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Old 06-02-2009, 04:59 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey friends, I presently have an eagle 480 portable that doesnt work anymore. I called eagle and they said they could send me a new head unit but it would be 5 weeks. I'm going to canada in 4 weeks so i need to get a new finder. I do not want to get an eagle again. Nothing but problems. I've used it a total of 4 weeks. 1 week a year in canada. Anyways, do you have any recommendations on portable finders? Humminbird, garmin? any info would be great!! i want to spend under 200 bucks. Peace, Jeff
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Old 06-02-2009, 08:50 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Try the Vexilar website,,, They have factory refurbs pretty cheap and now should be a slow time for them....
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Old 06-03-2009, 05:17 PM   #3 (permalink)
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i was just up there and was using a friends Humminbird Pirrahna Max portable. From the time i spent with the unit on my boat i was impressed. The batteries lasted the entire week, we had spares but didnt use em'. the only limitation i noted was that u had to be going really slow to get any accurate readings. anything over idle speed and the screen jumped all over. Anyway, up there all im looking for is drop offs and bottom structure and the unit worked great for that. One of the guys left the unit in the boat over night when we got 2" of snow and she fired up with no problems. good luck
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Old 06-03-2009, 09:46 PM   #4 (permalink)
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If your handy with your hands you could buy any unit you want and build a box for it.
I mention this because I bought a Eagle Ultra 2 about 15 years ago for 75% off regular price. I made a box much more compact than what was on the market at the time and it was dirt cheap. I still use it to this day in the jon boat and on ice.




As far as manufacturers go, all I can say is I like both my Eagles but don't care for my Hummingbird. Those are the only two brands I've ever used.
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Old 06-04-2009, 08:44 PM   #5 (permalink)
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That's pretty slick, Don.
So you have a battery in the box, ...and what do you do with the transducer?

Kingbass, take a look on Amazon for a handheld portable.
I forget the name of it, and I'm too lazy right now to go find mine,
but it was about $50 bucks and will definately show you depths, and more.

I'll look for mine...

Man I gotta get organimizized...

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Here's the link;

http://www.amazon.com/Norcross-Hawkeye-F33P-Fish-Finder/dp/B000BV6B6K/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1244173177&sr=8-5
I bought one last fall, and used it (really just kinda checked it out) once on Lake Wisconsin.
Seemed to work well, depths were right on to what the guide's $3,000 Hummingbird were showing.
While standing on a bridge and lowering the transducer, it showed fish moving through the area, which I thought was probably accurate since this bridge area was the most productive (and heavily pressured) area on the lake.

Pretty neat little item.


As I like to say to justify my purchases - "I've done dumber things with fifty bucks before."
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Old 06-04-2009, 09:41 PM   #6 (permalink)
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what do you do with the transducer?
Right after I purchased the unit I orderd a mounting bracket from Eagle for the jon boat.
For the ice season I have a homemade "T" shaped bracket that I use.
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I own a Humminbird 200 series that I got 6 years back. I haven't had any issues with it beside the suction cup on the transducer coming off and having the prop cut it off. Humminbird's carrying case is nice and compact and the battery lasts a solid week of 7 + hour days of fishing
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I use hummingbird pirhannas. they are 70 bux and work easy n portable.

We re-wire them to run on 2 lantern batteries and the batteries last more than an entire season(I hate keeping extra double a's on me and fumbling with em), and I fish alot. We rig a mount ontop of a small soft cooler to store the batteries and the finder itself when transporting it. Its the best mcgiver setup i have ever used for fishin, and its entirely waterproof. I like the pirhannas because they have never failed me, and they are cheap.
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I just pulled out the BPS catalog for the heck of it to see what's on the market. I remember the last time I was looking for a fish finder I was considering a Bottom Line but don't see any in the BPS catalog. Are they still in business?

Have you decided on one yet Kingbass?
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Old 06-16-2009, 11:02 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Do these things seriously work that well??? Even for shore fishermen??
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