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Best sub-$200 fish finder for ice fishing? #16635422 11/19/21
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I love hard water fishing and I'd like to get a fish finder. But I don't know squat. Appreciate your input.

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Re: Best sub-$200 fish finder for ice fishing? [Re: dla] #16635813 11/19/21
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Re: Best sub-$200 fish finder for ice fishing? [Re: dla] #16636130 11/19/21
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Garmin striker plus 4.Plenty of you tube videos on it. Bought one last year and put it in a small cooler bag.Good unit for the money.

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Originally Posted by sjphillips
Garmin striker plus 4.Plenty of you tube videos on it. Bought one last year and put it in a small cooler bag.Good unit for the money.

What sort of battery did you use and how long does it last?

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I'm most intrigued by the ultra portable "castables", but not their prices. E.g. the Deeper series, the newest of which boasts a 10 hour battery life, seems like the perfect gear for someone who needs to hole hop around a new lake looking for fishing spots.

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Re: Best sub-$200 fish finder for ice fishing? [Re: sjphillips] #16638568 11/20/21
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Is this
Originally Posted by sjphillips
Garmin striker plus 4.Plenty of you tube videos on it. Bought one last year and put it in a small cooler bag.Good unit for the money.

Is this it?
Garmin Striker 4 with Portable Kit https://www.amazon.com/dp/B017NI1IJI/ref=cm_sw_r_awdo_navT_g_WENSHBDWTY1HBQJMWM5K

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Is this it?
Garmin Striker 4 with Portable Kit https://www.amazon.com/dp/B017NI1IJI/ref=cm_sw_r_awdo_navT_g_WENSHBDWTY1HBQJMWM5K

Yes that is it,small 12 volt deer feeder battery powers it for a couple days easily.

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Hunt up a used vexilar fl8. Should be able to get one for that price.

Re: Best sub-$200 fish finder for ice fishing? [Re: dla] #16641125 11/21/21
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Originally Posted by dla
Is this
Originally Posted by sjphillips
Garmin striker plus 4.Plenty of you tube videos on it. Bought one last year and put it in a small cooler bag.Good unit for the money.

Is this it?
Garmin Striker 4 with Portable Kit https://www.amazon.com/dp/B017NI1IJI/ref=cm_sw_r_awdo_navT_g_WENSHBDWTY1HBQJMWM5K


So it comes with the wrong transducer.

Re: Best sub-$200 fish finder for ice fishing? [Re: Schmidtx2] #16641128 11/21/21
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Originally Posted by Schmidtx2
Hunt up a used vexilar fl8. Should be able to get one for that price.

I checked Ebay. Vexilars must be made of gold.

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I just attached the transducer to a piece of pvc pipe and glued a piece of pool noodle to let it float in the hole.I drill 3 holes in the the shape of a pyramid and use the middle one for the transducer.

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My brother has one of these and seems to do alright.
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Re: Best sub-$200 fish finder for ice fishing? [Re: dla] #16644685 11/22/21
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So why shouldn't I just buy a contour map, use the gps on my phone, and carry a weighted line for measuring depth? I'm starting to sour on the idea of electronics for ice fishing because the cost is so high.

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A Marcum M1 is close but a little more than the $200. I would check the used market for Marcums and Vexilars. Look up some ice fishing buy sell groups on facebook if you are on it. IceShanty is a ice fishing forum similar to this but their classifieds are stupid as you need to be a paying member to use them. There is a NoDak hunting fishing forum that used to be pretty popular and I would bet they show up on there quite frequently.

Re: Best sub-$200 fish finder for ice fishing? [Re: dla] #16655117 11/25/21
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I have the Garmin Stryker. Worked good last year. Marcums are good too but ov er your price point

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