Since you all are at home and got some time on your hands, I thought you might like to help me with purchasing a Fish Finder for my Kayak. I am looking at 5″ screens down from Raymarine (DragonFly), Hummingbird, Garmin and Lowrance. This will mostly be for shallow inshore fishing, but I will be taking it to deeper bridges and inlets as well.
Must have down imaging and CHIRP, which they all do. I am not interested in side imaging.
I’d like to have Navionics for plotting, but any map really will probably do. I don’t know if Navionics is a subscription based service that I would have to pay for every year or if I can just get a chip that won’t update after a year unless I upgrade. But I definitely want to set waypoints and mark spots. I also really want a unit that generates maps in real time, which in a kayak might not be the most useful, but I am interested in playing with it, especially since there are some shallow artificial reefs and shallow areas that are probably not accurately depicted on the chip.
I am also interested in special features that make them unique, gimmiky or not, that may sway me in one direction or the other.
Even if you have larger models, I would be interested in feedback from features shared with the 5″ and smaller models.
I’ve gone back and forth looking at all of these models and it really gets frustrating and confusing how to sort them all out. I am hoping you guys can give me good info to move forward with.
Thanks in advance.