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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!
 

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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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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've had the 'Bird Helix 5 SI for about 3 months now. I picked up this unit so I could start using my electronics for a little more than depth/contour water temp etc. and start being able to really target what I'm looking for in structure. It does the job real well. This was an upgrade from the Lowrance Mark 5X for me. Its a total game changer, especially on Lake Austin where now that I have it I would consider it essential. Side Imaging picks up structure all the way to the bank, even under docks.
 

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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.
Does your transducer mount have a kick-up mechanism? My last one didn't and I didn't think it was necessary. But sure enough my new one has been kicked-up a few times now while out there fishing and I never felt like I hit anything.
 

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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.

In my opinion.
 

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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.
 

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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!
 

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If you go humminbird i would recommend confirming that the transducer is high definition regardless of what it says on the unit itself. I wish they were more upfront about this issue.
 

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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.
BPS has that upgrade option if your unit is less than a year old.
 
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