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Topic: $200 fish finder?  (Read 1171 times)

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If you had $200 to spend on a fish finder, what would you buy?
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This or any of the compact Lowrance units are my favorites:  http://basspro.com/Lowrance-Mark4-Fishfinder/Chartplotter/product/11090805011714/247264 

Mix and match options/prices they pretty much have a model for everyone now  :smt002


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Just received a Lowrance Mark 4 - DSI GPS/Sonar combo from cabelas.  It was $199 out the door as shipping is currently free.  Plus they're giving 20% back in cabelas points for those who are cabela club members... 

I used it for the first time on Saturday in HMB and thought it worked great.

As Joe Bob Briggs would say - "Check it out"


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I'm looking at the Lowrance Elite 4x DSI unit for my new yak, sells for under $200 and the DSI is awesome ! 
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Think about transducer mounting on the DSI units. Needs to be in the water, not in the hull. At least that is what I hear to be fact.
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that is what I hear to be fact.

 Hear Hear..  I'll second that fact !  :smt001

 The cone angle is wide... but very narrow. It will show depth and bottom contour but, has a hard time picking up detail shooting thru hull. 
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I have a Mark4 and really like it. For the money I think it's your best bet.
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that is what I hear to be fact.

 Hear Hear..  I'll second that fact !  :smt001

 The cone angle is wide... but very narrow. It will show depth and bottom contour but, has a hard time picking up detail shooting thru hull.
I'll have to call BS on this one  :smt002  It's working great shooting through the hull  :smt003  Only thing is i'm not really getting very many arches, but detects bait pretty darn well.


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I'm debating whether I should buy the Lowrance mark 4 or the elite 4x DSI. Which one you guys think I should get?
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 I am looking at the Lowrance mark 4x dsi also. I am wondering Just how easy or difficult it is to orientate to structure as compared to a cheaper non dsi model. Can I determine  the direction  a reef edge follows .
In other words , how does it compare to side scanning with it's whole picture.


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that is what I hear to be fact.

 Hear Hear..  I'll second that fact !  :smt001

 The cone angle is wide... but very narrow. It will show depth and bottom contour but, has a hard time picking up detail shooting thru hull.
I'll have to call BS on this one  :smt002  It's working great shooting through the hull  :smt003  Only thing is i'm not really getting very many arches, but detects bait pretty darn well.
i would go with alshobieai,i thought the same thing from the reviews but it seems to be working for al.if your doing alot of bottom fishing alot of times the fish sits on the bottom so you wouldnt pick it up.and besides did you guys see the size of his wsb :smt003
My biggest worry is that my wife(when I'm dead)will sell my fishing gear for what I said I paid for it


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Thanks for all the responses guys. Do they make a supper mount transducer for this model?
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West Marine has a Lowrance Mark-4X DSI Portable (non colored) for sale for $199. It's on clearance because it was d/c but DSI is awesome.
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West Marine has a Lowrance Mark-4X DSI Portable (non colored) for sale for $199. It's on clearance because it was d/c but DSI is awesome.

do you mean FF only - not FF and GPS combo unit?


 

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