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MoSam
04-01-2005, 08:21 PM
I am currently in the market for a new depth finder. I have a humminbird now that I am very unhappy with(lack of clarity is the main thing). In it's defense it is about 6 years old but this season it has just gone to heck. My question is concerning Eagle depth finders. Does anyone have anything to say about them either good or bad? I find myself using electronics more and more each year and I feel they have given me an advantage over other fisherman when it comes to finding structure/ledges and channels. Thanks in advance for youir opinions on Eagle Products.

Shaun

Bart
04-01-2005, 08:37 PM
You won't be disappointed by the performance of Eagle or Lowrance products. I prefer Lowrance but Eagle products are just as good with fewer bells and whistles.

MoSam
04-01-2005, 09:08 PM
Another question, is dual freq needed on a freshwater depth finder? what are the advantages of having it?
Thanks again
Shaun

Barnacle Bill
04-01-2005, 09:30 PM
You won't be disappointed by the performance of Eagle or Lowrance products. I prefer Lowrance but Eagle products are just as good with fewer bells and whistles.

I think Lowrance makes Eagle.

JimA
04-01-2005, 09:50 PM
I stumbled on this link recently. Look at the address line of this page - change the number at the end to 5777. A good discussion on Eagle and others. Then change the number to 2191. Another good discussion that also looks at other options. Hope this helps. JimA

Kokanee King
04-01-2005, 11:12 PM
the first depth finder that I ever bought was a 75 dollor eagle fish finder I think that it was called FIshEasy. it was a good unit thought it could not pick up the fish well but never lost the bottom.

Shellback
04-02-2005, 06:07 AM
Eagle units are made by Lowrance, like the other fellow said, just a few less bells and whistles on the Eagle units. I've owned Humminbird's, Garmin's, Lowrance, Eagle and Bottomline units. A couple years ago my Lowrance started acting up and I emailed Lowrance about the problems. They never replied to me, so that was the end of Lowrance unit's for me. In fact that same unit was a dud out of the box and had to be replaced when I first bought it. I hadn't had a Humminbird in 5 or 6 years and was hearing alot of good things about them, so I bought a Legend 2000 for the bowmount, which has been great. I just recently replaced my Garmin at the console with a new Humminbird Matrix 37. Haven't had a chance to try it out yet. Fishfinder's are alot like cars I guess, some like Ford's, some like Chevy's, and some like Dodge's. They all do the same thing, but once in awhile someone gets a dud and forever more they say that brand is no good. Whatever brand you buy, keep your fingers crossed that you get a good one.

Ranger690
04-02-2005, 09:19 AM
Eagle and Lowrance are great. Same company. I have two Lowrance on my boat right now. But wish I had stayed with Eagle. The problem is the Lowrance have too much power. 3000-4000 watts peak vs. Eagles 1500w. I can hear the Lowrance transducers clicking the entire time they are on. My older Eagles didn't do this. It is annoying. Go get an Eagle 320 or 480 and you will have all you need. I would trade my Low X-135 and X97 for two Eagle 480s to get rid of that clicking noise caused by the increased power sent to the transducer. You can't turn it down either.

I would trade the features and screen quality of the Eagle/Low.


Dayton

MoSam
04-02-2005, 09:46 AM
I have narrowed the Eagle field down to the 320 or 480. The only question now is to spend the extra money for the dual freq. or not. I like the features on each model since in all reality I just want to see structure and bottom definition as clearly as possible. I fish one lake that is over 100' deep but I am not fishing that deep of course so I cant justify all the bells and whistles. I have found that if I get a fancy new gadget, I spend all my time messing with the gadget and not doing much fishing so in my case the less bells and whistles the better!! I am going to Cabela's on Monday to get my hands on each model before I buy. Any pros and cons about dual frenquency? Thanks to everyone for thier help and comments.

Shaun

gracie1goose
04-02-2005, 02:45 PM
Go to Eaglemarine.com and download the simulators to your computer before you make a decision. Tou can play with them the way you would as if they were on your boat. It has all the features you will need . I have the 320 and it works well for me. adjust the setting and you can almost see the fish take your jig. I am serious you can watch your jiging action of a 1/32 oz. jig under the transducer at 20 feet.

Tn_countryboy
04-02-2005, 03:22 PM
I have narrowed the Eagle field down to the 320 or 480. The only question now is to spend the extra money for the dual freq. or not. I like the features on each model since in all reality I just want to see structure and bottom definition as clearly as possible. I fish one lake that is over 100' deep but I am not fishing that deep of course so I cant justify all the bells and whistles. I have found that if I get a fancy new gadget, I spend all my time messing with the gadget and not doing much fishing so in my case the less bells and whistles the better!! I am going to Cabela's on Monday to get my hands on each model before I buy. Any pros and cons about dual frenquency? Thanks to everyone for thier help and comments.

Shaun
MoSam the advantage in having a dual frequency is that it will work in deeper water and I think a little better in salt water. I have a 337 df but really haven't had a chance to play with it enough to really know the differences. They say if you run down riggers you can go to the 50khz and watch both rigger balls because of the wider cone angle. This really doesn't compute with my mind yet... looks like the narrower cone angle would go deeper. The only reason I got the dual freq. is sometimes I take the boat off shore, and sometimes into the gulf. Lowrance says anything shallower than a couple hundred feet the 200khz 20 degree skimmer works best.
Good Luck
here's something I just picked up from somewhere else.....
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When single vs. dual frequency transducers are discussed, the primary comment is usually that higher freq.(i.e.~200khz)is more sensitive for showing small targets & better definition in water less than 2-300', while lower freq.(i.e.~50khz) reaches deeper water better. It is often overlooked that a 50khz t/d will generally have a wider cone of coverage than a 200khz (pretty much universally true in a dual freq.T/D) and pick up a lot of fish outside the coverage of the 200khz. beam, even in shallower water.In much deeper water, the low freq.will help find deep bigger fish and structure, but a lot of deepwater fishing is dependent on shallower thermoclines & bait only seen by higher freq. . If you are really hunting fish, using both can make a big difference at times.



Ed

gracie1goose
04-02-2005, 08:56 PM
www.Eagle Electronics\Unit Demo\FishMark_320.exe"
this is the correct website for previous post

BeauxBeaux
04-03-2005, 09:52 AM
I saw the eagle 320 reduced at a local sporting goods store, It was 168.00 so I guess it will be cheaper online. The matrix 37 was not there, they only had the 27 and was pricey. I think they wanted 3 something for the 27

jigdragger
04-03-2005, 06:20 PM
I have had a lot of depth finders but the best for the money is the eagle 480. It does not lie. Just operate the sensitivity on manual and get familar with it and you are set. At less than 200.00 dollars you will be happy with it.

Kokanee King
04-03-2005, 09:55 PM
I dont have dual frequency but i am able to pick up my rigger balls and i fish botom line, I just bought a 70 dollor unit for the bow mount (another botomline) and at 35 feet I can pick up a on half ounce bell sinker an two 1/32 oz. jigs. so far I am liking it.