Fishing is a sport many people enjoy during their leisure. However, it can be a daunting experience when you sit by the lake or river the whole day, and not one fish is caught. What’s even more disappointing is when you ride your boat to the middle of the calm waters and no fish catches the bait you have put on your line. So in all despair, you decide to invest in some good fish finding products. But, there is a catch, when you are clueless of what to buy and if it will be a good investment.
Here is a list of the Best Fish Finder under 200
Thankfully There Is a Solution....
I have gone through this strenuous notion too but thankfully, whatever products my friends and I have bought over the years have not disappointed us in finding fish. So here are the top 5 fish finder products I highly recommend for you to try. And all these products are in a minimum and affordable budget around and below $200.
Garmin 010-01550-00 Striker 4 Built-in GPS Fish Finder
Rating: 4.5 / 5.0
This is one of the best products out there in the market and something that I would highly recommend trying. The Garmin 010-01550-00 Striker 4 Built-in GPS Fish Finder has a fantastic system that helps you allocate the exact location of the spot where the fish are and also calculates the time and distance it takes to reach that spot. The WAYPOINT MAP inside the gadget shows locations like stumps, docks ad piles that the boat needs to avoid during the fishing expedition. Its CHIRP sonar spec provides frequencies that can pick up both high and low signals of where the targeted fishes are. All in all, the durability of the whole fish finder is able to withstand any kind of weather and also it is water resistant.
Deeper Smart Portable Fish Finder (Depth Finder)
Rating: 4.3 / 5.0
Now this fish finder works well with your smartphones and tablets. It is the first of its kind to be used with our telecommunication gadgets. All you have to do is install the app called Deeper App into your smartphone or tablet before you start using the fish finder. The small ball like item can be cast out at any spot of the water and immediately it calculates the necessary information needed to locate the fish. It then transmits the information to your smartphone or tablet via its wireless connectivity. The best thing about this product is that it gives very detailed information about the surroundings it has been cast at; in terms of the depth of the water, the temperature and the exact location where the fish is. This product can be used for any type of fishing expedition.
Humminbird 409700-1 541 Fish Finder (Grey)
Rating: 4.1 / 5.0
Unlike the earlier mentioned two products, this fish finder does not have a colored screen to identify the fish. Instead, it is gray in color. Nevertheless, the features of this product are as compatible with others, for almost the same reasonable price. Ideal for smaller fishing boats, this has a very good Dual Beam Plus sonar system that can detect fish as far as 800 feet depth of water. The display screen gives out easy to read details. Even the manuals are easy to read and overall it is easy to navigate as well. It also measures the temperature of the water and most importantly it is waterproof. The only tiny drawback is, the screen cannot be read under direct sunlight. So if you prefer to fish under a non-sunny weather, then this gadget is good to go.
Lowrance 000-11448-001 Elite-3X Fishfinder with 83/200 Transducer
Rating: 4.2 / 5.0
It has a colored display that can be seen even under extreme sunlight and from any angle. So you will not be struggling to read the results during any kind of weather. What I like most about this product is that it not only finds the fish easily, it also gives a clear detail of the river or lake bed and a maximum view of what is underneath the boat. This makes navigating the boat easily and to avoid dangerous parts of the waters. The coverage for finding fish also is wide and easy to determine the target quickly. It can be used for fish-target separation as well as lure-tracking. This is also a perfect product for the popular drop-shooting method which is mostly used by a number of people.
Raymarine Dragonfly-4DV Sonar
Rating: 3.6 / 5.0
Last but not least we come to the Raymarine Dragonfly-4DV Sonar. This is the impeccable gadget that can be used in all kinds of weather. It has the sharp color display and absolutely no internal fogging. The sonar technology it has is the CHIRP DownVision where tracking is very fast and there is a very clear image when in deep waters. Its socket tilt swivel can be easily adjusted underneath any kind of boat surface and still works wonders in catching sonar readings of the fish. The product also has a temperature sensor to help calculate the temperature of the water, which also helps to determine the location of the fish. Since it has a limit range of navigation, it is best used when looking for smaller fish.
So here are the top 5 fish finder products that have been reviewed and tested. Of course, if you have an exceeding or a no limit budget, you can always go for the more advanced and more costly gadgets. However, whatever product you use, the most important thing is the results it brings in. When buying a fish finder, the most significant thing to check is, if it can withstand any type of weather for any type of fishing trip. Whether it is a sunny riverside trip or a more ice fishing expedition. And most importantly, if it can calculate and navigate the boat out of rocks and other hurdles. Additionally, if you can’t read the fish finder gadget, then there is no point in getting one in the first place! So always be prepared and do your research before getting a fish finder gadget and also before fishing!