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Old 08-14-2019, 09:32 AM   #1
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I am reading mixed reviews online regarding GPS units. I am going to be running the bays 90% of the time and I want a reliable unit I can use to navigate with. Mostly because I am new to the bay fishing world, and unfamiliar with most areas.

Trying to keep it under $1300 for the unit, and would like for it to be 8-9". I am expecting to have to purchase Navionics as well.

I only need one for the center console. Do not need to run multiple.

Any input is gladly welcomed. Make, model, etc.

Thanks y'all!
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Old 08-14-2019, 10:23 AM   #2
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I have humming bird and Garmin not even close on the accuracy. Garmin wins now for side image humming bird.

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Old 08-14-2019, 10:25 AM   #3
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if you have a motor guide go with Lowrance, if you have a MinnKota go with hummingbird. start there.

I do more bass fishing than anything (have had 2 back surgeries so the Skeeter SX2250 was the boat I bought vs a bass boat for the depth, comfort, and weight of the boat - plus still wanted all stainless so I could still go to the saltwater) and run two carbon hds units. 12 on console and 9 on dash and use Navionics. mine are set up to "talk" to each other. I cant plug my 9 to the trolling motor due to the unit being a saltwater version OR due to the year if they do that now.

start with the type of trolling motor to know what unit to use if they will be connected. if not, then it doesn't matter. between the Navionics and the chartplotter, if you never hit anything, don't ever erase that path. if you are saltwater, doing it at low tide is best due to the fluctuation of the water levels.

if you do hit or bump something, use your icons to mark that spot as a hazard. also too, I follow my tracks with the screen zoomed in to as close as 50, no further out than 100. that way I can keep it pretty true to the actual path. so far so good.
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Old 08-14-2019, 10:40 AM   #4
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if you have a motor guide go with Lowrance, if you have a MinnKota go with hummingbird. start there...
Thank you for all your input!

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I have humming bird and Garmin not even close on the accuracy. Garmin wins now for side image humming bird.

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Thanks man. What model Garmin are you running?

The boat came with an old Lowrance. But it is a 4" screen, too small for me to look at quickly. Also, it seemed like the GPS was moving smoothly, then would skip a little bit, and try to catch back up or something.

I dont know if that's common or not.
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Old 08-14-2019, 10:54 AM   #5
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I have a Lowrance Hook2 9. It was cheap, I want to say around $500. It does all I need it to do. I don’t use it very much though. Mainly if I’m exploring some new water and want to lay a track down.
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Old 08-14-2019, 11:34 AM   #6
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Garmin is what i have always used after the old Lowrance C.

Good units especially with CHIRP.
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Old 08-14-2019, 12:38 PM   #7
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Any opinions on this Garmin, in the 9"?

https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/p/59...-01902-05#maps
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Old 08-14-2019, 06:01 PM   #8
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Any opinions on this Garmin, in the 9"?

https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/p/59...-01902-05#maps
You will like that one. I have the new 12 ultra for my panoptix and I believe it is the 1042 for my GPS.

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Old 08-14-2019, 06:07 PM   #9
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I run through timber in the dark from Lowrance HDS with navionics and trails marked on the graphs. Have had gen 2 gen3 and carbons.


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Old 08-14-2019, 06:25 PM   #10
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That's a good price with the transducer...same price as the GPS store. Mine is a7" but a 9 would be cool.
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Old 08-14-2019, 06:34 PM   #11
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Any opinions on this Garmin, in the 9"?

https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/p/59...-01902-05#maps
I have the inland lakes version of this one, the 93sv plus. I really like it but I just added a heading sensor and external gps puck to increase my accuracy so I can make waypoints and find them much easier at slow speeds. I do wish for the money I spent I didnt have to add the extra features but idk if this is standard addition on all brands of units
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Old 08-14-2019, 06:38 PM   #12
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I use a Simrad NSS Evo 3 with the Texas coast card from Standard Maps. I has excellent imagery and makes it easy to determine deep from shallow, as well as marking rocks and such.
I think the chart plotter is above your budget, but they make one called a Go9 that may fit. Whichever way you go, I love the Standard Maps card. I have both it and Navionics Platinum and rarely look at the Navionics (it has better contour lines in deep water, and covers inland lakes that the Standard Map card does not.)
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Old 08-14-2019, 10:19 PM   #13
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Appreciate all the help fellas!
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Old 08-15-2019, 05:37 AM   #14
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I had a humminbird helix 5 and the GPS maps was not even close.


My next one will be Garmin with the built in Navionics. I runs bays 95% of the time. I do not like the lowrance interface.
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Old 08-15-2019, 07:10 AM   #15
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I have a 9" HDS gen 2 with the built in maps and a navionics card. While I leave the unit running off the navionics I don't find it that useful in the saltwater. But like pandhandle I don't really rely on the unit unless Im in new water and even then with the tidal movement, hurricanes etc theyre not as accurate as they are in freshwater


I have Lowrance cause that's what came on a boat we bought years ago and I was familiar with them. If I was buying new and had an entire system to learn it would be Lowrance or bird. If you can wait till after deer season there are decent deals to be had at the fishing show
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Old 08-15-2019, 07:34 AM   #16
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I use a Simrad NSS Evo 3 with the Texas coast card from Standard Maps. I has excellent imagery and makes it easy to determine deep from shallow, as well as marking rocks and such.
I think the chart plotter is above your budget, but they make one called a Go9 that may fit. Whichever way you go, I love the Standard Maps card. I have both it and Navionics Platinum and rarely look at the Navionics (it has better contour lines in deep water, and covers inland lakes that the Standard Map card does not.)
I have this unit and the same card.
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Old 08-15-2019, 11:30 AM   #17
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I've been running a Humminbird with factory loaded Navionics since 2007. The unit has held up but at this point needs replacing. I keep trying to get one more season. I've been happy with the mapping for the most part. I mainly fish Port O'Conner and some of the marked channels are just wrong on the Navionics but I haven't found many of them. I also use it offshore and have no trouble hitting the marks. I almost never use the side imaging. I'm going to replace it this winter when I have the boat serviced. I will probably go with a Helix.
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Old 08-15-2019, 11:36 AM   #18
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I have a Garmin Echomap Plus 74CV with tranducer I will sell you. It has a cpl of hours on it. I put it on my flounder boat but realized real quick that my 60 plus yr old eyes need a 9" screen instead of a 7" screen in the middle of the night
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Old 08-15-2019, 10:33 PM   #19
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Any opinions on this Garmin, in the 9"?

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West marine has the same unit with g2 mapping for 799. Garmin will upload g3 mapping for free.
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