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Best Fishing Pliers Review | Saltwater & Freshwater

They say the smallest things are those that matter the most.

Well, when it comes to fishing, those small things are a trusty pair of fishing pliers.

Fishing pliers are a must have for all  types of fishing. Essential for removing hooks, especially when the fish has gulped down your bait, when cutting braid or mono lines and adding or changing hooks on your lures. You need to get the best tool for the job. No worries; we are here to help you make that important choice. 

Best Fishing Pliers | Our Top 3.

Here are our top three pliers that you should consider before your next trip out.

Bite Fishing Pliers

Saltwater & Freshwater use

100% Corrosion Free

Spring Loaded Handles

Replaceable Jaws

Buck Splizzors

Our Top Choice

420HC Stainless Steel

Forever Warranty

Multiple Uses

Boomerang Braid Snips

Best Braid Cutter

Great on Braided Line

Easy to use

Very Sharp & Handy


1. Bite Fishing Pliers - Great for Saltwater and Freshwater

Any fisherman will definitely be satisfied with how well the bite fishing pliers cut the strongest braided lines and the heaviest mono leader.

Furthermore, the cuts are super clean.

The manufacturers offer variations: you can go for the 7.5" blue or red, or opt for the 6.5" blue with a split ring nose.

100% corrosion free so great for both saltwater and freshwater fishing.

Tip: the 6.5” is better suited for small handed people. It comes with a 5-year warranty which is not bad in the fishing-gear industry.

Pros

The heat treated aluminium alloy makes these a super strong set of fishing pliers. Plus of course the easily replaceable black stainless steel jaws are a gift if you are using these all the time. Just like the Nighthawk marine pliers, they use easily replaceable tungsten carbide cutters that are sharp as razor blades, but can be swapped out when they dull.

The anodized aluminum alloy makes this set of pliers 100% corrosion free. Be assured they are ideal for both harsh salty environments and fresh waters.

It has soft touch grips moulded onto the handles which offer increased comfort and handling of the tool. There is no wobble in the grip. The handles are spring-loaded which allows for single-hand use.

The bite fishing pliers come with a few accessories. You get a rotating belt-clip nylon sheath that is extremely handy when it comes to keeping your pliers safe and in place. You also get a lanyard and caribiner clip. These are our recommended pliers for the best saltwater fishing pliers for the money.

Cons

You might not like that there is no holder to keep the pliers shut when they are not in use. However, since there is a sheath, I find this particular con easy to live with. The handles might also not work well for small handed people.


2. Buck Knives Splizzors - Best Fishing Pliers

They call them splizzors because they almost resemble an ordinary pair of scissors.

They might just be the longest pliers around with 8.5 inches but they are worth it-the long and narrow nose will definitely aid in deep hook removals.

The Buck Splizzors uses Buck's Edge 2X technology-edge to edge pressure that is 10x greater than that in ordinary scissors. Micro serrations make splizzors extremely efficient when it comes to cutting braid.

They cut braid like butter! I was surprised to find it cuts, trims, shears, bends, crimps and even remove hooks. The long nose ensure hook removal is a breeze.

Pros

The manufacturers decided to move away from the aluminum alloy that most other manufacturers use and went with 420HC Stainless Steel. The results? A blade that is corrosion resistance but still easy to sharpen. Remember you can always replace the blades once they wear out.

The dynaflex handle is extremely comfortable and designed for hours of prolonged use. A large soft grip keeps it firmly in your hands. And guess what? They are single-hand pliers.

The splizzors are great multitaskers- two crimpers for both large and small split shots, a bottle opener and a lanyard hole. They didn't forget to add a heavy-duty nylon sheath.

Buck offers a forever warranty which few companies seems to match. I really like the confidence they have in their products.

Cons

They might be a bit stiff when they first come out of the box but a little oil will help with that. Or adjusting the screws just a bit.

Here is a great quick video by Brandon Palaniuk showing just how sharp and effect the Buck Splizzors is at cutting through Braided line.


3. Boomerang Braid Snips

Icast 2016 dubbed the Boomerang Braid Snips "2016 best fishing accessory".

They don't look like pliers or even scissors so at first I didn't think they should be in this list. But wait till you try to cut fishing line with it.

The precision 420 stainless steel cutters worked on mono and braid beautifully with so much precision that there is no fraying.

I didn’t even have to put any tension on the line when using it.

Have you ever noticed the assortment of fishing gadgets hanging around the neck of pro fishermen. Chances are if you have then you will have spotted on of these little beauties. Hands down the best little tool for cutting braid.

