So you have fallen in love with fishing, and you have finally decided to buy a boat in order to fish further from the shorelines that you were relegated to fishing without a boat. Whether your boat is a fishing boat, a canoe or kayak, there are s that will fit it, and make finding large and small schools of fish, as well as knowing the depth of the water you are boating in a whole lot easier. Knowing the depth of the water also tells you where the deep drop-offs are, which is where many fish congregate to feed on the smaller fish that school in the shallower waters. And, since you know the depth of the water with your fishfinder, you will know when to watch out for rocks and trees rising from the waters, but not quite out of the water, saving your propeller from possible major damages.
Tips on buying your first fishfinder would have to start with the type of boat that you have, and the type of waters that you will be fishing. If you stick to lakes, then you can start off with fish finders that are in the lower price ranges. You will not necessarily need to have multiple transducers, and you won’t be needing the fish species identifier options, both of which can add major dollars to the final cost of your fish finder. But you will want a fish finder that can tell the difference between a log on the bottom of the lake and a big trout.
Adding a GPS function to your is only needed when you are fishing lakes that are very big, or that you do not know well, as well as when you are fishing in rivers, where you could get lost taking tributary after tributary, and the GPS function would find your way back. This is also not really needed if you have a smart phone with GPS apps downloaded and functioning.
For beginners, the most basic function that you should be looking for in a fishfinder is the depth and water temperature readings. The more accurate the depth finder, the better the fish finder. Finding those drop-offs, where the lake’s bottom suddenly drops from 20 feet to 120 feet within 2 or 3 feet’s distance will help you to find the schooling trophy fish that congregate in these areas. Shallower water can also be a benefit to find, where there are weed beds apparent, or near shorelines. Having a fishfinder in these types of areas will save the bottom of the boat from finding ground or rocks, as well as saving the propeller.
The best manufacturers for fishfinders for beginner fishermen would be Eagle, Hummingbird, Lowrance and Northstar. Each manufacturer has many different fishfinder models, as well as accessories, like extra transponders, and cameras for live video feeds from under your boat. For the more expensive fishfinders, you will find that they have things like GPS, fish species identifier, cameras, weather forecasts and water temperatures at different depths.
Fish on! And fish safely.