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acassidy posted 03-08-2004 09:52 PM ET (US)   Profile for acassidy   Send Email to acassidy  
I am about to go buy a new fish finder for my Montauk and was wondering if any of you out there have any experience or suggestions on what model and brand to buy. I am looking at the new Eagle Fishmark 320 (or 480), the Garmin 240 and the new Garmin 250. I am looking for a good non-color one that I will be using in salt water in 2-50 foot depths. I need good bait pick up and good bottom. Can anyone out there give me some help? Thanks, Archie
JBCornwell posted 03-08-2004 11:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for JBCornwell  Send Email to JBCornwell     
Howdy, ACassidy.

I am a firm fan of Lowrance sonar products for fresh water applications and Garmin for GPS products.

However, for salt water use, I think you need to look at Furuno as well. There must be reasons that Furuno dominates the salt water market.

For what it is worth, I currently use a Lowrance X81 sonar and have no complaints. It does whatever I ask of it.

Red sky at night. . .
JB

Fishcop posted 03-09-2004 12:15 AM ET (US)     Profile for Fishcop  Send Email to Fishcop     
Acassidy,

Look at the Furuno LS4100. 5" screen, loads of power and your can see the screen in daylight. Unit and transducer are around $200. The LS6100 is the larger screen, same functions.
Lots of good units out there and great deals to be had.
In work and play, I can use any system, but have found the Furuno the best for the offshore/saltwater applications.

Andy

divefan posted 03-09-2004 01:50 AM ET (US)     Profile for divefan  Send Email to divefan     
acassidy,

Will you be needing a combo GPS/Fishfinder or just a fishfinder?

I just bought a new Garmin 188 for my new 170. I have used this unit on two previous boats I owned in it's earlier models. The 180 and then the 182. I can vouch for them being very good units. Good pickup from the bottom and quality all the way. I have owned Furunos in various incarnations over the years as well. The latest was a complete Navnet system on one of my larger boats. Excellent company as well.

My advice is to buy the best that your pocketbook can afford. Sooner or later you will see the difference as to why certain companies' products and certain models cost more. This is a case where you get what you pay for.

Andy and JB are both right in recommending Furuno. Cannot go wrong there at all.

First Thought posted 03-09-2004 09:57 AM ET (US)     Profile for First Thought  Send Email to First Thought     
I'm a big fan of Eagle's finders. In the last 6-7 years I've had four of them on different boats and been very pleased. The only problem I've had was my fault, and that was a good experience also. They repaired it and got it back very quick, I paid the flat rate since it was my fault, I dropped it. I checked out the new models last weekend and they are nice. Also, the new Lowrance Cuda models seem to be a good unit.
gnr posted 03-09-2004 10:13 AM ET (US)     Profile for gnr  Send Email to gnr     
I have used Eagle for many years with good results. When I set up my Whaler a couple years ago I went with the Garmin 240 because it compared favorably with the Lowrance (Eagle) but had less bells and whistles and was considerably less money. After two seasons of use I am very happy with it.
jmorgan40 posted 03-09-2004 12:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for jmorgan40  Send Email to jmorgan40     

I have a Garmin 168 GPS/Fishfinder combo on my Montauk. Great unit because the antenna is built in to the unit. Now that they just came out with the 178 unit in color, you can pick up the 168 for around $400.00. Very easy to use and you get both GPS chartplotter and a fishfinder. Have used mine several times off Ft. Walton Beach Destin area. Puts you right on the wrecks and shows fish well on bottom and off bottom. I have also had great luck with Furano and Lowrance in the past.
acassidy posted 03-09-2004 04:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for acassidy  Send Email to acassidy     
Has anyone used a Furuno LS-4100 (or any other model) in shallow water like 2-5 feet? I have read on thehulltruth.com someone saying that it does not pick up shallow water very well. The Furuno 4100 has a lot of features for just $200. Looks like a good unit. Is any body here using one? I will be fishing a lot in shallows bays. Thanks for all of the replies, Archie
Barney posted 03-10-2004 10:18 AM ET (US)     Profile for Barney  Send Email to Barney     
I have a Furuno 4100:
http://continuouswave.com/ubb/Forum8/HTML/001296.html

It reads ok to about 4 feet. Jim

Rick Dewees posted 03-10-2004 10:30 AM ET (US)     Profile for Rick Dewees  Send Email to Rick Dewees     
Here's a review of it:
http://www.motorboating.com/motorboat/electronics/article/0,12696,553557,00.html
where2 posted 03-11-2004 01:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for where2  Send Email to where2     
If you're really talking about running it in 2' of water, you had better call Garmin/others. 3 years ago when I was looking, the only one which would reliably read "reality" in less than 3-4' of water was an Eagle. When asked this very question at the Miami show, the Eagle rep said theirs would still reliably read in less than 3' of water.

Personally, when it starts getting less than 3' deep, that's when I start caring the most about how deep it really is!

acassidy posted 03-12-2004 02:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for acassidy  Send Email to acassidy     
Thanks for all of the replies. I picked up an Eagle 480 today. I need good shallow water pick up and this seems to be the brand. Thanks all, Archie

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