Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 23 January 2011, 15:53   #1
Country: UK - Wales
Town: Prestatyn
Boat name: Ray fish 2
Make: Caribe
Length: 6m +
Engine: Outboard Petrol
MMSI: 235085991
Join Date: Oct 2010
Posts: 74
lowrance elite 5x

downscan image fishfinder, is on my shopping list, do you use a fishfinder to get a feel of whats below, or a smaller depth guage showing a figure, and do they differ in readings due to speed of ping,speed of craft ect.

rayfish2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 24 January 2011, 08:34   #2
Country: UK - Scotland
Boat name: Wildheart
Make: Humber/Delta Seasafe
Length: 5m +
Engine: Merc 60 Clamshell
MMSI: 235068449
Join Date: Apr 2007
Posts: 4,539
I donlt actively fish, so can't answer with respect to finding something to catch, however I do suffer from a cronically small console, so don't have space for a full blown fishfinder.

Personally, I just need to know how much water is (or isn't !) under the keel, so a digital display suffices. The "numbers only" ones come in all shapes & sizes from something the size of your battey level meter to 4" digits (for racing yachts so you can see it from anywhere at a glance) Someone (Raymarine?) does one which has a "trendometer" at the side so you can see at a glance how quickly the numbers are going up or down, something you would see with a graphic fishfinder anyway.

If you already have a plotter, you may be able to get a relatively cheap NMEA2K sender, & get a digital readout on screen. (depends on the plotter) I think Lowrance or teleflex, I can't remember which ) also does an NMEA2K digi dial which you can program to display pretty much any data avaialble on your network. Also means you can use it for other NMEA stuff as well.

As a tip, if you want to find the "numbers only" ones, you are usually better googling "echo sounder" than "fishfinder".

9D280 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 24 January 2011, 10:32   #3
Country: USA
Town: Oakland CA
Length: 3m +
Join Date: Feb 2005
Posts: 6,621
I prefer the graphical display of a fish finder, rather than the digital depth-only readout. You get a bit of history with the graph, which tells you not only what you're over, but what the depth is tending to do (i.e. dropping off, getting shallower, etc.)

Like 9D280, I do not generally fish, so I also can't speack of ID'ing fish with the thing; but I use the fishfinder for ID'ing structure at a depth suitable for diving.

If all you're interested in is the actual instantaneous depth beneath the keel (or wherever you have the Xducer mounted) and don't have the space for a graphical depth/fish finder, well, I guess a digital display is better than nothing.

My $.02;

jyasaki is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2015 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:00.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.