what fish finder will help me catch more fish?
In my group, no one is happy with Humminbird. They simply do not show fish or arches in water less than 15 ft. Their customer service is, however, great.
After much research and trial and error, I purchased a Garmin Echo. I am happy with it.
My belief is that units are like TVs. You can have two of the same model, and they show totally different results. A friend has two identical Eagles, and one identifies fish with great accuracy and the other is worthless.
Portable units are always questionable in their reporting. I catch a lot of fish when nothing is on the screen, and I question all the "fish" being reported when I go over weeds.
… and a topo map.
And one you have confidence in. By that i mean one that when it shows a fish you know that it is a fish.
I run an older Lowrance LCX-15mt. No mapping support for it but it shows me what i need to know. Fish,speed and water temp. Also i can read bottom composition meaning hard or soft bottom.
Knowledge and thinking are the two biggest assets you have in fishing (and most other things).
If all I had was a basic flasher I would not feel handicapped at all.