Looking for a cheap simple depthfinder

Discussion in 'Boat Tips' started by Salmonid, Jun 15, 2006.

  1. Salmonid

    Salmonid New Member

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    Hey guys, I just picked up a 14 'jon boat with a 35 hp johnson on it and pretty much had to sell my soul to the devil ( wife) so now I got a boat and no depthfinder... yup, thats a real problem....so Im looking ofor a inexpensive one that has depth and water temp, after that I dont care.. any ideas?
    Ill certainly trade something for one if anyone has an older one they are willing to part with.

    Any and all input appreciated!
    Salmonid
     
  2. solomon

    solomon New Member

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    Eagle Cuda 242 is about $75
     

  3. catseeman

    catseeman New Member

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    Tape maeasure with a thermometor glued to it. lmao.
    Last year i bought a humming bird pirrana epth finder or about $75 at dicks sporting goods. And a remote temp sensor for $7 at wally world . look in the auto dept., they were cheapr than in sporting goods. Mine has 20 ft, cord. the built in unit on my boat only reads surface temp. I like to be able to read deeper temps. You might try housewares for a inside/outside thermomitor.
     
  4. Salmonid

    Salmonid New Member

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    Yeah, Im looking att those now but trying to locate one much cheaper then that if possible. Used perhaps and Fee Bay are where Im looking now.
    Thanks for the info though!
    Salmonid
     
  5. jim

    jim New Member

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    Jeepers I spent two days trying to give away a Lowrance X-85 which was a 500$ top of the line model.All it needed was a transducer and power cable which can be had for 79$ from LEI.Some one finally asked for it yesterday.::eek:oooh:
     
  6. Salmonid

    Salmonid New Member

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    Yeah I saw that but saw others finally were interested in it before I could jump on it, I was thinking about it since 79 bucks and was still way more then I really wanted to pay. But I fully appreciate the followup:big_smile:
    Salmonid
     
  7. Koda

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  8. Skunk Master

    Skunk Master New Member

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    I just bought a Eagle Cuda 168 at Bass pro for 48.00 That was the internet price, so thats what they sold it to me for..
     
  9. photocat

    photocat New Member

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    I got the old cuda 128 portable for my john and probably my trihull now too and that works well enough... I don't need to nessessarily see fish, i fish for the structure...
     
  10. blackwaterkatz

    blackwaterkatz Active Member

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    I just bought a lowrance x107c. My eagle 480 works good, but I wanted something with more power, hopefully will help identify fish in structure a little better, and the color screen is nice, too. I don't have it installed yet, but hopefully will get to test it later this week.
     
  11. Arkie55

    Arkie55 New Member

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    You can't go wrong with the Cuda by Eagle. I have the 168 and I love it. Great features for a cheap unit. It has temp, zoom, alarms, bottom lock, back lighting, manual or auto, sensitivity control, and Grey line feature. I love mine.
     
  12. katcatchingfool

    katcatchingfool New Member

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    mark im in the same boat as you im currently looking to get one myself
     
  13. Salmonid

    Salmonid New Member

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    Arkie, thats the one Im looking at( Eagle Cuda 168) , Bass Pro has on sale now for 49 bucks.

    Catcatchingfool, check it out....

    Thanks for all the feedback guys!!
    Salmonid
     
  14. rcneman

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    I have a friend that has fished for several decades and he uses the Cuda 168 on some of his watercraft... it's good for water depth and some structure according to him....in the end you get what you pay for.

    good luck
    rc
     
  15. gadzooks

    gadzooks New Member

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    Cuda 168 gets my vote too, just turn of the damn fish symbols, don't work anyhow. Garmin makes a nice inexpensive finder also.
     
  16. 223Smitty

    223Smitty New Member

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    Mark (and Jason)- I recently got a Eagle Fishmark 480 ($199), but haven't had a chance to use it yet, so I can't say much about it.

    Reason for my post is, if you go to www.eaglesonar.com you can compare the Eagle brands (side by side), including the Cuda's. Might help you in your decision(s).

    Good Luck!
    Smitty
     
  17. SilverCross

    SilverCross New Member

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    I got a really cheap one. It's good from 0 to 100 feet and very accurate. Ten ounces of lead, a string with a knot ever foot and is always correct. ROFLOL.
     
  18. blackwaterkatz

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    I had one of those, but after that string got tangled around the wife's ankles a couple of times, she went out and bought me one with the lights and whistles, and everything, and all....:big_smile: It works ok, long as the battery is hooked up to it. It took a while to learn how to use it, sure am glad it's waterproof.
     
  19. jim

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    String thing won't work because the man said he wanted temp also.Back before electronics got so cheap and affordable I just used what I had, KIDS.Tie a marked line around their ankle and have them dive over and swim down to the bottom.Mark the line in 1 ft segments.Mine were always dropping something overboard and having to dive down to get it so I thought I 'll just make use of the situation.Water Temp ?No sweat if the come back up screaming and shivering the water is below 80 degreees.If they say "Geeez" that felt good its over 80.No problem!!!!!!:cool2: :tounge_out: :wink: :roll_eyes: :smile2: :big_smile: