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Our review on Humminbird 409140-1 859ci

3.Humminbird 409140-1 859ci HD

The good

Not only does the 859ci come with GPS mapping, but you also have the advantage of its Ethernet capabilities so you can save and share images.

You will love how easy it is to see the 7 inch color display, even in bright afternoon sunlight.

With dual sonar beam plus Downvision ensures that you are able to detect everything in the water around you.

The 859ci comes with everything you need so you can start using it right out of the box.

 

The bad

There have been mentions that the GPS on this fish finder is not always accurate and while this can be annoying it is usually due to it not being properly set, and is usually not a problem with its design.

 

 

The verdict

With the advantage of the built in GPS system not only will you always know where you are at on the water, you’ll find it much easier to get back to shore. You can also use the GPS to mark favorite fishing spots so you can go back at a later date. Mark areas to avoid, along with the best routes to take so you can spend more time fishing and less trying to get there. The 859ci also comes with Ethernet capabilities so you can share images online, and connect with other fishermen.

1.Humminbird 409140-1 859ci HD

The 859ci comes with a large 7 inch display that can be a little awkward to hold, but it is worth it when you see how crisp and clear the maps and sonar images are. The backlit LED display is easy to read in any light, including the bright afternoon sun that usually causes a distracting glare on other displays. It also comes with split screen functionality so you can compare sonar images with the GPS map, and mark each area accordingly. While the display is larger than many other portable fish finders, it should be noted that it only weighs a little over 7 pounds so it is still easy to carry with the rest of your gear.

 

Humminbird has made sure that you can detect almost anything in the water with the dual beam and Downvision sonar. With the dual beams you can easily see targets and objects in shallow and deep water. The wide angle also allows you to see in the cone, and with the down imaging sonar the images will appear in photo style on the color display. This makes it easier to see exactly what you are looking at, which is always an advantage whether you are a beginner or an experienced angler.

 

This portable fish finder comes with everything you need to get started, including a convenient carrying case for easy transporting. The case also helps to protect the sensitive electronics from water damage. The display comes with preset access buttons so it is easy to program, and the instructions can be found on the manufacturer’s website. You will also appreciate the dual card reader so you can save sonar images to review at a later date.

 

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Our review on Humminbird Helix 5

1.Humminbird 409610-1 Helix 5

The good

The Helix 5 comes with GPS capabilities, along with base maps so you can mark favorite fishing spots and manage different routes.

You will appreciate how easy the color display is to read, along with its split screen functionality that allows you to see exactly what is in the water.

With the dual sonar beams and up to 60 degrees of coverage the Helix 5 can accurately detect any fish in the area, along with obstacles and debris.

 

The bad

While the Helix 5 does come with a transducer mount it should be noted that it is a solid one piece model. Unlike ones designed to flip up, this mount is prone to breakage if it strikes an obstacle in the water. This is not a deal breaker and rarely happens since you do need to be traveling at a high rate of speed, but it is something you might want to consider.

 

 

The verdict

With the built in GPS you mark favorite fishing spots, manage routes and tracks, along with thousands of waypoints. You will always know exactly where you are going on the water, and it also makes it easier to get back to shore. Along with base maps the Helix 5 is also compatible with Humminbird LakeMaster charts and Navionics Gold and HotMaps. You will always know the best places to fish so every trip is one worth bragging about.

3.Humminbird 409610-1 Helix 5

One of the best features of the Helix 5 is the bright color display. The horizontal screen is easy to read in almost any lighting which makes it great for early morning trips when the fish are often the most active. Along with displaying your direction you can also keep track of the water depth and your rate of speed, though it should be noted that the sonar is not accurate over 20 mph. The display also comes with split screen functionality so you can match the sonar images to the GPS map. This makes it easier for you to mark waypoints and hot spots, along with keeping track of your route.

 

Without a great sonar a fish finder is basically useless, which is why Humminbird ensured that the Helix 5 is able to detect everything in the water around it. The dual beam sonar is designed for use in deep and shallow water, and also comes with a wide cone angle. With 200 Khz you have a coverage of 20 degrees and a 60 degree angle with 83 Khz. This ensures that you can detect targets, along with any obstacles in the water. See the bottom contours, along with structures that fish like to hide in and since you can view it next to the map you can mark everything as you go. This way you can keep track of places that you might want to come back to in case there is nothing biting up ahead.

