Author Topic: Need help deciding between sonars  (Read 2714 times)

Offline Salmonquest

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Re: Need help deciding between sonars
« Reply #60 on: Feb 22, 2019, 09:19 AM »
I have used a lowrancre Elite-5 for the last 5-6 years. The knock I hear a lot about graphs v. flasher is that there is a delay. This is false. The large part of the screen shows the past. If you look at it there will of course seem to be a delay. On the right side is a vertical reading in real time that is every bit as sensitive as a flasher. Also the unit has a flasher but why mentally convert round when you have an actual picture of the water column on the main screen. ( I know it's not hard and yes I can easily use a flasher.)

I like the graph option to transfer back and forth on the boat and use way points I found on my boat or transfer a SIM card from a friends unit, etc.

Offline Ryan V

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Re: Need help deciding between sonars
« Reply #61 on: Feb 28, 2019, 02:01 PM »
I finally was able to use a Lowrace for a little bit out on the water and I really liked it. I think I've finally decided to go with that style over a flasher. Now I just need to figure out which one to buy....

Offline BradGill

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Re: Need help deciding between sonars
« Reply #62 on: Feb 28, 2019, 08:56 PM »
I have the Lowrance elite 3x, elite 5x, and a hook2 5 split shot. All are in a ice pack. Below are my comments on all 3.

Elite 5:  This is my go to unit. Split zoom, amplitude scope and good target separation. No undesirable issues that I can think of. It is the best of all 3.
Elite 3:  Decent functional unit. No amplitude scope or split zoom. Target separation not as good as elite 5.
Hook2 5:  Good chart plotter and preloaded lake maps. Amplitude scope and split zoom. I am disappointed with sonar so far. Unit is feels like it lags compared to other units. when hole hopping it sometimes takes a few minutes to find bottom and register my jig and can lock up from time to time. I was really hoping this would be as good as the elite 5. In fairness I am still learning it.

Hope this helps if you decide to purchase a Lowrance unit.

Offline Ryan V

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Re: Need help deciding between sonars
« Reply #63 on: Feb 28, 2019, 09:19 PM »
I have the Lowrance elite 3x, elite 5x, and a hook2 5 split shot. All are in a ice pack. Below are my comments on all 3.

Elite 5:  This is my go to unit. Split zoom, amplitude scope and good target separation. No undesirable issues that I can think of. It is the best of all 3.
Elite 3:  Decent functional unit. No amplitude scope or split zoom. Target separation not as good as elite 5.
Hook2 5:  Good chart plotter and preloaded lake maps. Amplitude scope and split zoom. I am disappointed with sonar so far. Unit is feels like it lags compared to other units. when hole hopping it sometimes takes a few minutes to find bottom and register my jig and can lock up from time to time. I was really hoping this would be as good as the elite 5. In fairness I am still learning it.

Hope this helps if you decide to purchase a Lowrance unit.

Thanks, do they still make the Elite series?

Offline bobberbill

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Re: Need help deciding between sonars
« Reply #64 on: Feb 28, 2019, 09:47 PM »
Nothing is better than a camera. No doubt about what's happening when you can see it. Cameras have their downsides, too. They are the best when used in a shanty, poor when out in the open. Sonar is far superior to a 'flasher'. New sonar units include a flasher mode that is seldom used.

Offline Ryan V

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Re: Need help deciding between sonars
« Reply #65 on: Feb 28, 2019, 09:56 PM »
Thanks, do they still make the Elite series?

Fond where the sell them and I'd love to get a elite 5 but I can't spend $500 for my first sonar I've got a budget of $300

Offline tjk3rd

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Re: Need help deciding between sonars
« Reply #66 on: Mar 01, 2019, 07:47 AM »
Fond where the sell them and I'd love to get a elite 5 but I can't spend $500 for my first sonar I've got a budget of $300
Hey Ryan V, you should be able to find that Elite 5 on ebay for the money you want to spend.  I have an Elite 4 Chirp bought off ebay and it is great.  Mine was used but they also have new ones available.  Worth taking a look.

Offline Ryan V

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Re: Need help deciding between sonars
« Reply #67 on: Mar 01, 2019, 09:00 AM »
Hey Ryan V, you should be able to find that Elite 5 on ebay for the money you want to spend.  I have an Elite 4 Chirp bought off ebay and it is great.  Mine was used but they also have new ones available.  Worth taking a look.


Thanks I've been looking a little and I cant find and used ice kits but I might be able to buy the head of a Elite 5 and buy something like this to put it in.

https://www.cabelas.com/product/NAVICO-UNIV-PORTABLE-PACK/1641223.uts?productVariantId=3327111&WT.tsrc=PPC&WT.mc_id=GoogleProductAds&WT.z_mc_id1=03572231&rid=20&ds_rl=1246549&ds_rl=1246552&ds_rl=1252242&ds_rl=1252079&gclid=Cj0KCQiAzePjBRCRARIsAGkrSm6IKei2TTAtQOuE3OVrDhH8vHg6X3Lo4Cucky6If6FwfUWXCs109lMaAqjzEALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds

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Re: Need help deciding between sonars
« Reply #68 on: Mar 01, 2019, 09:05 AM »
Hey it's been a month. Ice is almost gone- ;)
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Offline Ryan V

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Re: Need help deciding between sonars
« Reply #69 on: Mar 01, 2019, 09:39 AM »
Hey it's been a month. Ice is almost gone- ;)

If I do get a Lowrance I'll use it as much for open water as I will for ice fishing  :)

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Re: Need help deciding between sonars
« Reply #70 on: Mar 01, 2019, 10:08 AM »
Hey it's been a month. Ice is almost gone- ;)
Not over at the Blue Mesa. Just broke through in this picture.

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Re: Need help deciding between sonars
« Reply #71 on: Mar 01, 2019, 01:53 PM »
Not over at the Blue Mesa. Just broke through in this picture.


A little too thick for my tastes- ;)
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Re: Need help deciding between sonars
« Reply #72 on: Mar 01, 2019, 05:50 PM »
Michigan got lucky..  we did not have a ice tsunami on our shore recently..


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