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Don't know about you guys, but I would LOVE to have this unit on the ice... Super affordable and seems to be PERFECT for hut fishing.



Lowrance Launches Affordable 4-Inch Fishfinder/Chartplotter Models with CHIRP Sonar Functionality




Lowrance, a world-leading brand in fishing electronics since 1957 — announced today the launch of the Mark-4 and Elite-4 CHIRP series, the latest in a lineup of award-winning Elite fishfinder/chartplotter displays.
The all-new, easy-to-use Mark-4 and Elite-4 combine CHIRP Sonar with DownScan Imaging™ technology, a super-bright, daylight-viewable, LED-backlit display, built-in GPS antenna and high-definition mapping options – all at affordable prices.

Featuring a Lowrance-exclusive, 4.3-inch, high-resolution display – in grayscale or color, respectively – the Mark-4 and Elite-4 CHIRP models include all of the features of the Mark-4 and Elite-4 HDI Series with the addition of CHIRP sonar technology, which provides improved target resolution and superior noise rejection for clearer, easy-to-see baitfish and game fish targets. Anglers can also select a DownScan Imaging view, which provides picture-like images of fish-holding structure beneath the boat.

Utilizing the exclusive Lowrance DownScan Overlay™, anglers can combine DownScan Imaging views with CHIRP sonar to separate fish targets from surrounding structure. Advanced Signal Processing (ASP), another Lowrance exclusive, reduces the need to manually adjust settings to see fish, structure and bottom detail more clearly. TrackBackTM feature allows anglers to scroll back in recorded sonar history and review structure, transitions and fish targets to designate locations with a waypoint.

The Mark-4 and Elite-4 CHIRP multi-window display allows anglers to choose from pre-set page layouts including a three-panel view. An easy-to-use page selector menu system provides quick access to all features using one-thumb operation.

The Elite-4 CHIRP features a highly accurate, built-in GPS antenna and a detailed U.S. background map with more than 3,000 lakes and rivers, plus coastal contours to 1,000 ft. A micro SD card can be used to display Lake Insight™ and Nautic Insight™ HD and PRO cartography, as well as Navionics® Gold, HotMaps® Premium, Fishing Hotspots® PRO and Jeppesen C-Map Max-N charts. The Elite-4 CHIRP is compatible with the Insight Genesis™ map-creation service, which allows users to make custom, high-resolution contour maps from recorded sonar logs, including bottom-hardness and vegetation overlays, as well as Insight Genesis Social Map community chart sharing.

“Launching the Mark-4 and Elite-4 CHIRP Series represents a key milestone for Lowrance,” said Leif Ottosson, CEO, Navico. “With this launch, all of the products in our standalone Elite series – from 9- to 4-inch display sizes – now have the benefit of CHIRP sonar technology. This is just another example of how Lowrance continues to bring affordable features with meaningful benefits to a growing number of fishermen around the world.”


The new Elite-4 CHIRP series offers a choice of 83/200 kHz HDI or 50/200 kHz HDI transducer-pack options with depth capabilities to 1,000 and 3,000 feet, respectively. An Elite-4x CHIRP fishfinder-only model is available as well as an Elite-4 Navionics+ bundle that includes high-definition cartography featuring U.S., Canada, Alaska, coastal Bahamas, Great Lakes and major Canadian lakes detail. Elite-4 CHIRP IceMachine models can also be purchased as a combo unit or standalone-fishfinder, and deliver 20-degree sonar coverage down to 1,000 feet (305-meters) with an included custom, weighted, ice-fishing transducer and unique float system. IceMachine units feature a weatherproof, soft-sided pack with easy-to-find, front- and rear-zipped access, an adjustable display platform for easy viewing and two StowAway® utility boxes.

Protected by the Lowrance Advantage Service program, the Elite-4 CHIRP can be purchased from authorized Lowrance dealers and distributors throughout the United States and Canada for $299 (83/200 kHz) and $399 (50/200kHz). The Mark-4 CHIRP will be available for $229 (83/200 kHz) and $329 (50/200kHz).
 