What are its pros?

It has a 36" retractable cord that makes it ready for use 24/7. The chord is able to reach even the farthest places.

The unique squeeze design is great and it sure provides a firm grip even with wet or gloved hands. The boomerang is one of the few fishing fliers that has a locking mechanism that makes it a great single-hand plier.

It is compact enough to fit anywhere including your fishing trays and even your own shirt or trouser pockets. The light weight makes its storage and portability much easier compared to other fishing pliers.

If you are into your fishing tools then these are a must have accessory. ​

What makes it short of perfect?

I don't like that they are not as durable in salt water as they are in fresh water. The internal springs are not salt resistant.


4. P-Line Adaro Pliers - Best Aluminium Fishing Pliers

The P-line Adaro pliers remove hooks easily and also work like a charm on both mono and braid lines.

Sharpness and precision are near perfection.

They weigh 5.4 ounces which may make them unsuitable for heavy duty jobs that traditional steel pliers can do but they are perfect for fishing.

They are strong enough to cut through any braid easily. This model comes in four different colors –sliver, blue, red and gold.

What are its pros?

The one thing the manufacturers of this model really put effort in is durability. Its durability comes from the high strength corrosion proof aluminum. The jaws are also coated with a carbon steel tip and the line cutter is made from Tungsten Carbide.

The steel jaws are of course replaceable; no need to buy a new set of pliers when they wear out. And of course, even the best fishing pliers wear out. The quality make makes it suitable for both fresh water and salty water fishing. These are the best aluminum fishing pliers on the market if you are on a budget.

Pro tip: Rinsing the pliers off after using them in salty water will make them last longer.

The hinge has a built-in spring to provide easy opening and closing of jaws. This easily makes it a one-hand pliers.

I like the cordura pouch, nylon lanyard and holster (with a belt loop) that the fishing pliers come with.

Any cons?

The big handles are unusable for small handed people and furthermore, they are not rubber coated.


5. Manley Pro Pliers

I love how the Manley pliers come in four different colors - red, silver, gold and blue. All bright enough colors to spot them in a crowded tool box.

They look good but how well do they work? I think they are pretty good. The tungsten carbide makes them strong enough to handle cutting through thick lines.

The cutters have a small nose making it easy for you to remove small hooks.

This model has a unique side cutting mechanism instead of having to feed stuff into the jaws. Did you know you could even use them around the house and workbench? How handy is that?

What are the pros?

The grooves in the handle makes getting a firm, sturdy grip so easy. Forget about losing any more pliers overboard. The spring enables single-hand use so you don't have to use your both hands. These Manley pliers are not the lightest out there but they are relatively light making them easy to work with no strain.

They last long even exposed to alkaline water conditions because of the advanced surface coating. Its parts are made from aluminum and stainless steel. It works so efficiently because of the tungsten carbide cutters

Just like most shipping fliers you get a free sheath plus a lanyard and holster so that you can attach it to clothing or your belt.

Any downsides you need to know about?

Most people also don't like that the handles open up wider than most pliers around. The handles are also not non slip.


6. Piscifun Fishing Pliers

One of the coolest things the Piscifun fishing pliers have to offer is the widest variety of colors to choose from.

This makes it great when selecting it as a gift for some else; you can easily get them their favorite color.

However, they are not all beauty with no brawn. They work great on mono and braided line with a crisp, clean cut.

The split ring opener on the jaws makes replacing hooks a breeze.

What are its pros?

The materials they are made from are quality-from the machine-cut aluminum handles, the replaceable tungsten carbide cutters to the titanium coated stainless steel jaws. What this means is that they can handle both fresh water and salt water fishing. These pliers are significantly durable because they use aircraft grade aluminum that is anodized to keep corrosion at bay.

It is incredibly easy to use because of an ergonomic handle that is comfortable to use plus the aluminum makes the little gadget light enough (a little over 3 ounces) providing no strain. The split ring design provides easy removal from a lure or hook eye.

The manufacturers add in a belt loop clasp, a coil lanyard and a woven nylon sheath just to make your life a little (or a lot) easier. With this there is less risk of misplacing your pliers or having them drop into the water. The case has a quick release clip if you need to use it further than the cord reaches.

I love the 30-day money back guarantee they offer. What does this mean for you? There is no risk if you buy the product; you are allowed to return it if it doesn't work for you or suit your needs.

Any cons?

The tips are too large for smaller split rings. They should also consider having a Velcro locker that is attached upwards making it easier to put the pliers back in the sleeve and lock them.

