This fish finder has several functions- more than I was expecting! I had to play around with it a few times while out on the water to discover all of the functions. Features including a traditional fish finder, a flasher style fish finder, GPS navigation and the ability to set waypoints.
The swivel mount is also handy when adjusting your viewing angle. This model will also tell you water temperature, but only at the surface level.
has flasher mode
built in GPS
easy to use
has a small display
The traditional fish finder feature works well when trolling. The image quality is clear and gives you an accurate map of the bottom structure. Some other fish finders in the same price range have a tendency to mark anything suspended in the water as a fish, but the STRIKER can differentiate between a fish and a submerged log.
When jigging or ice fishing, I like to switch over to the flasher mode. The flasher mode zeroes in on the water directly beneath you, and shows the depth of your lure and the depth of any fish. This has let me quickly reel in to entice a fish swimming at shallower depths. Many flasher-style fish finders can cost several hundred dollars, but the Garmin's flasher style mode works every bit as well as the other more expensive fish finders- and does so many more things as well.
The GPS function is surprisingly useful. Having the ability to mark your location using a waypoint can be incredibly helpful when searching for fish. Once you are finding fish you can drop a quick waypoint by hitting the bottom right waypoint button on your fish finder. If you already know the coordinates of a place you want to mark, you can enter the latitude and longitude in to the fish finder and a waypoint will be created for that location. You will then be able to add a name, icon, depth, water temperature and any additional comments you may have for your specific location. The STRIKER will save your location and information so you can use these waypoints in the future. The GPS will also tell you the distance between any of the waypoints that you have created. The GPS feature also tracks your speed and can keep track of your route- which is handy when fishing on a large lake like the Shuswap and trying to make your way back to a specific boat launch.
Another cool feature of the Garmin STRIKER 4 is the ability to use different frequencies. The chirp 200 kHz frequency gives you a smaller but more accurate view of what is happening under the water, and the chirp 77 kHz frequency scans a bigger area but with less detail. If you can't decide, the STRIKER also offers a split screen option so you can use both frequencies at the same time.
Other features of the Garmin STRIKER 4 include the ability to choose your preferred unit of measurement whether it is celsius or fahrenheit, meters or feet, and miles or kilometres per hour.
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