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Kayak Fish Finder #13903330 02/26/21 04:44 PM
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In the market for a fish finder for a kayak. Not wanting to spend more than 450. Any thoughts or lessons learned on what unit I should or should not entertain?

Re: Kayak Fish Finder [Re: Strat-a-Caster] #13903353 02/26/21 04:54 PM
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Garmin Stricker 4


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"Goats are for Muslim barbeque.
Is there some ethnic or religious that eats Llama?"
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"I might come over and ride him tonight."
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i use the Garmin Striker 4 cv (clear view). it's easy to use. i don't think it's made me a better fisherman but i enjoy the features on it. i paid about $180 for the finder and $100 for the 10ah Noqua battery. with your budget of $450 you might be able to get something with a bigger screen.

Re: Kayak Fish Finder [Re: Bayou_Fennec] #13903525 02/26/21 07:12 PM
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Lowrance Hook 9 is what I run. I really like it. You could get a 5 (or maybe 7) inch display with mounts for 450 new. Whatever you get, I would go no smaller than 5 inches. GPS is a must as well. BOLO, Bass fisherman sell "old" ones all the time in the classified section.

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Re: Kayak Fish Finder [Re: Strat-a-Caster] #13903630 02/26/21 08:27 PM
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I have a Lowrance Hook2-7 I’d let go pretty reasonably. Used it on my skiff for a few months. Let me know if you’re interested.

Re: Kayak Fish Finder [Re: Strat-a-Caster] #13903984 02/27/21 01:44 AM
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I used a Garmin Striker 4 as well. It's impossible to beat for the money. It gives you the depth, water temp and good visibility of the structure beneath.... All for $120 with intuitive controls.

I use a Lowrance HDS now, the features and graphics are better and it's fun to play with... The Sideview is very helpful, but most of the features are nice, but not necessary.

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I have a Garmin 5CV on mine, with ram mount and battery have about 375 in it.

Re: Kayak Fish Finder [Re: Strat-a-Caster] #13914888 03/08/21 02:26 PM
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I bought a Humminbird Helix 5. I'm pretty sure these can be had within your price range. Mine came with down imaging (DI) and a chip that added to the internal mapping system already hardwired into the unit. I like it but since it's my first, I can't tell you it's "better" than other makes models. Good luck in finding one that suits your needs.

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Originally Posted by 45er
I bought a Humminbird Helix 5. I'm pretty sure these can be had within your price range. Mine came with down imaging (DI) and a chip that added to the internal mapping system already hardwired into the unit. I like it but since it's my first, I can't tell you it's "better" than other makes models. Good luck in finding one that suits your needs.

I ended up going with the Hook Reveal 5. Should be good for what I am looking for. Time will tell.

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