Lowrance Elite-7 Gold CHIRP Fishfinder/Chartplotter with 83/200 KHz and 455/800 KHz Transducer and Navionics Cartography

Lowrance Elite-7 Gold CHIRP Fishfinder

The Lowrance Elite-7 Gold CHIRP Fishfinder/Chartplotter is the best fishfinder gps combo with maps of the great US rivers and other waterways. I recommend it as the perfect gift for any avid fisherman who loves exploring the great outdoors while tracking schools of fish or rare catches.

Chart your Trip

One of the greatest benefits of the Elite-7 is that you can plan your trips ahead of time, using the detailed integrated maps of over 3000 rivers and lakes located in the U.S. as well as coastal contours of up to 1km (just over half a mile). The high calibre GPS antenna means that you can go on your trip and never worry about your exact location - the Elite 7 is designed so that you always know where you are geographically and where you are in respect to the fish you are looking to catch.

Benefits of our award-winning sonar

With CHIRP sonar, it is easy to target game fish targets and to tell the difference between the bait and fish below you. It also penetrates at greater depths, which I suggest for any fisher looking to catch the fish that like to skulk a little deeper under the surface. Lastly, if you're on a speedboat, I suggest you leave the Elite-7 on as you travel - the sonar is so powerful it will be able to identify fish as you speed along, giving you the option of mapping out the greater concentrations of fish (which is super practical when you're in a lake), and getting to know their movement pattern. I suggest getting used to this option - you never know when you'll be boating over the catch of a lifetime!

Multiply your options with our multi-chart

If you like to work with several options before moving ahead, I recommend the Elite-7 because you can scan and track fish in multiple sonar ranges that will appear in split-screen format on your monitor. You'll be able to follow the movements of schools as you fish, giving you time to decide when to raise your rod and go on to the next target.

Save time and Focus on Fishing:

Gone are the days when you have to reset your settings to each lake or river to calibrate your equipment to actually see the river bottom and fish. Advanced Signal Processing means that the equipment resets on its own, with only occasional and minor calibrations required. You will spend less time wondering if the equipment is on the right settings and more time fishing!

Pros/advantage:

  • Experienced users will have a fantastic tool to support their passion for fishing
  • Accurate identification of bait and target
  • Color screen
  • Split screen option available
  • Upgrades possible if you want additional land and nautical data uploaded

Cons/disadvantages

  • You do need to have a moderate understanding of nautical measurements - what's not in the instruction manual can be learned through YouTube videos or by befriending more experienced fishermen
  • If you're not used to using a GPS, it can take a while to get the hang of it and focus on your fishing. The answer is practice, practice, practice!
  • It's not inexpensive, but it is the best fishfinder/chartplotter on the market. With proper care, it will be good for decades.

FAQs

Q. Is there a warranty provided on the Elite-7?

A. Yes, a one-year warranty is offered for manufacturer's defects only.

Q. Can I save and review parts of the trip?

A. Yes, by using the trackback feature, you can look back at the sonar history captures with the device, including riverbed or lake floor structure, fish targets, movements or larger groups. It will even save waypoints

Q. How good is the screen?

A. Specs are available on the website. It is so crystal clear, you will never miss out on a great catch. Everything is obvious and distinguishable from the other as it's picked up by the sonar. In addition, if you're fishing into the night, there's an awesome LED backlight that will let you fish for longer without having to scramble for a flashlight or lantern.

Q. I travel with friends from other countries sometimes to fish - what are my options to use the Elite-7 with them?

A. The Elite-7 comes in 31 languages, which comes in handy for those moments when you really want to explain something to your friends, but don't quite have the right words.

Q. Can I track multiple fish at the same time?

A. Of course! Just use the split screen option so you can see what the sonar is picking up in different areas of the lake or river

Conclusion - Lowrance Elite-7 Gold CHIRP Fishfinder

In conclusion, for your fish aficionado I suggest getting him the Lowrance Elite-7 fishfinder/chartplotter. If you aren't as into fishing as he/she is, maybe you could join him on him/her on a trip as a chartplotter. That way, you can enjoy the map-making and reading while they concentrate on their fishing. It's a great way to bond as a couple and as a family (and it will get the kids outside and learning how to use tools to better explore and understand the waterways of the world).

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