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    I am looking for a new sounder option for my boat. Iíll be replacing the ducer at the same time. Does anyone have a recommendation at all? Iíd like something that will be sufficient for shrimping as well as perhaps finding a bait ball or two.
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    Humminbird 997C SI Side Imaging Dual Beam Combo gps Fish Finder

    This thing does it all. Comes with a pretty hefty price tag I think they are $2k or a lil more. Not only can you spot fish to the side it also picks obstructions like hidden reefs in unfamiliar water.

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    I think a price range will help us alot in our recommendations.


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    Quote Originally Posted by AK2AZ View Post
    I think a price range will help us alot in our recommendations.
    Hey as long as I am spending his money its ok

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    Lets figure I'm looking for a dedicated sounder for less than 700.00

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    Lowrance Elite 5 would be my first choice...very easy operation and makes it easy to tell if you are looking at fish or debris. After reading it for a while you can discern what type of fish too. For another $100 you can have the Elite 5 combo with the card for Alaska waters...nothing wrong with a back-up GPS sytem. I use the combo and it works great.


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    Friends went with a furuno fcv 620 and an airmar transom mount transducer. It's a little bit over your budget, but from what he's said, well worth the $ and it performs even better that what it's rated for in terms of depth.

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    You might be interested in getting one with the Nmea 2000 protocol, this would allow some interconnectivity if you were to install a fuel flow gauge (would also have to be NMEA 2000). Lowrance & Garmin make a inline one.
    Instead of looking at GPH only it will give you MPG, this info is a little easier to utilize on the fly and with todays fuel costs it doesnt hurt to try to economize.
    There is a multitude of devices that could be connected via 2000...........
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    What kinds of fishing do you do?

    Quote Originally Posted by akfishin View Post
    I am looking for a new sounder option for my boat. Iíll be replacing the ducer at the same time. Does anyone have a recommendation at all? Iíd like something that will be sufficient for shrimping as well as perhaps finding a bait ball or two.
    Thanks!
    dan

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    I will be doing a little trolling for salmon (trying to get more into that) and then just looking for halibut and rockfish while the pots soak.

    Right now waiting on a quote for a thru hull install. I figure I'll weigh that against purchase price of something new. Right now I"ve got an older hummingbird 727 that *should* be good to a bit over 1000k feet but either 1) the ducer isn't installed well 2) it's a rather shoddy unit. So would a thru hull improve performance? i think it outta, perhaps.

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    What kind of boat?

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    Have to second the furuno, I have been using the 585 for the last couple years and it is a great unit. The 620 is the same technology only in a 6" version and the 585 is an 8".
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    Quote Originally Posted by 270ti View Post
    What kind of boat?
    It's a 22' Osprey...

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    Lots of good Fish Finders these days. The cheap stuff now blows away the expensive stuff we'd use 15 years ago. I wouldn't worry too much about a thru Hull, since you are going to get a new transducer with whatever you get.

    One thing you might want to think about is a duel freq transducer, since you are thinking about trolling.

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