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Plan on doing some icing in TN, huh? LMAO

Seriously, man...just get what works best for YOU. They're all pretty much the same. My decisions are always made on affordability. If it's in my price range and I get the features I want, I buy it.

I bought the HB Ice55 because of how cheap it was for me to buy it over Marcum and Vexilar. Does that mean I love that unit over those? Nope, they're all about the same to me. But I could afford the HB.
 

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Plan on doing some icing in TN, huh? LMAO

Seriously, man...just get what works best for YOU. They're all pretty much the same. My decisions are always made on affordability. If it's in my price range and I get the features I want, I buy it.

I bought the HB Ice55 because of how cheap it was for me to buy it over Marcum and Vexilar. Does that mean I love that unit over those? Nope, they're all about the same to me. But I could afford the HB.
Genius!
 

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Don't know about you guys, but I would LOVE to have this unit on the ice... Super affordable and seems to be PERFECT for hut fishing.



Lowrance Launches Affordable 4-Inch Fishfinder/Chartplotter Models with CHIRP Sonar Functionality




Lowrance, a world-leading brand in fishing electronics since 1957 — announced today the launch of the Mark-4 and Elite-4 CHIRP series, the latest in a lineup of award-winning Elite fishfinder/chartplotter displays.
The all-new, easy-to-use Mark-4 and Elite-4 combine CHIRP Sonar with DownScan Imaging™ technology, a super-bright, daylight-viewable, LED-backlit display, built-in GPS antenna and high-definition mapping options – all at affordable prices.

Featuring a Lowrance-exclusive, 4.3-inch, high-resolution display – in grayscale or color, respectively – the Mark-4 and Elite-4 CHIRP models include all of the features of the Mark-4 and Elite-4 HDI Series with the addition of CHIRP sonar technology, which provides improved target resolution and superior noise rejection for clearer, easy-to-see baitfish and game fish targets. Anglers can also select a DownScan Imaging view, which provides picture-like images of fish-holding structure beneath the boat.

Utilizing the exclusive Lowrance DownScan Overlay™, anglers can combine DownScan Imaging views with CHIRP sonar to separate fish targets from surrounding structure. Advanced Signal Processing (ASP), another Lowrance exclusive, reduces the need to manually adjust settings to see fish, structure and bottom detail more clearly. TrackBackTM feature allows anglers to scroll back in recorded sonar history and review structure, transitions and fish targets to designate locations with a waypoint.

The Mark-4 and Elite-4 CHIRP multi-window display allows anglers to choose from pre-set page layouts including a three-panel view. An easy-to-use page selector menu system provides quick access to all features using one-thumb operation.

The Elite-4 CHIRP features a highly accurate, built-in GPS antenna and a detailed U.S. background map with more than 3,000 lakes and rivers, plus coastal contours to 1,000 ft. A micro SD card can be used to display Lake Insight™ and Nautic Insight™ HD and PRO cartography, as well as Navionics® Gold, HotMaps® Premium, Fishing Hotspots® PRO and Jeppesen C-Map Max-N charts. The Elite-4 CHIRP is compatible with the Insight Genesis™ map-creation service, which allows users to make custom, high-resolution contour maps from recorded sonar logs, including bottom-hardness and vegetation overlays, as well as Insight Genesis Social Map community chart sharing.

“Launching the Mark-4 and Elite-4 CHIRP Series represents a key milestone for Lowrance,” said Leif Ottosson, CEO, Navico. “With this launch, all of the products in our standalone Elite series – from 9- to 4-inch display sizes – now have the benefit of CHIRP sonar technology. This is just another example of how Lowrance continues to bring affordable features with meaningful benefits to a growing number of fishermen around the world.”


