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    Default Attn: Strurgeon enthusiasts, what fishfinder do you use?

    I'm thinking of upgrading the old fishfinder, but would like some advice on models that people who specifically go after sturgeon use. I'm not looking for something that says, "Drop your anchor here and you'll hook a 9 footer in 7.25 minutes..." but rather something that has features you guys find helpful in locating spots/holes, terrain, etc... I've also heard people talk about actually seeing fish on the bottom. Is this true or a fishing tale/tail? Pun intended

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    It would depend on budget ? With the side imaging units you can actually see Sturgeon laid on the bottom , Heres an example with a group of Sturgeon on the right side of the screen .

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    I bought the smaller version of this model and it was about $1000 , I think thats about the cheapest you can get with side imaging , Once you learn how to read the screen it does become a big advantage .
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    Right... budget... Well, I want to buy one, good fishfinder. So, if its going to cost $1000, then so be it. It's a quality item I'm looking for.

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    This is the one I bought , As all the features of the larger models but with a smaller screen .

    http://ca.humminbird.com/products/40...ci_HD_SI_Combo

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Size:  145.8 KBI have the 798ci HD Combo and love it. Catch rate for various species has increased since the purchase in April. Trolled over this, adjusted rigger depth on for second pass and whammo. Highly recommended. Although I am toying with the idea of upgrading to the 800 series simply for the larger screen. A bit hefty at the $1500 range though...
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    Lowrance HDS-7 gen 2 touchscreen.
    Way faster processor than the Hummingbird equivalent (trust me I know)
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    I have an HD-s 5. It's lightning quick and I can see either sturgeon or sticks on the bottom, I catch fish though.
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    I've got an HDS 7 with StructureScan. love it.

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    I have the 798ciHD as well and I love it. It took me a little bit to figure out exactly what to look for when hunting sturgeon but I took a bunch of clients out with a guide one day who had the same unit, only the larger screen, and he taught me a bunch of stuff. I also posted a link to an article written by Vic from STS Guiding that has a couple of screen shots, specifically from a Humminbird unit, showing what to look for when hunting sturgeon.
    http://guidebc.com/articles/strategiesforsturgeon.asp

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    When I was researching which fishfinder to buy , The above article came up and convinced me I need a unit with side imaging.

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