The Garmin Striker 7sv is easy for us to recommend to both amateurs and professionals alike. It gives you access to cutting edge technology, and has virtually no learning curve. Once you figure out the basic commands, you’ll enjoy the incredible accuracy it provides. Photographic lakebeds and clear fish arches allow you to identify everything from hidden feeding spots to batifish schools. With a display covering both the area below and to either side of your boat, this is the first choice for anyone who wants the best.
The Lowrance Elite 7 CHIRP is perfect for both ameteurs and professionals alike. It's incredibly easy to use, but gives you access to some of the best technology on the market. Check out our full review to get the inside scoop.
The Elite 4 has the same great features from other models, shrunk down into a portable form factor. The Elite 4 uses CHIRP sonar that produces clear fish arcs, and sharp bottoms. DownScan helps you find fish that are living or feeding among the weeds and illustrates the lake bed. The GPS and mapping capabilities are handy, allowing you to track your speed when trolling and navigate the waters safely and efficiently. Additionally, you can save a ton of waypoints and paths so you will never forget where the fish were biting, or to mark and check out spots suggested to you by other people. The screen really isn’t that small, about the size of an iPhone 6 screen, big enough to use the multi-window display feature to use navigation, CHIRP and DownScan all at the same time. If you are on a budget, or fish in a smaller boat, canoe or kayak where you need all the space you can get, then perhaps the small and compact Lowrance Elite 4 CHIRP is the best unit for you.
Like the smaller versions, the Humminbird Helix 7 SI GPS G2 is the best combination of performance and value on the market. It includes the down imaging system you might be used to, as well as the side imaging system that you want. Once you add GPS into the mix, the entire package becomes one incredible deal that you simply cannot resist.
The Humminbird Helix 5 is one of the best values in the fish finder market. In many ways, it’s got everything you’d expect from a high-end brand. Advanced GPS system, chart plotting software, CHIRP imaging, and advanced down imaging are all comparable with units that are sold at a much higher price. If you decide that you want to upgrade in the future, you can always purchase the additional CHIRP transducer that gives you access to a higher levels of detail. For the money, it’s unlikely that you’ll come across a fish finder that can compete spec for spec.
If you’re looking for a fish finder that has it all, this is a great place to start. It's got both down and side imaging, allowing it to adapt to any fishing style. The GPS comes bundled with a full set of maps, but lets you to log real time data to create a map that's more detailed than anything you can find online. If the size isn't an issue, we can’t recommend the Garmin Echomap 73SV enough.
Lowrance has set a high standard for their products, and the Elite 7 lives up to every one of them. The substantial screen and simple controls are among the best on the market, and The CHIRP sonar produces a detailed image. Combined with downscanning, you'll know exactly what's going on below your boat.
We love the multi-window display capabilities, allowing you to see your GPS, CHIRP sonar and DownScan data all at the same time. This simply isn't possible on a smaller fish finder. There are plenty of unique features offered by the Elite 7. If this sounds like something you're interested in, check out our full review!
The Simrad GO7 is a unique, and in some circumstances, superior choice to the typical fish finders on the market. It’s designed as a navigation system first, and it currently blows everything else out of the water. Luckily, it has sonar functionality tacked on. Is it the best on the market? Not even close. It’s comparable to some of the more simpler models, and can compete in the mid to high range with additional sensors. For this reason, we highly recommend it if navigation is important. It would also make a fantastic addition to your existing fish finder system. But if you’re not too concerned about navigation, then you might not find as much value in the system.