Note: The Raymarine Dragonfly 7 has been discontinued. Find all the newest Raymarine MFDs and chartplotter / fishfinder combos, here.
In the last few months, there have been several great releases and updates by these brands, including the RAYMARINE Dragonfly 7 Pro, combining all of the awesome features of other Dragonflymodels, as well as the GARMIN Striker Series Fishfinder / GPS combos, EchoMAP Fishfinder / GPS combos, and Panoptix All-Seeing Sonar.
We’ve included all of these fishing electronics onto our online marine store, and just wanted to summarize the strengths of each one of them for you here.
Here we go!
Superior Fishing Electronics By RAYMARINE – The Raymarine Dragonfly 7 Pro Fishfinder / Chartplotter
Depending on what brand you like best, if you’re a Raymarine guy, than you’ll love the new Raymarine Dragonfly 7 Pro.
Combining every feature of all smaller Dragonfly models, the Dragonfly 7 Pro will change your underwater view and allow you to catch more fish with Raymarine’s wide-spectrum CHIRP DownVision technology. Easily identify fish and underwater objects with photo-like sonar images. Dragonfly’s all-weather, high-definition color LCD display looks sharp from every angle.
The Dragonfly 7 Pro employs true wide spectrum CHIRP technology, making sure more sonar signals are transmitted into the water, allowing the fishfinder to interpret more detail, target more fish, and image structure with unmatched clarity. Dual-channel CHIRP will provide you with UltraWide Downvision, or a Fish-targeting sonar, providing photo-like images all the way down to 600 feet.
The optically-bonded LCD screen on your Raymarine Dragonfly 7 Pro will provide you with bright, crystal clear images, even in direct sunlight, and never fog up.
Stream sonar to the Navionics Boating app and enjoy live sonar on your phone or tablet as you create your own personal bathymetric chart. Easy-mounting allows you to place the Raymarine Dragonfly wherever you’d like, and it comes preloaded with Navionics+ charts, providing coverage across both US coasts, Hawaii and Alaska, Bahamas, both Canadian coasts, all the Great Lakes details, plus 18,000 US Inland Lakes (approx. 2,500 lakes containing 1 ft contour) as well as all Canadian lakes found on the HotMaps Canada product..
A superior fishfinder at a great cost.
Video showing just how clear Raymarine’s DownVision is:
For a superior Raymarine MFD, Chartplotter, Fishfinder & Transducer combo, see here: Raymarine Axiom
GARMIN Striker Series Fishfinders – Powerful, Affordable Fishfinder / GPS Combos include CHIRP, DownVü and SideVü
The Garmin Striker series packs a whole lot of fishfinding power (and more) into some cutting-edge, yet affordable marine electronics. These are the entry level Garmin fishfinders – but with brilliant sonar and unmatched fishing features, there’s nothing “beginner” about them.
Instead of just on,e single frequency, Garmin Striker’s CHIRP sonar sends a continuous sweep of frequencies, and interprets them on return, creating much better target separation, easily allowing you to know the number and size of the fish in the water below and around you. CHIRP sonar is what is wanted by fishermen nowadays, and it is available across the entire Striker product line.
The Garmin Striker DV models come with DownVü, allowing you to perfectly see objects and structures in a near photographic image below the boat, and with the Garmin Striker 7sv model including SideVü, as far as 750 feet out to the side of your boat. Split-screen options allow you to simultaneously see different views. These functions work both in fresh and salt water.
With a built-in, high-sensitivity GPS, the Striker fishfinders allow you to keep track of your favorite fishing spots, docks, ramps, etc., in order to return to them on a later date, as well as track your speed and more.
IPX7 waterproof construction and sunlight readable displays make this powerful fishfinder perfectly able to withstand even the harshest of marine environments. The Striker series fishfinders come with everything you need, including a trolling-motor and transom transducer and mounting hardware.
If You Like Fishing With Some Serious Firepower, Try The GARMIN Panoptix All-Seeing Sonar
The newest game-changing technology for fishermen is the Panoptix All-Seeing Sonar. This same technology played a huge role during Scott Martins’s 2015 FLW Tour Angler of the Year title run, and helped many other professional fishermen to cash in.
Several Panoptix models have been released, making the technology available for all types of anglers, from entry level to professional. We carry the Panoptix PS30 and PS60 in our marine store, under Garmin Fishfinders and Sonars.
The Garmin Panoptix is a compact transducer, perfect for a trolling motor because of it’s lighter weight and smaller size. Some Panoptix models (the PS21 and PS31) come with LiveVü Forward which shows an image of moving targets toward or away from the boat (ahead of and around their boat, up to 100 feet), even while stationary, in real time.
With a Panoptix on board, fishermen can see real-time sonar imagery at video-like speed, rather than showing historical data like traditional sonars.
GARMIN EchoMAP CHIRP Fishfinder / GPS, Super Fishfinder, Supports the Panoptix
The Garmin EchoMAP series, now available with CHIRP DownVü and SideVü, support the Panoptix PS21 All-Seeing Sonar. The Garmin EchoMAP series come from small / portable size, up to a 9″ screen. They are similar to the Striker series, but with a few more features, including:
- Preloaded chartography – BlueChart® g2 charts for the coastal U.S.
- Complete Chartplotter functionality
- QuickDraw contours – instantly create your own HD maps with 1-foot contours as you fish
- NMEA 2000 support for engine data, sensors, autopilots and more
- Designate up to 10 different depth ranges each with its own color. Makes it easier to view target depths at a glance.
If you are in the market for fishing electronics, depending on your budget, and level of seriousness in the sport (or business!), you may find different products attractive.
If you’d like some personal recommendations, we are experts in the area of marine electronics and accessories, and would be happy to provide suggestions for your specific boat, fishing interests, location, etc. Even up to larger commercial applications, we carry powerful transducers and sonars, as well as Furuno and Simrad models.
Have a good one!