Time for a new fishfinder

Discussion in 'Saltwater Fishing Forum' started by Samson, Mar 23, 2020.

  1. Samson

    Samson New Member

    Hi All. My 13-year-old Lowrance elite 5 finally kicked the bucket. Not sure if it is the transducer or the unit itself, but it only picks up depths 5% of the time. I'm ready for a new unit.

    I currently use my boat for prawning 90% of the time and fishing 10%. Now that I live on Gambier Island full-time, I'd like to make it more like 50-50.

    Is there a unit for under $1000 that is good enough for what I am looking to do or will I regret not spending a few extra $$$ for something better? I'm overwhelmed by the choices out there. Thanks in advance.
     
  2. ericl

    ericl Well-Known Member

    For the most part, the smaller the screen the lower the price. I don't think a small screen would impact prawning much. As for fishing, the larger screen shows much more history so that if you are mucking with your gear & not watching the screen, chances are that when you are done mucking a look at the screen will show a mark you would have otherwise missed.
    Knowing where & how deep the fish are are critical factors for success; depending on how you measure success. If it were me I'd get an Airmar TM 150 transducer medium frequency CHIRP & the biggest screen CHIRP sounder you WANT to afford; at least 8".
     
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  3. MadJigga

    MadJigga Crew Member

    I bought a 9” garmin from Radioworld. I believe it’s still on sale for $899 from 1500. It’s sweet and comes with the transducer
     
  4. bryce

    bryce Active Member

    Fisher_dude is selling an hds7 I believe if he still has it
     
  5. Sir Reel

    Sir Reel Well-Known Member

  6. Cabezon1

    Cabezon1 Active Member

    Thanks for the info. I am looking to upgrade/replace my fish finder as well. Does this unit come with west coast maps or do you have to buy it separately?
     
  7. UkeeDreamin

    UkeeDreamin Well-Known Member

    I replaced a Gen2 Lowrance HDS 7 with the Garmin EchoMap Plus 75CV last year, and love it! Came pre- loaded with all of Canada freshwater mapping but had to buy the chip for the marine areas. Can’t remember the cost but the new chips integrate the Garmin and Lowrance mapping for top notch charts. Easy to use and a much better screen than the old Lowrance unit, particularly in the sun. Great service and fast delivery from Radio City’s online store.

    Cheers!

    Ukee
     
  8. Sir Reel

    Sir Reel Well-Known Member

    You have to add G3 maps. $280.
    The 7” and 9” have the same resolution 400x800 so the 9” does not display more information just everything is bigger
     
  9. Huyfishin

    Huyfishin Member

    i thought the title of this thread said "time for a new fishing friend"

    I was gonna put my hand up
     
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  10. Sir Reel

    Sir Reel Well-Known Member

    Radio world is part of GPS Central too. Both have been good to me
     
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  11. bigbruce

    bigbruce Well-Known Member

  12. MadJigga

    MadJigga Crew Member

    I bought them separately. I believe it comes with all of North America but you can upgrade to a much better version
     
  13. Cabezon1

    Cabezon1 Active Member

    Right on. I was checking around and see that MEC has the G3 card for 175$.
     
  14. chromatose007

    chromatose007 Active Member

    Got a decent one for sale on the Buy Sell forum
     
  15. Matt16

    Matt16 New Member

    Radio World has great pricing. Happy with my Garmin 942XS.
     
  16. Stizzla

    Stizzla Crew Member

    I did two 7” screens. You could do two hook 7’s or similar and have one dedicated to charts and one for depth/fishfinder.
     
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  17. Samson

    Samson New Member

    Thanks All!! I will definitely check out all the options suggested. Does anyone know if the
    Lowrance® Elite-7 Ti² 3 in 1 with Nav+ comes with a transducer? It says 3-in-1 ready, but no mention of transducer on the product info. There is a $400 rebate on the HDS 7, but I also can't tell if it comes with a transducer.
     
  18. Alex

    Alex Member

    In my experience they typically do not. I have both an elite 7ti and elite 9ti right now and am wanting to get rid of one. Either one would come with a totalscan transducer!
     
  19. Samson

    Samson New Member

    Hi Alex! I might be interested. Can you name your price on the 7Ti plus transducer? Is it new or used? My email is robcocquyt at gmail.com
     

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