They also do not recommend the pliers for big game fishing or cutting up metal things or else it won't last as last as long as it is supposed to.


7. Fishing Tree Pliers

The Fishing Tree SST Pliers largely resemble the fishing tree AL model.

The t6 heat treatments and cnc cutting is ideal for cutting light wires such as monofilament and nylon, and the toughest wires and any heavy duty crimping.

The cuts are impeccable and clean. The rugged jaw tips grab and hold fish perfectly meaning you don't have to waste money on a special grip.

The split ring tip is so tough and accurate that it even handles large size rings. If you are wondering about hook removal, this set of pliers work pretty okay when removing the hooks from the fish's mouth.

What are its pros?

It has an anodized covering that keeps rust at bay especially in those salty water environments. The fishing pliers work during both big game fishing and small time fishing which makes them all rounded.

The pliers are small and light which makes them great for kayaks. There is no extra weight to make your fishing bag heavier than it should be.

They have a new sleek design that looks very modern. The small finger indentations on the handles provide a firm grip and soft touch. Good thing is that whether you are small handed or large handed, the handles will suit you perfectly.

This set of fishing pliers comes with a sheath for easy and safe storage. The highly elastic lanyard with a caribiner adds a nice touch to it all.

I was a little over excited when I discovered they have a lifetime guarantee. This means no risk at all. They will refund or replace in case of any issues.

Any downsides?

The only downside is that it is a bit difficult to find these fishing pliers in the market. I had to run around a couple of stores before I found one that had what I needed.


8. Berkley Aluminium Pliers

The 7” Berkley Aluminium Fishing Pliers are a top quality piece of kit at very reasonable money.

The replaceable carbide blades are perfect for cutting through mono or braided line. Razor sharp straight out of the pack and the beauty of this style of blade is you can replace them when they get too dull to do the job.

There are a multitude of crimping setups on the jaws of the pliers - perfect for setting up jigs when at your favourite swim.

What are its pros?

The main body of the pliers is made from anodised aluminium and they have corrosion resistant stainless inserts. Just make sure to give them a wipe after each session to keep them in tip top condition.

They have an innovative quick-cut design that ensures the fishing line stays between the blades when you cut it off.​

Any downsides?

Nothing to report.


What materials are the pliers made from?

The design is good but be careful not to get a set of pliers that is all beauty with no brawn; pliers that look good but are a piece of junk. A set of pliers made from quality materials is both strong and durable. You especially need corrosion resistant materials because of the extremely humid conditions and salty water. Look for pliers that make use of stainless steel and non-corrosive alloys such as aluminum and titanium.

How’s the design?

I know what you are thinking, why is how it looks like a top priority? Because the design determines how easy and comfy it is to use. You need to look at the handles. Are they ergonomic enough? Can they provide a firm grip even with wet or gloved hands? Flat handles are excellent at sliding off your hands. What is the nose length? For larger, toothier fish, get the long nosed pliers and vice versa for small fish.

What can they do?

A great pair of pliers should handle tasks like cutting mono or braid, removing a stubborn hook as well as rigging lures, leaders and baits. Such pliers are perfect but they can also be very expensive. Many of the affordable pliers in the market perform some of these tasks better than others and so you should get a pair that does what you need best, for example if you mainly cut fishing lines get fishing pliers that can cut neat and clean.

What’s the price tag?

If you are a professional fisherman or angler investing in a quality expensive is no big deal. However, if you only fish once in a blue moon, why waste so much money and yet there are many relatively affordable models that can serve you well? If the pliers are versatile enough to use around the house, spend the money if you have it! If however you are on a tight budget, get a good set of fishing pliers with as few downsides as possible or downsides you can live with.

Accessories

Pliers with many accessories especially lanyards for attaching are very handy. These are what will keep your pliers from falling into the water. A split ring tool is also a bonus feature on some that is a lifesaver when it comes to changing or replacing treble hooks.

Parting Shot

The best fishing pliers for you is definitely a personal choice. When you take the myriad of features into account and the varying prices you could research all day and still end up with nothing. In this review we picked out choice of the best fishing pliers that we would use in an effort to help you make that all important decision.

If you wanted a great all rounder then go for the Buck Splizzors or if it's just a very handy line cutter then go for the Boomerang.

Whatever you decide to do. Pick one and get out there fishing...

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The Ultimate Saltwater Spinning Reels Buying Guide 2017

Place a spinning reel on a table in front of a seasoned angler and I guarantee they will invariably scoop it up, feel it, turn it, listen to the click and adjust the drag. In essence fondle it like a little boy would maul over his beloved toy.

