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Title: Best fish finder/gps for big lake
Post by: 5loaves2fish on June 10, 2017, 10:19:03 AM
What's everyone's opinion as to the best unit out there?  Not looking to break the bank, but will spend the money if it's worth it. Have used the lowrance hds 5 in the past. Like it, but it's time for something new. Will be used almost exclusively for Lake Michigan and Superior. Fish finder is probably more critical than the gps.
Title: Re: Best fish finder/gps for big lake
Post by: St Marys Troller on June 16, 2017, 07:35:02 AM
I have had a Lowrance on my boat from day 1 and wouldnt trade it for anything other than a newer model. Currently have the HDI 7 and it does everything I want it to. My gps is an old Eagle Intellimap from the early 2000s, it still works. Not a fan of humminbirds. Look into the HDI 9.
Title: Re: Best fish finder/gps for big lake
Post by: ricwayne on September 29, 2017, 04:18:18 AM
Hummingbird is a decent product and it is not too pricey.
Title: Re: Best fish finder/gps for big lake
Post by: Big Fish on September 29, 2017, 07:27:04 AM
Picked up a Garmin Echomap 93 sv a few days ago on sale. Chirp, Down View, Sideview, Traditional Sonar, and GPS with Lakemaps HD installed for detail contours. With my Cabelas  Visa was $719.00. So far I'm happy with the upgrade from a 10 year old Lowrance unit that crapped out. I do like Lowrance but couldn't justify paying $400.00 more for the Elite 9ti with a map chip for the contour detail I was looking for on the Great Lakes.  The Lowrance HDS 9 was another $900.00 with the total scan and map card.  I mostly use the traditional sonar and GPS screens for trolling Superior. Picks up my cannonballs and even marks fish! This is not a touchscreen unit however.