Since 1957, recreational sonar technology has been available to avid boaters and fishermen. A standard fishfinder is a sounder or recreational sonar that provides anglers with the ability to locate and target open-water fish. This view of underwater specifics allow the crews to understand depth contours, bottom composition, and structure location.
Nowadays, a modern sounder or fishfinder displays measurements of reflected sound on a graphical chart allowing crews to identify:
- schools of fish
- underwater debris
- bottom of body of water
Some popular models:
- Elite-9x CHIRP: A bit pricier than other models just under $999, the 9-inch fishfinder offers CHIRP Sonar with DownScan Imaging™ technology and a super-bright, LED-backlit color display; allowing for the best possible view below your boat. The Elite-9x CHIRP fishfinder features today’s best sonar solution for greater sensitivity, improved target resolution and superior noise rejection for clearer, easy-to-see bait fish and game fish targets – all on a brilliant widescreen display.
- HDS-5x Gen2: At $499, some key features include lightning fast operation, Broadband Sounder, a bright CCFL backlit sunlight-viewable display, GoFree Wireless Technology (compatible for wireless viewing of sonar and chartplotter displays on tablets and smartphones. Another cool feature, this model also offers Lowrance Advantage Service Support and TrackBack for reviewing sonar history.
- Mark-5x DSI: A bit smaller, with high-detail 5. in/12.7 cm display for sunlight-enhanced viewing. More affordable, at $199 this includes Exclusive Lowrance down-looking imaging innovation, dual-coverage imaging, manual fine-tuning option, all supported by 5-Year Advantage Service.
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