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Old 10-31-2010, 02:09 AM   #1
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I am looking for a good GPS fishfinder combo for my kayak. I am not looking to spend a fotrune. Anyone got any advice???
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Old 10-31-2010, 06:17 PM   #2
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I asked the same question a while back and I've been doing a lot of online comparisons lately.

This is one of the cheapest combos out there (link below).

http://www.amazon.com/Humminbird-4-Inch-Waterproof-Marine-Chartplotter/dp/B000KUMOQ8/


There are a few in the $200-$400 range. I'm looking at the Humminbird 365i, the 385ci, and the 571i mostly. The 571i looks nice, though I'm concerned about how big the unit is.

I'm paying attention to the dual beam units. Usually they have 20 and 60 degree beams. A 20 degree beam doesn't help a whole lot when you're in 20 feet of water, its too narrow to see much, that's where the 60 degree beam would help. Also two beams operating at different frequencies should have better resolution, breaking out the fish and bottom detail better.
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Old 10-31-2010, 08:08 PM   #3
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I like the 161 combo!!! 4''
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Old 11-01-2010, 01:22 AM   #4
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Thanks for the advice. It definitely gives me some things to consider. I was looking at the 385ci, which looked pretty good, but I will definitely look at the beam data a little closer.

Can anyone who has used these things give me an opinion on having a color display versus grayscale?

Thanks!
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I'm no expert by any means, but I've done a little bit of reading on it. I think all cheap FF/GPS' do all the things you really need them to do, its just the presentation/resolution/color and all the extra features you have to make a decision on whether you really need them or not. I tend to overbuy with tech stuff, but on a kayak I just need to know that I'm on the spot, how deep it is, how deep the fish are in the water column, and maybe how high the reef or structure extends off the bottom.

Thinking a little deeper into it....

  • Its has to be easy to use on the yak and not too big that its heavy or in the way.
  • Has to have enough memory capacity for a few hundred waypoints. I'm pretty sure most do.
  • I need a dual beam model because I fish the sound pretty often which is mostly all shallow water...(1-20 feet), but I also like to get out in the gulf.
  • Color is nice to have, but not a necessity for me.
  • Being able to distinguish between larger fish and smaller fish is a nice to have feature for me because I'm likely going to fish the spot anyway if I paddled out to it. Distinguishing bait from other fish however is important.
  • A map feature is nice to see where your other marks are in relation to your current location. I don't care too much about chart plotting views, but a map showing multiple marks will help you make decisions on the water. I think most do this anyway.
  • The extra map modules they sell you can be really expensive and some aren't all that good. That seems important to know if you travel a lot with your yak.
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