 

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Our review on Raymarine Dragonfly-4

The good

With the Dragonfly-4 you have the advantage of the traditional and Downvision sonar so you can target fish and clearly see any underwater obstacles and structures that might get in the way.

It is Wi-Fi enabled so you can connect to your smart phone and share your fishing adventures through the provided app to social media websites.

The unit comes with maps of US rivers, lakes and coastlines, which will allow you to navigate safely and get to your favorite fishing spots.

You never have to worry about being able to see the display since it is bonded to provide you with sharp images without distorting fog.

 

The bad

There have been mentions that the transducer will not work if the boat is going over 20 mph, regardless of where it is mounted. While this can be inconvenient, it should also be noted that most anglers are not traveling at a high rate of speed when they are looking for a good place to fish since the wake and noise from the motor does tend to scare any potential targets off.

 

 

The verdict

It’s not hard to see why the Dragonfly-4 from Raymarine is often considered the best portable fish finder with GPS. It comes with dual CHIRP sonar that includes traditional and Downvision. The conventional sonar will detect any fish in the water, along with underwater objects and the Downvision will transmit the images in picture like clarity. Not only does this ensure you can accurately identify targets it also makes it easier to understand what you are seeing, which is always an advantage if you are new to using a fish finder. Being able to clearly see objects underwater also allows you to avoid areas that might tangle your line, while also indicating places that fish might like to hide.

2.Raymarine Dragonfly-4 Pro

With the built in GPS system you have instant access to maps of US rivers, lakes and the coastline so you have a good idea of where you are going. It will also indicate current “hot” spots, along with areas that you might want to avoid. The Dragonfly-4 is also Wi-Fi enabled so you can access the sonar from your smart phone, and send and share pictures with other anglers on social media sites. Get tips while you are out on the water and show off photos of your latest catch. It also comes with a SD memory card reader so you can even save the latest sonar images to review later.

 

You will appreciate the bright, crisp color on the 4.3 inch display that is also backlit for easy viewing. The LED screen will clearly display the images from both types of sonar so you always know exactly what you are looking at. See the contours of the bottom, along with depth and water temperature. It will also display any targets in the area. The clearly marked buttons make it easy to control, and you can even rewind sonar images to view and share the data at the end of the trip.

 

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Our review on Garmin Echo 150

2.Garmin Echo 150 Portable Bundle

The good

It comes at an affordable price that is appealing to most anglers, along with everything you need to start using it right out of the box.

With 200 watts of power and dual sonar beams the Echo 150 can detect fish and underwater debris, along with the depth.

Since this portable fish finder is from Garmin you can take advantage of its tracking technology so you don’t lose a potential catch while you are trying to get a line in the water.

You will love how easy the Echo 150 is to use, and this also includes the installation.

 

The bad

Some consumers have noted that while the fish finder is relatively easy to use, the included directions are limited when it comes to explaining the settings. The fish icons will still appear on the display but it can be difficult to tell if they are underneath or around you if the device is not set properly. This issue can be easily resolved simply by checking the manufacturer’s website.

 

 

The verdict

If you are looking for an affordable fish finder that is easy to use and accurate you might want to consider the Echo 150 from Garmin. It comes with everything you need to get started, including a convenient case and transducer mount. The case is perfect for storage, and it will even keep the receiver safe and dry when you are out on the water. It also comes with mesh pockets for keeping small items conveniently close by.

1.Garmin Echo 150 Portable Bundle

One of the main benefits of this fish finder is its dual sonar beams. It boasts 200 watts of power so you can easily see depths down to 500 feet. The Echo 150 can also use a high or low frequency beam so you can see clearly in shallow and deep water so you can locate any fish in the area, along with any underwater obstacles that might get in your way. The sonar can also give you accurate readings when you are traveling at higher rates of speed.

 

The images are clearly displayed on the 4 inch viewing screen which is designed to be easy to read in low or bright lighting. You can keep it mounted in the protective case when you are in rough water or hold it in your hand when you are casting from shore. Once the fish has been detected you can take advantage of Garmin’s tracking technology. This makes it easier to see the targets so you know exactly where to toss in your line.

 

Every aspect of the Echo 150 is designed to be easy to operate so you can concentrate on fishing. The simple buttons on the receiver are clearly marked, and set up is a breeze. The fish finder comes with a suction cup mount that is perfect for boats, and it can even be used on small kayaks. This makes installation quick and easy since there aren’t any holes to drill.

