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Old 04-14-2003, 07:06 PM
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I am going to get my sounder unit installed this weekend at my dealer, he is going to install it for free along with some accessories I am still owed after buying my new boat...

Anyways, I have a Lowrance LCX-16ci with 200khz transducer. I am debating on purchasing a dual freq. transducer for the install. Lowrance sells their for about $125. What really is the benefit of the dual freq versus just the 200. I fish in lakes that are generally less then 100 feet and Salt water that does not exceed 50 normally (shallow gulf waters around Texas coast). The ducer will be Shoot-Thru hull installed.

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Old 04-14-2003, 07:41 PM
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Spend the money. Always nice to have the option as sometimes one will work best for the conditions, never mind the depths and cone widths.

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Old 04-14-2003, 07:55 PM
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Yup, Yes, Oui, Y'all got that right

Get the dual frequency transducer. More than worth it. I am glad I paid the extra bucks!

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Old 04-14-2003, 08:25 PM
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I would stick to the 200 single frequency. I fish the same depths you do and have been slaying the fish with the 200 ducer 21 degree cone angle on a Lowrance machine.

If you are going deep over 300' then the dual with the higher RMS output would be the choice. What do you need a 1,000 watt RMS ducer for in 50-100' of water..?? That thing is specked out to push a signal through 3,000' of water not 50'.

Your LCX16CI will astound you with the detail it picks up using the 200khz.

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Old 04-15-2003, 04:41 AM
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I gotta go with NIGHTIDES in shallow water, not necessary. On the other hand the cone will be considerably bigger under the boat and might spot additional structure or fish. If you're trying to save a buck...not necessary.

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Old 04-15-2003, 06:35 AM
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I'll third sticking with the 200KHz transducer. Those posters who recommended the dual 50/200 either didn't read your post or don't know what they are talking about or both. Save your money, as a 200KHz transducer on a Lowrance LCX16 will read to depths of up to 600 ft depending on how and where the transducer is mounted. 50KHz transducers will read deeper, a function you have no use for.
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Old 04-15-2003, 06:59 AM
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I'll fourth the 200kc only. I have the dual 50/200 and usually fish offshore in waters up to 1000 feet. Have never had occassion to use the 50 khz even at those depths.
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Old 04-15-2003, 09:15 AM
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i bought the garmin 240 knowing it had the 200 transducer only. i've used it in 200- 300' of salt water and it works fine. spend your $$$ on something else (there's always something else)

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Old 04-15-2003, 02:37 PM
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Sorry guys, I beg to differ. Try using the split screen mode and it is remarkable how different the view can be. Some things you may see in one mode are not picked up in the other. I vote for having the option.
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Old 04-15-2003, 02:47 PM
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There's basically no price difference anyway, what's the point?

Get the dual ducer dude!!

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Old 04-15-2003, 03:30 PM
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i absolutly could not live without my 50/200 machine.....take a look at the pics and see what all you would miss without both......

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Old 04-15-2003, 03:43 PM
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fish under riggers.................ff 12........arches at 50 ft..........
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Old 04-15-2003, 04:43 PM
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nodoubt - interesting pic's! r.e., the "fish under riggers" display, to me, this says: "fish NOT under riggers". Since you are seeing the strongest arches under the 50KHz signal, the fish being marked are actually almost totally outside the 200 KHz cone angle, but still within the 50 KHz cone angle; i.e., off to the side. What it further demonstrates however (again, IMO) is that the sensitivity on your 200 KHz display could stand a bit of a bump up - note that you see a very strong return from a thermocline at ~ 20 ft. in the 50, but nothing in the 200. Try increasing the sensitivity on your 200 KHz display and see if you don't start seeing some additional detail on the 200 side. I fully agree with you regarding the dual display. In my experience with my X-15 MT, I see detail with the 200, but "texture" with the 50, allowing better discrimination of bait balls, submerged trees/weeds, etc.
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Old 04-15-2003, 06:57 PM
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ive got the machine in auto mode, with the gain cranked to the max on both freq.....what you see at 30 ft is my 6 lb downrigger weight...the thinner, more faint line above it is the release clip.. bout the size of your thumb if that.. i fish my downrigger weight at the end of my line, then up 2 ft or so i have my clip...thats the way the king mack boys here in the carolinas do it.. the 200 side will mark the same thing, and even better if i slow the boat down, due to the blow back of the downrigger weight using mono line like i do instead of steel cable...nunn.....
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Old 04-15-2003, 07:20 PM
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In the shallow water you are fishing, the 200 is all you will need. You get better resolution off the 200.
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Old 04-18-2003, 09:49 PM
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2 under riggers....downriggers again
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Old 04-19-2003, 07:51 PM
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I agree with Capt. Dan
Run a split screen and see what you're missing.
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