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   Old Thread  #13 22 Aug 2020 at 8.44pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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The element is heavier indeed, but on the other hand you can log the water much quicker with side scan. Doesn't that save you battery in the end?
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   Old Thread  #12 21 Aug 2020 at 11.11pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I was using a raymarine 5 pro until last year when I changed for an element. The 5 pro is a great unit but the element has many more features, side scan, 3D and custom page settings. Both are easy to use. The element uses a bit more power and is heavier
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   Old Thread  #11 21 Aug 2020 at 11.25am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Guess that's one of the best units to start with for carp. I used it a few years for pike fishing and their OS is extremely user-friendly. Most carp anglers go for the Dragonfly because it is still most marketed (and affordable), but after about 8 years since its introduction it is very much a basic unit that lacks most novelties out there. The company has introduced the Elements last year as its new (affordable) flagship. Starting at 7", it features 3d side scan as well. If you are willing to spend a few quid extra, I would really go for that. It is the unit that you will see most in marketing over the next few years and it has a ton of features you really do not want to miss on Cassien.
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   Old Thread  #10 20 Aug 2020 at 9.17pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Comments on the Aquascope seconded- they are mega bits of kit for finding spots within a spot and for checking rigs and how they landed etc. Have a 6ft rod with a small reel loaded with braid to check the spots that are too deep to see- I think itís called donking the lead along the bottom. Canít go wrong!
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   Old Thread  #9 20 Aug 2020 at 7.28pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I have the Raymarine dragonfly pro , was about £380 IIRC , itís an amazing bit of kit , it has truly blown me away with the detail it produces on screen , you can actually make out mussel beds etc on the bottom .
You can use your tablet with it if you have one too wirelessy so you can get a bigger picture of the screen , works up to around 100 yards too
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   Old Thread  #8 19 Aug 2020 at 2.31pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Ah, I can imagine your fishing developing in a certain direction then. I have never fished a lake where boats were banned
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   Old Thread  #7 19 Aug 2020 at 8.32am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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For the most part in the uk all of my fishing has been on lakes where bait boats and dinghy are banned, traditional style if you like. In fact Iíve never fished a water where your allowed out in a boat bar the one Iíve just got a ticket for, everything is done with a rod and line and the odd bit close in with waders. Massive contrast to fishing in Europe but I like it that way. Iíve got a scope already, few other bits aswell, I tend to go once maybe twice a year abroad if Iím lucky so tend to do one big purchase each year for it and slowly build up better kit with knowledge aswell.
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   Old Thread  #6 19 Aug 2020 at 0.11am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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It always puzzled me why that is in the UK. You spend huge amounts on baitboats, but very little on sounders. There's very few authors that write about them too. We have that in Holland as well, but much less so. Guess it has to do with boats being banned on day ticket venues?

As regards the Garmin units: some are pretty basic indeed, but I just mentioned some different models in different price ranges. Garmin would be my last choice too. That Panoptix is something else though, but I sure as hell can't afford it.

Btw: try complementing your sounder with an aqua scope and a prodding stick (unless you have them, ofcourse). They will catch you tons more fish at very little expense.
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   Old Thread  #4 18 Aug 2020 at 8.37pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I personally wouldnít touch some of the Garmin finders , look at some of the reviews on YouTube , calculated Clear Vu instead of an actual down/side image , makes interesting watching
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   Old Thread  #3 18 Aug 2020 at 7.17pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Thanks for the detailed reply, itís something Iím not very knowledgeable on, big expanses of water abroad they seem to be imperative, given me something to think about thatís for sure, In fact the ones you recommended go way beyond what I knew was available so will have a more in depth look at those.
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   Old Thread  #2 15 Aug 2020 at 4.05pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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That question is almost impossible to answer. The market for echo sounders is highly diffuse atm. Different brands copy technologies, with minor differences and patent those technologies under different names. What happens, then, is that they all offer the same kind of options, with different names. I use a Humminbird 7 myself, which Ifeel really gives me an edge compared to basic units, specifically because of its mapping features and side-imaging.

You should have some basics on your unit if you want to get more functionallity compared to, say, a standard Lowrance Hook or Raymarine Dragonfly. First, make sure you get something like downscan (or comparable technologies), meaning you get the best possible view of contours, objects and fish. Second, get a unit with sidescan (or comparable technology). This will enable you to see not only below your boat, but also to its sides (up to about 30-40 meters.

You could also look if the desired unit supports live mapping. I can imagine that creating maps could be very valuable if you want to get the most out of your Cassien trip. Be sure to check out whether any additional purchases are required though. Humminbird, for example, supports "mapping for free" but you'll end up having to buy additional cards to unlock the most important features, and you'll need to upload and do stuff on your laptop to have good maps.

Finally, if you really want the best possible image, check out Garmin panoptix or lowrance livescope.

Some good units i fancy:

Raymarine elements (very user-friendly)
Raymarine Axiom
Humminbird Helix (si, ds, gps)
Lowrance HDS
Garmin
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   Old Thread  #1 5 Aug 2020 at 9.35am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Would like to upgrade my echo sounder for my boat, currently using a cheap lowrance Job, does the basics, and well, but have since seen others using some more sophisticated bits of kit that seem to aid where to place baits. Identifying weed, harder bottoms etc, itíll mainly be used for day trips at Cassien and some not work on a big pit close to home. Any recommendations at all, price range can vary, itíll get used a lot the next few years so donít mind investing, have seen ray marines on sale, not sure on how good they are. Any help appreciated.
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