The longer they play with it the more they love it.

As long as I can remember I have used a spinning reel of some shape or form. Put simply this style of reel hangs off the underside of your rod with a fixed spool full of line. The line is held in position with a bail arm, that once opened releases the line down the length of the rod and out into the water to hook you some tasty fish...

If you are short on time then you can just check out our best saltwater spinning reels comparison table. The full reel reviews are further down the page.

Top 10 saltwater spinning reels

How do you spot a quality saltwater spinning reel?

It’s no secret that spinning reels are jewels of the sport but just how do you go about finding the best one? To get one that fits your needs to a tee, you will need to ask yourself a couple of important questions.

How sturdy is the build of the reel?

Reel bodies are mostly made of graphite or aluminum and at times both. Aluminum housing is the stronger of the two and exhibits less flex; however, graphite is lighter. Deciding whether weight or strength should take precedence depends on the fishing site. For saltwater fishing, graphite will be more viable seeing as it carries corrosion resistant qualities. That said, anodized aluminum can also handle salty water.

You should also keep an eye out on how solid the construction of the reel is. There should be no flimsy or loose parts. Every moving part should deliver a smooth performance as well as possess no back play whatsoever.

Albeit spinning reels tend to have an overabundance of parts in comparison to spin cast ones, go for one with fewer parts. Not only will it alleviate the likelihood of mechanical breakdown but also impose less strain on your wrists

Is bigger always better?

Determining the best saltwater spinning reel could come down to how big or small it is.

The size of the reel is contingent on the type of fish you’re targeting and how much line and backing you plan to use in fighting the fish. Large reels have a greater diameter spool meaning you will be able to roll in more line per crank of the reel. This proves quite handy when fighting fish that may need hundreds of yards of line.

Fish such as speckled trout require much less line in comparison to billfish or tarpon. Keep in mind the heavier the weight line the more reel capacity it takes up.

Does gear ratio really matter?

Unlike spin cast reels that are fitted with a rotating spool, the spool of a spinning reel is fixed such that a bail wraps the fishing line onto the spool as you turn the handle.

Gear ratio refers to the wide variety of times the bail rotates throughout the spool with a single turn of the reel handle.

A reel with a 4:1 gear ratio, the bail rotates around the spool four times for any unitary turn in the handle. The saving grace is that often that these reels provide more torque for reeling in large fish. A 6:1 ratio is what is considered to be excellent-speed retrieve. A superior low or medium speed retrieve should be dependent on the design of fishing you intend to do.

Which drag system works best?

There are two predominant drag mechanisms in today’s reels. First up is the click and pawl found in traditional reels. It’s simply a toothed gear that is slowed by a spring loaded clip. I would urge you to steer clear of such kind.

The best spinning reels have the disk drag system. Two or more disks are pressed together either by a spring or on their own accord (cork) creating friction and producing fish stopping power. The many variations of disk drag systems include:

Cork- it has very little start up inertia. Newton’s first law of motion educates us that objects at rest like to stay at rest whilst those moving prefer to stay moving. This means that the first moments of a fight have the greatest chance of breaking your tippets. Since cork compresses, the force it takes to get the drag going is lessened protecting the tippets from hard running fish.

As the fish runs the cork expands and pressure is quickly ramped up to fish stopping levels. It’s important to manually lubricate cork drags so sealed cork drags are a not an option. If not maintained cork will dry out and rot.

Then again if constantly compressed-if you crank down the drag and just leave it- the cork will eventually lose memory. Since the cork drags do not use a spring to create pressure loss of memory results in a reel with no drag.

Teflon drag - these drag systems are heralded because they can last a lifetime. An added perk is that they are self-lubricated. It’s possible to seal them so that they resist the harmful effects of silt and saltwater. Their start-up inertia is slightly higher than those of cork drags, though the difference is marginal.

Carbon Fiber, Graphite - very similar to Teflon but with the added benefit of dissipating heat quickly. The chances of it overheating and thus causing the reel to lose all drag are close to zero. The carbon fiber is usually matched with cork or other substrate such as stainless steel. A sealed drag avoids incursions from salt and silt and is imperative for those situations.

Penn Spinfisher V Spinning Reel

This classic black and gold spinning reel has proved up to the task of handling the rigors of saltwater like the best of them.

Its versatility has seen it be used in jigging, surf fishing as well as live bait fishing.

