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By Beau Butler - Posted on 12 May 2010

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beau ; you will like the color sonar.

Charlie
Honey Hole Guide Service

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Thanks Charlie, You kind of find yourself in a comfort zone sometimes and hate to step out of it. I fished with a guy once that had a SI unit and we spent the entire morning studying the unit and not catching fish. Although entertaining, i much prefer slabs on the line.lol
Any ideas on where to find the best buy?

Beau

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Hey Beau. Here is a place that has the 778c for $407.00 with free shipping.
http://www.thedigitaloasis.com/Shop/Control/Product/fp/SFV/32815/vpid/85...

Ray

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Thanks Ray, Got my new unit in today, will attempt install today if weather holds. Since I will be running both units, will I suffer any interference from the other units? I'm thinking Not, but not sure.

Ray's picture

Beau as long as you position the transducers more than 18" apart you should not have interference issues.

Ray

Beau Butler's picture

Ray- You are the man. You keep the good work up and we may just put you on full time.
Thanks again.

Ray's picture

Hey beau. Well I am a humminbird guy because that is what I have but I have got the chance to use some lowrance units and I like them.
Here is what I would look at.
The Humminbird 778 is a straight up sonar unit that you can add GPS to if you want. The reason I like it is it has 640 x 640 screen resolution and is color. Very simple to operate and this thing will flat out show detail.
Now the downsides to this unit: The really high frequency and resolution has a tendency to pick up interference from large trolling motors if you mount the transducer on the foot of the trolling motor buy a Lowrance instead (they have a better shielding in their cable)
If you decide on Lowrance. Get color and high definition. Make sure either unit you buy has 200 MHz and 83 MHz frequency.
You should be able to buy this kind of units for approx $400.00 if you shop them.

Ray

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Ray, Was just wondering about the color. Is that a personal preference or do you get better definition of what you are actually seeing? I have never owned a color system and like everything else, you get use to interpreting what you have. Not saying I wouldn't use it, but is it better?

Beau

Ray's picture

Beau. I have found the color screens have higher resolution which give you better detail but more than anything they are much easier to see in the sun. Color adds a new dimension by showing soft and hard returns. So when there is a lot of shad around the cover you are trying to fish they show up in blues and greens while the actual cover will so in more reds.
With the cost of color units coming way down they are in my opinion the better buy.

Ray

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Thanks Ray. Although I do pretty well with my little cheapie, I always want to know what's over the next hill. I think I will try the 778c and if I can master that, maybe i will upgrade to SI next year.
I primarily search for bottom contour and bait fish, which may or may not be the best scenario, but I always keep an open mind and glean everything i can from this site.
Beau

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thanks Ray, as usual you give a guy great detail. That's one of the reasons I love this site, you can get so much good info from the guys that do what we do, crappiei fish.

Beau

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