How to Choose a Fish Finder
A fishing trip is not complete without a catch of the day. That’s where an electronic fish finder can give you the edge you need to find the fish you’re looking for.
Type of Fisher
Weekend Warrior: If you always fish the same lake and would like additional informational about depth and where the fish are, look for a dual beam sonar only unit.
Frequent Fisher: If you like to switch between a few mapped lakes and are mostly concerned with marking what’s below the surface, look for moderately priced sonar models that offer down and dual imaging and GPS.
Avid Angler: If fishing is your everyday sport, you may want to invest in a GPS fish finder.
Sonar Technology: Sonar technology is the easiest way to find fish. Sonar technology scans a wide area around your boat and tells you if there is something below the surface. While they don’t provide a high level of detail, they are better than blindly casting your line and hoping to catch a fish.
Dual and Down Imaging: Like a photocopier, a down imaging finder casts a beam straight down, scanning the area directly underneath your boat and beaming back a 2-dimensional representation of what it sees. Finders that offer dual imaging will also search the area on the sides of your boat. These finders will provide additional details to help you reach your goal, including what depth things are at and the temperature of the water.
GPS Fish Finder: These high-end units will have all the features you get with dual and down imaging sonars but on a larger screen with a higher level of detail and imagery. You’ll also receive information about the topography of the area that you are finishing to help you determine the best place to fish.