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Penn Spinfisher V 4500 Spinning Fishing Reel, Boxed

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Penn Spinfisher V 4500 Spinning Fishing Reel, Boxed

  • Watertight spinning reel performs reliably in saltwater and sand environments
  • Durable construction with full metal body, sideplate, and rotor and heavy-duty aluminum bail wire
  • Sealed HT-100 Slammer drag system provides robust, silky-smooth drag, while friction trip ramp prevents premature bail trip when casting
  • Fluid cranking with 5 shielded stainless steel ball bearings and instant anti-reverse bearing
  • Superline spool requires no backing, is braid ready, and has line capacity rings marked at 1/3, 2/3, and full capacity

What are its Features & Benefits?

The body of the reel is made from machined bar stock aluminum. This means the metal is literally carved by a machine into the shape of the reel. This allows better alignment of the gears even when carrying a heavy load such as trophy class fish.

Penn has invested in a stronger thicker oversized hardwearing aluminum bail wire. The result? It bears the weight of almost all types of fish no matter how big. An added perk is the friction trip ramp that averts casting the bail trip prematurely.

Using the reel is a walk in the park. It features an infinite anti-reverse drive that comes to the rescue when you are angling after a bonefish swimming at 20mph. The handles will stay stationary as the line is stripped away from the reel with no back play on the rotor.

Its ability to handle saltwater stems from its water tight design. Both its slammer drag system and gear box are sealed to keep saltwater at bay. The stainless steel shafts and bearings add to its allure in this regard.

Any Downside?

Nope - It's a Penn!

Okuma Trio High-Speed Spinning Reel

The durable aluminum and graphite arbor construction has seen this reel quickly win over the hearts of many. It boasts of a crossover design that never bends while all the while still being a lightweight. Then there’s the aluminum body that is marked for beauty and strength.

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Okuma Trio Standard Speed Spinning Reel (190yards/10)

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Okuma Trio Standard Speed Spinning Reel (190yards/10)

  • Made using the highest quality materials
  • Tested for reliability and quality
  • Used by professionals worldwide
  • Multi-disc, Japanese-oiled felt drag washers
  • DFD: Dual Force Drag system

What are its Features & Benefits?

The construction is very hardwearing and as such can survive being completely submerged in salty water. You will be surprised how much of a light weight this reel is even with the sturdy construction. An added bonus in the comfort derived from the rubber grips that allow you to effortlessly roll your line.

Any angler seasoned or not, ought to appreciate the spools multi-piece design which aids in making the most of the drag pressure while still offering an effortless cast and smooth return. Gone are the days where fishing would have you sweating profusely.

You will not have to fret over the reel spinning backward when you've caught a big one. It features an anti-reverse stainless steel ball bearing that makes certain there is no back play.

Any Downsides?

With all the attractive features it has, this reel falls short in the spool department. I would prefer to see a higher capacity spool that holds more line.

Daiwa STT4400H Saltist Salt Water Spinning Reel

Well as the name depicts, this reel is capable of holding its own in the saltiest of conditions. What else would you expect with its rugged construction and sealed water proof drag system?


Daiwa STT4000H Saltist Salt Water Spinning Reel

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Daiwa STT4000H Saltist Salt Water Spinning Reel

  • Rugged, all-metal construction
  • Sealed, waterproof drag
  • Rotor brake keeps bail in convenient position when opened
  • Dual, full-time anti-reverse
  • Reliable manual bail trip

What are its Features & Benefits?

Daiwa has not only offered protection to the outer frame from corrosive saltwater but the inner bearings as well. How you ask? The bearings are made from specially treated stainless steel. This has seen these bearings handle saltwater up to 12 times better in comparison to untreated stainless steel ones.

To reduce the logistical nightmare of many moving parts, Daiwa opted for a manual bail trip. This, in turn, increased the lifespan of the reel seeing as it’s stronger. Durability has also been achieved by the high-grade materials used in assembling the gearing system.

I kid you not; the energy transfer from the handle to the rotor is seamless.

The dual full-time anti-reverse feature doesn't hurt either. You will be able to fight most fishes without worrying over spiraling backwards.

Any downside?

Might be a bit light for really big fish

Shimamo Thunnus C14 Spinning Reel

Any angler in search of a reel capable of handling the load big fish dish out look no further. Shimano saltwater spinning reels have always been top quality and the Shimano Thunnus is no exception. This reel can bear the weight of the heaviest fish without snapping or flexing. It does well as a surf fishing reel.


