Just wondering suggestions for a good quality fish locator to buy which is worth the money and works excellent. I fish mostly Lake Winnebago. With GPS too.
Best fish locator for the money
I run a 9” helix for mapping and a 12” gen 2 mega si for everything else. I’d never go back to something without the mega imagery. I’ll post a couple pictures for detail purposes. Feel free to pm if you have any questions
I was leaning toward the Hummingbird Helex 7 with down imaging and GPS with G2. Now I am considering the Helex 5 with down imaging and Side imaging with GPS and G2 for the same money as the 7 inch model. Seeing that both are a step up from my Lowrance 522 c with less than a 4 inch screen. Is there a ostium depth for side imaging? I normally fish from 5 to 25 feet of water. Lund
I’ve had a helix 7 with si for a couple years. I haven’t got any use out of the si more frustration than anything. Looks like a bunch of blurr to me. It’s not really that important to me though. I’m happy with the chirp 2d and the lakemaster mapping.
Longbarrel- I’ve never heard you should only run one side I guess I’ll have to try it. What little I used it it was 50 ft on both sides. Like I said mostly a bunch of blurr.
Lund , down you can see more detail. you will see if it's a tree sticking up, on sonar it could appear as fish stacked. with the down the image is better, you'd see it was a log and sticks.
Side imaging is to the side, much harder to read if you don't mess with it but you can locate weeds, bigger rocks, structure more easily without riding over the top of it. I fish shallower lakes, so side imaging is much more useful for me. I can set it to 60 ft and run a shoreline. I've located fish with it, but it took me many times to realize what it what. you catch fish in a spot, then scan it, you'll know. it takes time...most don't have that type of time.
I use SI more to find the structure that "may" hold fish rather than using it to find the fish themselves. Personally, I think down scan imaging is a waste of money, I know guys with it, they think the same. Everyone will have a different opinion though.
Also what the manufacture doesn't tell you is that you should really run your SI off just one side WO the prop wash if you want the best detail. also that it should be run to 30ft. once you start doing 90ft or more it's just so hard to see anything. then again, i'm a novice at it. i catch fish now, i caught fish wo out it just fine. it has helped me most by way of marking waypoints off structure i see. then going back and fishing it.
lots if you Google... diff is transducer and detail
Can someone explain how "down imaging" is different from regular sonar?
Does side imaging work from backing into say a weed bed or a bog or is only to the side? Lund
Hummingbird is compatible to minn kota lowrance is compatible to motorguide