New from Garmin: echoMAP CHIRP Chartplotter Fishfinder and the Striker
You’ve gotta love the way the price of technology falls over time. As in, it falls like a rock. Case in point: the new echoMAP series and Striker series, from Garmin. Both offer CHIRP-equipped down and side-viewing abilities, and neither is expensive. In the case of the Striker, it’s... Read more
Side Scanning Fishfinders: Marvelous or Myth?
Side-scanning fishfinders are all the rage, but there’s little doubt that there’s a lot of marketing hoo-ha that just doesn’t live up to reality. That’s why I spent a day on the water testing units from most of the major manufacturers, side-by-side. You can find the complete results in... Read more
Super-Cheap Fishfinders: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
You may have come across the Shopping for the Right Fishfinder blog I wrote a while back, which went through a number of important factors to consider before you choose a unit. There’s just one problem: you and I both know that the number-one factor for a lot of people is,... Read more
New Fishfinder-Chartplotter: Si-Tex SVS 460 and 560
There are always tons of new fishfinders and chartplotters hitting the market, but usually they come from a handful of big companies. If none of the offerings from those companies is exactly what you want, you’re out of luck. Not this time—there’s a pair of new units being introduced from Si-Tex,... Read more
Should You Have a Fishfinder at the Bow?
Many boats intended for freshwater fishing have a fishfinder at the bow, which comes in quite handy when you’re running the boat from a foredeck fishing seat and casting from the bowdeck. By “boats intended for freshwater fishing,” naturally, I’m talking mostly about bass boats. Today, models that lack... Read more
Well, it’s about time Garmin did it – this week at the METS (Marine Electronics Trade Show) show, they announced SideVu and DownVu, their version of the high-res down- and side-scanners we’ve all come to know and love.. SideVu and DownVu will be available on a new line of low-cost... Read more
With the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show now over, one of the big discoveries stands out: Lowrance is still red-hot, introducing a range of new units for next year. The biggest announcements are fishfinders, including the new SpotlightScan and SonarHub. Here’s the scoop. SpotlightScan - The SpotlightScan Sonar is a trolling-motor... Read more
I had the chance to spend a season with the Lowrance Elite 7x HDI fishfinder/chartplotter, and after some extended use, thought you might like to know the ins and outs of this extremely popular unit. For starters, remember that this is a mid-range DownScan Imaging unit operating on a... Read more