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Fish Finder For Saltwater
|Author||Topic: Fish Finder For Saltwater|
posted 03-01-2008 05:07 PM ET (US)
I would like some recommendations for a new Fish Finder. I have a 17' Boston Whaler Montauk. I bought the boat with an older L750 Lowrance black and white fish finder. It works fine but I have the itch to upgrade to a new color fish finder.
My only other experience with the FF's has been using two models of Hummingbirds on my kayaks.
I'm looking in the $600-700 range. I fish 95% salt water, ranging out 25 miles or so when the weather is good, along with the Islands, La Jolla, Bays, etc. I would appreciate some suggestions on a brand and model to buy.
posted 03-01-2008 05:45 PM ET (US)
I have been using the Furuno FVC-600L for the last two seasons on the coast of New Jersey. I find it to be a very accurate unit measuring depth, temperature and fish. This model designation has been replaced by a newer unit bearing the Furuno model number FCV620.
The Furuno FCV620 has received good reviews by Continuous Wave members as well as other fishing web sites.
I particularly like the fact that it is on and ready with a flip of a switch controlling all my electronics, and more importantly I don't have to make any adjustment whether fishing in 15' or 150' of water. Its bright display is very visible in daylight. My unit is mounted under a hardtop so you may want to hear from someone that deals with direct sunlight on their display.
posted 03-01-2008 06:50 PM ET (US)
what type of transducer are you using with that one?
posted 03-01-2008 07:07 PM ET (US)
posted 03-02-2008 07:48 AM ET (US)
Are you mainly bottom fishing, deep dropping, or trolling?
A unit with A-scope capability is a huge plus for trolling in saltwater as it provides "real-time" display feedback as oposed to a scrolling "history".
I have been running a NAVMAN TF6600 (now called a Northstar 660) for three years now and have been very pleased with its performance. For bottom fishing in the South Pacific waters, it will easily see past 2,500ft in 50kHz mode. It costs a little over $1,200 depending on where you buy. It has a very high resolution 7" screen and is fairly eady to operate.
If you have really good vision and think you could handle a 5" screen, the Northstar 650 has the very same capability and is around $700.00.
If you only want the sonar unit and no GPS, the Explorer 467 unit is every bit as capable without the GPS.
posted 03-07-2008 01:41 PM ET (US)
I just got a Humminbird Matrix 97 and I love it. You can get one anywhere from $600.00 to $750.00 on E-Bay, thats where I got mine. Make sure that you get one with the hull mounted transducer included.
posted 03-07-2008 09:11 PM ET (US)
Keep your money, If the unit is working fine why do you want to change it? Electronics go out of date every 6 months, by the time you purchase your new unit it will be out of date, Wait until it breaks then replace it. Spend your money on some new fishing gear or just fuel for your boat. (ps fish do not see color anyway)
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