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caveman
11-14-2007, 07:31 PM
I like to troll for crappie in the spring. My question is what kind of depth finder reads the speed under 2 mph that don't break the bank?

TapOut64
11-14-2007, 09:12 PM
I tried the paddle wheel sensor from Eagle but it will not read accurately below 3mph so I now use a hand held gps.

trumpdriver
11-14-2007, 09:24 PM
Hummingbirds paddlewheel is no better. I also just use my garmin handheld

Speck
11-14-2007, 11:36 PM
You can get a good hand help gps for under $100. That would be the best bet as you can also mark structure as you pass over it.

reelcrappie
11-15-2007, 03:42 AM
I use the gps on my 522c. Works fine and will show speeds as low as .5 MPH.

FishnLine
11-15-2007, 07:20 AM
I agree with the others. A gps is the way to go.

Cane Pole
11-15-2007, 08:11 AM
GPS are not accurate speedometers. It uses position averaging algorithms to tabulate an average speed. What you see on the gps is a calculated speed relative to position and time, not true ground speed. Period.

If you gotta be accurate, try a Kingfish speedometer. I wish I still had mine.

Tom

jstlovtofish
11-15-2007, 08:11 AM
I have a handheld also. The heading sometimes doesn't update correctly at the slower speeds but it seems like the speed reading itself is pretty accurate. By the way, what speed do you guys like to spider rig at? I know it varies depending on the conditions, however, just give me a round about average. Thanks.

crappielimits
11-15-2007, 11:40 AM
Hummingbird gps, works well down to .3 mph! I use 797nvb, but you can add gps to most of there cheaper units. The 383 is a nice color combo at an affordable price.

crappielimits
11-15-2007, 11:43 AM
Canepole is right about gps only giving an average speed, but this is what you need when longlining or pushing. You want to stay at an average speed.

J White
11-15-2007, 12:00 PM
I love electronic gizmos - and I still look at my gps - but to me, the
"last word" is line angle if I'm pushing, or rod tip action if I'm pulling cranks.

caveman
11-16-2007, 05:49 AM
I have a hand held gps but I can't get it to work at speeds under 2 mph.

TapOut64
11-16-2007, 06:32 AM
By the way, what speed do you guys like to spider rig at? I know it varies depending on the conditions, however, just give me a round about average. Thanks.

.6 mph

crappielimits
11-16-2007, 07:20 AM
I love electronic gizmos - and I still look at my gps - but to me, the
"last word" is line angle if I'm pushing, or rod tip action if I'm pulling cranks.


You can change your weights around to fit the speed you are going. As for longlining, the line angle doesn`t help at all. Speeds vary, depending on the aggressiveness of the fish and depth.

skiptomylu
11-16-2007, 08:00 AM
If you have a variable speed troll motor try just setting it on 3 and adjust for wind.

Kit Papermouth
11-16-2007, 03:07 PM
Garmin Etrex does well for under $100.00. That's what I'm using.

Don't be afraid to Go up to 1.0mph and let off the emotor and allow the jigs to fall slow. Sometimes variable speeds work better than a constant speed. Also turn the boat every now and then to speed up the outside jigs and drop the insides.
GL,GF&GB