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Old 07-31-2013, 02:35 AM
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Currently I have a humminbird 597ci hd di that I use for my fishfinder and backup gps and a Lowarnce 5 elite dsi that I use as my GPS. The problem I am having is that once I get pass 200' of water the fishfinders on both unit are useless. I have tried every setting (turning off the di and running regular sonar) and running one at a time. Both units are transom mounts. My question is could I upgrade one of the transducers or do I need another unit. If another unit is needed what do yall recommend I hoping not to spend over 1500 including the transducer. I am looking to see fish and the bottom up to 1,000’. If it helps any I fish in the Gulf of Mexico off Louisiana
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Old 07-31-2013, 04:43 AM
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Not going to happen. Elite 5 about 100 feet. Humminbird maybe 400 on 200khz if you are lucky.
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Old 07-31-2013, 05:18 AM
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1000' feet is going to require a good transducer. The TM260 would probably be enough. The Lowrance doesn't have a traditional sonar so it won't do it and Humminbird is not known for their depth capability. You should replace one of the two units. The Lowrance Elite 7 HDI or any of the Lowrance HDS stuff should be capable. The Simrad NSS series should be capable. The Garmin 740s should be capable. The Furuno 1670F or 1870F should be capable.
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Old 07-31-2013, 06:33 AM
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Thanks for the responses. So for the price which unit including the transducer should I go with? Really only need a fishfinder . I’ll keep the other 2 for the gps
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Old 07-31-2013, 06:37 AM
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I can get you a Furuno FCV585 and a Airmar Tm258...both 1 kw.
1000' no problem.
$1520. shipped.
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Semperfifishing Is there a more cost efficient setup I can run and still see the bottom at 600 to 1,000'? I like the price u gave me just want to see all my options before I jump in.
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Old 07-31-2013, 12:59 PM
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Originally Posted by Lil Cajun 85 View Post
Semperfifishing Is there a more cost efficient setup I can run and still see the bottom at 600 to 1,000'? I like the price u gave me just want to see all my options before I jump in.
The Tm258 is the least expensive 1 kw multi element transducer....take a look around for a used FCV585..those are excellent deep water units and you may save $ on a used one.
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Old 07-31-2013, 01:23 PM
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Lil Cajun,

500' to 1000' feet is the magic depth range and its one that I spend a lot of time fishing. You can go cheap and still see bottom but you need a great transducer to see fish. The equipment that Semperfi suggested is a pretty dang good unit and a good deal.

I typically buy Marine electronics in Five year windows. I don't buy the most expensive stuff but the best bang for the buck then look to upgrade every 5 or 6 years.
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