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Buying first fish finder! #13859226 01/24/21 06:52 PM
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So back in August I was gifted an 84 Skeeter 90 Starfire with a Mariner 90. For my first boat its perfect, learning how to launch and just recently learning that the oil does not recycle through out the engine, it is a perfect boat. Right now it has a Lowrance 1240A Bluewater Pro sonar, which is cool to let me know how deep the water is but not the best for finding fish.

I managed to rack up about $300 in cash and gift cards over Christmas and willing to throw in some of my cash as well. I have been doing quite a bot of research and just want to get the opinions of the forum. Also what's best, down imaging or side scan and do I need one with an SD slot or networking capabilities? Mainly what do you all think is the best option for a first time buyer.

First post on here and excited to be apart of the TFF community, thanks for the replies.

Re: Buying first fish finder! [Re: SkeeterSnacks87] #13859236 01/24/21 06:59 PM
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garmin 93sv uhd plus, look for markdown prices.

easiest si/di to learn/use imo, had nothing but birds for decades and they are easier to use than lowrance and garmin is easier than bird.

this is a good price. I run 2 of the 93sv plus and one 92sv plus (comes with no transducer is only difference, runs my livescope).

https://www.basspro.com/shop/en/gar...ransducer-fish-finder-chartplotter-combo

Manufacturer model #: 010-01901-05.

Bright, sunlight-readable, 9" keyed-assist touchscreen display
Preloaded LakeVü g3 maps with integrated Navionics data
More than 17,000 lakes, with up to 1' contours
Built-in Quickdraw Contours real-time mapping
Built-in Wi-Fi for free ActiveCaptain app, or access to OneChart, smart notifications, Garmin Quickdraw Community data, and more
Share waypoints and routes with other ECHOMAP or STRIKER™ units
NMEA 2000 support for engine data, sensors, FUSION-LINK audio system, autopilots, and more
Includes GT52 transducer for Garmin high wide CHIRP traditional sonar plus CHIRP ClearVü and CHIRP SideVü scanning sonars, and compatibility with Panoptix™ all-seeing sonar (sold separately); and mount for transom or trolling motor

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Re: Buying first fish finder! [Re: SkeeterSnacks87] #13859881 01/25/21 02:25 AM
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Go to Bass Pro or Cabela's on Feb 11-14 as they will have some special deals going. Take a look at Lowrance and compare.


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Re: Buying first fish finder! [Re: SkeeterSnacks87] #13870214 02/01/21 11:49 PM
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Allllright, So I ended up going with the Garmin Striker Vivid 7"sv and did not research on transducer placement. The transom on an 84 Skeeter sucks and I am hoping where I have it is going to be ok. I just learned how to post pics or I would have posted them before I started. Is my placement going to be okay and if not where is the best placement for the transducer.
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Re: Buying first fish finder! [Re: SkeeterSnacks87] #13870225 02/01/21 11:57 PM
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That location will do OK when running the trolling motor or at idle speed with the outboard. It will not have water contact at speed. So you should add a shoot-thru 2D transducer in the bilge to go with it.


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Re: Buying first fish finder! [Re: Wayne P.] #13870311 02/02/21 01:34 AM
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So the boat came with a Lowrance 1240A Bluewater Pro with a dial on the dash, there is a black puck mounted next to the bilge pump. Will that transducer work and will that work with the Garmin?

Re: Buying first fish finder! [Re: SkeeterSnacks87] #13870344 02/02/21 02:14 AM
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I dont think it will work with the Garmin. Each brand has their own transducers and specific transducers for their specific models.

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Re: Buying first fish finder! [Re: SkeeterSnacks87] #13884148 02/12/21 12:37 PM
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I'm not sure if the Skeeter has a wood transom but consider using a Stern Pad.
Drilling holes in a wood transom could cause problems down the road.


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