3 Excellent Portable Fish Finders

One of the best brands of fish finders is Humminbird, and the best Humminbird fish finders are the ones in the 800, 900 and 1100 series. However, Humminbird fish finders 800+, although very performant, and with plenty navigational features, are pretty much spicy priced. Also, there aren’t any portable fish finders in those superior series. And when you’re going on a fishing trip, far away from home, without taking your boat, a portable fish finder might just be exactly what you would want.

Therefore, here are three portable Humminbird fish finders which have quite a great price / quality ratio.

1. Humminbird 570 DI Portable.

This is one of the best portable fish finders with a grayscale screen. Also, it has a great pixel resolution, 640 x 320, with a 5″ display. Although it doesn’t have any chartplotting features, it’s a great tool for finding fish. Plus, it has Down Imaging, which helps a lot in determining whether something under the boat is really a fish or just an immersed stump.

The Humminbird 570 DI Portable is endowed with Dual Beam Plus sonar technology, which makes available a very nice feature. That’s the possibility to visualize on the screen both returns of the sonar … Find Out More

2. Humminbird 385ci Combo Portable

This fish finder is a bit more expensive than the first, that’s why I put it on the second place. Also, it doesn’t have any Side Imaging or Down Imaging features, but it does have a 50 channel Marine GPS, and it’s chartplotting and trackplotting compatible. It also has the very nice UniMap mapping package.

The Humminbird 385ci Combo Portable, although it has a small screen, 3.5″ in diagonal, is full color and has LED backlight. This allows a great readability in direct sunlight or in the dark… Find Out More

3. Humminbird 345c Portable.

Last but not least, another portable fish finder priced for under $400, like the first one, is the 345c Portable. Also a full color fish finder, with LED backlight, it’s basically the same unit 385ci Combo Portable unit, but without the GPS and the other navigational features.

It also has DualBeam sonar, reliable for depths up to 1000 feet. A great fish finding tool for kayak fishing, great to take along with you if you use an inflatable fishing chair… Find Out More

I hope this post helps. Also, if you’re looking for other cheap Humminbird fish finder models, follow this link:  hummingbirdfishfinderreviews.com

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New PiranhaMax Fish Finders – 2013

Some of the 2013 newly released fish finders from Humminbird are the 165, 165 PT, 175, 175 PT, in the Piranhamax series. They all have a brand new design, and similar, but slightly different features from the previous 160, 160 PT, 170 and 170 PT. So, here’s a short description of each one of these new Piranhamax models:

PiranhaMax 165: Small unit, with a 4-inch screen, black and white display (8 level grayscale), and 240×160 pixel resolution. This unit feature only a single beam sonar, 200 kHz and it’s reliable for up to 600 feet depths. Since it doesn’t come with a great palette of features, it’s price is also acceptable, being only… Read More Here.

PiranhaMax 165 PT: This is a portable unit as you can see in the attached photo, PT stands for “portable”. It’s actually the same model PiranhaMax 165 but with a few slight modifications. It comes with a portable case, has a tilt and swivel mount, suction cup transducer, includes batteries and charger… Read More Here.

PiranhaMax 175: This model has a slightly better display than the 165 ones, 16 level grayscale, but also the same size 4″ diagonal and 240X160 resolution. However it has a dual beam sonar, that can operate at 455 kHz for a sharper view and at 200 kHz for a less sharper but wider coverage. Its sonar is less capable than the previous 170 model which had a dual-beam sonar with 200/83 kHz (20 degree/60 degree) beams… Read More Here.

PiranhaMax 175 PT: Its the portable version of the PiranhaMax 175, having all the accessories necessary for a quick mount/dismount. Comes with a portable case, batteries and charger, also has a dual-beam sonar like the non-portable 175 and costs… Read More Here.

PiranhaMax 165
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PiranhaMax 175
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PiranhaMax 165 PT
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Cheap Down Imaging Hummingbird Fish Finders

Most Hummingbird Fish Finders equipped with Side Imaging also have Down Imaging. But these are quite expensive and for most of us they will pretty much burn a hole in our bank accounts.

