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TxWadingFool
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Lowrance ActiveTarget Live vs Garmin Panoptix Live
Anyone have any first hand experience with the Lowance yet? Ready to pull the trigger and from the reviews I've seen they are very similar with maybe a slight edge to Lowrance in the strength and detail department. Also seems to be a little less expensive by the time you figure a whole new set up. Set ups I am looking at are the Lowrance Elite FS 9 w/ActiveTarget Live Sonar = $2499 vs Garmin ECHOMAP Ultra 102sv Panoptix Livescope = $3599. One extra inch of screen is not worth $1000 to me so I think that is advantage Lowrance. What sucks is the availability, anywhere from 30 to 45 days for either unit is what I've seen everywhere that I have looked. Mother nature is pushing me back into bass fishing after spending the last 30 fishing saltwater all along the Texas coast. I am holding out for the powerpole trolling motor so inter-grading with a compatible new trolling is not a consideration. TIA


pepto bismol
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re: Lowrance ActiveTarget Live vs Garmin Panoptix Live
hummingbird is where its at but the garmin is a distant second


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re: Lowrance ActiveTarget Live vs Garmin Panoptix Live
FYI Panoptics can run on an Echomap 93SV which can be had for under 1000. Bass pro usually runs them for 600 every spring sale and could probably be found somewhere else close to that.


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re: Lowrance ActiveTarget Live vs Garmin Panoptix Live
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hummingbird is where its at but the garmin is a distant second


Come on man.


It's the same tech. I think the safe route is Garmin. Active Target may have a slight edge is clearness, but there are lots of units that have gone out with serious problems.

AT has a slightly smaller cone angle which could be good or bad depending on your point of view. On one hand, the smaller AT cone gives you more precision, but also may make it tougher to find your lure.

If I were starting from nothing, I would probably go with AT because Lowrance mapping is superior to Garmin for my area. I currently have Livescope because if was the only one at the time. I have not switched to AT because I have no reason to. Mine works fine and I have almost no ghost tree or dead spot issues.


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AlxTgr
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Set ups I am looking at are the Lowrance Elite FS 9 w/ActiveTarget Live Sonar = $2499 vs Garmin ECHOMAP Ultra 102sv Panoptix Livescope = $3599.
I have this bundle. I think that's a better head unit than the Elite FS, but I have no experience with that Lowrance unit.


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re: Lowrance ActiveTarget Live vs Garmin Panoptix Live
I am in the process of buying a new system, I was told Hummingbird MEGA 360 was better for bass fishing compared to Panoptix Live. Crappie fishermen love the Panoptix.

No idea how the Lowrance system is because I don't know anyone that has one.


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re: Lowrance ActiveTarget Live vs Garmin Panoptix Live
this is not true. I have both live scope and 360, both in front of my boat. 360 is great for finding spawn beds and for slope and stuff. but it is not live. it has a 2 to 3 second delay. I also have a live scope. If you want it to look like 360 they have a swivel mount to see it in perspective view. What this does is turning the sensor to horizontal instead of vertical. Now the sight is 180 deg. lastly Lowrance 's new live view is crap. it is first generation of live scope. this is my opinion only
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I am in the process of buying a new system, I was told Hummingbird MEGA 360 was better for bass fishing compared to Panoptix Live. Crappie fishermen love the Panoptix.
This may or may not be true. They are totally different technologies. There is no question that Livescope is better for the crappie fisherman. For bass, I guess it would depend on the fisherman and his techniques. I know that if I were still bass fishing, I would have leaned toward 360 and not Livescope.


I watched some guys this year fishing an open swamp lake with 360. They would not even cast until they found hidden structure. It looked to be very effective.


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AlxTgr
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lastly Lowrance 's new live view is crap. it is first generation of live scope. this is my opinion only
This is vague and probably inaccurate. There is only one generation of Livescope. First generation of Panoptics corresponds to Lowrance's previous live transducer.


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offshoretrash
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this is not true.


I'm just going by what some guys told me that I trust and catch a lot of fish.

I want what ever is the best for bass fishing and no one recommended Panoptix.


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and no one recommended Panoptix.

There have been complaints lately on the pro circuits due to how effective people are getting with it.


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Jimbo1975
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well all I can say is I have both. on my boat. And I use live scope more than 360. just because its live . when in grass sometimes you cant see the fish move. and they are hidden. live scope i can see them so this helps for me. to each his own i guess. just giving my opinion because i own both!


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I sometimes wish I had the GPSMap series instead of Echomap so I could record some catches for you guys. Lately, there's been a lot of "Here he comes...got eeem!". Yallallcrazy and tigerfoot as my witnesses. I catch the first two aggressive ones on the first two casts generally.


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re: Lowrance ActiveTarget Live vs Garmin Panoptix Live
I have had Panoptix for a couple months now and it is very effective as far as I am concerned. I have watched bass swim through bait and then watched them eat my jerkbait. The live view Lowrance first came out with was not as clear as the newest Garmin Transducer. The Active Target Looks to be as clear, if not better than the Garmin. The drawback with the Lowrance is that they are shipping LOTS of faulty transducers. I had 2 buddies order Active Target because they had Lowrance all through boat, and both had to send transducers back. I have not fished with either so I am not sure how it stacks up to the Panoptix. I would be wary with humminbird's first gen because Garmin had their bugs to work out, Lowrance is doing that now,so pretty safe to assume the humminbird will have issues as well.


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I would be wary with humminbird's first gen
Has it been seen on a pro's boat yet?


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TxWadingFool
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re: Lowrance ActiveTarget Live vs Garmin Panoptix Live
Well this thread cleared things up Seriously though I'd probably take a chance on the Lowrance but I am kinda of impulse buyer and I'm not waiting 4 to 6 weeks. We are going to be on a local lake for 4 days starting next Thursday and I want something by then, now that I have decided on Garmin this is the bundle I am looking at LINK. They have same bundle for $200 less without the LakeVü Maps, not familiar with those maps to know if they are worth $200 or should I save the money and get a Navionics lake card of some type? Both bundles appear to be in stock and ready to ship. I ran Garmin for years in my console because they were so simple to operate but their maps sucked, I recently switched over to a 12" Simrad in my console and love everything about it.


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Good choice.

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or should I save the money and get a Navionics lake card of some type?
That's what LakeVü Maps is.


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offshoretrash
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re: Lowrance ActiveTarget Live vs Garmin Panoptix Live
One thing to consider is Humminbird is coming out with a MEGA live transducer that can be used with any MEGA compatible unit.
This post was edited on 4/28 at 4:04 pm


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One thing to consider is Humminbird is coming out with a MEGA live transducer that can be used with any MEGA compatible unit.


Waiting on this as well. Went from Panoptix to 360. Totally different perspectives for sure. They both are great in my opinion and wish I still had the Panoptix for the live view when targeting brush piles or other structure the fish are hanging in. For ledge fishing, I’d take the Humminbird 360 all day. Ready for them post spawn fish to come see me.


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aTmTexas Dillo
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re: Lowrance ActiveTarget Live vs Garmin Panoptix Live
I have Mega 360. And I put a Mega Live Imaging transducer on order. Maybe this system will be as good as any.


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