Fish Finder - Yes or No?

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Fish Finder - Yes or No?

Post by Shaun » 28 Jun 2018, 15:00

Guys

so trying to kit out for fishing, wondering what some of you use. I have been hitting google hard and have narrowed it down to maybe getting this fish finder.

https://reelsonar.com/products/ibobber

Anyone got any suggestions or ideas, i dont want to mount anything to my FRIB.

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Re: Fish Finder - Yes or No?

Post by Cliff » 29 Jun 2018, 08:29

Looks like a neat solution, pity I don't have a phone that is smart :thud

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Re: Fish Finder - Yes or No?

Post by chris moody » 29 Jun 2018, 09:18

The idea looks great, but not sure I like the cartoon fish moving around the phone screen, or the fact the transducer bobs about in the water. A bluetooth transducer that you could fix to the transom, but unclip to fold the boat, and a more traditional sonar display, but on a tablet or phone would be ideal for sibs.
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Re: Fish Finder - Yes or No?

Post by ChrisParish » 29 Jun 2018, 11:08

I’m with Chris on this: it looks cool but it is just a cartoon representation. I have been looking at fish finders and I am thinking of the Wi-Fish from Raymarine:
http://www.raymarine.com/view/?id=11201


It would bolt to the transom (I’ll make a removeable bracket - probably 3D print something) and connects to the app via Wi-Fi. It also works with the Navionics app, which is a bonus.
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Re: Fish Finder - Yes or No?

Post by Shaun » 29 Jun 2018, 12:40

Thing is i dont want to mount anything, im looking for something that can just be thrown into the water and let it do its thing. The display isnt a problem, im also looking at ways to generate power while out on the water.

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Re: Fish Finder - Yes or No?

Post by ChrisParish » 29 Jun 2018, 13:52

Hmm, that really does reduce your options.
That leaves you with something like the Lowrance FishHunter.

Can I ask what your reluctance to mount something is? I intend to make a non-intrusive mount that doesn’t need any drilling etc.

Re: generation - outboard output to charge a battery, or just a charged battery is pretty normal. Other than that you could take a small wind turbine! :D
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Re: Fish Finder - Yes or No?

Post by pritch » 29 Jun 2018, 17:02

I had one and it was a load of rubbish so I sent it back.
I mounted my fish finder on a battery box then attached the box and transducer to a strap .
The tiny 12 v battery lasts about a week of daily use.
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Re: Fish Finder - Yes or No?

Post by chris moody » 29 Jun 2018, 17:02

Surely you need the fishfinder to work when moving, and towing a transducer free floating behind you cannot work well. I accept the transducer would need to be removable on a sib, but why don't you want to fix a mounting point to the transom? Last week I was using a brand new £75K rib and that had a transducer screwed into the outside of the transom. It will not devalue your boat as almost every boat with a fishfinder bolts the transducer onto the transom.
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Re: Fish Finder - Yes or No?

Post by Martin » 29 Jun 2018, 19:15

i use the vexilar sp300 sonarphone on my ipad and iphone.
i also have navionics installed and the two work togethor no problem.
The only issue i have is the depth/transducer read out is rubbish over 5mph
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Re: Fish Finder - Yes or No?

Post by chris moody » 29 Jun 2018, 20:43

I'm on holiday next week, but when back at work the week after I'll put one of the chartplotters on sonar display and see at what speed it stops working. I never run the work ribs on sonar, they are usually just showing speed / heading / depth / lat & long on the "numbers" screen. What's the effect on the sonar above 5 kts so I know what to look out for?
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29 Jun 2018, 19:15
i use the vexilar sp300 sonarphone on my ipad and iphone.
i also have navionics installed and the two work togethor no problem.
The only issue i have is the depth/transducer read out is rubbish over 5mph
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