Best Fish Finders 2017
|Highest Rated Fishfinders|
|Lowrance Elite 7 Ti|
|Humminbird Helix 7 SI GPS|
|Garmin echoMAP 73sv|
|Raymarine Dragonfly 5PRO|
|Garmin Striker 7sv|
2017 brings a new crop of fishfinders that are better than ever – both in value and in technology. Here’s the quick rundown of what’s new this year, see our fish finder reviews to find out which is the best fishfinder for you:
Humminbird is expanding their Helix series. There are now 9, 10 and 12 inch Helix models. Each display comes with a choice of sonar only, down imaging or side imaging transducer. The down imaging and side imaging transducers are the 1000W versions. MSRP varies from $699 for the 9 inch sonar only unit to $2299 for the 12 inch CHIRP side imaging version.
Garmin adds CHIRP functionality to their echoMap series along with the more competitive pricing. For the budget oriented customers, Garmin introduced the new Striker series. The Striker units don’t have mapping capability, they offer only basic chartplotting. The low end model has a 4.3 inch display and costs $119, the 7 inch side imaging unit has a very attractive price of $499 and should be a big hit this season.
Lowrance is introducing the new Touch Imaging lineup. The 5 and 7 inch displays have touchscreen capability. There are 2 types of transducers available – TotalScan transducer provides side imaging and down imaging while DownScan supports down imaging only. Prices vary from $449 for the 5 inch downscan unit to $749 for the 7 inch totalscan version.
The first thing you’ll notice is the LCD screen. It’s four inches and has a resolution of 480 x 272, which is substantially larger than screens on many other fish finders. It’s waterproof and weather-resistant, so you should have no problems with this device if you encounter waves or choppy water.
Deeper has taken the sonar fishfinder world by storm with their groundbreaking castable, smartphone fishfinders. With Deeper sonar fishfinders, you can fish from the shore, a boat, or even ice fish. The ability to have sonar while fishing from shore is by the far the greatest quality of a smartphone fishfinder. Works in conjunction with smart phones and tablets (Both compatible – Apple iOS and Androids) Smart, portable, wireless Connected via Bluetooth; Rechargeable battery Fish places other Fishfinders can’t reach: shore, bridges, embankments, dock, in rivers, kayak, float tube, radio controlled bait boats, ice fishing. Dual beam:290kHz(15Degree),90kHz(55Degree). Depth up to 130ft. battery up to 6 hours. Free application includes fish activity calendar, weather, diary, maps, sharing functions Packaging may vary but the product is the same.
The differences between personal and marine electronics continue to fade as manufacturers take inspiration and technologies from the smart phones that are an increasingly significant part of our lifestyles. The electronics we want on our boats are becoming more connected to the technologies the cloud provides access to, and we see the benefits in not just increased performance and user-friendliness, but in the flood of data we have even out on the water. Nothing exemplifies this more than the Simrad GO7 XSE
Smartphone fishfinders give the angler without a boat that can take a hull mounted transducer a piece of the action when it comes to fishing with the aid of sonar fishfinders. Whether you fish from a smaller vessel, such as a canoe or kayak, from the shore or bridge, or if you just need to get an underwater look somewhere where you can’t navigate your vessel to, a mobile fishfinder could be for you.
The new Hook 5 by Lowrance is part of their new Hook line of fish finders designed to cater to anglers of any budget. The Hook 5 is a combination fish finder and GPS chart plotter developed for anglers wanting a great value, but who are not willing to sacrifice on quality. It delivers on both counts with features generally only found on units costing significantly more money. The Hook 5 fish finder is a 2017 upgraded version of the very popular Lowrance Elite-5 HDI released in 2013.
Garmin echoMAP CHIRP 73sv has a widescreen display resolution of 800 by 480 pixels from a 7-inch screen which gives it more than enough real estate for crystal-clear viewing. Perhaps the main selling point of the echoMAP CHIRP 73sv is its built-in CHIRP (Compressed High-Intensity Radiated Pulse) sonar capabilities. CHIRP does not just send one frequency at a time. Instead, it sends a continuous sweep of frequencies on a low-to-high range. This puts more pulse onto the target than traditional sonar, and consequently provides more detailed returns.
The Lowrance Hook 7 takes the best features of its fishfinders and puts them into a convenient, easy-to-use package for any angler at an attractive price. The essential features that help maximize every minute spent on the water whether on solitary creeks, inland lakes, or offshore waters, are built into the Hook 7.
