GPS technology has increased our life standards without us really noticing it. If we were to think about all the things we have thanks to modern GPS technology, our heads would start to spin. From modern navigation systems in our cars, all the way to the tiny GPS devices we carry in our smartphones and tablets, a world without it would be near to impossible to imagine. The Global Positioning System or GPS for short is a space based navigation system that provides time and location information regardless of the weather conditions. This feature makes the system a great tool for almost every outdoor activity.
Because of that, it comes as no surprise that it found its use in fishing as well. Finding the right spot is often one of the biggest problems fishermen face when going out into the wild or on the open sea. Especially when the weather conditions are not in their favor, GPS can not only be of great use for fishing, but also for saving lives. Coupled with modern fish finders, GPS is able to elevate these devices to a more sophisticated and elaborate tool for enthusiasts and professionals as well.
3 Best Fish Finder Gps Combo Reviews
Lowrance Elite 4 Fishfinder/Chartplotter with US Basemap [000-11808-001]
Lowrance Elite 4 Fish Finder model is equipped with a 4 inch screen and hybrid dual imaging (HDI) which makes it a clearly arranged device every deep-sea vessel should have. The broadband sounder has a maximum depth range of 1000 feet (304 meters) with an 83/200 kHz element. The device also includes a HDI transducer and a built-in GPS antenna accompanied by a detailed U.S. map.
- 5″ color LCD
- 83/200KHz Fish finder
- May be complicated for first-time users
- Software bugs may occur in some models
The “Lowrance 000-11808-001 Elite-4 Fishfinder/Chartplotter with US Basemap, 83/200KHz CHIRP and 455/800KHz DownScan Transducer” model is a high-end product in terms of fish finders. It may seem pricy when you think about this device as being only that, a fish finder, but it is so much more. One could say that the features of fish finders are just incorporated in this useful and high-quality GPS device. No matter how you look at it, it does its job rather well. It is a solid built outdoor device that will accompany
Humminbird Helix 5 Fishfinder with GPS [409610-1]
With its capability to detect prey even at a depth of 1500 feet, this fish finder doesn’t have much competition. The high-quality results are due to the combination of the sonar and GPS technology that device has. The 5-inch color display and the device dimensions of 16 x 10.2 x 10.2 inches are making it an easy-to-read and use fish finder.
- 5-inch color display
- Dual Beam PLUS Sonar
- International languages
- Screen may lock up from time to time
The “Humminbird Helix 5” model uses two technologies to provide you with the best results. Along with high-quality sonar we integrated a GPS antenna that makes this device a treat for professionals as well as for beginners. The work that you need to do is to mount the transducer on your boat and leave the rest of the job to the fish finder. The only issue you might come across with this fish finder is losing the GPS signal if you put it into an area that has metal-based roofing. So avoid putting it inside your boat while fishing.
Raymarine Dragonfly 4 Pro Sonar/GPS with US C-Map Essentials
Raymarine Dragonfly 4 Pro has a dual-channel sonar that is capable of delivering photo like images as well as a conventional channel for targeting fishes. The weather proof 4.3 inch HD LED display offers a great overview and is secure even in the harshest conditions you can encounter in the outdoors. It has a micro SD card slot so you can take sonar screenshots and load them later on for analyzing or other useful purposes you may think of.
- Dual-channel sonar
- High-definition LED backlit display
- Live stream to smart device
- Transducer may have some transmission problems
- Not very long lifetime
As far as fish finder GPS combos go, this one is a champion. The eloquent and modern design of this device may at first glance seem like something not suited for certain conditions, but judging it like this would be a fatal error. The toughness of the device is something worth considering. It is extremely firm and offers a wonderful set of features one would expect of this kind of device.
The thing that could be a concern is the GPS signal losing its strength if the device is placed in enclosed areas, but this shortcoming cannot be attributed to the device itself rather than the GPS technology and its limitations.
GPS technology can be a powerful tool. The biggest advancement, however, is coming up with new ideas on how to utilize this technology. Of course, outdoor activities are an ideal area in which GPS technology can and is largely used. Therefore, it was just a matter of time to combine it with the tools fisherman use to up their game when it comes to competitive fishing or fishing as a hobby.
The “Lowrance 000-11808-001 Elite-4 Fishfinder” model is a classy and reliable device, as well as the second model we reviewed – the “Humminbird 409610-1 Helix 5 Fish finder with GPS”. Both integrate the GPS feature rather well.
However, our pick in this category would be the “Raymarine Dragonfly-4 Pro Sonar/GPS with US C-Map Essentials” model. It does the integration of the GPS feature almost in the same level as the other two models, but it elevates its design and overview to a higher level, which gives it just enough edge to leave the competition hanging.