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(i didnt know what board to put this in exactly....)

has anyone tried those fish finders that you cast out from shore, then have a small reciever with you?

just so you know what i'm talking about: http://www.dickssportinggoods.com/product/index.jsp?productId=1325720&cp=2367824.2291514.2291525.2291542&pg=1&s=A-StorePrice-DSP&parentPage=family&searchId=17040455601

i was wondering if they worked ok....

thanks ahead of time.

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I haven't tried one of these, Bucketmouth, but I thought I'd reply to get your post back up to the top so somebody who knows something about these might reply.  

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my wife was nice enough to buy one for me but i took it back.  just couldnt see myself using it enough.  kinda cool idea though

matt

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It's just a wireless transducer.  In theory it should work just fine.  However, just like everything else in the world, it will only work in practice if it is manufactured well enough.

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I got a good tip from one of the Humminbird reps at the "Fishing Classic" a couple of years ago and skipped the little unit and bought this:

http://www.basspro.com/servlet/catalog.TextId?hvarTextId=67163&hvarTarget=search&cmCat=SearchResults

Great for canoe trips, and I actually use it in my big boat to locate rock piles and brushpiles without motoring over them. Get close w/gps and then cast the unit over the spot to make sure. Pretty high tech.

One downside is the base unit runs on AA batteries, and they burn out after 8-10 hours of use in cold weather, but last a couple days in warm. Keep the castable unit dry, it works on a wet switch so if it is wet, it runs. Cost 20 bucks to replace them but they last about as many hours as advertised.

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Sounds pretty good, but haven't used it myself.

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I have one of those that I use. It started out fine but now I have a lot of problems. I wouldn't recommend it. Now I never know if what it's showing me is true or not. It might say the depth is ten feet but it could be eight.

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I have one and like it. I got the one with the big base unit. i have used it to find all kinds of bottm structer and where the fish are hiding the only down side is the big base unit is hard to drag around with you. I plan on using it on a kick boad soon. But all and all I'm happy with it

J/M      

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Seems like a waste of time and money to me.  If you are fishing from shore you might be best to save the money you would spend on one of those fish finders and purchase a float tube.  I bought my first one when I was 16 years old.  My world of fishing expanded.  I was no longer stuck on shore.  I could fish those areas that I could not from shore.  You also do not spook fish from a tube like you do when walking the bank.  I have now owned float tubes for 18 years and although I have a bass boat I still use my float tube on small waters.  Just my 2 cents.

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