Shimano Thunnus 6000 CI4 Saltwater Baitrunner Spinning Fishing Reel, TU6000CI4

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Shimano Thunnus 6000 CI4 Saltwater Baitrunner Spinning Fishing Reel, TU6000CI4

  • Gear ratio: 4.8:1, Retrieve: reversable (left and right), saltwater baitrunner reel
  • Mono line capacity (lbs/yd): 10/300,12/265,16/170,20/120
  • PowerPro line capacity (lbs/yd): 30/245,50/210,65/130
  • Line retrieve per crank: 35 inch
  • Weight: 18 ounce, max. dragforce: 20 lbs, 6 S SUS bearings

What are its Features & Benefits?

It’s housed in an aluminum body that ensures your gears are always properly lined up when angling. As a result reeling in the fish will be a piece of cake. The all metal construction also speaks to its strength and durability. This is an added plus for saltwater excursions.

If you’re hoping to fish for carp you will be pleased to know that Shimano features a bait runner system. This an additional drag system that allow a fish to take the bait, run with it to permit it to swallow enough then get a good hook set. It’s adored because it allows you to fish with an adjustable tension free spool with a closed bail.

Any Downside?

This reel may feel a bit heavier that similar models but the quality makes up for it.

Abu Garcia Orra Power Finesse Spinning Reel ORRA2PF35

I bet you’re wondering whether it delivers power and finesse like it claims. It’s not only lightweight but also highly efficient in performance and all this is at a bargain basement price.

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Abu Garcia Orra Power Finesse Spin

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Abu Garcia Orra Power Finesse Spin

  • Silver in color
  • Gear Ratio: 5.8:1
  • Right/Left handed

What are its Features & Benefits?

The reels body is outfitted with aluminum and reinforced with a C6 carbon. The result? It is one of the most hardwearing long-lasting reels you can buy for the price it retails at. The carbon reinforcement also makes it’s a lightweight for easier casting.

It features a Rocket Line Management system that will prevent your fishing lines from tangling and also offer better control of the lines when they are submerged in the water. The carbon matrix hybrid drag system holds up quite well by offering a smooth cast and reel.

The 5.8:1 gearbox is an extremely useful touch. It permits you to retrieve your cast in a matter of seconds. The fish will have no time to detangle itself.

Any Downside?

Nothing to report

Shimano Sedona FD Spinning Reel

This particular Sedona was specifically manufactured with easier casting in mind. It prides itself on a technology referred to as The Propulsion Line management System which I must say is very handy.


Shimano Sedona 4000 FD

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Shimano Sedona 4000 FD

  • Propulsion line management system: Propulsion spool Lip, Power Roller III, S-Arm Cam
  • Redesigned Bail Trip (500 size only)
  • Varispeed oscillation (slow oscillation on 500 size)
  • Shielded Stainless Steel Ball Bearings
  • Lightweight Graphite Frame Sideplate, & Rotor

What are its Features & Benefits?

I hope you agree that easier line control is a pretty huge win for any reel. In that regard the reel has a fluid drive; Dyna balanced rotor gear systems as well as power roller which offer incredible control in putting the line back on the reel.

Have you ever been in situations where a long cast is required to reach a larger fish and your best short just falls inches short? This will be a thing of the past with the Sedona spool lip that gives you those few extra yards you require.

The FD stands for front drag. This will build upon its Propulsion Line Management system to offer you smooth and easy reeling. Any novice fisherman will appreciate these features.

It is able to brave the salt water condition with its 4 shielded stainless steel bearings. The shields will minimize the grit and salt that may potentially sneak in to damage the bearings. It accords the reel durability by being rust resistant.

Any Downsides?

This lightweight is not great at handling bigger sized fish. The ten 10 pound mono test is the best top model this reel can hold.

Shimamo Stella SWB Spinning Reels

If you want to know the ability of a reel put it to the test with big game fish. Only the best of them will not end up in pieces. Shimamo Stella SWB is one such reel that was engineered to be tough battle ready and functional.


Shimano Stella 8000 SW B HG heavy duty saltwater fishing reel, STL8000SWBHG

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Shimano Stella 8000 SW B HG heavy duty saltwater fishing reel, STL8000SWBHG

  • High end offshore saltwater spinning reel. Retrieve: Reversible, Gear ratio: 5.6:1
  • Mono line capacity (lbs/yd): 12/345,16/250,20/185
  • PowerPro line capacity (lbs/yd): 40/340,50/265,65/215
  • Line retrieve per crank: 42 inch
  • Max. drag force: 62 lbs, weight: 23.80 ounce, bearings: 14 S ARB and 1 roller bearing

What are its Features & Benefits?

