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The Best Fishfinders For Greater Catches

Updated on December 21, 2010

Are you one of those who wish that they just knew where to exactly cast the line to surely get some fish? Well, wish no more because fishfinders are designed to tell you just that. A fishfinder is a kind of fathometer which uses sonar that penetrates the water and bounces off its floor, detecting fish along the process. The device then has a display in which you can see the results. Commonly, it has a feature called a fish symbol which allows you to see where you can get live fish as well as those that have just died and still may be considered as a fair catch. When this feature is disabled, you can also detect other things besides fish such as vegetation, debris and baitfish. Fishfinders may come in different shapes and sizes and here are some tips for you if you decide to get one.

Budget may be the primary basis when it comes to buying a fishfinder gadget.  But even with your financial limitations, you should consider such things as size and resolution. Fishfinders are installed on fishing boats so be sure that the gadget you pick is just the right size for your boat. A fishfinder that’s too small may be harder to read which just spoils the space you have on a roomy boat. On the other hand, a fishfinder that’s too big may be cumbersome. Next check for the number of pixels which gives you the resolution quality and the basic principle is the higher the resolution, the clearer and more detailed the pictures are.

For you to know some of the high quality fishfinders that are sure to make fishing a lot more fun, here are your choices.

Garmin Fishfinder 140 with 4.7-Inch Display and Dual-Beam Transducer
Garmin Fishfinder 140 with 4.7-Inch Display and Dual-Beam Transducer

Garmin Fishfinder 140 with 4.7-Inch Display and Dual-Beam Transducer

This fishfinder is great for freshwater fishing. It measures about 6 inches long, about 5 inches wide and 2.6 inches thick. It has a black and white display with a resolution of 128 x 240 pixels. It also comes equipped with a dual beam transducer that has setting adjustments that allow you to view results within 14 or 45 feet. This allows you to have a clearer and better picture of what’s going on underwater so you have ideas on what to do. It also has an ultra-scroll sonar that guarantees sharper results plus autogain technology that allows you to see more of your targets. And aside from the sophisticated features, you still get a lot of convenience with its minimal and simple controls. This will surely raise your catch results in no time.

Garmin Fishfinder 400C 4-Inch Waterproof Fishfinder and Dual Frequency Transducer
Garmin Fishfinder 400C 4-Inch Waterproof Fishfinder and Dual Frequency Transducer

Garmin Fishfinder 400C 4-Inch Waterproof Fishfinder and Dual Frequency Transducer

If you’re someone who goes fishing a lot in different bodies of water, then this is the fishfinder you must definitely have. The Garmin Fishfinder 400C 4-Inch Waterproof Fishfinder and Dual Frequency Transducer is tough enough to resist water in both freshwater and saltwater settings so you don’t have to worry about it wherever you decide to go fishing. It has a bright 4-inch wide color screen with a resolution of 320 x 240 pixels which gives you clearer images. It also features ultra-scroll sonar that quickly updates you of anything that goes on in the water. This device also has a night mode which allows you read it conveniently in softer lighting. It is also equipped with a dual frequency transducer plus CANet connectivity that allows you to share your data with other chartplotters. This device measures 5.7 inches long, 5 inches wide and 2.7 inches thick.

Humminbird PiranhaMAX 150 4-Inch Waterproof Fishfinder
Humminbird PiranhaMAX 150 4-Inch Waterproof Fishfinder

Humminbird PiranhaMAX 150 4-Inch Waterproof Fishfinder

If you’re going fishing on large lakes or saltwater, you’ll find this fishfinder very useful due to its high-performance single beam sonar that gives you results in depths of up to 600 feet. This device measures 11.2 inches long, 8 inches wide and 3.1 inches thick. It has a grayscale display with 160 vertical pixels which allows you to see better when you’re fishing under the sun. It comes with many other useful features to like fish alarms that tell you immediately of spotted schools of fish, depth alarms and zoom which allows you focus on hot spots. The controls are simple too: there are buttons only for the power and for navigation so you don’t have to deal with complicated things just to get great technological performance.

Eagle Cuda 300 Fishfinder
Eagle Cuda 300 Fishfinder

Eagle Cuda 300 Fishfinder

Here’s a great fishfinder that clearly tells you results with its 240 x 160-pixel 4-inch grayscale LCD display. It’s equipped with a skimmer that operates at a frequency of 200 kilohertz and a transducer that works in depths up to 600 feet. When you look into the display, you’ll see very clear and comprehensive images that will immediately tell you what you need to know. The bottom of the water is very distinguishable with the grey line that marks it. This device works with 60 degrees sonar that detects fish in depths ranging up to 180 meters. Plus, you also get a temperature sensor with this and background lighting for night fishing. This fishfinder also has a zoom feature which allows you to concentrate your attention to spotted targets. Now that’s what you call fishing made easy.

Garmin Fishfinder 300C 3.5-Inch Waterproof Fishfinder and Dual-Beam Transducer
Garmin Fishfinder 300C 3.5-Inch Waterproof Fishfinder and Dual-Beam Transducer

Garmin Fishfinder 300C 3.5-Inch Waterproof Fishfinder and Dual-Beam Transducer

This fully equipped fishfinder from Garmin gives you comprehensive and outstanding performance plus extra accessories for your convenience. It has a 3.5 inch color LCD display with a high resolution that gives you better and more vivid images. It also has the ultra-scroll feature which gives you faster tracking results. This device uses high-performance sonar that can be found in marine gear and you can also adjust its sensitivity with the Auto Gain. The images are also easy to interpret with the white line showing the thickness of the water’s bottom. To enable you to concentrate on certain areas, you can also have the benefit of a 4x zoom which you can adjust manually too. This fishfinder is perfect for freshwater fishing and it comes with its own power cable, mounting bracket and guide.

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