Furuno is a company that designs and produces marine electronics and global positioning systems (GPS), as well as other high-tech products. One of these products is the Furuno FCV628 Fish Finder, which has 600W/1kW Power, an 8.4-inch LCD in color, and Bottom Discrimination capability. This is an exemplary product, adapted specifically to recreational and small-scale fishing. Here in this article I will explain in greater depth all this product’s impressive features, so that you, the reader, can discern whether it is the right choice for your particular needs.
Like many Japanese producers of electronics, Furuno leads the pack in making increasingly advanced technologies available for commercial and personal use. One of their products combines Furuno’s advanced GPS and marine electronics into one–that is the Color GPS Chartplotter/Fish Finder Combo GP1870F. This product is a great buy. It is portable, extremely high-tech, and relatively affordable in consideration of its advanced capabilities. In this article, I will list and explain these capabilities in greater detail, and you can decide for yourself whether it is the right choice for you.
Fish finders are extremely important for fishing success, professional or recreational. They are incredibly valuable to anyone who wants to improve their catch. If you’re looking for an affordable and accurate fish finder, the new Lowrance Hook-5 Ice Machine is a great option. In this article, I will elucidate the Hook-5’s many valuable features as well as its drawbacks, allowing you to judge its suitability for yourself.
I am an ice fisherman, and the gear I use is very important for achieving success in this activity. In the past, we ice fishermen would have been unable to see beneath the surface of the ice; now, however, we have a technology that does the “seeing” for us. This technology is the fish finder, an incredible device that uses sonar to pinpoint the location, size and trajectory of fish, and map the underwater topography of a body of water.
The Helix 10 SI GPS unit weighs under five pounds and measures 13.44 inches wide x 7.12 inches high x 4.2 inches deep. The fish finder features an impressive 10.1 inch wide screen having a 16:9 ratio that presents images in 1024 x 600 high-definition adjustable color resolution. The larger screen provides more room for split-screen views, which makes navigating and tracking fish that much simpler.
Lowrance understands the passion that anglers have for fishing. Keeping this in mind, the company continues improving tools that make the pastime more productive and enjoyable. For the convenience of people who fish for fun or profit, Lowrance introduced the Elite 5Ti fishfinder/chartplotter at the beginning of December 2017. The comprehensive device comes equipped with a host of features while being user friendly and providing optimal performance.
The Garmin Striker 5dv is a compact, waterproof, and easy-to-use 5-inch fishfinder with CHIRP sonar. The rugged design withstands the harsh marine environment with excellent performance. The Striker is designed to allow you to mark your favorite fishing spots and navigate back easily, saving you time and money.
The Elite-7 Ti from Lowrance is a combination touchscreen fishfinder/chartplotter with powerful performance matched with high-end features and functionality at an affordable price. The 7-inch
high-resolution, LED-backlit touchscreen provides quick access to all its features. High-performance sonar provides views of the environment underneath your boat. Balanced sonar needs are covered by simultaneous Low/Mid/High CHIRP or alternatively, StructureScan HD while offering 83/200/455/800 kHz frequency coverage.
At one and a half pounds, the Garmin Striker 7sv measures 9.3 by 5.5 inches with a 2.3 inch depth. It bears a 3.6 by 6 inch screen with a definition of 800 by 480 pixels that allows multiple sharp images to be displayed simultaneously. The display is also brilliantly backlit to make it legible even on the sunniest days and is flanked by a group of control buttons. Power from the device’s built-in rechargeable battery is sent through an included cable to a GT52 transducer where it generates an assortment of sonar pulses.
Humminbird continually surveys product consumers for suggestions in order to make their line of fishfinders more in tune with the needs of anglers. In response, for November 2017, the company introduced a new series of Helix units that include the Humminbird Helix 9 DI. Whether you enjoy an occasional day at the lake or are a professional angler, the new Humminbird Helix 9 DI was designed to make your efforts more productive.
No one wants to waste time casting their line into an empty stretch of water. The Garmin Striker 4dv is designed to be easy to use while eliminating the guesswork, so fishermen can focus on the true challenge of the sport. The Garmin Striker 4dv has a compact form that fits easily into any size of boat.
Here it is, the Humminbird Kevin Van Dam (KVD) model anglers around the country have been waiting for – the 7 inch Helix. The technology is a step up from the 5 series and provides anglers with brighter, clearer, faster and bigger images. The Helix 7 is appropriate for fresh or salt water use to depths ranging from 150 to 1,500 feet.