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CHEDBALLZ
New Orleans Saints Fan
South Central LA
Member since Dec 2009
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Recs For Basic GPS/Fishfinder
Looking to get a basic GPS/Fishfinder. I'd like to be able to load maps/waypoints onto it but my most critical need is just getting me back to the launch. I have a 17' Alweld and would like do a through hull mount for the transducer. Later on down the line I'd luke to get a trolling motor that links with the GPS. Budget is $500, could maybe do a little more.


007mag
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Death Valley, Sec. 408
Member since Dec 2011
3292 posts

re: Recs For Basic GPS/Fishfinder
Straight line GPS is useless on the water so you will need mapping of some form.
Helix 7 G2N
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PillageUrVillage
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Mordor
Member since Mar 2011
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re: Recs For Basic GPS/Fishfinder
Lowrance Hook2


Drunken Crawfish
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re: Recs For Basic GPS/Fishfinder
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Lowrance Hook2


I just got my Hook2 4x today. It’s going on the Compass tomorrow. I’ll report back after this weekend on how it performs


SeaPickle
LSU Fan
Thibodaux
Member since May 2011
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re: Recs For Basic GPS/Fishfinder
Lowrance elte ti 5 or 7" or compairable simrad.
Hook units are a terrible choice if mapping is what you want.


CHEDBALLZ
New Orleans Saints Fan
South Central LA
Member since Dec 2009
15809 posts

re: Recs For Basic GPS/Fishfinder
I like to be able to buy a sim card with preloaded charts and pop it in there.


SeaPickle
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Thibodaux
Member since May 2011
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re: Recs For Basic GPS/Fishfinder
Lowrance and simrad are the most user friendly when it comes to that. My lowrance looks like Google Earth.
Hook units have a slow processor and are geared towards sonar functions.


CHEDBALLZ
New Orleans Saints Fan
South Central LA
Member since Dec 2009
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re: Recs For Basic GPS/Fishfinder
Please, I'd like to hear about your likes, dislikes.


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PillageUrVillage
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re: Recs For Basic GPS/Fishfinder
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Hook units are a terrible choice if mapping is what you want.


Yeah, the original Hook was slow and bad with mapping. The interface for the Hook2 is much simpler, the screen image is clearer, and the processor is lightning fast compared to the original Hook models.

He did say “basic” and the Hook2 is pretty good bang for your buck if you’re looking for basic.

Not saying it’s the best option, but it’s a decent unit at a low price point.


Success
Member since Sep 2015
435 posts

re: Recs For Basic GPS/Fishfinder
Seapickle—what’s the word on your map cards and the hook2? Will the cards for the hook1 work in the hook 2?


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SportTiger1
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Stonewall, LA
Member since Feb 2007
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re: Recs For Basic GPS/Fishfinder
Okay whats the difference between Mapping and Plotter?

yeah im an idiot.


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Buster180
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Member since Jun 2017
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re: Recs For Basic GPS/Fishfinder
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Later on down the line I'd luke to get a trolling motor that links with the GPS. 


Everyone is overlooking this. Humminbird links with Minn Kota, Lowrance with Motorguide.


CHEDBALLZ
New Orleans Saints Fan
South Central LA
Member since Dec 2009
15809 posts

re: Recs For Basic GPS/Fishfinder
I was looking at the Hummingbird Helix 7. Seems to meet my needs.


Buster180
Tennessee Fan
Member since Jun 2017
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re: Recs For Basic GPS/Fishfinder
I have a Helix 9 and I have been very happy with it. You will probably eventually want to add a mapping card because the base maps aren't very good.

I do not think the Hook series can connect to the XI5. Maybe someone else can confirm.


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SportTiger1
USA Fan
Stonewall, LA
Member since Feb 2007
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Straight line GPS


So my understand is that if a unit is plotter only, it's just a white screen showing waypoints? It won't show a map of any kind?



PillageUrVillage
LSU Fan
Mordor
Member since Mar 2011
8288 posts

re: Recs For Basic GPS/Fishfinder
To put it simple, GPS is a positioning system. It gives you numerical coordinates that you can plot on a paper chart/map.

A chartplotter incorporates GPS with an electronic map.


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Bigryno7
LSU Fan
Nola
Member since Jun 2009
378 posts

re: Recs For Basic GPS/Fishfinder
I am in the same boat. Need to pull the trigger on one this week. SeaPickle, what mapping are you using? I will need to purchase a map system as well.


Coon
Nicholls St. Fan
La 56 Southbound
Member since Feb 2005
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re: Recs For Basic GPS/Fishfinder
Damn, was about to pull the trigger on a HOOK7. All in need it for is maps (with a locally sourced chip ; ) ), will be on my gatortail so won’t even have a transducer.

I don’t want to spend $700 for an HDS and I’m not tied to Lowrance but prefer it.

What should I get?


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14ft_flat_matt
Member since Feb 2018
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Just bought the Humminbird helix 5 for $300 on amazon and I really like it.


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