Looking To Buy A Fish Finder- Need Advice - Colorado Fishing Forum

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 06-05-2014, 10:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
Senior Member
 
max power's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Posts: 471
Default Looking To Buy A Fish Finder- Need Advice

I've got about $400 to spend on a fish finder but I know very little about them, as I'm perty new to boating and realy looking to dial in my fishing skills from the boat this year. I think I'll be taking it at places like Boyd, Horsetooth and Carter and many smaller waters. Trolling and jigging/casting.
Hummingbird or Lowrance? Or is it like a Ford or Chevy kind of thing and comes down to personal preferance.
Side scan, down scan, different transducer powers and cone angles are out there. GPS options and speed readings. So many options are out there it gets confusing real quick for me.
I've done some research and I'm leaning towards Lowrance elite 5 series.
I thought I'd ask for some advice on here from some of you that have some on the water knowlege of electronics before I go and buy one. Any advice helps, even if it's just from your personal preferance.
I'm usung an old Eagle 168 right now, so thats the only thing that I've used so far.

Thanks for any help!
max power is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 06-05-2014, 10:57 PM   #2 (permalink)
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 1,654
Default

If you don't need chartplotter (GPS) then go with the Elite 5x CHIRP ($399), if you need chartplotter then go with the Elite 5 CHIRP ($549.00). CHIRP is top line technology for those who fish below the boat...like walleye, lakers, etc.

Last edited by setthehook; 06-05-2014 at 11:00 PM.
setthehook is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-05-2014, 11:11 PM   #3 (permalink)
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 11,839
Default

There was an Elite X 7" at Cabellas on the south end of town about 2 weeks ago for under $350... great deal.
__________________
I wish people wouldn't whore out Colorado waters for the sake of notoriety.
Oyey is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 06-05-2014, 11:53 PM   #4 (permalink)
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Aurora CO
Posts: 27
Default

X2 settthehook. I love the pixel clarity on the Lowrance Units. I found that anything Lowrance on sale is an old unit that they are discontinuing. Get the CHIRP. You will love it.
Laker2 is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-05-2014, 11:54 PM   #5 (permalink)
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Aurora CO
Posts: 27
Default

Oh, and get the chartplotter. Look under the couch cushion if you have to.
Laker2 is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-06-2014, 08:03 PM   #6 (permalink)
Senior Member
 
max power's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Posts: 471
Default

Sounds good, I'll go take a look at the chirp series this weekend, not sure if I can spring for the cartploter.
Does that $399 price come with the transducer?
max power is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-06-2014, 08:20 PM   #7 (permalink)
Senior Member
 
pistoldog's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Solar System
Posts: 4,462
Default

Cheapest I see with a transducer is $499.00, but if I was in the market, one with the CHIRP technology like the Elite 5x CHRIP is exactly what I'd buy.




https://www.google.com/shopping/prod...d=0CPsDEKYrMAA
pistoldog is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Colorado Fishing Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in


Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Eagle Fish Mark 320 fish finder campingkids Buy and Sell 0 02-02-2012 09:40 AM
So, my buddy asks me which fish finder (flasher) should I buy? checkers8 Colorado Ice Fishing 9 11-16-2010 10:58 PM
Advice on a fish finder twilly73 Colorado Fishing Lounge 2 05-07-2009 02:07 PM
looking to buy fish finder polpd Buy and Sell 3 05-16-2008 11:36 PM

» Forum Search
» Insurance
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 09:01 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Copyright ©2000 - 2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
SEO by vBSEO 3.6.0 PL3
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2019 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.