We, fishermen, all want to catch more and more fish, which is why it’s absolutely natural to look for a dependable and accurate fish finder at some point or the other. Let’s face it – not all these devices are built the same. Some are better than others, whether they’re packed with useful functionalities or just have superior capabilities. Here’s a short list of tips and tricks to refer to if you want to get the best value for the right price.
One of the crucial details to consider is to pay attention to the frequency and power of the product you want to spend your money on. These days, portable fish finders come in all shapes and sizes and some might have larger or smaller screens, but the bottom line is that the power has to be correlated with the frequency so that you’re able to understand if the unit is fit for your needs. The higher the power and the lower the frequency, the more detail you’ll be able to see in deep waters. With a higher frequency and lower power, you’ll be able to target your catches in shallow waters.
Another feature to take into account is the size of the screen. If you prefer a simplistic approach, perhaps you’d benefit from using a portable alternative such as the Deeper Smart or the Fish Hunter Pro, which come with transducers that can be connected wirelessly to any of your mobile devices. This feature is advantageous because you will be able to get all the benefits of your tablet, for instance. If you prefer the typical fish finder, it goes without saying that you should pick one that comes with a resolution of at least 240 by 160 pixels. The larger the display, the higher the price of the product. Also, you’ll have to look at the water resistance of the screen so that it’s not affected by the wetness in your kayak or aluminum boat. On the same note, you ought to decide either on a color or a black and white screen, although we hardly recommend getting a grayscale option nowadays, as these ones seem to become more and rather obsolete with every day that goes by.
For all intents and purposes, you have to know just how you’ll be mounting your transducer. In our experience, transom mount transducers are by far the easiest to install and work with, but this may not be a reasonable option for people interested in doing some kayak fishing, which case they ought to select a thru-hull unit.