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Offline Jack Johnson Jr.

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GPS / SONAR ADVISE
« on: May 07, 2013, 02:13:34 PM »
Good afternoon,

i was thinking of buying the Lowrance Elite-4 DSI Sonar/GPS Combo, Anyone have this model? if so what do you think? the max depth is 200 feet is that enough for Hawaiian Islands?

150 to 200 is usually where i troll.

Any feed back would be great

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Jack   
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Re: GPS / SONAR ADVISE
« Reply #1 on: May 07, 2013, 05:39:02 PM »
I would ask your dealer which models get returned the most and stay away from that.  I fish with lowrance and love it. 
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Re: GPS / SONAR ADVISE
« Reply #2 on: May 07, 2013, 06:59:00 PM »
If you're going to fish the reef then 150ft max is ok but for palegics that's the depth where the fun starts. I'd go at least for 800ft max range. Here on the big island things get deep quick at places.

Humminbird seems to be a popular brand around here for the kayak.

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Re: GPS / SONAR ADVISE
« Reply #3 on: May 07, 2013, 11:40:41 PM »
Saw the Elite-5 and LOVED IT!! Friend's got one and LOVES IT!! If you can afford it, that 200' is just WAYY to shallow!! :-[
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Offline Jack Johnson Jr.

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Re: GPS / SONAR ADVISE
« Reply #4 on: May 08, 2013, 05:40:25 PM »
Da Pirates

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Re: GPS / SONAR ADVISE
« Reply #5 on: May 08, 2013, 07:31:17 PM »
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Offline hosser27

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Re: GPS / SONAR ADVISE
« Reply #6 on: May 08, 2013, 08:03:47 PM »
I am a total noob, and my family purchased me the elite 4x DSi and shipped it from Cali. I went to buy a battery today, and the guy at Bill's said that in order to run it for a couple hours it would take a car battery. The output is 350w... Again total noob, and no experience with these things, so if anyone has any advice I'll take it. Otherwise I'm in the market for a new finder! >:(

Offline Cocacola_cowboy

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Re: GPS / SONAR ADVISE
« Reply #7 on: May 08, 2013, 08:12:19 PM »
No listen to them all you need is a batterie from innerstate its a 12volt
7.2amp csb batterie they run about 20 dollar and the charg last at least two days i have three ff and three batteris never had a problem yet i have two humming bird ff and a lowrance
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Re: GPS / SONAR ADVISE
« Reply #8 on: May 08, 2013, 08:14:26 PM »
Thanks bro, you just made my night way betta!

Offline Cocacola_cowboy

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Re: GPS / SONAR ADVISE
« Reply #9 on: May 08, 2013, 09:44:08 PM »
No problem
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Re: GPS / SONAR ADVISE
« Reply #10 on: May 09, 2013, 07:14:38 PM »
The Elite DSi models are limited to 200', but the non DSI models say they go to 1000'. I have never used down scan imaging (DSI), but if they are limited to 200' they may not be a good choice for Hawaii. Also if you get the model with the 'gold' Navionics chip you get decent mapping of Hawaii cheaper than if you buy the Navionics chip separately. Cococola is right on about the batteries - you do not need a car battery at all - crazy talk. I have the Elite 5 'gold' and I like it. There was a $100.00 factory rebate at the time I bought it.

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Re: GPS / SONAR ADVISE
« Reply #11 on: June 11, 2013, 08:59:37 PM »
I just started fishing bluewater last year so i had never seen the fishfinder read over 40' until I installed one on the kayak.  I'm not really sold on the down imaging yet but I would recommend one that has dual freq sonar.  Being able to use the side x side dual sonar helped me to learn how to dial in the settings much faster.  Maybe later I'll figure out how to dial in the down imaging later but for now I can see my drops on the screen if i bump up the sensitivity a notch or two.  I've also seen almost all the decent marks in over 30ftm, so if u are going to buy something and install it, might as well not sell yourself short.  Like having a sweet conventional setup with 100 yards of line :o.

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Re: GPS / SONAR ADVISE
« Reply #12 on: January 16, 2014, 09:26:15 AM »
Yea west marine was tryin to get me to buy a car size battery for my ff 100$ and a waterproof case 100$ and a charger for 100$ i was like f that. Bought a 12v battery and charger for 60$ made a battery box with tupper ware and marine goop.

 

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