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Offline ATGEP

State of the "art" sonar setup
« on: December 15, 2017, 06:49:25 PM »
Open ended question about Sonar setups.  Who is making the best sonar setup for salmon trolling right now?  I am looking again at possibly getting an electronics upgrade. Primary focus is a really really good setup for salmon.  Good response for shrimp marking is also required. what do people have that they like and what do you have that you dont like?

Currently have old garmin setup with radar so some money to be saved by not switching from garmin.  Any suggestions?

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Re: State of the "art" sonar setup
« Reply #1 on: December 15, 2017, 07:07:48 PM »
I have a furuno 627 and an arimar p66 transducer. This unit rocks, shrinking you can turn it on bottom lock and only see the last 15 feet from the bottom and easily see shrimp clouds.

For salmon you can leave it clean or have it draw boxes around the fish. I turn the boxes off since there are a lot of fish out here. There may be better models now mine is 4 years old now.

Offline cohosalmon

Re: State of the "art" sonar setup
« Reply #2 on: December 15, 2017, 09:50:48 PM »
Best system out there for recreational use, I would have to agree to Furuno. Better bang for buck, probably any of Lowrance, Garmin or Hummingbird. I am happy with Lowrance HDS models, good enough for me even if not THE best.

Offline Threeweight

Re: State of the "art" sonar setup
« Reply #3 on: December 15, 2017, 10:36:27 PM »
Furuno as a brand makes commercial grade products.  Great stuff, but they still make everything from modern side scanning sonar to old-fashioned 2 color units.

State of the art in technology is true 3d imaging, like this:

https://youtu.be/PrxmioGiz1A

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Re: State of the "art" sonar setup
« Reply #4 on: December 15, 2017, 10:50:44 PM »
The high end Garmin stuff is great.  I installed an Airmar 1k b175h (I believe) transducer that is through hull with chirp.  The definition is remarkable for structure, fish or shrimp!
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Offline BruceL2_Fish

Re: State of the "art" sonar setup
« Reply #5 on: December 16, 2017, 07:44:37 AM »
There is really good stuff out there by several manufacturers.   I recently checked out the new Raymarine Axiom and it is an amazing piece of technology.  You can run multiple transducers and the 3D sonar look pretty cool.
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Re: State of the "art" sonar setup
« Reply #6 on: December 16, 2017, 11:26:03 AM »
Have you seen the 10-yr. plan for Salmon? Actually it’s an 11 year plan since it goes into effect this coming year.  They’ve all but placed an indefinite moratorium on Salmon fishing the Sound N. of the Puyallup river.
For my $.02 I’d wait for revisions and the final federal approval before spending my rad earned dollars on all new electronics.

Think of the added pressure to Halibut, Shrimp, and Crab if this plan goes forward as written.....

Sorry....that’s just how I’m looking at it.
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Re: State of the "art" sonar setup
« Reply #7 on: December 16, 2017, 01:34:17 PM »
Maybe we can just plan on pleasure boating?  I do enjoy that especially when my wife can come along.  Good advice though about investing in powerful electronics now, however.
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Offline Tj805

Re: State of the "art" sonar setup
« Reply #8 on: December 16, 2017, 02:15:28 PM »
Furuno hands down.
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Offline DevMah

Re: State of the "art" sonar setup
« Reply #9 on: December 16, 2017, 03:27:35 PM »
Anyone have the Lowrance/Simrad 3d?

http://www.simrad-yachting.com/en-US/Products/Sonar/Simrad-StructureScan-3D-en-us.aspx


Thing of getting it as I have the Gen 3 HDS with structure scan already.


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