Constant exposure to the water and weather is hard on your gear, but this isn’t a problem for the Striker 4 from Garmin.
You will love the advantage the CHIRP sonar gives you when you are searching deep and shallow waters for the best place to fish.
The color display is easy to read in most lighting, and comes with a “flasher” mode which is perfect when you are jigging or ice fishing.
Not only will it detect nearby fish, it also comes with a GPS system and map so you can mark favorite hot spots, along with ones that you might want to avoid.
It is hard to find anything negative about the Striker 4. The only minor drawback is that the sonar will not work accurately if there is any air between it and the water. This means that no matter how thin or see through a material may be the transducer will still won’t function. This is rarely an issue unless you often fish from a raft or other type of inflatable.
One of the first aspects you’ll notice is its durable construction, which ensures the Striker 4 can even withstand the rugged conditions associated with ice fishing. Its thick housing protects it from occasional drops, and it can even handle a little bit of water. Its rugged construction also makes this fish finder a great choice for kids who aren’t always careful with their gear. While it is durable it is still lightweight and easy to carry so you can take it with you on almost any trip.
Garmin understands how important it is to most anglers to have a successful trip, which is why this unit comes with CHIRP sonar. The dual beams are able to clearly detect images in deep and shallow water, and the wide cone angle ensures that everything on the sides and below are captured and transmitted to the receiver. You’ll be able to clearly see details of the bottom, along with the depth and number of fish in the area. It also comes with target separation so you will know exactly where you should cast.
While the display is designed to be easy to read in low or bright lighting, its split screen functionality is what sets it apart. Garmin has include a waypoint map that can be viewed side by side with the sonar so you can easily mark places you want to come back to, and which ones you want to avoid. The display can even be placed in “flasher” mode which is great when you are ice fishing or jigging. You also have the advantage of the built in GPS that not only lets you know your trolling speed, it will even help you get back to a newly discovered fishing spot.