Why I did Reviews on Fishfinders ?
The reason I choose to do reviews on Fishfinders is mainly because I just moved to Florida a few months ago and I’m at a loss as to the different places to fish here. I figured a Fishfinder would at least give me a little edge on finding some fish.
Not knowing the water’s in the different areas left me with little knowledge as to the layout of the areas I was looking to fish at.
I thought a Fishfinder that showed depth, temperature and a few other basic features would be a huge help.
As I was looking at the different types of Fishfinders I was getting more confused by the minute so I figured other people might be having the same kind of problem as I was having.
Remember, I had absolutely no knowledge of how Fishfinders worked or what they were all about.
This is what I came up with and I hope it helps you out in being able to at least have a little knowledge in choosing the best fishfinder to meet your particular needs.
To help in your choosing the right Fishfinder for your type of fishing, I came up with I believe are basic questions you can ask yourself, maybe this can give you a starting point..
- Does most of your fishing take place in the shallower water or deeper water?
- Would a GPS as part of your fishfinder be of benefit to you?
- Would a portable Fishfinder be a plus in your type of fishing, meaning do you rent boats for your fishing?
- Is there any specific brand you heard about that you’re interested in?
After extensive researching on Fishfinders I came up what I feel were the three basic types of fishfinders..We have our Standard Fishfinders, GPS Fishfinders which includes built in GPS unit with either a built-in antenna or an external antenna; very nice for fishing in un-charted waters. Then we have the Portable Fishfinders, which include a suction cup transducer and a portable carry case allowing the fishfinder to operate on batteries. The portable is very nice if you’re like me and mostly rent boats when I fish.
Standard fishfinders come with a fixed Transom Mount Transducer, cable, and everything you need to operate your fishfinder.
Seems to be the most common one out there
Portable fishfinders come in two types, packaged and component. If your needs include a second boat or a rental boat you can purchase a separate power pack and suction cup transducer to use the same display in two boats. Again, this is the one I use as I do boat rentals mostly.
GPS Fishfinders are combination or combo units that have both a fishfinder sonar or depth finder as they are often called, and a Marine GPS Chartplotter or Trackplotter. On a Marine Chartplotter your position is superimposed over a moving map so that you can see your position at all times. This is a great option so you can always find your way back to the boat ramp.
A Marine GPS Fishfinder with a track plotter only shows your course. Both the Marine Chartplotter and the Marine Trackplotter will allow you to save your position (waypoint) for recall by name so you can get back to a particular position.Also a nice feature.
Take a look at the reviews on the fishfinders I posted so far, I think it might be able to help in selecting the correct one for your needs.
I did extensive research on the Fishfinder Reviews, there is not a lot out there I missed..lol
Do You Really Need A Fishfinder ?
Never did it dawn on me that there is one to fit just about any circumstance and budget. The problem was, the more I looked into it,the more confused I became.
I was not familiar with the terminology at all. Transducer, Sonar, Duel Beam, etc.That’s when I decided to do some research and the deeper I got into it, the deeper it became.
There were times it got a little frustrating , mainly because of lack of information out there, but after many trips to stores, web sites and manufactures web-sites I was able to gather enough information to give in depth reviews which included star rankings, and information from actual users of the particular one I was reviewing.
I researched 5 different ones for under $100 and they were great ratings!
So if you’re a little skeptical on whether a fish
finder is right for you before you spend a ton of money on one, take a look at the under $100 category and I think you will be very surprise with the quality of these..
If you were like me in thinking that a Fish
finder is not for you because you only go out every once in a while, you’re wrong. If you’re going to fish, isn’t catching fish the reason you’re going out in the first place?
I know just being either on the shore, or in a small boat is serenity in itself, but actually being able to know where the fish are and catching a big one just adds to the day’s experience in my opinion.
By the way, there is a fantastic Portable Fish
finder just for fishermen that fish lakes from the shore at a price you would NOT believe.
I never had a Fish
finder because fishing by surfcasting In N.Y. was a lot different than fishing here on some of the most beautiful and serene lakes I have ever seen.
Well, it has been a journey of love and I’m very happy I did this review site which will be up-dated continuously with new products, information, etc.
Leave a comment if you know how I can make the site better or any Fish
finder you might like a review on.
Until the next review,