 

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Our review on Venterior Portable Wired

1.Venterior Portable Wired Fish Finder

The good

With the ability to detect fish and display the depth you can enjoy more success on your trips, whether you are in fresh or salt water.

You will appreciate how easy it is to read the LCD display in low or bright lighting so you always know what is in the water.

Its lightweight design ensures convenient portability, and you will also appreciate how easy this fish finder is to use.

 

The bad

While this portable fish finder from Venterior is designed to last through years of successful fishing trips, it should be noted that the receiver is not waterproof. This does not affect its overall performance but you will want to be careful if you take the fish finder out over open water.

 

 

The verdict

Whether you are casting in fresh or saltwater this fish finder can help make your trip a success. It is able to detect underwater obstacles that might tangle your line, along with places where some species of fish love to hide. The transducer can detect the approximate location of the fish which will give you a good idea of where to cast, and while it is not able to identify different species it will give you a depth reading so you know how much line you are going to need. It also comes with a 45 degree sonar beam so you have a better idea of what is in the water.

2.Venterior Portable Wired Fish Finder

This wired fish finder comes with a lightweight LCD display that is comfortable to hold while you are scanning the surrounding water. It will emit an audible alarm when a fish is detected so you don’t have to worry about missing a potential catch. The LCD screen is also designed to be easy to see in almost any lighting so you can use it at times when fish are most likely to bite. The display will even power itself off after 5 minutes of activity which will help conserve battery life. It is important to remember that the display is not waterproof and it can short out if it gets wet.

 

The last thing you want to do on a trip is try and figure out how to work a fish finder, and that is not a problem with this one from Venterior. It is designed to be incredibly easy to use, simply connect the cable and turn the device on. The “setup” button on the display will walk you through the few simple steps and the display is also designed to be easy to read. The depth scale and icons will indicate the approximate location of the fish so you have a better idea of where to start casting. If you are looking for an affordable fish finder that is easy to use and portable you might want to consider this one from Venterior.

 

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Our review on Deeper Smart DP0H10S10-P

1.Deeper Smart Portable Fish Finder

The good

This portable fish finder comes with a versatile design that allows it to be used for a variety of applications.

With dual beam sonar and capable of depths up to 130 feet you will be able to easily locate any fish in the area.

You will appreciate its wireless design, and the fact that this fish finder from Deeper is compatible with Android and iOS devices.

It also comes with a convenient app that allows you to track fish activity and even share pictures of your catch on social media sites.

 

The bad

Overall it is hard to find anything negative about this fish finder, except for the fact that the battery should be changed by a professional. Not only is this inconvenient, it also comes with a small fee that consumers should factor into their budgets.

 

 

The verdict

One of the reasons this is often considered the best portable fish finder of 2017 is due to its versatile design. It can be attached to the side of a boat or tied to your fishing line so you can easily scan the surrounding water. Locate any fish in the area, along with underwater obstacles that might snag your line. There is even a mode for ice fishing that allows you to use it as a flasher. Whether you are fishing from shore, a boat or a kayak the Deeper fish finder will help ensure that the trip is a success.

3.Deeper Smart Portable Fish Finder

Since this fish finder is wireless it is easy and convenient to use, simple tie it to your fishing line or attach it to the side of the boat and the images will be displayed on your Android or  iOS device. It is able to transmit images up to distances of 150 feet so you can easily see what is in the water, and since it doesn’t require the use of any mobile data it can be used almost anywhere. This is also good news for anglers who do not have a cellular plan with unlimited data since they won’t be facing additional charges due to information transmitted by the fish finder.

 

With a depth range of 130 feet you will be able to view bottom contours and drop offs. The Deeper portable fish finder also comes with dual beam sonar so you have a clear picture of what is in the area. Locate places where fish like to hide, along with identifying species swimming in the water. It will even transmit images of underwater obstacles that might interfere with your casts and retrievals. Weighing only 0.22 pounds, this is also one of the smallest and lightest fish finder/flashers on the market.

 

You will love the included app that allows you to track fish activity, and follow the weather forecasts for up to 5 days. You can even use it to keep a log of your trips. The camera feature lets you take pictures of your catches so you can share them with friends and family on social media sites. It also comes with online maps, which is always helpful when you are casting in an unfamiliar area.

