While effective sonar-based fish finders have existed for more than 30 years, recent technological advancements have meant that capabilities once reserved for naval warfare applications are now available to everyday fishermen. Commercially available live-updating sonar as well as units with high-resolution side and forward views have been available for well
If you want to make sure that you have the best marine GPS and sonar system on the market, the new Lowrance Elite-7 Ti2 is a great tool for getting ahead of the competition without breaking the bank. With HDI, 2-in-1 and 3-in-1 transducers available, you have your pick between
Garmin has released the Striker Plus series of fishfinders, with improved sonar technology and a new set of features that enable anglers to catch more fish, yet just as easy to use as the original Striker series. The Striker Plus 7cv introduces built-in GPS, Quickdraw Contours mapping, and wireless connectivity
The Lowrance HDS 7 Gen3 is a fishfinder GPS combo designed for serious fishermen looking for a high-quality unit for use in fresh or salt water. While it is limited to sport fishing and doesn’t have the sorts of options a commercial fisherman might want, it nonetheless offers much more information in a much tighter package than other less expensive units.
The Humminbird Helix 7 CHIRP G2 is the second generation of Humminbird Helix fishfinders/chartplotters and employs multi-frequency CHIRP technology for better target separation, deep water penetration, and decreased water column clutter. The head unit features a brilliant 7″ diagonal 16-bit grayscale color TFT display with 800H x 480V pixel resolution that provides crystal-clear viewing in harsh sunlight and works perfectly for split-screen imaging.
The Dragonfly 7 Pro represents the latest step forward in fish finder tech. It employs the familiar Spectrum CHIRP technology where sonar signals are transmitted through the water, but Dragonfly 7 Pro can interpret the return signals better than ever, structuring images on display with greater detail and clarity.
Humminbird introduced the latest fish finding innovation just in time for the 2016/2017 ice fishing season. The compact, portable and multi-function Ice Helix 7 is the big brother to the Ice Helix 5. With GPS, flash and sonar capability, the device is sure to enable anglers to find and return to productive locations on the water with more fish in tow. With this technology at hand, anglers spend more time catching and less time finding the fish.
The differences between personal and marine electronics continue to fade as manufacturers take inspiration and technologies from the smart phones that are an increasingly significant part of our lifestyles. The electronics we want on our boats are becoming more connected to the technologies the cloud provides access to, and we see the benefits in not just increased performance and user-friendliness, but in the flood of data we have even out on the water. Nothing exemplifies this more than the Simrad GO7 XSE
Garmin echoMAP CHIRP 73sv has a widescreen display resolution of 800 by 480 pixels from a 7-inch screen which gives it more than enough real estate for crystal-clear viewing. Perhaps the main selling point of the echoMAP CHIRP 73sv is its built-in CHIRP (Compressed High-Intensity Radiated Pulse) sonar capabilities. CHIRP does not just send one frequency at a time. Instead, it sends a continuous sweep of frequencies on a low-to-high range. This puts more pulse onto the target than traditional sonar, and consequently provides more detailed returns.
The Lowrance Hook 7 takes the best features of its fishfinders and puts them into a convenient, easy-to-use package for any angler at an attractive price. The essential features that help maximize every minute spent on the water whether on solitary creeks, inland lakes, or offshore waters, are built into the Hook 7.
The Elite-7 Ti from Lowrance is a combination touchscreen fishfinder/chartplotter with powerful performance matched with high-end features and functionality at an affordable price. The 7-inch high-resolution, LED-backlit touchscreen provides quick access to all its features. High-performance sonar provides views of the environment underneath your boat. Balanced sonar needs are covered by simultaneous Low/Mid/High CHIRP or alternatively, StructureScan HD while offering 83/200/455/800 kHz frequency coverage.
At one and a half pounds, the Garmin Striker 7sv measures 9.3 by 5.5 inches with a 2.3 inch depth. It bears a 3.6 by 6 inch screen with a definition of 800 by 480 pixels that allows multiple sharp images to be displayed simultaneously. The display is also brilliantly backlit to make it legible even on the sunniest days and is flanked by a group of control buttons. Power from the device’s built-in rechargeable battery is sent through an included cable to a GT52 transducer where it generates an assortment of sonar pulses.
Here it is, the Humminbird model anglers around the country have been waiting for – the 7 inch Helix. The technology is a step up from the 5 series and provides anglers with brighter, clearer, faster and bigger images. The Helix 7 is appropriate for fresh or salt water use to depths ranging from 150 to 1,500 feet.
New for 2015 is the Garmin echoMAP 73sv fish finder/chartplotter. The unit comes with the power/data cable, a quick-release and flush mounts, a protective cover, the GT 40-TM, 12-pin transducer, all of the necessary hardware and an owner’s manual. The quick-release mount is exclusive to Garmin and enables anglers to permanently install the swivel mount and cable.
The processor found in the Elite 7 CHIRP is faster than that of its predecessor. The upgraded motherboard and processor along with the CHIRP software provide clearer views of bottom surfaces, plant structures and fish in greater detail, clarity and in real time. Equipped with advanced signal processing the Elite 7 CHIRP allows anglers to spend more time catching fish than having to focus images.
Garmin echoMap 70dv combines excellent sonar used on the echo series with the Garmin’s brand new DownVu technology, 10Hz GPS receiver, and a brilliant, touchscreen display. The echoMap 70dv has it all and is one of the finest fishfinders we have come across in a long time.
Raymarine recently introduced the Dragonfly 7, the big brother of the Dragonfly 5. The difference between the two being a larger, 7-inch screen that provides an 800 x 640 resolution. Otherwise, the newest version offers the same great features of its predecessor. The Dragonfly was designed as an easy to use combination fish-finding/GPS device
When the goal is to catch as many fish as possible, the right equipment is crucial. Rods, reels, bait and boat can take a fisherman far, but to truly catapult to the next level it’s important to know where the fish are in relation to one’s location. To make sure they know where the fish are biting, more anglers are turning to the Humminbird 859ci HD DI.
Humminbird 899ci HD SI features the 480′ Side-Imaging technology, which Humminbird began and has mastered. It uses the XHS-9-HDSI-180-T transducer, the same one that was used by the older side-imaging models. The 1000W transducer supports 800/455/200/83 kHz frequencies, and it reaches the depth of 150’ in side imaging mode and 1500’ in broadband mode.
The Garmin echoMAP 70s is a combination high performance chartplotter and fishfinder. The ultrafast updates make this unit ideal for shallow and inland water on any center console or bass boat. The echoMAP 70s has a seven inch WVGA touchscreen display. The display is crystal clear, allows great visibility in the daytime as well as nighttime