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I was looking at some Bottom Line fish finders... I was wondering what would be a really good, but cheap fish finder... lol... Only place I would be using it would be lake powell and on a canoe at that... any suggestions?
 
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I have an Eagle Fish Easy and a cheap Hummimgbird. When used at the same time, the deeper the water, the bigger the difference in the readings- as much as 6' diff at 80'. Have no idea which one is right but not sure it matters. At 15' they both read within tenths
 

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I would get an eagle fishmark 320 or 480. Bottomline used to make good stuff, but I had a 480max a few years ago and sent it right back after the first trip. The screen was hard to see and the algorithum the use to filter noise out was not smooth.
 

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I also agree with the Eagle brand, I have the 320 and 480 on my boat, Both have worked flawlessly and have good resolution. You can easily see the baitfish and even your lure as you jig below it. I believe that Eagle and Lowrance are basically the same unit as the but not sure why the same basic unit is marketed under two different names. Eagle is typically cheaper than the same exact unit with the Lowrance name. Great unit for a pretty darn good price.


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Fishintim said:
I have an Eagle Fish Easy and a cheap Hummimgbird.  When used at the same time, the deeper the water, the bigger the difference in the readings- as much as 6' diff at 80'.  Have no idea which one is right but not sure it matters.  At 15' they both read within tenths
At first thought, I figured that maybe the transducer for one of your units is not mounted level. That would give the signal a greater distance to travel to the bottom and back. That is probably not the case
since they are both within a tenth at 15 feet.
 

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I also would go with an Eagle over the BottomLine. I have both of them and
the bottomline would be marking fish and beeping even when I would pull it
out of the water. I have a Cuda 128 that is decent. It's under $l00. I just
bought a Lowrance x67 that has color and it's graphics are awesome. It's
in the $250 range.
 

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Well, thanks for the input, but I still need one that is cheap, and portable, so I can put it on a canoe... right now the Bottom line Fishin' Buddy 1101 is the best I got for a canoe...
 

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You asked for an assessment,,,, my fishmark 320 ice set up is totally portable and it is nearly as good at detecting fish and telling me what is going on as my Lowance LCM 332, just not as flashy. I can't say the same about the other units you are looking at.
 

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yeah... I did ask for that... Just wondering if some of the ones you guys mentioned come in a cheap portable version. I just saw the bottom line one on cabelas for $40... all we need it for is to find stripers at LP...
 
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