrity

Registered: 09/25/06
Posts: 6979
Loc: NRH/Fork ! GET THE NET
I think cabelas or BPS had the Garmin 73SV on sale, I have the 93sv and its great..


Edited by JIM SR. (11/27/17 02:57 PM)

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#12518476 - 11/27/17 08:52 PM Re: Fish Finder (Side Imaging) [Re: Crappie Ford Man]
8upwithfishin' Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 02/22/09
Posts: 773
Loc: McKinney, Tx.
If possible you can get a 10" Helix for about $825. Especially nice if you ever want to split the screen.

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#12518489 - 11/27/17 08:59 PM Re: Fish Finder (Side Imaging) [Re: Crappie Ford Man]
Wayne P. Offline
TFF Team Angler

Registered: 11/16/10
Posts: 3856
Loc: Charlottesville, Va
Originally Posted By: Crappie Ford Man
I'm looking for a fish finder with side imaging that won't break the bank ($500 or so). Looks like the Helix 5 and the Garmin 7 SV are likely the best choices. What are your experiences/likes/frustrations with either of these? One thing I would like to be able to do is mark brush on the side imaging and be able to narrow in on that location using GPS. Thanks.



There is a tree on the bottom "over there". Paused the screen put the position curser on it and saved a waypoint. "It's so easy a cave man can do it." Humminbird Helix SI.

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#12518499 - 11/27/17 09:09 PM Re: Fish Finder (Side Imaging) [Re: Crappie Ford Man]
Gamblinman Online   content
TFF Team Angler

Registered: 11/26/02
Posts: 3040
Loc: Yantis, TX
You need a larger screen to really benefit from side imaging. Small screens just don't have the resolution.
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#12518504 - 11/27/17 09:18 PM Re: Fish Finder (Side Imaging) [Re: Gamblinman]
scruboak Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 03/11/03
Posts: 1129
Loc: Cisco,tx
I can vouch for that.

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#12518820 - 11/28/17 09:44 AM Re: Fish Finder (Side Imaging) [Re: Crappie Ford Man]
slabcrazy Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 05/22/14
Posts: 40
I have the 93 and the 73sv and they are great for the price and user friendly they are hard to beat. you can use right out of the box

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#12519690 - 11/28/17 10:08 PM Re: Fish Finder (Side Imaging) [Re: 8upwithfishin']
Thumpy Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 10/17/17
Posts: 53
Loc: Cleburne
Does the larger screen allow you to see more detail? I have a helix 5, it's real hard to see crappie on a brush pile. The small dots. Only time I know I'm on fish is when it's a big school or bigger fish and most of the time I'm not targeting such fish

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#12519797 - 11/29/17 05:40 AM Re: Fish Finder (Side Imaging) [Re: Thumpy]
Gamblinman Online   content
TFF Team Angler

Registered: 11/26/02
Posts: 3040
Loc: Yantis, TX
Originally Posted By: Thumpy
Does the larger screen allow you to see more detail? I have a helix 5, it's real hard to see crappie on a brush pile. The small dots. Only time I know I'm on fish is when it's a big school or bigger fish and most of the time I'm not targeting such fish


Yes..much easier.
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#12520122 - 11/29/17 09:50 AM Re: Fish Finder (Side Imaging) [Re: Crappie Ford Man]
Fish 68 Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 03/05/15
Posts: 13
Loc: Little Elm,Tx
I have the Helix 5 and the Garmin Striker 7sv. Go with the Garmin it has the larger screen and simple to use. I think you will like it. It won't break the bank.

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#12521619 - 11/30/17 03:43 PM Re: Fish Finder (Side Imaging) [Re: Crappie Ford Man]
Ricky Bobby Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 12/26/06
Posts: 41
I have a Humminbird 998 with side and down imaging and GPS that I'm going to replace soon. I'd take $500 for it.

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#12521940 - 11/30/17 08:01 PM Re: Fish Finder (Side Imaging) [Re: Crappie Ford Man]
Spiderman Offline
TFF Team Angler

Registered: 09/04/06
Posts: 3978
Loc: EAST TEXAS
You may be able to pick up an 1198 or 1199 slightly used for that price.

Big screen allot of detail.
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#12521964 - 11/30/17 08:10 PM Re: Fish Finder (Side Imaging) [Re: Crappie Ford Man]
TexMann1 Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 11/15/17
Posts: 23
Loc: Texas
Just got a Garmin 93, had it on the water once. Was able to identify larger shad in a large school and catch them in a cast net. Limited use but impressed so far. Very easy to use also.
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#12522318 - 11/30/17 10:40 PM Re: Fish Finder (Side Imaging) [Re: Thumpy]
Fishbonz Online   content
TFF Team Angler

Registered: 12/30/08
Posts: 4653
Loc: Desoto,Tx. Dallas county
Originally Posted By: Thumpy
Does the larger screen allow you to see more detail? I have a helix 5, it's real hard to see crappie on a brush pile. The small dots. Only time I know I'm on fish is when it's a big school or bigger fish and most of the time I'm not targeting such fish
When you see dots on the down image or side image of your HBird just pause the screen and increase the picture to get a better look at those dots.Then you can mark it and decide if you want to fish it or not.

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#12522865 - 12/01/17 11:47 AM Re: Fish Finder (Side Imaging) [Re: Crappie Ford Man]
Crappie Ford Man Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 12/28/15
Posts: 64
Loc: Allen, Texas
Thanks for all the good input guys. I really appreciate it. I'm wondering if anyone that has been using the Garmin line is as happy with the newer models as they were the old....particularly the transducer? I've been reading about how they have a new transducer now that is a different model from what they used to have (I think Garmin was in some legal battle or something). Thanks guys.

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