Built to last!
That is Garmins motto for it’s line of GPS and fish finders. They promote their products as being tough as nails, and built to…welll, last obviously. Do they do a good job comapred to Lowrance and Humminbird? That is what we are going to address here in this article.
First of all, I did some research on what exactly is the best fish finder. I googled the phrase, and of course I got all kinds of sites and all kinds of people telling me what they thought was the best. I like the Fish Finder Fanatic site personally…it’s a little ugly, a little tacky, but they have some articles and stuff that helps aside from just the obvious affiliate reviews.
Alright, so we have Garmin, Lowrance and Humminbird. Aside from the motto, what else is there to say about Garmin? They have a wide range of products in all price categories. On the other hand, you don’t really see much of their high end offers…so I guess they contend for the best fish finder in the lower end of the scale. Try a Garmin Echo 550c maybe.
Lowrance has a new model, the Elite 7 HDI. This monster is definitely one of the best fish finding devices available. Otherwise you can’t go wrong with the Elite 4x or the Elite 5. It depends on what you want as far as extras go. For example do you need GPS or do you just want the best way to find the fish?
Finally we have Humminbird. Now this is my favorite brand just so you know. I’m a little biased towards them. I hardly believe I mentioned them last! They have been around a long time, and I personally know some charter fishermen that exclusively use Humminbird GPS and fish finders on their boats.
So, just what is the best fish finder? In my next articles I will go through each of the offerings and see if we can figure it out together. Stay tuned for Part 2!
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When out fishing, I couldn’t get to hard-to-find spots where the fish are. When I first started using boats I would depend on friends for advice on the best fishing spots. Everyone seemed to have their own opinion on where to get a sure bite. Everyone also boasted about the size of fish they caught at the said spots. Everyone except me seemed to be able to get fish. It was only later that I realized that everyone was using fish finders. This is when I went out and bought my first one. It was just a basic fish finder with no display. I have come a long way since then.
Advantages of using Fish Finders
Most anglers know that the typical picture perfect scenarios don’t get you fish. You’ll often see a picture post card of a man on a boat in the middle of a lake surrounded by hills. It looks very pretty. But the man in the picture won’t catch any fish. This is because fish are usually found in specific spots. They are found in places which they find safer to feed in. They are found where they find shelter. Often, depending on the time of the day, you can find fish in the shadows of a structure along the shore. You need to know where underwater reefs or artificial submerged features on the lake or river beds are. Knowing the relief of the lake or river bed is very important if you want to catch fish. Fish finders are very handy here.
Determine the best one for you by your Usage
There are several types of fish finders available in the market today. Some are really cheap while others are very expensive. When I started looking for them, I wanted to know what the best fish finder available was. My search and analysis found that there is no single fish finder that can be termed as the best. Each has its own pros and cons. It all depends on the usage. You need to determine how important a fish finder is for you and if you will really put it to use. The fish finders these days are packed with features. Each of these features comes with a price. You need to determine if you want to pay for all these features.
These devices are primarily meant to be used on boats. The ones made for boats are also very bulky. Some have a GPS device embedded. This can be very useful if you constantly explore new terrain like complex waterways and at sea where visual points of reference are missing. They can also be very helpful in storing your favorite fishing spots. In cases of emergency these can also act as a safety feature to communicate your coordinates to others. If your fishing is primarily land based, you don’t need these bulky devices. You can get a small land based device to help you map the water bed. These fish finders are also very cheap and can be carried around easily. They attach to a fishing rod, or can be worn on your wrist.
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