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Old 07-19-2021, 02:50 PM   #1
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Ok, ok...since this is a bowhunting site I thought I'd start a fishing thread. I've always been a Lowrance guy, but I'm open-minded about this. What is your preference and why? I'll be upgrading soon. Thanks!
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Old 07-19-2021, 03:00 PM   #2
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I am currently running Lawrance. If I were buying new I would strongly consider Garmin
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Old 07-19-2021, 03:04 PM   #3
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Old 07-19-2021, 03:06 PM   #4
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My new to me boat has a garmin and I love it so far
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Old 07-19-2021, 03:11 PM   #5
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Just installed a Lowrance Elite Ti2 with a 12 inch screen. Love it.
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Old 07-19-2021, 03:12 PM   #6
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I have two Humminbird Helix 10s and a Garmin for livescope. I like them.
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Old 07-19-2021, 03:15 PM   #7
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You got nilgai to mount. Not fish to catch!
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Old 07-19-2021, 03:22 PM   #8
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Humminbird to me are more user friendly but it's all preference.
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Old 07-19-2021, 03:29 PM   #9
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Garmin Lowrance and humminbird all have pretty equal side scan and down scan. However, almost everybody agrees that humminbird has the best mapping at least on lakes. I have 2 10 inch humminbirds at the console of my boat and a 12 inch at the bow along with a 12 inch Garmin for livescope. I like birds my only complaints are that Humminbird Solix’ take forever to start up and they are a pain to take on and off the boat if you need to take them off at a hotel or for whatever reason.
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Old 07-19-2021, 03:46 PM   #10
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Humminbird Helix and Garmin livescope
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Old 07-19-2021, 03:59 PM   #11
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Hummingbird definitely wins on down imaginary and side scan with the more powerful sonar. The farming wins on live scope.

I’ve got a Lowrance and hummingbird and I’d definitely do a hummingbird in back and garmin up front if I could
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Old 07-19-2021, 04:32 PM   #12
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Bird unless your dropping coin on crappie TV and Garmin.

I have lowrance and h bird

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Old 07-19-2021, 04:59 PM   #13
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I've got lowrance(HDS) and hummingbird(mega helix). Hummingbird puts out more wattage-therefore much better graphics(SI, DI, on the console). Saltwater guys all seem to go with lowrance-got a solid chartplotter. If youre a crappie man like me-you'll want to consider garmin's livescope upfront....pick your medicine!
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Old 07-19-2021, 06:33 PM   #14
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I run a Lowrance carbon 12 on fhe console and and 9 up front. Itís more user friendly to me. A tuned Mega HB helix throws a nice picture but itís a pain to set waypoints on one. I can mark 5 spots before you can enter one with the bird. For live fishing nobody has come close to Garmin. As for mapping I use navionics platinum and my podnuh uses HB Lakemasters. Some lakes navionics is better and others lakemasters. As much as I travel I really need both for mapping!
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Old 07-19-2021, 07:05 PM   #15
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If your fishing off shore Garmin livescope is the. Way to go .
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Old 07-19-2021, 07:28 PM   #16
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From what i have seen the Lowrance Live Target is every bit as good as Garmin livescope, maybe better. My new boat will have Lowrance 16's on the bow and console.
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Old 07-19-2021, 07:42 PM   #17
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Anyone else? I think I'm more confused now than when I started.

Most likely going with a Lowrance Ghost trolling motor if that makes any difference to y'all on electronics.

Thanks and I really appreciate all/any opinions.
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Old 07-19-2021, 08:05 PM   #18
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Anyone else? I think I'm more confused now than when I started.

Most likely going with a Lowrance Ghost trolling motor if that makes any difference to y'all on electronics.

Thanks and I really appreciate all/any opinions.
To confuse you more Iíve ran a few instructional trips on boats with Ghosts and you couldnít give me that TM! Give me an Ultrex all day long!
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Old 07-19-2021, 08:13 PM   #19
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I have humminbird one one boat and lowrance on another. I prefer the lowrance units for ease of use. The boat with the humminbird has a minn kotta ultrex. If I was going ghost trolling motor Iíd do lowrance for sure.


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Old 07-19-2021, 08:29 PM   #20
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Flip a coin, buy some graphs, then LEARN how to dial them in and what fish look like.
Got a buddy spent $15k upgrading graphs and trolling motor, no idea how to use them.

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Old 07-19-2021, 08:47 PM   #21
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To confuse you more Iíve ran a few instructional trips on boats with Ghosts and you couldnít give me that TM! Give me an Ultrex all day long!
I'm not hearing good things about ghost either. Fwiw my info is coming from people who pay their own bills

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Old 07-19-2021, 09:22 PM   #22
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Lowrance units and a ghost is my recommendation. Love my ghost
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Old 07-19-2021, 09:33 PM   #23
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Lowrance units and a ghost is my recommendation. Love my ghost
I have had 3 Ultrex and two Ghost, the Ghost is way the hell better than the Ultrex, not even close.
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Old 07-19-2021, 10:29 PM   #24
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Good stuff. Can y'all tell me what you like or don't like about the Ghost?
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Old 07-20-2021, 07:22 AM   #25
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Good stuff. Can y'all tell me what you like or don't like about the Ghost?
Mine has the momentary on button programmed in to the lower left programmable key, I accidentally hit it and it will just take off, have come close to getting wet more than once, going to disable that feature on new boat. That is the only thing i can think of, everything else is really good.
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Old 07-20-2021, 08:46 AM   #26
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Whatever you choose, you tube has tons of videos that will help you operate it. Shortens the learning curve.
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Old 07-21-2021, 08:28 PM   #27
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Good stuff. Can y'all tell me what you like or don't like about the Ghost?
For crappie Tv I run the Livescope transducer on the TM looking wherever I point the TM. The foot pedal turns too fast and sticks some to see good plus itís harder to line up where to pitch my jig trying to look at that little arrow on top of the TM head. I like the Ultrex since the whole head turns and I can tell where Iím looking easier. Canít comment on it for bass fishing cause I donít bass fish but you couldnít give me one for crappie fishing like I do.
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Old 07-21-2021, 08:38 PM   #28
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For crappie Tv I run the Livescope transducer on the TM looking wherever I point the TM. The foot pedal turns too fast and sticks some to see good plus itís harder to line up where to pitch my jig trying to look at that little arrow on top of the TM head. I like the Ultrex since the whole head turns and I can tell where Iím looking easier. Canít comment on it for bass fishing cause I donít bass fish but you couldnít give me one for crappie fishing like I do.
Ya that makes sense. But I like chasing those green trout. I wasn't planning on getting any of that "live" stuff on the electronics though. Do I need to get talked into it?
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