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 Post subject: Chirp or down image??
PostPosted: 15 Mar 2018, 17:02 

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So I am trying to decide which FF to get within my price range of $250.00. If you had to choose or based on your experience would you rather have chirp capability or down image capability? I wont be fishing over about 75’ deep and that would be on a rare occasion.

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 Post subject: Chirp or down image??
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CHIRP just provides better separation of objects at deeper depths. I'd rather have 2D images than down image every time. Does the unit you are looking at have both 2D and down imaging?


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Scott F wrote:
CHIRP just provides better separation of objects at deeper depths. I'd rather have 2D images than down image every time. Does the unit you are looking at have both 2D and down imaging?



I am looking at the Lowrance® Hook2 5X SplitShot Sonar/GPS Combo which has sonar and down image but no CHIRP. I assume sonar is 2D?



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 Post subject: Chirp or down image??
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Down imaging, side imaging and 2D are all different versions of sonar. The Hook 2 does have both 2D and down imaging. for $229, it should be just fine.


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 Post subject: Chirp or down image??
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Scott F wrote:
Down imaging, side imaging and 2D are all different versions of sonar. The Hook 2 does have both 2D and down imaging. for $229, it should be just fine.



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 Post subject: Chirp or down image??
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My current FF has down imaging and I seldom use it. If I understand correctly, CHIRP is enhanced sonar. Based on my fishing style, I would go with CHIRP. I fish primarily in deep water and am most interested in finding where fish are hanging in the water column. I don't spend much time along banks or in shallower water. YMMV.

BTW, I've mentioned in other threads that I find the map function much more useful than I originally thought. The DI or sonar shows what is happening under the boat. It is incredibly useful to see changing bottom contours all around you.



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 Post subject: Chirp or down image??
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The unit that Givey is looking at has GPS but does not have maps. Maps are the important feature. Relating your current position to landmarks and depth changes to help you find offshore structures. It’s the biggest feature you give up on lower cost units.


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 Post subject: Chirp or down image??
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Scott F wrote:
The unit that Givey is looking at has GPS but does not have maps. Maps are the important feature. Relating your current position to landmarks and depth changes to help you find offshore structures. It’s the biggest feature you give up on lower cost units.


If I jump up $100 I can get a unit with a built in Navionics chip. Does that mean it has the Navionics maps installed and I don’t have to buy the maps on an SD card later or does it mean that it will work with Navionics maps after I go buy them?

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 Post subject: Chirp or down image??
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You did not say which model comes with the Navioncs chip for another $100 so I can’t tell for sure what you are getting. Probably, it comes with the maps. The question is, are the lakes you fish included on the map chip? Even the best map chips do not include every lake. There is a way to find out what lakes are on the chip, but you have to find out exactly which chip comes with the unit.


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Scott F wrote:
You did not say which model comes with the Navioncs chip for another $100 so I can’t tell for sure what you are getting. Probably, it comes with the maps. The question is, are the lakes you fish included on the map chip? Even the best map chips do not include every lake. There is a way to find out what lakes are on the chip, but you have to find out exactly which chip comes with the unit.



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It is the Lowrance® Hook2 5 SplitShot™ Sonar/GPS Combo with Navionics+. The Navionics app has my lake so I figured the map files would have it as well but that may be a bad assumption.



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That’s got everything you need. The $100 upgrade for the mapping is well worth it. Much, much better than just GPS.


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You can go to the Navionics website and click on the ChartViewer tab. Scroll around and zoom in on one of your lakes. It might give you a good idea of the product.

When I purchased my Helix 7 the Navionics micro card was part of the package deal. It came with the FF. I had to "install" it, which fortunately for me only involved putting the little card in the little slot. Haha.



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 Post subject: Chirp or down image??
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LDUBS wrote:
You can go to the Navionics website and click on the ChartViewer tab. Scroll around and zoom in on one of your lakes. It might give you a good idea of the product.

When I purchased my Helix 7 the Navionics micro card was part of the package deal. It came with the FF. I had to "install" it, which fortunately for me only involved putting the little card in the little slot. Haha.


The reality is there are only 3 lakes that I fish where it might be useful. I could use the app on my phone for that and maybe just try and up my budget to a sonar/DI/SI unit with no maps just GPS. There are so many options on the market that a decision is not coming easy.



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 Post subject: Chirp or down image??
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I know exactly what you mean. And, the technology/features are constantly changing. When I was shopping for mine, I found it difficult to even understand the terminology. I think the key for selecting features will really depend on your style of fishing.



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 Post subject: Chirp or down image??
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Givey1982 wrote:
So I am trying to decide which FF to get within my price range of $250.00. If you had to choose or based on your experience would you rather have chirp capability or down image capability? I wont be fishing over about 75’ deep and that would be on a rare occasion.

Thanks for the feedback


Make sure and take a look at the Garmin Striker series. I’m looking at getting the striker plus 7sv It has the ability to draw and save your own hd lakemaps.


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