Jared, I just got rid of my Lowrance and got the new Garmin Striker 4CV with chirp and GPS for my kayak. It's perfect for Luce Bayou, and I use it in West Bay. ...more $179.00 at West Marine in Kemah. I got the two tear extended warranty for $29, and if it breaks due to lightening strike or just quits working, West Marine will replace on the spot. Don't waster your money on the $110 Garmin Striker. It doesn't compare.
GPS is definitely a plus, you can mark your waypoints and hot spots and come back to them later. I recently won an older Lowrance sonar unit and all it has is the ...more traditional sonar screen, no GPS. For now, I'll be using Fishidy to mark spots that I find, but it would be really nice to have a GPS/sonar unit for convenience and the fact that I can only use Fishidy where I get data with my phone. If you plan on using the unit a lot you probably won't regret spending a bit more for a unit with GPS.
Gps is for navigation. Saving fishing spots or other points of interest. These are referred to as waypoints. Down scan is a sonar usually in 455 or 800 MHZ. Newer ...more units usually use an all in one transducer. Garmin, Lowrance and Simrad are all good brands.
Great question and I'm looking forward to hear what others have to say. Personally I use a combo of the Fishidy app and iBobber device. I use the Fishidy website ...more and app to pre-plan and mark a few spots to try, and then use the gps in the app as navigation. It's not perfect, but it works. I then use my iBobber device to get a more accurate (updated) look of what's going on once I get to the spot.
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