What I want is a portable unit for use in ice fishing and in my kayak during the summer. Any ideas are appreciated
LCD screens for ice fishing?
The Troller can be used successfully by shooting through the hull of a plastic kayak, with the transducer inside the hull and resting vertically on a wet surface (I've done it myself). I've also used it successfully many times for ice fishing, from 5' to 65'. My Showdown Troller is my primary kayak sonar and my backup ice sonar. Get rechargeable AA batteries and appropriate chargers and you'll get tremendous value from that device!
Felco, I see your point point and agree but for my purposes I have to keep the price down. Got one more kid to put thru college.
You won't find a decent ice flasher for less than 400 regular price, so you're certainly not going to find a decent flasher plus all that other stuff you want for summer for anywhere near 300. you can do alright on a kayak locator for less than 200, and maybe wait a while to get the ice locator. My kayak locator cost me 100 bucks and it does everything i need it to do with minimal weight and it is waterproof. My ice flashers (I have two marcums right now) cost a hell of a lot more because I have more specific demands from an ice flasher than i do from a kayak locator. They will never come in the kayak with me.
Trying to keep the price under 300 which may be wishful thinking.
H-Bird has a 385 model, looks very capable but doesnt seem heavily promoted.
The Lowrance Elite 4 has some options though limited because their ice transducer isnt compatable with down scan imaging nor their hybrid imaging units.
Ive never owned a fish locator so this has become an enlightening and confusing study. Most confusing because the companies arent up front about which models are compatable with ice transducers. Lowrance claims thier ducer isnt compatable with any of the elite 4 models but customer reviews at Cabelas indicates otherwise. If anyone has more ideas or comments feel free to chime in.