Lowrance Elite 4 HDI Review

The Lowrance Elite 4 HDI is another fantastic offering within the Lowrance line-up. It’s one of the smallest in the series, but still boasts all of the impressive technology which makes the Elite HDI fish finders some of the best at their price point. The HDI feature is something which is rapidly becoming almost essential since the hybrid view allows you to see things you simply won’t pick up with standard sonar or DownScan imaging.

Lowrance Elite 4 HDI

Specifications:

Screen: 4” 16-bit Color Screen

Transducer Type: Transom Mount

Frequencies: 83/200 or 455/800 kHz

Power: 500W RMS

Effective Depth: 3,000’ @ 50 kHz in low range CHIRP

 

Compact, Innovative, and Powerful

 

HDI is an acronym for hybrid dual imaging, and that’s the primary feature of this innovative fish finder. With this amazing addition to sonar technology, you’ll receive a view without peer that will allow you to quickly and easily spot your prey from the safety of your boat almost as if you were in the water. The fish arcs from the standard sonar will be displayed overlaying the bottom, and even fish that are hidden from either view on their own will show up in clear detail

 

It comes with all the usual features that you’d expect to find in a fish finder, including the ability to read temperature and your vessel’s speed. On top of that it comes with Navionics Gold software and a powerful GPS so you’ll never have to worry about not being able to find your favorite spot again. It also features a waterproof micro-SD slot which will easily allow you to bring your waypoints with you when you’re done with the unit for the day.

 

The compact size makes the Elite 4 HDI perfect for a smaller, center console vessel. It reads down to about 750ft. With the addition of an optional Broadband Sounder, however, you can more than triple this distance and be able to read down to an impressive 3000’. Either way, this is a perfect sonar unit for the angler with a small boat.

 

Lowrance has a lot to be recommended in their software as well. Almost any angler will find plenty of use out of the Advanced Signal Processing, which will adjust your settings on the fly and save you time. You’ll also be glad to know that it features TrackBack technology which will allow you to go back to previous scans so you don’t have to worry about missing a detail.

 

Conclusion

 

For the angler with a smaller vessel, this might be exactly the fish finder you’ve always wanted. It comes in at a fantastic price for its advanced functions, and you’ll be amazed at clarity of the screen. You won’t have to mess with the settings much, and this unit is good to go right out of the box once you become acquainted with its easy interface. It comes with a one year warranty as well, on the off-chance, there’s some manufacturing error present in the device. For the recreational fisherman with a small boat, the Elite 4 HDI might just be too good of a bargain to pass up.

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Okuma Cedros High Speed Spinning Reel Review

Okuma Cedros High Speed Spinning Reel1Spinning reels are great for beginners and advanced fishermen alike. The Okuma Cedros High-Speed Reel is the one to get if you want to have a successful day on the water. The right depth and location of the bait is determined when you use the right reel. This reel is intended for use to land your small to medium saltwater game fish, but it is also designed to handle the larger species, such as tuna.

This reel is precision made of a high-quality alumilite. Alumilite gives it the outstanding capability and durability for those tougher fishing environments and it provides great strength and capability in tug-of-war situations with those fighting fish, such as the jack species.

One of the great features of this reel is that it handles well using the salt water jigging techniques that are making a big comeback today. The Okuma Cedros high-speed reel incorporates a custom jigging handle knob, for superior performance, and it sets it apart from the rest of the reels that are out there. An anti-reverse locking mechanism is much needed in this fishing environment and is a quality feature of such a reel. This way when you land that fish that runs, you prevent too much line paying out and snagging on the bottom of the water; or the wrecks you are fishing over. The drag is strong and smooth, making it a pleasure to use.

This reel also has a dual force drag system for superior stopping ability. Corrosion resistant stainless steel ball bearings, and the multi-disk Japanese oiled felt drag washers add to the longevity and smooth operation of this reel. A narrow blade body design feature reduces the fatigue that can sometimes accompany fishing in such an exciting environment, this is a great feature for beginners as well as the experienced fisherman.

Harsh weather conditions can come into play when you are out fishing, the use of a corrosion resistance in the body of this reel,aluminum bail wire, aluminum ported spool, and precision machine-cut brass pinion gear all help to minimize the effects of salt-water spray and keep the reel as light weight as possible again reducing fatigue and making it easier to maintain your equipment. You are still going to want to clean your reel at the end of the day in order to keep up its top notch quality.

If you are looking for a durable, high-quality reel for all your saltwater fishing needs, the Okuma Cedros High-Speed Reel is the one for you. It comes complete with a one-year warranty and provides you with one of the best spinning reels on the market today.