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Fish Finder or TV camera?

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Fairly new to bass fishing, and I was just wondering...which would be better for locating fish, and why? I can only afford one right now, and it

would have to be about $180 or less.

I've seen both for this price or less, but I'm not sure which would be the best all-around system.  

Seems to me the TV camera would be best, except in muddy water, which I'd seldom be in. Any thoughts? If you could only have one...

Thanks

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I fish a small lake with 10-13 feet of visibility and although it wasn't the best camera, about $200, it didn't work very well and you have to be stopped to realy use it. Get a depth finder.

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Fish finder, it works in any water clarity all the time, it works at almost any boat speed, it don 't get snagged on obstructions.

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"Fish Finder" ABSOLUTELY. I do not use mind to find fish however I use it to find structure and cover on structure. I turn that freaking "fish" alarm off. I have a long way to go, in learning how to visualize what I am seeing  on the screen, as related to the actual 3-D underwater, but the better I get at it, the better I have been doing.

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Definitely a fish finder. The underwater cameras are nice but are cumbersome to use efficiently. You'll end up messing with the camera a whole lot more than fishing.

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I have been using depth finders for a long time and am just now comtemplating springing for a good Aqua-Vu so I can check my interpretation of some wpts. Get comfortable with the sonar before you go for the camera.

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If you're not fishing clear water, video ain't much good.  I thought they would be a nice addition so bought (wasted my money) on one.  The lake I fish normally has a visability about five feet, anything below about 10 feet it's not much good.  Even where you have good light penatration visabilty is very limited, only about five feet.

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Well, it seems as though there is a strong opinion favoring the fish finder as opposed to the TV camera. That's all I needed to know.

Thanks for the responses.

Doug

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To me the only thing a camera is good for, is to actually see what you think you see on the fish finder.In other words it a good training aide.later down the road you could get one so that those lumps and humps  you see on your sonar screen could be further investigated with a camera to tell if its rocks,stumps,logs or brush.It may not be  that big a deal to know the difference in type of structure to you but, its loads of fun if you have kids onboard.They love it.

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