After buying a 2005 Stratos 200 in Sep 2014, I started doing some reserch on Fishfinders and Trolling motors. Talked to many people and salespeople and settled on a HB 899SI, HB 859DI and a Minn Kota Terrova with Ipilot Link. In May I took a on the water course on using the HB’s to locate structure and fish but today 3 months later must admitt that so far the SI & DI have not proven to be effective for me. I fish mostly OH, KY, GU lakes and believe the GPS Lake Master / Navionics has helped a bunch in finding places to fish and that the sonar is effective.
On Jan 14th, I had the opportunity to fish with someone that used a Lowrance HDS 9 Touch. I found the SI & DI on that unit to be very useful in locating fish and the GPS & Sonar were also a lot more readable. On the DI screen the I could actually pickout fish (footballs) and see that they were suspended off the botton.
I have approx $2,000 invested in the HB’s and Switch…so before I sell out and start over I would value your opinions on both HB and Lowrance.
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