Best Fishfinder 2016

Fishfinders use sonar technology to find fish-or any other solid object-under the surface of the water. Sonar technology utilizes sound waves that are sent out into the water. As they travel further, the sound wave will increase in diameter, going from the point of initiation and fanning out into a cone-like shape. In selecting the top of fishfinders we used research we had done of the models that are highest rated, best sellers and offer the best features.

 

 


Best Fishfinder 2016 Reviews


 

Top Best High-End Fish Finders

1. Top Best High-End Fish Finders


Lowrance 000-11784-001 HDS-7 GEN3 Insight Fishfinder/Chartplotter with CHIRP/StructureScan Sonar

HDS Gen3 gives birth to an exclusive new interface that allows you to fully control functions through either multi-touch or full key pad operation depending on user preference and on-the-water conditions. This hi-tech generation advances the award-winning Lowrance target separation by combining simultaneous use of cutting-edge CHIRP sonar technology and our widely-held Structure Scan HD sonar imaging to produce unparalleled views of fish holding near the bottom and around structure.

Top Best Mid-Range Fish Finders

2. Top Best Mid-Range Fish Finders


Humminbird 409620-1 HELIX 5 DI Fish Finder with Down-Imaging and GPS

The Humminbird 409620-1 HELIX 5 DI/GPS Combo w/ Temperature features a brilliant 800H x 480V, 5" 256 color display with backlight. Down Imaging and Dual Beam Plus sonar with 4000 watts PTP power output, Precision Internal GPS Chartplotting with built-in UniMap cartography with a micro SD card slot for optional maps or saving waypoints along with a gimbal mounting system.

Top Best Inexpensive Fish Finders

3. Top Best Inexpensive Fish Finders


Venterior Portable Fish Finder

Detect and display water depth, approximate fish location, short & tall weeds, sand, and rocks on seabed. Round transducer with 25 ft cable and removable transducer float. Can be used for fishing off the dock, on a boat, and ice fishing. The product can only show you where the fish are. It can not show you how big the fish are, but you could adjust the Sensitivity setting. When the Sensitivity is high, it will show you both big fish and small fish; when low, it will only show you the big fish.

Best of the Best High-End Fish Finders

4. Best of the Best High-End Fish Finders


Lowrance HDS-9 Gen2 Touch Insight Display with 83/200 & LSS-2 Transom Mount Transducers

The ultimate fish-and structure-finding display. Transducer sold seperately navigate personalized or built-in insight mapping and optional Navionics charts. View both at once in 3D perspective view, plus structure map, broadband radar and Sirius weather overlay capability. Dominate new super-bright widescreen displays in 7, 9 & 12-inch sizes with touch screen control. Dominate your time on the water with greater command and control that's now easier to learn and customize. Easy-to-use, touchscreen control powerful touchscreen with redesigned menus and five push-button controls simplify operation without sacrificing features.

Best of the Best Mid-Range Fish Finders

5. Best of the Best Mid-Range Fish Finders


Humminbird 409800-1 Helix 7 DI Fishfinder with Down Imaging Sonar

The HELIX 7 is easy to use, dependable under any circumstances and unbelievably clear, bright and fast-not to mention built right here in the United States. Experience jaw-dropping 480x800 resolution and 1500 nit brightness, delivering a clear and precise picture of fish and fish-holding structure. The ultra-wide 16:9 ratio gives you ample room to view two screens side-by-side, making fishing and navigating easier. The built-in quick-release gimbal mount makes angle adjustments and removal easy.

Best of the Best Inexpensive Fish Finders

6. Best of the Best Inexpensive Fish Finders


Lowrance 000-12635-001 Hook-3X Sonar, W/ 83/200 XDCR

Lowrance 000-12635-001 Hook-3X easy to see in full sunlight & from wide viewing angles. Broadband sounder detail easily identifies fish targets, bottom contour, structure detail, bottom hardness, thermoclines & more. Advanced signal processing (ASP) reduces the need to manually adjust settings to see fish, structure & bottom detail more clearly. Dual-frequency 83 or 200kHz operation helps maximize view beneath boat. 83kHz sonar operation provides up to 60Deg of conical coverage ideal for displaying largest fish arches & searching large areas. 200kHz frequency provides up to 20Deg of conical coverage for enhanced fish-target separation & lure tracking ideal for drop-shotting technique.

Best High-End Fish Finders

7. Best High-End Fish Finders


Lowrance 000-11793-001 HDS-9 GEN3 Insight Fishfinder/Chartplotter with CHIRP/StructureScan and 83/200+ StructureScan Transducer

HDS Gen3 gives birth to an exclusive new interface that allows you to fully control functions through either multi-touch or full key pad operation depending on user preference and on-the-water conditions. This hi-tech generation advances the award-winning Lowrance target separation by combining simultaneous use of cutting-edge CHIRP sonar technology and our widely-held Structure Scan HD sonar imaging to produce unparalleled views of fish holding near the bottom and around structure. In order to better replicate the underwater home where fish live and how you interact with the display, Lowrance has developed and specially tuned a visibly better screen delivering better definition of sonar returns, dynamic dimensionality in menu elements and a layered, strong and subtle color scheme for striking on-screen detail.

