Fishfinder OpinionsPosted by robertsrandy on February 6, 2017 at 4:38 pm
I upgraded my trolling motor and now I’m ready to buy a new fishfinder. I will be using it mostly for crappie fishing, and would like to have gps capability.
If you are a crappie fisherman, please let me know what fishfinder you use and like, and/or which one you wish you had. When I look online there are so many choices, it’s difficult to weed through all the pros and cons.
MemberFebruary 7, 2017 at 2:11 am
I use humminbird units (999 SI and 959 DI up front linked). I chose birds because they are easier for me to use features wise and can get SI without any extra pieces or networking. Plus factory settings are pretty darn close so I dont have to tinker a ton. I am looking into the new Helix’s as well, same usability. In my opinion, if you have the time and money, Lowrance HDS unit show better detail and may be better overall graphics wise, but I could never invest the time to tune them up properly. I here the new garmins are great but I have no experience. I recommend either going with Humminbird or Lowrance and have someone on here help you out.
The larger the screen you can get the better, just makes life easier.
MemberFebruary 7, 2017 at 10:18 pm
I have a HDS-12 (Gen3) and HDS-7 (Gen2) and they are great. I just got the 12″ and Jard is right, bigger is MUCH better. Lowrance is great but I’m not a die hard Lowrance fan, it just made sense financially for me to upgrade one unit instead of both. Having said that, I don’t really think you can go wrong with any of the major competitors out there (Lowrance, Hummingbird, Raymarine or Garmin). I’ve seen great screenshots from all of them. I personally think Garmin’s Panoptix is VERY intriguing but that’s just my two cents. Good luck!
AdministratorFebruary 8, 2017 at 2:02 am
I use Lowrance HDS 10 and 7 Gen1
MemberFebruary 8, 2017 at 4:39 pm
I have lowerance hds 9 gen2 aND a hook 7 on bow. The hook is the basic low end but it dose just as good as the 9 just not all the bell and whistles you can get it with 9 in screen. The elites are middle grade they let you do transfer waypoints and do down and side scan with the hds if you have the cables to do so. All major brands are good as the other. And let you go as high tech as you want.
MemberFebruary 9, 2017 at 3:40 am
I have lowrance hds 5 wanting to upgrade to a 10. Just put a hook 7 on one of my boats at work and for the money it’s a good little unit. Mapping wise I like the hummingbird units better.
MemberFebruary 12, 2017 at 3:05 pm
After considering all the advice and opinions, and researching many other fishing forums on the internet, it does seem like any of the major brands would be fine. Because I’m just a casual weekend crappie fisherman with a budget, who would like to have a large screen, gps and decent Percy Priest mapping, I decided on the Hook 9 which is now selling for $599.
Side scanning and upgrading to Naviotics mapping and some of the other bells and whistles was very tempting, but in the end, I pretty much went with the basics (for nowadays). However, it feels like I died and woke up in fishfinder heaven because I’ve been using a Lowrance x102c (4″ screen) for many years, supplimented with a waterproof paper map and a cheap hand held gps unit. Thanks again for sharing your thoughts. I appreciate it very much!
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