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Old 08-04-2013, 11:28 AM
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I have not had the privilege to own a Sonar, I recently started using a handheld GPS. I have been researching sonar and GPS for quite a while, I have a grasp of concepts, but I do better when I get my hands on a tool a use it. I am electronically inclined, meaning I can figure it out/google it, . SO I have been acquiring funds to make a purchase.

For reference, I will be using it in the Caribbean. Under harsh conditions, Some commercial fishing and some guided trips. There is deep water very close by I am on the Anguilla bank for anyone familiar with that area. I want to see those red snapper hanging out down there!! but I do also hit wrecks and bottom fish a lot on deep reefs and well...I fish the complete water column. till about 300ft right now, WITHOUT seeingt he fish. I want to fish up to 1000ft and see fish now. Pretty simple.

I am on a budget and mainly looking for a good FF. One that can see 1500ft+. If I can get the Chart plotter too with in budget, hell yea! if not oh well...I have been looking at the mid-range Garmin and Lowrance.

My limit is $650, Now I know there are tons of other gadgets that could solve my problems for way more money but lets get creative here after all we all havent made it to the bigs yet.


I may sound a little outrageous with uses of the unit, but Im a demanding dude!

Thank you for the help.
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Old 08-04-2013, 02:35 PM
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Was that $6500? For $650 you are going to limited to lower power sounders--probably the most bang for the buck is the Lowrance Elite 7 with transducer. The Garmin similar size ( with higher power sounder) will run several hundred dollars more. Now if you want to go to the $6500, there are many options! You should probably have a 1000 watt sounder to get to 1500 feet reliably.

Fish finder only? Furuno FCV 527--600 watts--maybe over 1000 feet with right transducer--but that is also going to go over the budget of $650...and no chart plotter.
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Old 08-05-2013, 12:34 PM
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That's what I was afraid to hear. I havent seen any real world numbers on the depth readings, like how deep some will read the bottom. I mean the Elite-5 says it will hit 2500ft with the 50/200 ducer. I am skeptical of course.
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I agree about the skepticism with the Elite series, but I have had a Lowrance LCX 26 and good transducer see 900 feet in AK. Currently I am only running in the Gulf, and we rarely see more than 300 feet. I have sailed down your way--but all of the fish seemed to be in the upper 300 feet of the water column.
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Ah but theres red gold in the deep ledges...problem is the ledge runs a whole lotta miles. I some light commercial fishing, mainly offloading to a single restaurant type thing. Need to see the big guys down deep.
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If anything whats my cheapest option for going deep, I have seen the sitex, heard they are great machines but not finding much info.
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What are you catching at 1000 feet? There was a good post in another thread, that the echos for deep, will be extremely small, even with narrow beam transducer...good point. You would want to zoom in on the bottom --but then loose the rest of the column?
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Old 08-10-2013, 01:58 PM
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Sitex 650 is waist of time. Freind had one wouldn't work in shallow water. He Sent it in for software upgrade twice. Each time came back worse. He talk to two guys there different answers. Not to mention 3 week turn around time the first time 4 the sec. Contacted a local dealer they would service it.
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you might want to look at the Raymarine Dragonfly, it is your price range but indicated depth range of 600 feet (not 1000 feet as you desire)

http://www.raymarine.com/view/?id=6855
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Old 08-11-2013, 02:12 AM
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Originally Posted by blakio View Post
If anything whats my cheapest option for going deep, I have seen the sitex, heard they are great machines but not finding much info.
If you don't mind going monochrme, you might want to look at the Furno LS6100 which says 1500 feet. You have to decide on which transducer you want from the list to the side, if you don't know ,call and talk to them I am sure they can help

http://www.hodgesmarine.com/Fish-Fin...1&brand=FURUNO

They also carry all brands at the best price I have seen anywhere. If you wanted the Lowrance They have the Elite 7x HDI . If you decide on a fishfinder go to their home page and use the drop down bar to selct the brand and get their price before you buy
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