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Post Posted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 10:00 pm    Post subject: First Fish finder.

I’m looking for a fish finder for my tinny, under $500. Looking for any suggestions as to what brands and models are good.

Also, are they really helpful to catch fish?

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Post Posted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 10:09 pm    Post subject: Re: First Fish finder.

Super helpful for finding fish, and also helpful for warning you when it is getting too shallow for your boat.

Michael Ede at In and Outboard Marine is the guru, he will let you know if there are worthwhile models under $500.

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Post Posted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 11:45 pm    Post subject: Re: First Fish finder.

Hook 7 is maybe just a touch over that price but looks like an OK unit. Every now and again an old hds5 turns up for 2-300 bucks, solid units


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Post Posted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 10:36 am    Post subject: Re: First Fish finder.

I had a Lowrance hook 3x that came with my tinny, it's cute as.... it was a Sounder only. 8)

And its still running perfectly sitting next to the LOWRANCE ELITE 9 that I have also got next to it (they're around a grand now. I think they may make a smaller version of it ) the 3x never missed a beat and for a basic unit it went OK. :mrgreen:
But I wanted side scan, a biggger screen and chart plotter too so cashed up a bit paying almost $1500 back then on sale.

They both read within a couple of hundred mm of each other for depth accuracy. When running next to each other in sonar mode the basic 3x unit still marks the same fish and depth as the ELITE 9 just a far clearer image on the bigger fish and a definite answer on those maybes with the elite. Great asset for troll runs on rocky areas or hidden holes and snags midstream also being able to mark a snag or area where you just got a hit is a key factor to being able to drive back over it again in areas of open water with no nearby landmarks :? or also if trying to anchor on a wreck or other structure in the harbour. :drinking8:

From this experience I'd just personally save up a bit more and get a slightly better sounder. Just my 2c.

After all you can transfer it to your next tinny if you want to eventually upgrade aswell. It saves time as you can scan an area then decide if its worth a go Also its heaps of fun to twiddle with when trolling around in a mad zigzag... :lol: . Long casts over snags or shallows are areas that you have to still just suss out with your casts though as they are only good for depth in 1m or less and don't read that far away from the hull out to the sides.

Having said this the best electronics in the world won't be able to get a shut down barra to have a go at the lure you just threw if you don't have anything they want. I've got plenty of fish into the high 80s casting into and trolling likely areas without a sounder at all on the hire tinnys at coroboree back when I was an apprentice. :fishing:


But I can now say confidently :o
"Yep, .... small barra LHS 2m down sitting over a snag in 5m."
then at least present a lure to them cutting out the snagged casts on the right that may have spooked the couple of fish sitting there.

Good luck and read the instructions :banghead: .


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Post Posted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 12:53 pm    Post subject: Re: First Fish finder.

Thanks very much for the replies. I am tossing up between the lowrance hook2 7X vs 5 tripleshot. As far as I can tell the main difference is plot tracking vs pre loaded mapping. Maps would be good but are they worth the price jump?


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Post Posted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 3:04 pm    Post subject: Re: First Fish finder.

Get the 7 triple shot. 610 from Mr Boats on ebay, 10%off code PICKY10 makes it 550 bucks for a 7" with sidescan. 5 is too small gor sidescan


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Post Posted: Fri Jun 15, 2018 5:32 pm    Post subject: Re: First Fish finder.

I fully understand everyone has a budget to work to, as I suffered through a 5 inch black and white Humminbird sounder for 8 years.
It did a job, basic plotting (No Map), seemed to be pretty accurate with the depth, and would mark some fish.
In the end, I got sick of seeing all the fancy screen shots of down scan and side scan, so I saved as much as I could and bought myself a Garmin Echomap 95sv.
Got it for a good price on sale (Always look for sales on sounders as they seem to have a very high markup!!! ) and I haven't looked back since. Now also got myself an Echomap 95sv Plus ( Thank Lats !!!) . The difference in screen size between a 5" sounder and a 9" sounder is huge. Mapping capabilities are great. Side scan and down scan are amazing.
My advice would be, if you can hold off and save a bit longer, do it, as the sounders you will be able to afford with a few extra hundred dollars will be like chalk and cheese with what is out there in your current budget range.
As for brands, I'm a Garmin man myself as I believe they are the best value for money, but that is just my opinion. All brands have positives and negatives.
Best of luck finding something!!!


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Post Posted: Sat Jun 16, 2018 9:42 am    Post subject: Re: First Fish finder.

Cheers for the advice.

I ended up going for the lowrance hook2 7x which has side scan and gps. Doesn't have maps yet but I can get a card for it later.

Took it out yesterday for the first time, saw something in the scanner that was pretty big maybe a dolphin..]

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Post Posted: Sat Jun 16, 2018 9:43 am    Post subject: Re: First Fish finder.

One other thing, the transducer is about 20cm long do they snap easy or is there anything I can get to protect it? Cheers


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Post Posted: Sat Jun 16, 2018 3:23 pm    Post subject: Re: First Fish finder.

Fold it up when towing or heading down a loggy river like the daly


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Post Posted: Sat Jun 16, 2018 3:44 pm    Post subject: Re: First Fish finder.

Congrats on the new unit.

Looks like you got a screenshot of a passing torpedo.

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