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DJP
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Joined: Sun Nov 30th, 2008
Location: Elgin, South Africa
Posts: 2919
Equipment: Instagram @surfisha
Best Catch: GT 27.5kg, Bronzie 187kg, Silver Kob 23kg, Dusky Kob 47kg, ...
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Help...

I'm looking to save up to invest in a decent fish finder that I can map the farm dams in my local area. These dams range between small farm ponds to sections of bigger municipal waters.

I will be doing this off a kayak, so won't go bigger than the 7inch models.

There are three options:
Garmin STRIKER™ Plus 7cv , Price R 8 699.00
Humminbird Helix 7 Chirp GPS G2N, Price R 13,950.00
Lowrance ELITE 7 TI², Price R 13,900.00

The price point of the Garmin seems to be way better than the other two, but my experience with fish finders are limited and these charting programmes I know little about.

Please give me some feedback if you have used any of the above models and also general feedback on these fish finder even if you havent used the charting options.

DJP
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Joined: Sun Nov 30th, 2008
Location: Elgin, South Africa
Posts: 2919
Equipment: Instagram @surfisha
Best Catch: GT 27.5kg, Bronzie 187kg, Silver Kob 23kg, Dusky Kob 47kg, ...
Favorite Fishing Spot: Strand reefs
Boat: Swem
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Upon some further Googling I found out that the Garmin STRIKER™ Plus 5cv and 4cv Plus also have the same mapping function whereas it seems with Lowrance you only get it in the higher end and larger spec i.e. 7inch and up models.

The Garmin5cv Plus recommended retail is R 6 499.00, the 4cv R 4 299.00 so probably a better purchase for a kayak.

Pylstert
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Joined: Fri May 4th, 2007
Location: Wagina Island
Posts: 1948
Equipment: 2nd Hand Rods, Torium reels
Best Catch: Medium Bronzie
Favorite Fishing Spot: SA coast
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I have the 4 for a kayak, comes with a contour mapping system. I just havent found a way yet of getting your data off the thing and you are seemingly not able to get anything new onto it. EG transfer maps. Don't understand why Garmin can't build in this functionality, a R500 cellphone can do it.

DJP
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Joined: Sun Nov 30th, 2008
Location: Elgin, South Africa
Posts: 2919
Equipment: Instagram @surfisha
Best Catch: GT 27.5kg, Bronzie 187kg, Silver Kob 23kg, Dusky Kob 47kg, ...
Favorite Fishing Spot: Strand reefs
Boat: Swem
Club: 
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That's a bit of an issue since the idea I had was to give the farmers a contour map of their dam. Not much help if I can't get it off the fish finder, it looks like you have to upload it to the Garmin website to get access somehow.

Pylstert
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Joined: Fri May 4th, 2007
Location: Wagina Island
Posts: 1948
Equipment: 2nd Hand Rods, Torium reels
Best Catch: Medium Bronzie
Favorite Fishing Spot: SA coast
Boat: no
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I have seen on mine you can transfer from one Garmin to another although not straightforward and definitely not to the internet. Maybe some of the higher u models can do that. Plan B - get students to measure it for you the old fashioned way with dumpy levels and plumb lines 😀 I remember doing that in limnology.

bassbug
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Joined: Sun Aug 26th, 2012
Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
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Equipment: abu garcia,veritas,trilene
Best Catch: large mouth bass of 3,9kg
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from what i have read, garmin only produces 1 foot contour whereas lowrance does half foot contours. for a better detailed map lowrance is better and comes with extras. price comparison is huge but with every cent