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My main requirement is something that can be easily maintained on my Kayak
Looking to spend between $100-$250

Going to Maine, ive been digging online for some shops
here are the ones ive been looking at:

this one is cool, given its a wrist watch: (doesnt seem to have a lot of options though).
http://www.dickssportinggoods.com/product/index.jsp?productId=1894549&cp=2367438.2367824.2280790

some others
http://www.dickssportinggoods.com/product/index.jsp?productId=4042898&cp=2367438.2367824.2280790

http://www.dickssportinggoods.com/product/index.jsp?productId=3675871&cp=2367438.2367824.2280790

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Garmin-Fishfinder-160C/4660395

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Humminbird-PiranhaMAX-190c/10710690

never really owned one before, or really used one, so im pretty much a newb
I figure i want something that has a reasonable range down, but also to the sides of me (if thats possible).
i dont care if its colour or not, thats really not appealing to me.

any help here would be greatly appreciated.
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ouird,

I have this one:

PiranhaMax 230

I'm very pleased with it and the only thing I'm jonesing for is anything better (like colour, GPS, side imaging, etc.).

It's very basic, but it comes with the Smartcast "bobber" (like the wristwatch model, but with a bigger screen), so I can use it for shore fishing (and it works) or for monitoring a second hole while ice fishing.

It seems more sensitive than the lower-end Humminbirds because it has a dual-beam sensor.

I plunk it on the front deck of my yak, with a carabiner to secure it, and put the suction-cup transducer on the starboard side of the hull.

Frankly, I think that you'll be happy with just about anything. The main use of these things is determining depth and finding structure, not finding fish, per se.

The other cool thing is that, if the fishing is slow, you can switch them into "demo" mode and fool yourself into thinking that the lake is chock full o' lunkers


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Fishfinders can also lie. I had one of my fishfinders show fish under the boat
in crystal clear water about seven feet deep and not a fish to be seen with naked eye.
So I don t trust it anymore.
 

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reg; A depth finder will, quite often, indicate as those little "fish symbols" anything which is not attached to the bottom.(I will assume this is what you call "the lie") Like algae balls,or even the thermocline etc etc. They will also tell you what type of bottom you are over like Rock, sand, boulders etc etc. They are usually quite accurate as a depth sounder but the interpretation will be up to you. If you turn off the "Fish" icons and rely more on the actual picture on the screen you can usually make better sense of what it is showing you. If you read the instruction book over again you may find that it is pretty accurate. Regards....
 

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ouird; The Cuda 300 @$90.00 + tax is probably all you need,you get a reasonable picture of the bottom plus the water temp for under $100.00. The Lowrance Mark 5x has a bigger screen and same features.$160.00+T The Humminbird and the Garmin units are both colour units and are sexier but you are still in under $200.00 The prices on these units has really plummeted since they first came out. All 4 are made by reputable companies so the choice is yours. Do you want functional or functional and sexy?? Have a good trip. Regards.....
 

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I love Dicks Sporting goods in Maine..I spend hours in there when I go. I was being cheap when I bought mine off of Ebay although I find it works great.it shows depth,bottome and well fish...it works for what I use it for in my canoe. it takes a couple double A batteries so it is definatly a portable,now that being said half the time I find I dont even use it.mostly for depth knowledge more than anything.here is the one I got if you are curious.good luck!

http://cgi.ebay.ca/100M-FISHFINDER-Portable-Sonar-Sensor-Fish-Finder-Alarm-/200489386143?cmd=ViewItem&pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2eae19409f
 

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I love Dicks Sporting goods in Maine..I spend hours in there when I go. I was being cheap when I bought mine off of Ebay although I find it works great.it shows depth,bottome and well fish...it works for what I use it for in my canoe. it takes a couple double A batteries so it is definatly a portable,now that being said half the time I find I dont even use it.mostly for depth knowledge more than anything.here is the one I got if you are curious.good luck!

http://cgi.ebay.ca/100M-FISHFINDER-Portable-Sonar-Sensor-Fish-Finder-Alarm-/200489386143?cmd=ViewItem&pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2eae19409f
I just put a Humminbird 160 in the kayak and it seems to be working well so far. It's a pretty basic model but I have a separate GPS unit so all I was looking for was depth and structure. I went with the temporary in-hull transducer mount. Cut out a piece of dense foam in the shape of the transducer and marine gooped it inside the hull, then just pour about half a cup of water into the compartment and shove the transducer in, works great.
 

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ouird; The Cuda 300 @$90.00 + tax is probably all you need,you get a reasonable picture of the bottom plus the water temp for under $100.00. The Lowrance Mark 5x has a bigger screen and same features.$160.00+T The Humminbird and the Garmin units are both colour units and are sexier but you are still in under $200.00 The prices on these units has really plummeted since they first came out. All 4 are made by reputable companies so the choice is yours. Do you want functional or functional and sexy?? Have a good trip. Regards.....
I went with the Cuda 300 like you suggested. when i went to Purchase it, it rang up as only 69.99 which was a bonus.
 

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See if you can get a small, sealed 12 Volt rechargeable battrey. Get the one with the largest Amp hrs. They are convenient and unobtrusive in a kayak, they won't spill, and they will get the job done.
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See if you can get a small, sealed 12 Volt rechargeable battrey. Get the one with the largest Amp hrs. They are convenient and unobtrusive in a kayak, they won't spill, and they will get the job done.
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Where can i buy them in Halifax?
 
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