The body is made from High Rigidity Aluminum that enables it to hold up well when handling large sized fish. The bigger the fish, the higher the jump, the faster it swims the more Stella likes it. The sturdy construction also prevents the reel from twisting or warping.

It also boasts of X rigid rotor a one piece titanium bail aim wire and a Diamond like Carbon bail roller. All of these work n harmony to offer accuracy and efficiency when casting heavy and high resistance lures like stick baits metal jigs and poppers for long distances.

No need to fret over damage on your reel when angling in salty water. Shimamo SWB has invested in X-protect gasket and rubber seals as well as X-shield that ward off saltwater intrusion.

Any Downside?

This may not be a deal breaker for some but it doesn’t hurt to say it. Shimamo is a bit pricey compared to the others.

Abu Garcia Revo Inshore

This reel has been masterfully crafted to handle the abuse of salty water and big fish alike. It comes in sizes 60, 40, 35 and 30 which goes to show it’s built for inshore casting as well as surf. The 60 is strengthened with X Craftic alloy frame in addition to the C6 Carbon body that cases the 30 and 35.


Abu Garcia Revo Inshore Spinning

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Abu Garcia Revo Inshore Spinning

  • 6 stainless steel hpcr Bearings + 1 roller bearing provides increased Corrosion Protection
  • Amgearing System provides precision Machined gears for unparalleled smoothness and durability
  • Computer optimized gear design allows for the most efficient gear System
  • Carbon matrix drag System provides smooth, consistent drag pressure across the entire drag range
  • C6 carbon rotor provides significant weight reduction without sacrificing strength or durability (30-40 size)

What are its Features & Benefits?

The spool is machined from aluminum making it suitable for controlling braided line which is what any inshore saltwater angler is hoping for. The smooth carbon matrix system is an added perk.

The rocket line management system outfitted on the spool is no joke. You will be able to cast further with no extra force required and at an increased speed. It has seen enabled me to cast average sized lures a mile away.

The ergonomically designed oversized handle allows you to firm up your grip. This is especially important when fighting with large sized fish. The drag system is very smooth even when handling a large sized bonefish like palometa.

Any Downside?

This reel has left a lot of room for improvement when it comes to its bail. More often than not it fails to close properly and makes an annoying clicking sound when reeling in fish.

Penn Conflict Spinning Reel CFT2500

This is a mid range reel suitable for saltwater fishing. It’s all black finish striking look, reasonable price and silky smooth drag are a few of the reasons it’s adored by many anglers.


Penn Conflict 2500 Spinning Reel

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Penn Conflict 2500 Spinning Reel

  • Saltwater spinning reel delivers powerful performance ideal for inshore technical angling
  • Full metal body and Techno-Balanced rotor provide superior leverage and torque
  • HT-100 carbon fiber drag system provides powerful drag without sacrificing smoothness
  • Fluid cranking with 7 sealed stainless steel ball bearings and instant anti-reverse bearing
  • Superline spool requires no backing, is braid ready, and has line capacity rings marked at 1/3, 2/3, and full capacity

What are its Features & Benefits?

Any frugal angler looking for a light tackle reel that can cast far, Penn conflict will suffice. Its techno balanced rotor will ensure a smooth retrieve every time whilst the full metal body construction caters for its gear alignment even when faced with severe conditions.

The stainless steel ball bearings, infinite reverse bearing as well as strong smooth drag will come in handy when fighting fishing in saltwater. It will not only be protected from grit and salt but you will have no back play when dealing with powerful fish. Its rotor is made by sturdy graphite that is wear and corrosive resistant.

Any Downsides?

This lightweight reel is not up to the task of bearing the weight of large sized fish.

Penn Battle II Spinning Reel

Are you beginning to connect the dots with Penn spinning reels? This is deemed to be a younger more affordable version of the conflict. It boasts features such as a techno balanced rotor braided superline spools and sealed bearings.

The Penn ​Battle ll is one of the best saltwater spinning reels for the money and should definitely be on your list when you are looking for a new reel.

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Penn Battle II 5000 Spinning Fishing Reel

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Penn Battle II 5000 Spinning Fishing Reel

  • Durable, high-range spinning reel ideal for conquering big saltwater gamefish
  • Full metal body, sideplate, and rotor and heavy-duty aluminum bail wire offer exceptional durability
  • HT-100 carbon fiber drag system provides powerful drag without sacrificing smoothness
  • Fluid cranking with 5 sealed stainless steel ball bearings and instant anti-reverse bearing
  • Superline spool requires no backing, is braid ready, and has line capacity rings marked at 1/3, 2/3, and full capacity

What are its Features & Benefits?