The new Elite-4 CHIRP series offers a choice of 83/200 kHz HDI or 50/200 kHz HDI transducer-pack options with depth capabilities to 1,000 and 3,000 feet, respectively. An Elite-4x CHIRP fishfinder-only model is available as well as an Elite-4 Navionics+ bundle that includes high-definition cartography featuring U.S., Canada, Alaska, coastal Bahamas, Great Lakes and major Canadian lakes detail. Elite-4 CHIRP IceMachine models can also be purchased as a combo unit or standalone-fishfinder, and deliver 20-degree sonar coverage down to 1,000 feet (305-meters) with an included custom, weighted, ice-fishing transducer and unique float system. IceMachine units feature a weatherproof, soft-sided pack with easy-to-find, front- and rear-zipped access, an adjustable display platform for easy viewing and two StowAway® utility boxes.

Protected by the Lowrance Advantage Service program, the Elite-4 CHIRP can be purchased from authorized Lowrance dealers and distributors throughout the United States and Canada for $299 (83/200 kHz) and $399 (50/200kHz). The Mark-4 CHIRP will be available for $229 (83/200 kHz) and $329 (50/200kHz).
Ill be Debbie downer. Screen is too small. Marcum has better target separation. Don't need CHRIP on the ice. And what Don and Ken said X100!!
 

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Oh and when I was in BPS buying a HB597 I saw they had the Elite 4 for $99!!

If someone wants a cheap finder that's it.
 

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I use the Elite 4x for both ice fishing and my toon. Cheap and works great for what I need...not like I'm fishing 10,000 acres out of the toon in a day.. Only having a toon..I would rather have a hand held gps ...if I owned one at all.. because I could also use it for hiking and biking..as well as ice fishing.

You really don't need much of a fish finder to catch fish..just need to fish.
 

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You may want to look into it but i dont think you can use the CHIRP models through the ice... ??

I may be wrong or thinking about another unit/feature... But I know there are some lowrance models that are not good for ice fishing.
 

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Yea yea yea... I'm an ass...

But seems to me that a fully functional GPS/Sonar combo that can handle all the maps cards out there and has Chirp is a pretty good deal for the price. Also has downscan imaging..

And Kenny, if I don't get a chance to ice here in Tennessee, I'll drive north a ways. :)

But as I've said before, I've always been a boatless angler. Perhaps with the acquisition of a boat, my desire to go out on the ice will dissipate. I only had one good long fruitful ice season... Last year. But every trip (save one) was successful. Using the sonar was a revelation to me, as I've never used one before last season.

So if I seem like I'm over-zealous about ice fishing or sonars, its because the sonar technologies and techniques I learned ice fishing were so new and were so fruitful.
 

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For the raft I just bought, my x67c will be perfect. Even working on a small PVC mount to keep the ice ducer stationary. Will hopefully get a trolling motor for it in a month or so, so we will be fully aqua-mobile, at least for the small waters around here. March we will be buying the 17' aluminum boat with gas motor, so I will be needing something with GPS. Would like a 7" or larger screen, so this Elite 4 Chirp will be undersized.

My thought was that it would be a nice option for those of you who can ice and are in the market.
 

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I did buy the iceducer for mine a few weeks ago...used it once on the ice and it beats the heck out of the skimmer on a stick I'd been using previously..nice not having to mess with it anymore..Well worth the $70 bucks.
 

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I like fishing with my 67c from a small boat... I actually saw my first "arch" when we went out on that rented Jon boat a couple months ago. It looked more like a blob than an arch, but when I turned down the sensitivity, the next one looked like a thin pencilled arch.

We caught a bunch that day, but I can't honestly say we did much with the finder except checking for depth. Never got em under the boat, caught most of them trolling kastmasters and tube jigs.
 

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You may want to look into it but i dont think you can use the CHIRP models through the ice... ??

I may be wrong or thinking about another unit/feature... But I know there are some lowrance models that are not good for ice fishing.
Looks like the CHIRP models can be used through the ice:

The Lowrance Elite-5 HDI CHIRP Ice Machine combines CHIRP sonar, DownScan Imaging™, a built-in GPS and a portable ice-fishing pack with an ice transducer so locating fish and fish-holding structure is a breeze any time of year.
 
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