Even though Down Imaging is quite different from Side Imaging, being a lot similar to the conventional sonar imaging, it’s great to have this option on your fish finder. Down Imaging will provide you with sharper images of the bottom, and you’ll be able to distinguish the fish much easier, from the underwater vegetation for example. However, you don’t have to pay a bucket of money to for a fish finder with this feature. Therefore, here are a few cheap Down Imaging Hummingbird Fish Finders.

1. Humminbird 570 DI. This is the cheapest Humminbird fish finder with Down Imaging that you can get at the moment. Currently, it’s priced at $274, way cheaper than any other model. But having such a low price tag it doesn’t mean it’s less performant. It has a 5 inches diagonal screen, 640×325 monochrome display.

It focuses only on finding fish, therefore it provides only fish finding options, without chartplotting or GPS, but you don’t really need those for tracking fish. It’s great to use on lakes and rivers, and even on sea, if you’re not fishing in very deep waters.

The Humminbird 570 DI is equipped with Dual Beam Plus sonar. It’s reliable for depths up to… Read More.

2. Humminbird 345c DI. Although this Humminbird fish finder has a smaller screen, only 3.5 inches in diagonal, it has a full-color, LED backlight screen, which means it provides very sharp images, with an excellent readability even in direct sunlight. It has a 320×240 pixel resolution. Its price is a bit higher than the first one I’ve mentioned here due to the color screen.

The Humminbird 345c DI doesn’t have navigation options, it has only features for finding fish, and this is one of the reasons its price is rather low compared to other DI fish finders. However, it makes a great fish finding tool for in-land fishing. And due to the fact it’s rather a small unit can be easily fit on a kayak.

It has DualBeam Plus sonar and will provide reliable results in waters as deep as… Read More.

3. Humminbird 385ci DI Combo. This is the most expensive Down Imaging fish finder on this list, however, compared with the models in the 1100, 900 and 800 series, this is steal pretty much affordable. It’s currently priced at $454, but it does have more than fish finding options. The 385ci DI Combo also has navigational features, GPS and the Humminbird UniMap maps package. It’s also compatible with the Navionics Gold map package, but that can only be purchased separately. It has a memory chip that can store up to 2,500 waypoints.

The Humminbird 385ci DI Combo is also a full color fish finder, with a screen 3.5 inches in diagonal, 320×240 pixel resolution. It has DualBeam Plus sonar and provides crystal-clear images in waters with depths up to… Read More.

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A Few Aspects About The Humminbird 360 Imaging

360 Imaging Transducer Deployment SystemOne of the latest innovations in marine electronics is the Humminbird 360 Imaging. Although this sonar isn’t out yet, the release is expected for this September. This technology will be great for the enhancement of your fish finding capabilities, but it’s going to be a bit spicy priced. The expected price for this product is somewhere around $1900. So, ladies and gentlemen anglers, if you want a 360 underwater view, start saving.

The first thing that I have to mention here is that this sonar will probably be commercialized separately from any Humminbird head unit. As a general idea, it will be compatible with the Hummingbird fish finders that have Side Imaging. To be more precise, these are the 1198c SI Combo, 998c SI Combo, 898c SI Combo and 798ci HD SI Combo, the ethernet capable units. In other words, it can upgrade the top Hummingbird fish finders. So, the good news is, if you already have any of these fish finder models, you’ll be able to upgrade it with the Humminbird 360 Imaging sonar.

The biggest advantage of the 360 imaging is that it provides the angler with a great, 360° view of the underwater environment. It works like the Side Imaging technology, but it’s evidently superior. There are a few options regarding the view of the 360 Imaging.

The cicle image can be broken down in 4 segments, and you can only observe one of them, if needed. For example, you can select the front view segment, and observer only what’s in front of the boat. Of course, observing the image in split screen, along with the SwitchFire view is possible.

The 360 Imaging sonar covers a circle area with a 300 feet in diameter.