 

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Our review on Signstek FF-003

1.Signstek FF-003

The good

Its versatility and easy to use design makes this the best portable fish finder for kayak fishing.

You will appreciate the back lit LCD display that is easy to read in most lighting so you can use it on early morning tips when fish are often the most active.

The FF-003 is designed for accuracy and can be used in waters ranging from 2 feet deep down to depths of 240.

 

The bad

While some consumers have noted that the display is not always easy to mount, this is typically due to the design of the boat and not an issue with the product. This minor problem can usually be easily resolved simply by adding a supportive strap.

 

 

The verdict

If you are looking for a fish finder that is incredibly easy to use and versatile, you might want to consider the FF-003 from Signstek. It comes at an affordable price that is hard to beat, especially when you consider how accurate the fish finder is. It can be used for shore or pier fishing, and the transducer can also be towed behind a kayak. It should be mentioned that it is not designed to withstand the cold temperatures associated with ice fishing, nor is the sonar capable of keeping up in fast moving boats. With that being said, overall this is a great choice for beginners or experienced anglers on calmer waters.

2.Signstek FF-003

The small display is comfortable to hold in your hand, and it can be propped up for easy viewing when you are paddling. A strap can also be purchased to give it additional support when you are in a boat. The LCD display is backlit for easy viewing whether you are fishing in the early morning or in the bright afternoon sun, and you will appreciate how crisp and clear the images appear. Not only will it show the fish in the area, but also the depth and  bottom contours. This way you will know exactly where to cast, and if there is anything that could get in the way. The controls on the display are clearly labeled, and you can even zoom in and out on specific images.

 

One of the main advantages of this fish finder is its sonar technology, which is incredibly accurate in shallow and deep water. It has a minimum and maximum depth range of 2 to 240 feet, which allows you to use it in a variety of environments. It even comes with an audible alarm that will alert you if any fish are detected in depths down to 99 feet. This way you can still concentrate on paddling the boat without worrying about any fish that might get away. The dual beam sonar also gives you the benefit of crisp and clear images in deep and shallow water. It should be mentioned again that the transducer is not designed to function in extremely cold water, and should not be used for ice fishing.

 

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Our review on Marcum Showdown

2.MarCum Showdown 5.6 Digital Sonar System

The good

Every aspect of the Showdown is designed to be convenient and easy to use when you are out on the ice.

The uniquely designed LCD screen is easy to read, and you will love the fact that the receiver only comes with 7 buttons so operation is a breeze.

With 8,000 watts of power, adjustable depth range down to 240 feet and 25 sensitivity settings on the transducer you won’t have any problem seeing what is in the water from you hole or others nearby in the ice.

 

The bad

While the majority of consumers reviews all agree that this is a great fish finder for ice fishing, they also state that customer service is lacking in available support. Many recommended visiting the Marcum’s website if you have any questions regarding its use.

 

 

The verdict

Some fish finders state that they are designed for ice fishing only to find out later that they can’t handle the cold temperatures or don’t come with all of the features you need. That won’t be a problem with the Showdown from Marcum. It is designed to be lightweight and easy to carry, even when you are traveling in a sled. It only weighs 9 pounds, and it also comes in a convenient waterproof case that will protect the sensitive electronics while making it easy to transport. You will also appreciate the flasher that is designed to be quiet so you don’t have to worry about the motor disturbing any fish underneath the ice.

3.MarCum Showdown 5.6 Digital Sonar System

One of the advantages of the Marcum Showdown is the bright LCD receiver which is designed to be read vertically. Not only does this mean that it matches the position of the water column so it is easier to read and understand, its slimmer size takes up less space than horizontal models. The screen will display crisp, clear images that are easy to see in almost any lighting, and you will love the advantage you get as you watch the gray color turn to black when fish approach your bait. The Showdown also does not come with a menu, only 7 buttons on the display so you can spend less time programming the unit. It also comes with a mode for the ice that turns  on a small heater to protect the LCD display from frigid temperatures down to -40 degrees.

 

You will appreciate having up to 8,000 watts of power when you need it, and the transducer can be adjusted to detect fish at ranges from 20 to 240 feet. This can be especially helpful when you are searching around different holes in the ice. There are 25 settings for sensitivity so you can eliminate false readings that might be coming from other units, along with any other interference that can occur when you are scanning beneath the ice. The Showdown will also allow you to zoom in on a particular section of the water column so you can improve your chances of getting a bite.

