Fishing is generally a fun activity for those who have mastered the art, but it could also lead to anger and frustration when someone spends all day or night out fishing with nothing to show for it. Being equipped with the best boat, fishing rod and the best fishing light money can buy will not exactly give you any good result if there are no fish in the waters you are fishing in. Throwing in the best bait will not do much either. To catch the fish, you need to know where to find the fish in the first place.
This is where fish finders come in. These very useful electronic devices scan under the water surface to locate the position of fish relative to your position. You will not be able to exactly see the actual fish, but the device will show an indication of where the fish is on the screen and an approximation of depth. Here is a review of some of the best fish finders on the market today.
1. Garmin Striker 4
This is a compact fish finder with a 3.5 inch screen and a built in moving map GPS. It uses a high quality CHIRP transducer technology with 200 watts RMS signal capable of penetrating up to 1600 feet deep in fresh water and up to 750 feet deep in salt water. The GPS comes in handy when you want to pinpoint your hotspots and mark them for future reference. The downside of this device is the small screen and having to switch between menus.
2. Garmin Striker 5Dv
This is an upgrade from the Garmin striker 4. It comes equipped with a 5-inch screen and a rugged housing. The big screen allows viewing of multiple parameters at once without having to switch between menus. The powerful RMS signal of 500 watts can reach a depth of 2,300 feet in fresh water and 1,100 feet in salt water.
3. Lowrance Hook-3x
This is not particularly a high-tech device and comes equipped with a rather small 3 inch LED screen. Its main strengths are its reliability and the reasonable price. If you are looking for a simple, cheap device, this is the one to go for. The downside of it is that the screen is not clear and one has to struggle to read and interpret the information presented. Also check the lowrance elite 7 and lowrance elite 5 hdi fish finders.
4. Raymarine Dragonfly 7 pro
Standard sonar on this device offers a very detailed photo like images of whatever is underneath. It comes with built in Wi-Fi to enable streaming of data to a smartphone. Although it lacks side imaging, the sonar has a wide angle and updates quickly. The mounting is rather simple and can stand anywhere on the boat.
5. Vexilar SP200 T Box
Vexilar SP200 T Box can work anywhere in the world. It is a smart phone capable device with a dedicated mobile app that streams information to the phone. It has an audio alarm that goes off when you get close to the fish. It comes with a depth finder which approximates the depth of the fish to help you adjust your fishing rod accordingly. The mounting is permanent which is desirable to those who don’t like carrying the device around.