3 thoughts on “whats the best fishfinder for under 200$?

  1. I would go with a Lowrance, Humminbird or Garmin- All 3 have reliable service plans, high powered sonar cones and good pixel definition.

    Here’s a nice Lowrance- http://www.basspro.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Product_10151_-1_10001_73372_250003001_250000000_250003000?cmCat=CROSSSELL_THUMBNAIL

    Here’s a decent Garmin- http://www.basspro.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Product_10151_-1_10001_74172_250003001_250000000_250003000?cmCat=CROSSSELL_PRODUCT

    Here’s a nice Humminbird- http://www.basspro.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Product_10151_-1_10001_52575____SearchResults

    On a side note- I was reading some of the reviews on the Garmin 160- someone gave it low marks because it could not read fish well in 1-3 feet of water.

    NO fish finder works well in 1-3 FT of water. In fact, the depth you should START relying on your finder is around 6-10 FT! Any IDIOT who wants to read fish in a FT of water is ignorant and his review ignored.

    Understand- a $200 fish finder is a low-priced finder. It won’t have as many “bells & whistles” than other more expensive unit’s.

    Expect a finder of that quality, (and price) to mainly be used as a “bottom structure finding” tool. Most unit’s priced below $200 should be regarded as such………….

    Until you get into the $400-$1000 realm what “fish” you see (on your $200 unit) may or may NOT be “fish”. Here are some examples of “definitive unit’s”-

    Humminbird- http://www.basspro.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Product_10151_-1_10001_89675____SearchResults

    Lowrance- http://www.basspro.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Product_10151_-1_10001_103484____SearchResults

    Still, a good fisherman knows that “finding underwater structure” is more relevant than pin-pointing fish.

    If I were you, I’d look real hard at the Lowrance X96.

    Anywho, those are my picks- hope it helps ya?

  2. I have a cheapie wal mart humminbird on my boat… the first one I had a problem with the screen, they replaced it no problem… for under two hundred bucks… its the best thing I put on my boat… I can find the deep holes in the river… it will let me know when its getting shallow so I can look out to not hit anything and it knows the difference between stuff floating by and fish… its pretty easy to use.. jus turn it on and go… at bullards bar in cali.. by the damn.. it was reading about 300ft which was damn accurate… as Im launching.. it reads very accurate about 3 ft…once the tide went out and I was kinda stuck on a mud bar and it read 1ft… lol… I jus pushed my boat out to deeper water with my oar… Humminbirds are pretty damn good if you ask me… I installed it myself…. make sure you put the sensor in the right place.. very important…

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