 

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Our review on Lowrance Elite 3X

 

1.Lowrance 000-11673-001 Elite-3X

The good

The Elite 3X comes with a durable construction and everything you need to fish in cold and warm weather.

You will appreciate the color screen on the receiver, along with its ability to display all of the information you need to know exactly where to place your line.

The sonar beam is capable of covering wider angles so you know what is in the water, and it will also detect the contours on the bottom, along with its hardness, structures and the temperature.

 

The bad

Even though the Elite 3X is designed to be used in all seasons it does not come with a flasher, which may make it unsuitable for all types of ice fishing. There have also been mentions about its ability to accurately read the water temperature, which can also affect its usefulness in cold water.

 

 

The verdict

Lowrance has made it easy for anglers to have a successful fishing trip no matter the season. The Elite 3X comes with a durable construction that can withstand the hot summer sun, and the freezing temperatures associated with ice fishing. Though it should be mentioned that this unit does not come with a flasher. Everything you need to detect fish and underwater obstacles is included with this convenient package, including a convenient case that makes it easy to pack with the rest of your gear. The receiver can be mounted inside the pack or on a small boat, and its compact size is also comfortable to hold in your hand. It also comes with clear plastic trays that are great for keeping bait and lures close at hand.

2.Lowrance 000-11673-001 Elite-3X

You will appreciate the 3.5 inch display on the receiver that is easy to read in almost any lighting, and with 320 x 240P it can even be seen when you are fishing in the dark. Not only will it display the depth and water temperature, but also any potential targets in the area. You will be able to see the bottom contours, along with any obstacles that might interfere with your line. It will also display any underwater structures that fish might like to hide in. With the ability to clearly see what is in the water around you almost every fishing trip will be one that you will be happy to brag about.

 

One of the main advantages of the Elite 3X is the 83 Khz sonar and 60 degrees of coverage. The wide cone angle is ideal for searching large areas, and is a great tool to have when you are ice fishing. With the wider cone arch you can even detect other nearby holes in the ice. The sonar beam will accurately display any fish in the area, and it can also provide you with water temperature readings. Another benefit is its ability to sense the hardness of the bottom, which could indicate areas where fish are hiding. Whether you are a warm weather or ice fisherman, the Elite 3X might be just what you need for your next trip.

 

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Our review on Humminbird ICE-35

1.Humminbird ICE-35

The good

You will appreciate its ability to set the flasher automatically so you don’t have to guess where the bottom is, even in frigid temperatures.

With the adjustable zoom you can see every detail in the water, and you also have the advantage of the dual beam sonar.

The ICE-35 comes with a three color display that is easy to read and operate so you can pay attention to your line and not the receiver.

 

The bad

The only real downside to this fish finder is its larger size. While this does make it easier to see the depth readings it can make it difficult to carry with the rest of your gear, especially if you are on a sled.

 

 

The verdict

It’s not hard to see why this is considered the best portable fish finder for ice fishing, especially after you use it. Humminbird has combined the flasher technology ice fishermen depend on, with several useful features that will dramatically improve your chances of having a successful fishing trip. It is capable of instantly locating the bottom of a lake or river, and it will automatically set the scale for the flasher so you don’t have to make any educated guesses. It also comes with a rugged construction that is designed to withstand freezing temperatures.

2.Humminbird ICE-35

When you are ice fishing it can be hard to see what is in the water, but that is not a problem for the ICE-35. It comes with an adjustable zoom that will bring small details into focus inside the water column. The dual beam sonar will detect fish and debris in deep and shallow water, and it can even display other holes in the ice around you. With a maximum depth capacity of 200 feet you can easily find any fish that might be in the area. Another advantage of the sonar is that it will also allow you to keep an eye on your jig, which will dramatically improve your chances of reeling in a fish.

 

Ice fishing requires a lot of concentration, which means that you don’t want to have to pay a lot of attention to your gear. Humminbird understands this which is why they designed the display to be easy to see and operate. The bright three color display can be easily seen from almost any angle, and it can also be read in low lighting. Some consumers have mentioned that there is an occasional glare in the sunlight, but this can be easily rectified by adjusting the position of the display. It will automatically set the flasher scale so you instantly know the depth of the fish, and it is incredibly easy to figure out how to read the display. It also comes with a battery and limited instructions so you can use this fish finder right out of the box.

 

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