Thank you, Marian, for this opportunity to take part in your blog. I figured, with all this hunting going on, there must be some fishermen on here, as well!
My name is David, and I work with Citimarine Store. We try and stay up to date with all the newest fishing technology and electronics, and just wanted to share a couple of very cool, portable fishfinders that were released by Garmin this year.
Even if you’ve never used a fishfinder, and are “technology-averse” (like I am - I started using a smartphone YEARS after everyone else), these are a couple of easy-to-learn, easy-to-use options.
The first one is the very affordable Striker 4, part of Garmin’s Striker series. This powerful little fishfinder/GPS combo has a screen no larger than 3.5 inches, and just a few buttons, but its sonar can reach a maximum depth of 1,600 feet in freshwater and 750 feet in saltwater!
With its CHIRP transducer, continuously sending a sweep of frequencies, you can better identify and separate your targeted fish from other objects. Bottom contours are visible, even at high speeds, allowing you to better fish as well.
The Striker also allows you to mark hot fishing spots or boat ramps/docks on its built-in GPS, so you can return at a later time, as well as navigate waypoints and check your speed.
The next step up is the Garmin EchoMAP Chirp 43/44dv. This one comes with a 4.3 inch screen, and a couple more buttons, but reaches depths of 2,300 feet in freshwater and 1,100 feet in saltwater!
Thanks to the CHIRP DownVü scanning sonar that comes with the EchoMAP, you can view a near photographic image to as low as 750 feet below your boat. You can clearly make out structure, objects and fish, as if watching on a camera.
The EchoMAP 43dv comes pre-loaded with all US Lakes, and the 44dv comes pre-loaded with the entire coastal US. You can upgrade, and add maps as you'd like as well.
Hopefully now you have a good idea of what to ask for for your next anniversary, birthday, Christmas or other holiday (or gift-getting excuse)! Thanks again, Marian, and happy hunting / fishing to everyone!