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Old 10-03-2008, 11:20 AM
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I have a 14ft jon boat that I take along the intracoastals and along the creeks that offshoot from the ICW. I have been looking into getting a fishfinder but am looking to stay under $150.
Any suggestions? I have read through some of the postings on this site but mostly the higher end finders are discussed.
Thanks for your help!
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Old 10-03-2008, 11:44 AM
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I use the Lowrance X125. It's out of your price range, but it works. But, after owning a Garmin on my larger boat, I'm much more sold on Garmin. Hope that helps a little.
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Old 10-03-2008, 12:03 PM
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I have a Bottomline Fishin' buddy I use on my 14' puddle jumper.. I like it because of it's self contained, clamp- on design. As I carry the boat in the back of my pickup I did'nt want the weight of a permanent mount. Plus I can put it anywhere on the boat depending on if I'm rowing or running the motor.. While the display does'nt compare to the Ray E-series on my salt boat, nor the older Lowrance LMS 350 on my 18' jon, it shows depth, bottom contour and fish pretty well.. It even has a "sidefinder" feature, thats pretty good at spotting shallow fish under docks and pads when I'm bass fishing in freshwater.. I believe Bottomline has been aquired by Humminbird so look for the Humminbird brand now. They have several models these days, but I'm sure there's some in your price range.
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Old 10-03-2008, 12:03 PM
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The small Garmin works for me. They replaced it out of warranty when it got water inside.
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Old 10-03-2008, 12:45 PM
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Hey guys thank you very much for the suggestions, I'll look around this evening to see what I can find.
Which small Garmin do you have? I've been looking at a few of those.
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Old 10-03-2008, 12:54 PM
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Probably the predecessor of the 140, not near the boat right now. The next one down screen is too small for me.
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I have porta bote which I use my Garmin 498C on when I hit the lakes. Its out of your price range as well. Its for my other boat but works great for my porta bote as well. I use an adjustable clamp on transducer mount from Cabelas along with a spare transducer that I had. I like the setup because its not permanant and can be used on a rental boat if I so choose. It also has a GPS so I can mark those fishey spots on the lake. You could do the same thing with any fish finder. Clamp on transom tranducer bracket, small battery and a clamp on mount for the finder and you are set.
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