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Cheap fish finders reviewed and compared

Updated on May 13, 2013

Cheap fish finders to increase your catch rate

Cheap fish finders reviewed and compared. Are you looking for the best cheap fish finders? Simply throwing a bait or a lure in the water is not going to consistently catch fish. Sure, you may strike it lucky some days and hook a few but there are going to be many occasions when draw a blank. If you want to catch fish you have to locate them in the first instance. In most waters it is impossible to see the fish with your eyes therefore you need something else to help you find those fish, and that "something" is a fishfinder.

Top of the range "all singing all dancing" fish finders are expensive however there are some cheap fish finders that are exceptionally good and will help you find where the fish are. If you want an advantage over other fishermen you need a fishfinder and these cheap fish finders are well within reach.

So what are these cheap fish finders? Who makes these cheap fish finders? What are the best cheap fish finders? For the answer to these questions please check out the rest of this page.

Lowrance X-4 Fishfinder

Lowrance are well known for producing top quality products and the X-4 fishfinder is no different. The Lowrance X-4 consists of a tough and durable 4 inch LCD screen that is fully waterproof. The display is not colour, but given the low price this is to be expected. The LCD display is a 4 level gray scale, so there is scope to adjust so you can see the screen in bright light. The Lowrance X-4 is ideal for all conditions and water types including freshwater rivers and lakes, as well as seas and oceans. The Lowrance x-4 can be used in depths of up to 600 feet so you are always likely to get a reading. As well as showing the contours of the water bed, as well as all those fish, the X-4 also displays water temperature. The Lowrance X-4 is a popular fishfinder and it gets rave reviews from many happy users.

If you are looking for a cheap fish finders that are accurate and very useful, the Lowrance X-4 is one that you should have on your shortlist.

Humminbird PiranhaMAX 170 4 inch waterproof fishfinder

Humminbird are well known for making portable fishfinders and many anglers consider them market leaders. All Humminbird fishfinders are top quality products and the PiranhaMAX 170 is no different. The PiranhaMAX 170 is one of the most popular fishfinders and used by thousands of happy fishermen the world over, and once you take a look at this awesome fishfinder you will soon see why. The PiranhaMAX 170 has a strong and robust 4 inch screen that is totally waterproof, which means it will work in all weathers. This fishfinder boasts a dual beam sensor, which makes it more sensitive and accurate in both finding fish and showing the contours and make-up of the water bed.

Like all cheap fishfinders the PiranhaMAX 170 has a gray scale screen, however unlike many other cheap fishfinders the screen is crysal clear and very easy to see, and this is the case regardless of the weather conditions.

The PiranhaMAX 170 is one of the easiest fishfinders to use, and with its depth and fish alarm, you will be and running, and hooking those fish, in no time at all. If you want a good and reliable fishfinder the PiranhaMAX 170 is one you should take a look at.

Humminbird SmartCast RF35 fish finder watch

The Humminbird Smart Cast is a fishfinder with a difference. The Humminbird consists of a small LCD screen you wear around your wrist, a bit like a watch. The sonar is attached to a rod and line and then cast in to the water. As you retrieve the sonar, the contours and make-up of the water bed is displayed on the LCD screen. Similarly, any fish in the area are also shown on the screen. You can use the Humminbird Smart Cast when out on a boat but the results aren't as accurate as other fishfinders. The Humminbird Smart Cast definitely works best when fishing from the shore and it works very well when doing so.

Garmin Echo 150 dual beam fish finder

Garmin are another company that is well known for producing top quality products and the Echo 150 is no different and it is one awesome fishfinder. The Garmin Echo 150 boasts a 4 inch screen with 8 level gray scale which means there is plenty of scope to adjust the display for optimum visibility. The Garmin Echo 150 works up to depths of 1,300 feet, which means you can use it in freshwater rivers and lakes, as well as in the ocean.

Most cheap fish finders have a single beam, however the Garmin Echo 150 has dual beam, which makes it more sensitive and accurate in showing the contours and make-up of the water bed as well as those all important fish holding areas.

NorCross HawkEye F33P fish finder

The NorCross HawkEye F33P has to be the most simplest of fish finders to use. All you need to do is turn on the display and throw the sonar over the side of a boat, off the shore line, or anywhere else you are fishing and then watch the display for fish. The NorCross Hawkeye consists of a handheld unit with a 2.3 inch, and gray scale screen. The build quality isn't as good as that of other fishfinders but don't let that put you off. If you look after the HawkEye F33P it will give years of service.

The NorCross HawkEye F33P is cheap and cheerful and perfect for anglers who occasionally need a fishfinder, and don't want to spend too much money. The NorCross HawkEye works to depths of 100 feet so it will be fine for shallower waters.

The NorCross HawkEye F33P is a popular fishfinder and used by many anglers the world over, most of which rate it either 4 or 5 stars. If you want a fishfinder that is going to give the biggest bang for your buck this is it.

If you are on a budget, fish shallower waters and are only after a cheap fishfinder for occasional use the NorCross HawkEye F33P is the product for you.

Are fish finders ethical?

There are two schools of thought when it comes to fish finders.

Some anglers think a key skill in fishing is locating and finding the fish yourself and to use modern technology to do it for you is nothing less than cheating.

Other anglers are of the opinion "if the technology is there why not use it". Besides, a lot of the skill in fishing is making the fish take the bait and then playing it to the net.

What do you think? I look forward to your comments - let the duel begin.

Is using a cheap fishinder, or any fish fineder for that matter, cheating?!?!?

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