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Old 16 October 2010, 06:55   #1
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which fishfinder

ok guys new to this website and sib ing!
Been out a few times now fishing in the North wales area and caught erm nothing. We are getting to the areas where other boats are but still nothing and i honestly believe it is not my fishing methods but the areas i am targeting.
Question is, are these small portable hand held in some cases fishfinders any good? I am probably thinking in the upto 150 range. Are they worth the money.
Thanks in advance and please dont get too technical for me!
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Old 16 October 2010, 07:59   #2
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Hullo and welcome

In my humble opinion the handheld fishfinders are not worth the hassle, I have fitted small fixed-sounders to SIBs and it seems to pay off in ease of use.

Garmin do two small black and white screen models that work well, both are well under a 100 quid including transducer (the bit you get wet).

If you want to spend all your budget then go colour for about 150.

I know very little about fishing, but when I go out with people who do they seem to be less interested in the little fish symbol than in spotting an interesting bottom feature. Yes Wilk, I am now going to say crevice.
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Old 17 October 2010, 08:01   #3
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Thanks Malthouse, I had heard these things are more for for finding features on the sea bed,logically i suppose this is where the fish hang out?
Can anybody recommend a particular one that they have had results with.
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Old 17 October 2010, 08:43   #4
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You won't go far wrong with a Garmin in my opinion.

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Eagle cuda 300, Thats what I had and it found fish in bristol docks. That impressed me quite a lot didnt catch anything but i could see they were there. Quite cheap as well.
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That impressed me quite a lot didnt catch anything but i could see they were there.
If you didn't catch them how do you know they were fish?
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good old optimism, a man who's cup is always half full.
I increase the sensitivity on my sounder when I am in need of cheering up. Loadsa fish then
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Because there was small and big fish shapes on the screen, So i thought that they were fish, And the sensitivity was turned down. What else could it of been ?
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Because there was small and big fish shapes on the screen, So i thought that they were fish, And the sensitivity was turned down. What else could it of been ?
Kelp used to show up as a fish on mine, some big ones too
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Old 17 October 2010, 15:19   #10
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trust me-lotsa echos show up that aren't anything real at all. Handy things for showing the features and structures and some chance of fish echos but unless you are paying big bucks for a hi end bit of kit I would never trust that any midwater stuff is actually there. We hear it all the time here with someone calling his mate up "come out here loadsa fish!" But when the recipient asks how many he has actually caught the answer is usually "none but there are loads on the sounder". At which time all the boats around have loud peals of laughter ringing out.
The only radio call that makes for a bigger laugh is when someone says they have caught a good dogfish! Now that really is a contradiction in terms.
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