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New here so maybe I am posting in the wrong place . Here is my question for the people who have used them . I am going to purchase one or the other . Will have both eventually. What do you guys recommend the fish hawk or the Garmin Tr-1 gold . Any help would be really appreciated. Thanks guys . Don’t know if it makes a difference but I fish Lake Erie for walleyes 

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1 minute ago, tinfin said:

Fish hawk X4D,  thenA.P.  when you can!

X2.. fish hawk will help you with currents and temp changes...

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I just got my x4 this season. Game changer. I use my electric for autopilot and couldn't be without it now that I have it. I'd ask yourself this, do you want to catch more fish or do you want a handsfree troll ? If you have somebody worthy of driving or handling lines / fish, get the probe, if you have friends / non regular fisherman on the boat alot, get the autopilot.

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If I had to pick fishawk or fishfinder it would even be close. Temp and speed are huge.


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Thanks everyone for the quick responses . So the fish hawk really does work . Are they hard to get figured out? 

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I’m not to up to speed on the wallet in Erie, seem to be not as critical to temp? Speed might not be that critical as your shallower with your baits, I think I’d go with the auto pilot, it’s just a nice thing to have, if you were after trout and salmon, I’d might change my mind.


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When fishing for walleyes lure speed and depth run can be critical to success. On Erie you are not always fishing them shallow as you might be in someplace like Honeoye where the max. depth of the lake  is about 30 ft. I know we tend to think of making fishing easier with the autopilot but it offers little in the way of information about actually catching the fish....it is basically nice to have and especially if fishing solo The ones geared to electric trolling motors do offer a special ability if you can hover over fish and stay on spot while jigging . On big lakes like Erie the walleye suspend a lot in some deeper water than other shallower lakes. In the summer months especially, temperature and lure speed can become very important in catching them. Although the autopilot can be helpful in navigating to specific spots and also returning to port from distant spots, the Fishawk X4D combined with a good fishfinder  can become invaluable or crucial in locating and targeting active fish. Personal opinion take it for what it is worth...:*

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In my opinion. This is a list from most important to least important.
1) fish finder- if you don’t have a fish hawk fish your marks.

2) gps- if not built into the fish finder.

3) kicker motor- for bigger boats.

4) autopilot.

5) fish hawk XD4

I’ve always been able to catch fish without a fish hawk. I would really like to have one but it’s not in my top 4 things I must have.
Just when you think you have the fish figured out you realize you don’t.
I’ve caught fish way out of preferred temp.


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Well said SK8, it will by far increase your box!  Just saying.

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I put auto pilot on my boat a few yrs ago. it makes fishing so much easier than before. I would much rather have the auto pilot. you can still catch fish without the fish hawk. but with the auto pilot you can keep your course without someone having to fight the wheel. by the way I don't have a fish hawk and I have no trouble catching walleye on erie once I find the fish.

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These last couple years on Erie have been incredible for the walleye! I don’t see a need for a Fish Hawk on Erie at this time, on Ontario....definitely!!!

 

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I fish erie for walleye, see no need for the fish hawk either. Just watch your finder and get on active fish. No need for overkill, not needed. The fishing is that good. Just get on active fish.

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