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PostPosted: Sat Dec 01, 2012 5:54 pm 
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Location: CT
I have a Tandem Island and live in CT near Long Island Sound, so fishing is mostly Stripers, Blues and Tog. I also fish freshwater lakes that have largemouth, smallmouth and trout.

Just wondering if I should pay more for the DSI version or the standard/regular sonar?
I realize that a TI fishes a smaller area, tending on the shallow areas but you cannot get too close to rocks cause you might be pushed into shoals by tides and winds since you might not have enough "Pedal Power" to clear out of a danger zone quickly.

I didn't know if a DSI sonar better for reef fishing or finding suspended schools of fish?? Thanks for your ideas.....

Also, how bout them data cards for the coastline or individual lakes.... Is it worth the cost?


PostPosted: Tue Jan 24, 2017 9:59 am 
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Go for the down scan. You can get some Garmin ones under $300... it gives such an amazingly clear view compared to standard sonar. Well worth it!

PostPosted: Sun Feb 05, 2017 10:50 pm 
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Lots of stuff on the internet about downscan vs sidescan. The consensus is that you should save your money and just do downscan if you fish directly under the boat, fish in very deep water, or are on a tight budget. Also if you are fishing a specific area repeatedly, then you'll probably learn the bottom with just bottom scan. I've also noticed that the more you pay, the better the quality of the image. So getting the lowest priced sidescan may not necessarily give you a great image.

That was my rationale for buying a Lowrence Hook 7. But somewhere in the back of my head, I wonder if I should have gone with the elite series.

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