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Old 02-26-2013, 08:11 AM
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About to outfit rig with a Lowrance HDS-12 Gen2. Any recommendations on a decent, sub $500 thru-hull transducer to pair with it to get best out of structure scan? Fishing profile as follows:

- 50% Plugging / live bait striped bass @ 10 - 60ft
- 40 Trolling / chunking offshore / canyon @ 100 - 1,000+
- 10 Sharking / bottom fishing offshore wrecks @ 50 - 300

Also, I've made up mind to get the 3G radome instead of the 4G. I see it as only for running out the inlet at night or in fog, to pick up weather, etc.. I don't really care if 4G has a bit more definition super close. Anyone switch from 3G to 4G and find that it's light years better?

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Old 02-26-2013, 08:58 AM
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Aimar B60 is my transducer recommendation.

See the thread linked below for more details.

http://www.thehulltruth.com/marine-e...ture-scan.html
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Old 02-26-2013, 08:59 AM
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Your 40 Trolling / chunking offshore / canyon fishing at 100 - 1000+ feet depths, are you looking for fish 1000 feet deep?
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Old 02-26-2013, 09:02 AM
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I'm using B60 when trolling at 1500'. When trolling the only thing I care about below 150-200' is the bottom.
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Old 02-26-2013, 09:08 AM
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Originally Posted by abbor View Post
I'm using B60 when trolling at 1500'. When trolling the only thing I care about below 150-200' is the bottom.
Yeah, I was trying to get a better definition of what "chunking offshore / canyon fishing" means.
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Old 02-26-2013, 09:32 AM
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Thanks to both... Really just hoping to get a good enough return to keep track of the wall and activity closer to the surface.

B60 it is... Much appreciated
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Old 02-26-2013, 09:43 AM
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I didn't notice the chunking, and I have no idea what it is.
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Old 02-26-2013, 10:34 AM
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Apparently nothing too deep, just making sure he wasn't fishing 1000' deep.
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Old 02-26-2013, 07:11 PM
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The B60 sounds perfect for your needs. The 3G radar is a god choice too. The 4G is obviously better, but the 3G is an awesome radar and more than sufficient for navigation.
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Old 02-27-2013, 08:18 AM
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Many thanks, Jim. I think I'll be sending an order your way shortly. One question... if I plan on going thru-hull, is there any reason to opt for the display with transom mount? I've seen some postings discussing multiple transducers. Not something I've ever thought much about. I suppose it only makes sense if multiple sounders by different manufacturers are in use? Default is the 'no transducer' option.

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Old 02-27-2013, 08:35 AM
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Save your money. No sense putting a cheap transom mount you won't use. You can't plug 2 transducers into your unit anyways, so if you wanted to use it you would have to get a second display, and of course interference issues.
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Old 02-27-2013, 08:39 AM
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Thanks again!
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