Which Sonar/GPS Combo...

Discussion in 'Lake Powell Fishing' started by VanillaIceCream, Jan 28, 2017.

  1. VanillaIceCream

    VanillaIceCream Well-Known Member

    I've narrowed down my choice to either:

    Humminbird® Helix 5 Sonar/GPS Combo
      • Built-in Humminbird UniMap
      • 5", 480V x 800H 256-color screen
      • 4,000 watts peak-to-peak power
      • SwitchFire sonar
      • Internal GPS receiver
    • $279 at Cabalas.

    Humminbird® Helix™ 5 CHIRP DI Sonar/GPS G2 Combo
      • 5" screen with 800x480 resolution and 1,500-nit brightness
      • CHIRP sonar for impressive detail and accuracy
      • GPS chartplotting with built-in UniMap
      • Down Imaging to 350 ft.
      • 4,000 watts of peak-to-peak power out
    • $349.00 at Cabalas

    $350 is my upper limit for cost.
    Needs to be easy enough to use for children.
    I haven't used a fish finder for fishing since 80's.

    Is there a noticeable need to upgrade to the Chirp 5 DI?


  2. Ryan

    Ryan Well-Known Member

    I picked up a Lowrance Elite7 at the end of last year. Only had a chance to use it once. Sure looks nice though.
  3. OlNorske

    OlNorske New Member

    If you plan on doing a lot of fishing, the down imaging will be well worth the extra cost
  4. Dungee Fishing

    Dungee Fishing Well-Known Member

    Cant go wrong with either one. We have the DI unit, it's been our first real unit and has been very easy to learn/use. The DI feature does stand alone, it can help determine or get a better look at something but I think I could live without it if I still only had sonar and gps. If I had or was getting one for my bow/trolling motor I'd probably get DI tho for dropshotting fishing off shore stuff.
  5. Lake Bum

    Lake Bum Well-Known Member

    I have the Humminbird Helix 5 DI GPS and love it. I had it on my old boat, I removed it, and I'll be installing it on the new boat once weather permits! :cool:
  6. VanillaIceCream

    VanillaIceCream Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the replies. I went down to Cabelas today and had a knowledgeable salesman go over all the different GPS/Sonar units with me. It really helps to just play with them a little bit.

    I was impressed with the Lowrance elite 7 on sale, but the reviews are 4/5 and the size is probably too big for my console.

    So now I'm looking at the Helix 5 DI. I think the screen is too small at 5" for Side Imaging.

    Last edited: Jan 30, 2017