My initial HDS 7 review

Discussion in 'Fishing Electronics Review' started by BigOBear, Apr 29, 2009.

  1. BigOBear

    BigOBear New Member

    I've had a chance to use the HDS 7 a few times now. I like it. Ok... maybe that's an understatement. Granted, I'm coming from an experience of using whatever came on my boat when I bought it which was probably a $2 piece of equipment.

    I've used the GPS quite a bit. Some of the things I've found it useful for are finding spots to fish based on channels, using it at night to follow stump free trails (that I created during the day... I fish some pretty stumpy water) back to the boat ramp, marking points where I've put hooks out in unfamiliar waters, and saving information on places that have produced fish.

    I have an B/W H20 GPS so the GPS on the HDS was familiar allbeit in a glitzy kind of way, but the sonar was a world of difference compared to my old one. I've marked fish arches and caught fish in places I've found with fish showing up. I'm not sure if what I've caught is what I saw earlier, but...

    The biggest confidence booster for the sonar piece came last weekend. We put only about a half dozen limb lines out one night around 6:30 on some places that we picked based on the GPS map and old fashioned looking around. While we were pulling away from the last tree, we saw the biggest fish arch we've seen on the unit. We eased on out of there and went to a bream bed to catch a few more baits for the rod fishing that night. On the way to where we were going to set up with the rods at about 7:30 we eased by the lines. The one that had the huge arch near it earlier had a 28lb blue cat on.

    The sonar didn't make the decision to put the hook there, but it sure felt nice to have it all fall into place like that and end up catching a nice one.

    I sure do like it and am glad I bought it. Now to start taking some screenshots to show my buds and Dad :wink:
  2. centexcop

    centexcop Well-Known Member

    I've been looking at getting a new HDS. Thanks for sharing the information.

  3. Wabash River Bear

    Wabash River Bear New Member

    I still havent got to use mine yet, its mounted and wired but still in the garage. :angry:
  4. mike turner

    mike turner New Member

    just bought a 10 and 5 hds. used it three times its great.:embarassed:
  5. Pip

    Pip Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the review. I'm pretty much setting back waiting on what kind of pricetag they put on everything, and read the reviews from people. I've gotten into a habit of not buying something when it first comes out. (Not saying anything disrespectful of who has already purchased one). Sometimes it takes a while to get some bugs worked out. Plus They seem to have been tightlipped on getting very many screenshots out of the structure finder AKA SideScan.

    Was playing with one today at a store... was hard to walk away without one.