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The Best Fish Finders of 2018

There is a piece of technology for everything nowadays – even finding fish on a fishing trip!

There is a piece of technology for everything nowadays – even finding fish on a fishing trip! Avid fishermen or fisherwomen should check out the amazing tech that’s available to help increase their hook up rate and hopefully guarantee a fish or three of a lifetime.  

The Simrad GO9XSE Totalscan

This Simrad GO9XSE Totalscan is a top of the line fish finder. Even though it is available for a reduced price at outdoor store, Anaconda, the GO9XSE still represents a serious investment for many fisho’s.

However, if the price isn’t a deterrent, the Simrad GO9XSE Totalscan could help you find a Loch Ness monster as it comes with sonar technology including a transducer chart. It does not get more advanced than that!

The Simrad GO9XSE Totalscan uses different sonar frequencies with its transducer including 83-200 kHz for the 2D CHIRP sonar and 455-800 kHz with the StructureScan sonar. The maximum depth capability of the scanner is 91 metres, making it a great choice for some ocean fishing.

The Lowrance Hook2 4x Fish Finder

Six years ago, Lowrance became one of the first brands to introduce touch screen technology to fish finders, so it must be mentioned in any overview of the best fish finders of 2018.

The latest Hook2 series from Lowrance features a wider screen and, consequently, a larger viewable area, making fish easier to see. One of its biggest benefits is ease of use. If you have not used a fish finder before, or if working with tech on a fishing trip isn’t your strong suit, this could be the fish finder for you.

The Hook2 also has different sonar modes including auto, custom, and ice fishing, making it suitable for most fishing locations. It offers twice the normal coverage of sonar enabling users to see more fish in a bigger range.

The Lowrance Elite 7 HDI

This fish finder suits anglers looking for a more advanced – yet still easy to use - model from Lowrance. The Elite 7 HDI has a 7-inch screen with an 800 x 480 pixels display that delivers crisp and bright images.

The Hybrid Dual Imaging (HDI) technology used in this fish finder has two clear benefits: High resolution imaging and DownScan imaging for the Broadband sounder - this means you can see what’s underneath the boat as well.

The transducer combines both broadband sonar and DownScan sonar into one allowing the user to see both on the same screen simultaneously.

The Lowrance Elite 7 HDI has a built-in 16-channel GPS antenna and enough memory to store about 3000 waypoints and 100 routes. And that is just about the best feature of all for any avid angler in search of the best fishing.

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