What kind of fish finder do you all think is best for finding halibut? Obviously, knowing bottom type is important but is it better to use charts to find bottom type or a fish finder? What kind of fish finder is better for this? I had a cheep Garmin fish finder that just died. It was the bare bones type. Now it's time to get a new one. At first I picked this Lowrance one with basic gps/chart system which I thought would be good for marking spots as well as black and white sonar.
Is it better to go for color? Can you tell bottom type differences (sand/gravel/mud) better with different fish finders? I want to stay in the lower price range for budget reasons. I'm sure the 800$ ones are better but it's just not realistic for me. Basically in the 200-300$ range are you better with one with color sonar or small chart plotting? Any tips would be appreciated. Unfortunately so many of the reviews on web are from down south where people are fishing in lakes that are 15' deep.