What is your favorite depth finder

Discussion in 'Fishing Electronics Review' started by RiverKing, Feb 6, 2008.

Which depth finder do you like

  1. Lowrance

  2. Eagle

  3. Garmin

  4. Humminbird

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  1. RiverKing

    RiverKing Active Member

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    Whats everyones favorite depth finder, what kind do you use.What do you think is the best?
     
  2. Big Sam

    Big Sam Well-Known Member

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    i got the lowrance 520-c with gps and up-graded lake maps for the bottom half of the U.S. So far so good.:big_smile:
     

  3. jdstraka

    jdstraka Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    I Love My Lowrance 339-C-DF , I Guess Hummingbird has a new side scanner that's to DIE for according to DH but I don't know Just yet how I can get this one past the Wife,She will Squeze a Buffalo Nickle till it takes a DUMP LOL J.D.:smile2:
     
  4. crazyjet1

    crazyjet1 New Member

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    My buddy has the 520 c and i like it better than the one on my boat, its a garmin.
     
  5. Arkansascatman777

    Arkansascatman777 New Member

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    I voted for Lowrance and have the 334-c and really like it. But I have heard a lot of good things about the new hummingbirds with the side view imaging.
     
  6. dougc

    dougc Active Member

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    Ditto for me-LMS334 on the back of the boat, and an Eagle Fishmark 480 on the bow trolling motor. I'm done upgrading the sonar units on this boat, the next thing to be upgraded will be the boat!:smile2:

    Then I might think about one of the new Humminbirds.
     
  7. catfishcrazy256

    catfishcrazy256 New Member

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    imatt i have a hummingbird 797sci want the new big screne bird 1197 its $3000.00 ,HOW ABOUT A LOAN LOL :smile2:
     
  8. blackwaterkatz

    blackwaterkatz Active Member

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    Everyone has their preferences, and mine is Lowrance. I've had cheap humminbirds, one Eagle Fishmark 480 (very good buy for the money), and several Lowrance models, including my current LMS-337c df. I've read some of the HB SI reviews here and elsewhere, looked at screen shots, and usage reports, and I went to BP on Saturday ready to buy one. There I spent maybe 30-40 minutes looking at all the different brands and models on display, played with the demo on them, etc, etc. and decided that there just isn't enough there to justify spending that extra money for the side imaging. Side imaging aside, my unit does a super job, with (in my opinion, of course) better target definition and clarity. I cover a lot of ground and find a lot of structure and fish with it, and I know that the majority of catfish caught by the brothers here do not come as a result of side imaging. So, I ended up buying an updated map card only, and came back home with lots of money still in my pocket. :big_smile:
    The side imaging units are a super interesting addition to fishing electronics, but I don't think it would totally replace my existing unit, even if I had bought one. I don't mean to detract from the positives of the Humminbirds, or influence anyone else's purchase. Just wanted to explain why I don't think I need one just yet. Thanks for listening, y'all.
     
  9. CoonX

    CoonX Member

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    Fox Horizon Marker.
    It's accurate to the inch and can be used from the shore.
    It's also loads cheaper than any electronic depth finder.

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  10. flatheadfisher

    flatheadfisher New Member

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    I am still using my Eagle Optima. But, it is almost 10 years old. Weird, it just seems like yesterday when I was agonizing over spending that much money on a depthfinder.

    I have been thinking about upgrading. So, I look forward to hearing what you all are using!
     
  11. 223reload

    223reload New Member

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    My preference is none,Never wanted to be that good,Too much fun just goin out an fishin,I would feel like a cheater if I had one.
     
  12. krowbar

    krowbar New Member

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    Lowrance LCX-28
     
  13. deerhunter4

    deerhunter4 New Member

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    Thanks for the point of views everyone?
     
  14. BKS72

    BKS72 New Member

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    I've only ever had Humminbirds. I started with a Matrix 25 or 27 and last Jan. I upgraded to the 797 side imaging. Love 'em, but they're all I've used:smile2:. Seems like everybody else's boat I get on has a Lowrance installed on it and those guys catch a lot of fish. I love the side image feature, gps, and regular sonar on the 'bird units and I'm familliar with their menus and how the buttons work so I'll probably stick with them.
     
  15. dankitch

    dankitch New Member

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    I did have an Eagle Fishmark 480. I loved that finder. But I upgraded about 1 year ago. I got a Lowrance LMS 525. Color screen, GPS, and alot more power. Oh yeah and I purchased a Hotmaps Premium card. I don't think the card was worth the money though.
     
  16. Catgirl

    Catgirl New Member

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    Matt I couldn't vote because I don't know enough about depth/fish finders.

    I do have a ? though. Sitting here is an Eagle Ultra II that my buddy Bill bought off a guy (his neighbor) for 50 bucks. I don't think they make this model anymore, but it's obviously never been used; cables still bound and everything intact in the plastic case. I just need to go online and see if I can print out a user's manual, that's the only thing missing. So my question is, it's worth $50 right?
     
  17. Doctor

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    Wow Tanya I had one of those back in 1994 it is a great unit, I just may have the manual here at the house, I'll look.............Doc
     
  18. Doctor

    Doctor Member

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    Found it I made it into a PDF I'll send it to you pm...........Doc
     
  19. Arkansascatman777

    Arkansascatman777 New Member

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    Thanks Doc for helping Tanya :cool2:. Reps to ya for that! I know you are busy but it's good to see ya posting. I for one miss reading your knowledge that you bring to the board.
     
  20. ronlyn239

    ronlyn239 New Member

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    Not trying to hijack the thread, but here is a question for the Lowrance guys. Some use 520's, which use external GPS antenna, some use 522's...same unit, internal GPS. So what's the best way to go???