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Stimulus Check=New Electronics (but which one?) #13822753 12/29/20 03:57 AM
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Hey all....need some input on which electronics to get for white bass/hybrid fishing with side imaging. Right now I have a lowrance HDS-7, but I see all these pictures on here that look much clearer and better then mine.

Also, what transducer do you get to go with your electronics?

Thank you for your help! Pictures welcome!


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Re: Stimulus Check=New Electronics (but which one?) [Re: Windbreaker] #13823026 12/29/20 02:30 PM
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I had a Helix 7 mega G3N with side and down, but the screen was just too small for me. I went with the Elite TI2 12 inch that Cabelas ran for Black Friday for 999.00. Best decision I ever made, they can't hide now. Using the active imaging 3 in one transducer on mine.

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Thank you! Do you have any pics by chance?


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Re: Stimulus Check=New Electronics (but which one?) [Re: Windbreaker] #13823992 12/30/20 02:23 AM
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Originally Posted by Windbreaker
Thank you! Do you have any pics by chance?



Of the images? I got a couple, keep in mind these are zoomed way in, so they lose a bit of clarity.

This is what I think is a decorative windmill, with the blade taken off, tied down to the bottom of the lake. Or a miniature oil rig. LOL

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This a a pic of crappie on a brush pile, this is why I love this unit. Fish are super easy to pick out.

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Pics aren't the greatest, but it gives you an idea.

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Re: Stimulus Check=New Electronics (but which one?) [Re: Windbreaker] #13827382 01/01/21 04:48 AM
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z289sec, thanks for the pics. I am leaning toward the Helix Mega for sure. Now I just need to decide 7,12 or 15. Or maybe Uncle Sam will decide for me. Lol

Dryceeek!!! I love that pic. Looks just like me. Lol


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Re: Stimulus Check=New Electronics (but which one?) [Re: Windbreaker] #13827732 01/01/21 04:00 PM
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I have the Elite Ti 9". It is a good unit, and I am learning to use it better... still a lot smarter than I am, and not getting full use. BUT, after being on some other boats with other units, for SIDE and DOWN scanning, I would go with the Hummingbird Helix Mega unit.

IF you want LiveScope in the future, know you must have Garmin. Also, there are pre-release stuff out there for Lowrance and Hummingbird, that both will have units to compare (or beat?) the current Livescope very soon??? But will require new units with it, etc.

Just for Side and Down scanning, Helix Mega is really nice.

Go BIG - dont waste your money on 7". At least 9", and the bigger the better!

Good luck.
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Re: Stimulus Check=New Electronics (but which one?) [Re: Windbreaker] #13828796 01/02/21 04:14 AM
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Originally Posted by Windbreaker
z289sec, thanks for the pics. I am leaning toward the Helix Mega for sure. Now I just need to decide 7,12 or 15. Or maybe Uncle Sam will decide for me. Lol

Dryceeek!!! I love that pic. Looks just like me. Lol



Don't get a 7. Good unit, but the screen is just too small. 9 inch minimum, IMO.

Thing I like about my Lowrance is, I didn't have to touch it, out of the box, it was spot on.

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Re: Stimulus Check=New Electronics (but which one?) [Re: KEGracing] #13828981 01/02/21 02:30 PM
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Originally Posted by KEGracing
I have the Elite Ti 9". It is a good unit, and I am learning to use it better... still a lot smarter than I am, and not getting full use. BUT, after being on some other boats with other units, for SIDE and DOWN scanning, I would go with the Hummingbird Helix Mega unit.

IF you want LiveScope in the future, know you must have Garmin. Also, there are pre-release stuff out there for Lowrance and Hummingbird, that both will have units to compare (or beat?) the current Livescope very soon??? But will require new units with it, etc.

Just for Side and Down scanning, Helix Mega is really nice.

Go BIG - dont waste your money on 7". At least 9", and the bigger the better!

Good luck.

Purchase the largest unit within your budget parameters. Eyesight is not a forever nor guaranteed part of living.

I will pull the trigger on one this month. Have an affinity for Lowrance the HDS live appeals to the pelagic angler.
Ken

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I just bought set of Helix 9's because of seeing Dennis Christian's 9 Humminbird. Haven't installed yet but compared to the little 698 SI I have been using I can't wait.

I agree with above---Humminbird can't go wrong. and easier to learn and use

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Thanks for all the input fellas!


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