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Best sonar GPS fish finder???

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Looking to upgrade my helix 7, Its not marking fish. I've worked on the settings and NUFFIN. I catch fish, just no marks. Looked into CHIRP models, seems like they work better in deeper columns of water. Just looking to see what others have had luck with.

 

Thanks in advance,

 

Buckblaster

 

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Following, have the same issues with the same fish finder. Seems to work great on Erie for the walleye. Go to Ontario and catch more fish then we mark. Also like the transducers aren't powerful enough for anything over 100 feet of water. 

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I usually don't mark the fish I catch, not with my Humminbirds (959 & 1198 SI), and not with my Lowrances (Elite 9Ti & HDS 9 Gen3). But all of my fish finders mark the heck out of the fish that I DON't catch. A lot of fish swim behind your bait for awhile, behind the range of your sonar beam. If you are barely seeing your rigger ball on your sonar, or NOT seeing your rigger ball at all, then how would it be possible to see the fish that take your bait when it is 10ft or more behind your ball?

 

Don't give up on your fish finders just yet. Point your transducer straight down. This will give you the best fish hooks on your graph. If you point the ducer too far forward or too far back it won't show the best fish returns (arches). Try a different lake, deeper or shallower water, call Humminbird, their customer service is excellent. They will help you with your settings.

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I've only used transom mounted transducers, so I can't give an opinion about a thru-hull. Swapping a transom mounted ducer is easy.

 

I run my 1198 and HDS 9 on my big lake boat, and the 959 & Elite 9 on my 16' boat. I like running a Humminbird and a Lowrance on each boat because the don't always show the same sonar returns. I also like to run a LakeMaster map chip in my Humminbirds and the Navionics + map chip in my Lowrance units. My Elite 9Ti (not the Ti2) came with the TotalScan transducer and it's a great unit.

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I’m trying to figure out what Hummingbird to get that will work with my Minn Kota Ultrex? I’m hearing a Gen 2 or Gen3! Not sure for trolling weather I need a Side imaging, Down Imaging, there seems to be so many different options. Trying to get one that will be most beneficial to me.


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1 hour ago, cedarswamp said:

I’m trying to figure out what Hummingbird to get that will work with my Minn Kota Ultrex? I’m hearing a Gen 2 or Gen3! Not sure for trolling weather I need a Side imaging, Down Imaging, there seems to be so many different options. Trying to get one that will be most beneficial to me.


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I've never researched which Humminbird will work with a trolling motor, so I can't help you with that.

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I don't want to give you bad advice so just to clarify.

 

iPilot works with a remote. iPilot Link has a remote AND interfaces with Humminbird units.

 

Plain iPilot will not interface with Humminbird, or any sonar unit.

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