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Old 01-08-2018, 02:40 PM
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Thinking about which fishfinder to get when my boat arrives. I'm looking at the Lowrance hook2 7x tripleshot, Lowrance hook2 5x tripleshot with US inland maps or Garmin 7sv. Which would you choose and why? All are in the $400 range. I have no experience with fishfinders so the easier to use the better. Is there a big difference between a 5" and 7" screen? Is the US inland maps necessary?
Would you recommend down imaging, side view or both? All these models have both and gps. Will be using the boat for nearshore fishing off the TX coast and lakes in TX and Tn. Will consider any other recommended models but want to stay around $400 if possible. Thanks
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Old 01-09-2018, 01:35 PM
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Personally I would do the larger screen size unit. Garmin or Lowrance would either be great choices. In the price point you are looking at biggest drawback. Maps make all the difference in the world I think when you are fishing and running a boat. Navigation and sounder capabilities the more the better. Side imaging helps you find structure which usually helps you find fish.
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Old 01-09-2018, 06:21 PM
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I had a Hook 9 for a year or two. Maybe a 2015 model? I hated it. Sonar worked good, but the processor was SO SLOW it was really aggravating waiting for redraws of charts. I would spend a few hundred more and get something that maybe be a little quicker. Look at a Lowrance HDS Gen 2 or 3 in any size screen. Maybe there are some closeouts.
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Old 01-09-2018, 08:18 PM
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No doubt when you spend more you get better performance.
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