The question was; “Do you like fishing?” And then the whole story began…
Once I was at my friend’s birthday party. I don’t know how it happened, but I had to stay alone with his grandfather for five minutes. I wanted to break the silence, so I asked the first question that came into my mind. You can already guess what it was about, obviously about fishing, as he was an old man, and I didn’t know what to speak about. I was lucky enough that fishing was his hobby, so he started to talk with no pause. During the conversation, he told me about fish finders and I did not know what they were. At that moment my friend came and we stopped talking, so I wasn’t able to learn what are the fish finders. Several days later, I decided to do some research on fish finders. The name says a lot about this useful devices, but I wanted to know more, as I was really interested. With the help of some research, I learned what they are made for, and now I am sharing with you some relevant points I have found.
Things to Consider Before Buying the Best Fish Finder 2017
Here are top 10 things you need to pay attention to for buying the best fish finder.
- The screen size
It is really important to decide what size you want the screen of your fish finder to be, as it makes a considerable difference in reading maps. There are different sizes of screens, such as 3.5, 5, 7 or larger inches. The larger the screen is, the better you can see.
- The screen resolution and color
Turning to the screen resolution, it is like TVs or computers. It is clear that everybody wants it to have a high resolution, both horizontal and vertically, in order to get a clear image. The screen color also matters. There are black and white and colorful screens. If you can afford a colorful one, it is definitely worth it, as colors make reading the map in the sun easier.
- The frequencies
There are 3 types of frequencies; single, dual and multiple, which come in 50, 83, 192 or 200 kHz. The lower frequencies are ideal for deep water, whereas higher frequencies for shallow water. You need to know where you are going mostly to fish and decide which frequency is the most appropriate for you. Keep in mind that the higher is frequency, the more details are going to be on the finder’s screen.
- The power
Everything is so simple here. If you want to see deeper and have a fast response, then you need a fish finder with high wattage. Low wattage is normal for seeing the surrounding in shallow water. One important point is to know how to combine the wattage and the frequency range, as you can have the right image of what is under water. Just remember that with 100 watts and 50 kHz you can see nearly 400 feet depth.
- The transducer
This is the part due to which the finder is able to find fish. When it gets data about fish, it sends signals to your screen. So, without a working transducer, your screen would be useless. One thing suggested is to have an after-market transducer, though every fish finder has a transducer with it. It will work much better, as they get information faster and read wider areas.
- The marine GPS unit
Another important fact is to know how many satellites Marine GPS Unit sees, as it need to see no less than 12, in order to work accurately. However, the more satellites it sees, the better it functions. Units with a higher quality use all 24 satellites of the GPS system.
- The ability of the unit to be connected to a computer
You can download or purchase some extra maps and also access to your waypoints, maps etc., as the GPS system can save some data. But for these actions, you need the GPS system to be connected to a computer through a cord or other means.
- Activated unit voice
Sometimes it is really difficult to multitask during boating and do several things at once. But imagine how helpful is having a GPS that can take both manual and verbal commands. So, make sure you have activated your unit voice, but remember that sometimes it can misunderstand you andbe mistaken.
- Waterproof unit
Every company says that their fish finders have water resistant units, however, it is not always right. It is said just for an advertisement. If you have ever gone fishing with a fish finder, you will know that the risk of the system getting wet is really high, so, look for units that are truly waterproof.
- The map Type
Last, but not list. Marine GPS units can have three mapping systems; non-mapping, base mapping and advanced mapping. Their foundation is the same, but they have different features. The non-mapping system shows the distance traveled, a compass, latitude or longitude, but it does not show anymap of the area. The base mapping system is the type often seen in vehicles. It shows the basic routes, positions, and waypoints. And the advanced mapping system has a clear map with details, possible fish locators and 3D views and other features. Choose the best for you, as the first type is mostly for small lakes, but the other two are for larger lakes and oceans.
I hope this information was really helpful for those who want to buy the best fish finder, as I have chosen the most essential characteristics of a good fish finder.I myself became really interested in this topic, and I am really thankful to my friend’s grandpa for telling me about fish finders. Maybe I will go with him fishing one day, or it will become my new hobby… Who knows?