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08-13-2015, 09:35 PM #1
time for a new "fish finder"
Its time for this old fisherman to upgrade to a current model of fish finder. Soooo many choices! I usually just use my finder for depth and a little for structure, but not much as I usually know the lake I'm fishing fairly well. That said, it'd be nice to have one'a them new fangled fancy schmancy thingamajiggers. I'm not looking to spend $700, but I don't want some cheap POS for $100 either. I'm hearing good stuff about the Hummingbird Helix, but does the DSI really work? Is it pretty accurate and is it even necessary? So give me your thoughts, what do you run on your boat? If you've used DSI, is it worth it or is it pretty much new technology that isn't quite there yet? Thanks in advance for your input!i wonder if the fish dream about me as often as i dream about them?
08-14-2015, 05:32 AM #2
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08-14-2015, 06:46 AM #3
Hard to beat the Lowrance Elite 4 or 5 series with DSI for price and features. Yes , DSI is great and worth the extra cost.
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08-14-2015, 01:18 PM #4
I just purchased the Lowrance elite 5 & 7. Haven't had a chance to use them, but really like everything I've read about them so far. But I also purchased the novionics chips for both of them as well. I installed the 5 up front as a flush mount, which required some extra work, but I like the results. I need to install the 7. It shouldn't take me long to do it, but it's been way to hot outside. That's my excuse any way. But I'm also having an issue trying to figure out which way I want a go with the transducer with the 7. I think the outside mount will give me a better picture, but a shoot through hull transducer would be one less thing to worry about damaging while fishing timber or shallow water.
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08-14-2015, 01:49 PM #5
08-14-2015, 01:54 PM #6
08-14-2015, 02:06 PM #7
DSI is definitely worth the bucks. I was never sold on side imaging until I went fishing with Ander and he showed us what that feature could do.
If you really just want to see depth and nothing else, go for a used unit.
If you want to be amazed and wonder how you ever fished before, go for the side scan. The bigger the screen the further away you can have your face from the glass and still see things.
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08-14-2015, 03:55 PM #8
I may have wished I had gotten a side scan system myself. Once you get the contrast set right, it will show you a decent picture. But you got a play with it. Same goes for the DSI system. I see too many people invest in these and they don't know how to use them right. Read the book and play with it, they are awesome.
08-14-2015, 06:23 PM #9
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I got the Lowrance Elite 7 last year and love it. They now have the Elite Chirp 7 for even $50 cheaper than what I paid for $549 at BPS I think.
Highly recommend it, installed with a RAM mount.
08-18-2015, 09:41 AM #10
Appreciate all the input, guys! i was leaning toward the helix, but hearing y'all talk about the elite i am rethinking. i am really looking forward to using 'lectrics for fishing rather than depth!i wonder if the fish dream about me as often as i dream about them?
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