Best Mid-Range Fish Finders

8. Best Mid-Range Fish Finders


Humminbird 409640-1 HELIX 5 SI Fish Finder

The Humminbird 409640-1 HELIX 5 SI/GPS Combo features a brilliant 800H x 480V, 5" 256 color display with backlight. Side Imaging/Down Imaging and Dual Beam Plus sonar with 4000 watts PTP power output, Precision Internal GPS Chartplotting with built-in UniMap cartography with a micro SD card slot for optional maps or for saving waypoints. Maximize your angling experience with the Humminbird HELIX 5 SI GPS fishfinder GPS system.

Best Inexpensive Fish Finders

9. Best Inexpensive Fish Finders


Lucky FFW-718 Wireless Portable Sonar Fish Finder with Dot Matrix 40m Range

Sensor automatically switch off when not in water 100% waterproof floating sensor. Display: Big Adjustable High-contrast Dot matrix FSTN LCD 128(V) x 64(H), Wireless Frequency: 433 MHz, 125 kHz Sonar Frequency,Wireless Sensor Coverage: 90 degrees beam angle.

Over All Best Fish Finders

10. Over All Best Fish Finders


Garmin Striker 4 with Portable Kit

Following in the success of the STRIKER fishfinder series, Garmin is proud to announce the new STRIKER fishfinders with ClearVü technology. These devices are designed to allow you to mark your favorite fishing spot and easily navigate back to it tomorrow, saving you time and money.

 

Products Conclusion

Top Best High-End Fish Finders
Built-in Insight USA charts for Coastal and Inland US waters.
Top Best Mid-Range Fish Finders
Maximize your angling experience with the Humminbird HELIX 5 DI GPS fishfinder GPS system.
Top Best Inexpensive Fish Finders
Apply to lake, river, sea and other fishing environment. Depth range from 1M to 100m.
Best of the Best High-End Fish Finders
Very user friendly, easy installation this kit comes with the screen cover and both transducers.
Best of the Best Mid-Range Fish Finders
The built-in quick-release gimbal mount makes angle adjustments and removal easy.
Best of the Best Inexpensive Fish Finders
Broadband sounder detail easily identifies fish targets, bottom contour, structure detail, bottom hardness, thermoclines & more
Best High-End Fish Finders
Great product! Everything you need and more to enrich your fishing trip.
Best Mid-Range Fish Finders
Great finder for the money! Still trying to figure out how to use it.
Best Inexpensive Fish Finders
It does great!! Realize it\'s not a $500 dollar fish finder, so for its price.
Over All Best Fish Finders
This is the perfect all around fish Finder.
Top Best High-End Fish Finders Top Best Mid-Range Fish Finders Top Best Inexpensive Fish Finders Best of the Best High-End Fish Finders Best of the Best Mid-Range Fish Finders Best of the Best Inexpensive Fish Finders Best High-End Fish Finders Best Mid-Range Fish Finders Best Inexpensive Fish Finders Over All Best Fish Finders

 


How to Find the Best Fishfinder

Fish finders started out as an offshoot from military technology developed for submarines - in the 1950s, in a moment of either genius or insanity, fishermen began to use large, heavy (not to mention bulky) vacuum tube sonar units to search for fish. In 1959, Carl Lowrance, along with his sons, managed to miniaturize the sonar equipment using transistor technology and began to sell the battery powered units. Modern marine electronics and display technologies have evolved to allow fish-finder manufacturers to develop and produce ever smaller and powerful units with a wide range of features.

Two important criteria for selecting a fishfinder are the frequency and power of the transducer - that's the part that sends a signal (actually a sound wave) into the water looking for fish. Together, these determine how deep your fishfinder will look and the fidelity of the objects it finds. The Lowrance HDS-5X series fishfinders are priced based on the transducer frequency. The Lowrance HDS-5X with a 50 to 200 KHz range goes for fifty dollars more than the same model with an 83 to 200 KHz range. That's because the lower frequencies (50 KHZ v. 80 KHz) will penetrate deeper water. At 50 KHz a transducer can penetrate waters 1000 to 1500 feet deep and have a wider beam width, whereas at 200 KHz the same transducer may only probe up to 300 to 400 feet with a narrow beam but returns results with a greater degree of detail.

Fish finders can be both portable and mounted. Choose a mounting style and location, for instance the dashboard, and measure the space that is available. This will narrow down your selection based on what screen size will actually fit there. A smaller boat might need a small display that mounts close to the transom. Some portable units come with a transducer that attaches to the boat's hull with a suction cup. The use of portable fish finders in kayaks has increased dramatically in recent years. For permanently mounted transducers, a hole is drilled in the hull away from any prop turbulence. There are also kits available to mount fish finder transducers onto trolling motors.

If you are selecting a fishfinder for freshwater fishing, consider the water depth and type of craft you usually use. Unless you are fishing in truly deep water, like the Great Lakes, you can often get great results from some of the more inexpensive models. If you are in the market for your first fishfinder then you may want to start with a simpler model and trade up to the more advanced models as you gain experience with finding fish easily

 


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