Since this type of sonar is compatible with the Humminbird models I mentioned above, marking waypoints on the circle are will be possible. And everytime you will sail over a marked waypoint in casting range you’ll be notified by a sound signal. Of course, taking screenshots and recording videos is possible.

The physical 360 Imaging device, is rather big. It’s actually a whole transducer deployment system and it has to be attached to the hull of the boat, preferably at the rear. With the push of a button, the transducer is lowered into the water. However, the pole at the end of which the transducer is mounted doesn’t extend for too long. Therefore, if you have a boat with a high hull, the transducer may not reach its adequate position. However, it should work fine on almost any standard bass boat or fishing boat.

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Looking to Buy a Fish Finder? – Here Are a Few Tips

If you haven’t been working with a fish finder before, I assure you that no matter how basic the unit you’re going to purchase is, it’ll still improve your angling results. I’m saying this because I was a bit skeptic myself about such a device. That’s why I started with a cheap unit.

Anyway, if you would like to have a fish finder on your boat, here are a few tips for buying one.

First of all, if you’re only interested in finding fish, don’t opt for a fish finder that has multiple other options, like GPS, mapping packages etc. Go with a basic one, that focuses on finding fish. To be more specific, you can try the Humminbird 561.

Although it’s only a black and white fish finders, it’s quite a reliable model and it’s quite cheap. Costs around $150 bucks.

If you don’t have your own boat, or you’re frequently using rental boats, a portable fish finder would be a great choice. Most of the portable models from Humminbird that I know, also come with a durable battery and a nice portable case. They are easy to install on basically any boat, and they’re great to use for kayak fishing.

An important aspect that you must take into account if you’re looking for a fish finder, is the fishing type that you’re going to use it for. You should know that the high frequency fishfinders work best for shallow waters and river fishing. On the other hand, low frequency fish finders are best for larger bodies of water. In general, most Hummingbird fish finders, can operate on two frequencies, at 83kHz and at 200kHz.

Also, if you’re going to fish most of the times in bright sunlight, a fishfinder with a LED backlight screen is much better than other models. A LED backlight screen provides a much better readability in bright sunlight and also when it’s dark. Fish finders that don’t have LED backlight might be difficult to read if the light outside is too bright.

Another tip that I’m going to provide here is not a fish finder buying tip, but more of a maintenance tip. Most fish finders specify that they are waterproof. Well, they are not. Just as any electronical device, it’s best to keep them dry. Also, keep in mind that salt water really eats through the components, so if you’re going to use your fish finder unit at sea, keep it dry at all times.

Now, if you’re looking for more info regarding the best fish finders out there, just follow this link: http://hummingbirdfishfinderreviews.com/

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Which Fish Finder / Chartplotter Can I Get for Under $1000?

There are quite a few companies that make fish finders which also have excellent chartplotting and GPS capabilities. The top companies that offer these products are Humminbird and Lowrance.

So, if you’re looking for a performant depth finder with GPS and chartplotting capabilities, there are two models, one from each company, that I can recommend here. These marine electronics are both priced under $1000 and have quite a wide variety of options.

Lowrance HDS-5 GEN2 – features a LED backlight, full color screen, 5″ diagonal. Has quite an accurate internal GPS, and comes with the 83/200 kHz transducer for fresh water uses. It has a built in mapping package – Insight™ USA mapping options (Americas models) or Navionics®. It’s also compatible with the HD Navionics Platinum.

Humminbird 798ci HD SI Combo – this is one of the best fish finders that I know. I currently use one as well, and I never had any problems with it. This unit has a 5-inch diagonal screen, full color with LED backlight, which makes it very readable even in direct sunlight. It also has Down Imaging which is a feature that I’m sure you will enjoy especially if you’re going for bottom fish like catfish or sturgeons. Also, it has Side Imaging with is extremely helpful because it allows you to see what’s on each side of your boat. The images provided by the Side Imaging and Down Imaging are quite good for waters up to 100ft. deep.

