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Old 11-15-2017, 11:37 AM
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I would like to purchase a fish finder. The last one I owned was a hummingbird wide eye purchased in the late 90's or early 2000's. I have been researching them and decided that one that would work for ice fishing and for in my kayak in the summer would be preferred. But obviously ice fishing takes priority at the moment. I would like GPS, Flasher and normal fish finder. What is everyone's opinion. I dont have a large amount of money that the wife will approve of for this LOL
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Old 11-15-2017, 12:09 PM
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Hello All

I would like to purchase a fish finder. The last one I owned was a hummingbird wide eye purchased in the late 90's or early 2000's. I have been researching them and decided that one that would work for ice fishing and for in my kayak in the summer would be preferred. But obviously ice fishing takes priority at the moment. I would like GPS, Flasher and normal fish finder. What is everyone's opinion. I dont have a large amount of money that the wife will approve of for this LOL
I would look at the Helix 5 or 7 or the Lowrance Hook series. I have a Helix 9 and love it. The 5 and 7's fit in the Humminbird portable cases and you can use the ice transducer with them as well. I believe Cabelas has the Helix 5 with the ice ducer and portable case as a package now. They had some deals on the Hook series last weekend as well. Not advertised, just a in store clearance.

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Old 11-15-2017, 12:27 PM
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Helix 5 ice unit is probably the way to go then buy the summer transducer for your kayak and you are set for both.
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Old 11-15-2017, 12:41 PM
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I agree, anything in the helix lineup that you can afford.

I have two Helix 5's (gen 1 and gen 2) and highly recommend them for both open and hard water.
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I also agree on the Helix 5, very easy to use and trouble free.
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Old 11-15-2017, 05:24 PM
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I've become a big fan of Garmin over the last couple years. They are priced reasonably, the new ones have CHIRP transducers, and you can build your own contour maps for free (and they are very accurate and look awesome on the screen).

I have the Echomap 45dv. It's a couple years old now (I have down scanning but don't have chirp) but I'm really happy with it. It came pre loaded with Canada LakeVu maps and I've since become obsessed with making my own which is a lot of fun. My only complaint is that I want to go to a different model with a slightly bigger screen.

The smaller ones would work great on a kayak and I also use mine in the wintertime wired to a small 12v gel cell


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Old 11-16-2017, 06:06 AM
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If your happy with an older model, check out Wholesale Sports, they have a few open boxed items "refurbished" that are heavily discounted, and then there's the closing discount on top of that. 5 years ago I paid $100 for a 385c DI with a portable pack. It's just a 3" screen but does everything the 1st gen Helix 5 did.
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Old 11-16-2017, 07:48 AM
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I also run a Helix 5 DI on my boat. Really simple to use and does everything I need it to. Was an upgrade from having no depth finder and it made a night and day difference for me. Very clear screen and I find the 5" screen more than big enough from my driver's seat, so I'm sure it would be great for a kayak.

The Helix 5 ICE wasn't out yet when I bought mine, and I've debated ever since whether to get a flasher for winter or get the ice transducer, battery, etc. for my Helix. Decided to go with an ICE-45 flasher I found on sale - can't wait to try it.
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Old 11-16-2017, 08:35 AM
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Lowrance just released an all new version of their Hook series, the Hook2.

https://www.lowrance.com/lowrance/series/hook2/

No idea when they'll actually be available, but looks like some pretty nice upgrades and cool features to be had at a very affordable price point.

A new model coming out meas there's usually some really good deals to be had on the previous generation units too.
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Old 11-18-2017, 05:37 PM
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I got the helix 5 si and really like it as well. Great unit. I'm going to get the ice transducer and try it out this winter on the ice
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Old 11-18-2017, 07:37 PM
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Thank you all I went with the Helix 5 w/ Chip DI GPS got it for $350. Want to got the Ice ducer and get out.
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