This fish finder has a 50 channel GPS and has the ContourXD mapping package, being also compatible with the Navionics Platinum and LakeMaster mapping packages. Anyway, to read more about this fish finder, just follow this link: http://hummingbirdfishfinderreviews.com/

I hope this post is useful to you.

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A Couple of Useful Tips for Bass Fishing

There are a lot of things that can be said about bass fishing. An experienced fisherman can give you thousands. I don’t have the time to share that many tips here. However, the following bass fishing tips should be useful to you.

1. Especially if you’re going fishing for any kind of predatory fish, like bass for example, it’s a good idea to have a long nose forceps with you. Even if you’re using big treble hooks, sometimes is going to be a pain (literally) to unhook a bass or pike, so a long nose forceps will help you a lot.

2. Many anglers prefer to use lures for bass. I do to. So, has it ever happen to you to catch them only with one type of lure? And if it happens to lose that lure, they just don’t bite anymore. That’s why it’s best to buy your lure 2-3 of a kind. Just in case they happen to like one of your lures, to be sure you’re covered in case you lose it.

3. A side imaging Hummingbird depth finder is not a bad idea to use. You’ll be able to clearly see where they hide. And even if you don’t pick them up right away, you can easily track the bait clouds. Wherever there’s a bait fish cloud, you can be sure the at least a couple of bass are nearby.

4. You should know that bass usually make a push when the flood tide begins, to quickly pick up the crabs, shrimp and other wildlife startled from their shelters by the tide. So, when the flood tide begins, you should be there, casting your lures. I’m sure that if there’s bass in those waters, it’ll be the first thing you’ll catch.

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Hummingbird Fish Finders – What’s Best – SI or DI?

I’ll have to say that I’ve always been a big fan of Side Imaging. Well, at least until I got a SI Hummingbird Fish Finder.

I have used three fish finders until now, all of them were Hummingbird Fish Finders. However the first two didn’t have SI, and only one had DI. When I bought the Hummingbird 998c SI Combo, things have changed for me by a lot. And today, I really have to say I feel lost without it!

Anyway, I’m writing this post to put into view the differences between these two types of sonar display, SI and DI, and how can each one of them enhance your angling experience.

Hummingbird Fish Finders – Side Imaging

Sunken Boat Seen in Side Imaging

Sunken Boat

If you have Side Imaging on your Hummingbird Fish Finder, you will benefit from picture-like images, that appear on your screen like they are taken from above.

The sonar takes snapshots of the underwater environment on a high frequency, covering 240ft on each side of your boat.

Therefore you will see on your screen the exact placement of certain objects underwater, trees, structures and of course, fish, which are placed on a 480ft area behind your boat.

Game fish appear like spindles on your screen, and bait fish look like clouds.

However, Side Imaging won’t let you know exactly how deep is a ditch, or how tall the branches of a sunken tree reach. You’ll have to figure that on your own, using the SwitchFire or the DI mode.

Anyway, as a general idea, in Side Imaging, will give you an excellent overview of the underwater environment, and opened in split screen with DI and Switchfire, you will know exactly what’s going on in the water, behind your boat.

Hummingbird Fish Finders – Down Imaging

The best Hummingbird Fish Finders have both DI and SI. However, if you choose a Hummingbird Fish Finder that only has Down Imaging, once you get used to this type of display, it will become as reliable as one that has both features.

Sunken Tree

Down Imaging shows also in photo-like clarity what passes under your boat. You will actually receive a vertical cut of the water under your boat. DI allows you to measure accurately the depth of the water under you and see clearly how deep a certain ditch is or how high does a mound reach.

It’s good to know that all Hummingbird Fish Finders that have Side Imaging, come with Down Imaging as well. A Hummingbird Depth Finder like this usually has GPS possibilities and it’s a very handy accessory to have on your boat. Of course, the ones with both SI and DI are a bit more spicy priced.

But if you want a Hummingbird Fish Finder on a lower price, one that has only Down Imaging and also GPS capabilities will also become an excellent helper for navigation and finding fish.

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