The reel has HT-1oo Vera-drag washer equipped into the spool allowing both sides of each drag washer to be utilized. The result? The drags will have more range with smoother start ups. For longevity, they are greased with Penn's proprietary grease.

The reel has invested in a screw handle. I personally favor this over the pin type that will have you inserting into the reel and screwing it down with a retaining cap on the side of the body. This one feels very solid when turning the handle and with very little play.

The sealed bearings are no sales gimmick. They actually prevent saltwater from entering and damaging the reel.

Any Downside?

The alignment of the line on the spool is a bit wanting. Albeit the manufacturers have offered two extra washers to cater for this, it would do as good if they fixed them in the first place.


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Fishing Backpack and Tackle Boxes to keep you organised

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Affordable Fish Finders | Fish finders for boats and kayaks

I always considered Fish Finders cheating or way too expensive an investment for my tackle bag.

They were always a piece of kit you would see front and centre on a charter boat or high end fishing boat.

I never though it would be something I would invest in but I did and have never looked back...​

Have enough days without fish and you start to wonder what all the fuss is about.

Check out the prices of some of the more reasonable finders out there and I guarantee you will end up with one...

Quick search: Affordable Fish Finders | Best Kayak Fishfinder​


​When it comes to selecting the perfect fish finder there is a huge selection with a million different options available. There isn't a one size fits all best fish finder. Like every good invention there are plenty of competitors in the market and innovation is always producing new models with all the latest features.

To this end we wanted to put this guide on fish finders together and capture as much valuable information in one place so you can make an informed decision on which model will suit your fishing needs - today and well into 2017 and beyond.​


Best Affordable Fish Finder

Lets face it, money doesn't grow on trees ​so if you have a tight budget but still want to get yourself an affordable fish finder then any of the following models will get the job done.

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Lowrance 000-12635-001 Hook-3X Sonar, W/ 83/200 XDCR

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Lowrance 000-12635-001 Hook-3X Sonar, W/ 83/200 XDCR

  • Led-backlit 3 inch color display with detailed 320 x 240 resolution that's easy to see in full sunlight & from wide viewing angles
  • Broadband sounder detail easily identifies fish targets, bottom contour, structure detail, bottom hardness, thermoclines & more
  • Advanced signal processing (asp) reduces the need to manually adjust settings to see fish, structure & bottom detail more clearly
  • Dual-frequency 83 or 200kHz operation helps maximize view beneath boat
  • 83kHz sonar operation provides up to 60deg of conical coverage ideal for displaying largest fish arches & searching large areas

The Lowrance Hook-3X Sonar has great graphics (320 x 240 resolution) that are easy to understand and see from wide viewing angles and in full sunlight. This sonar easily detects the details of a shallow lake or similar fishing spot and gives data on the bottom hardness, thermoclines, structure detail, contour, and fish targets.

Plus, the built-in advanced signal processing (ASP) improves on the gathered detail and limits the need to make manual adjustments to see the bottom and structure detail, as well as the fish.

Features You’ll Value

For the active fisherman, the Lowrance 000-12635-001 Hook is a useful and feature-rich product that is certain to make detecting the best fishing spots so much easier. Here are a few of the most appealing features:

Color display

The 3-inch LED-backlit color display has a screen that is clear and easy to view (320 x 240 resolution) from most viewing angles while also being easy to see the data in bright sunlight.

Broadband sounder

The Lowrance 000-12635-001 Hook-3X Sonar is built to detect all that is going on underneath the surface of the lake or pond, including the structure details, thermoclines, bottom contour and hardness, as well as the fish targets. Plus, the Dual-frequency 200 or 83 kHz is great for maximizing the views under the surface.

Multiple features

The Lowrance 000-12635-001 is packed with useful features to help with identifying the fish targets, such as the ability to zoom (4x) in and focus on a particular fishing area, as well as alarm and track options. For improved viewing quality, the device has an option to adjust the display to match the time or day or night to compliment the fishing situation, and the patented skimmer transducer can continue to track the bottom surface when travelling at speeds of up to 75 MPH.

Pros

Cons

  • Great dual beam for versatile performance
  • Simple and quick set up
  • Easily powered and minimal battery use
  • Very affordable
  • Useful color display with great graphics
  • The display is easy to see in bright sunlight
  • Easy to understand
  • Super easy to mount in a boat or on a kayak
  • Great in deep reservoirs to shallow ponds
  • Gives false readings in the murky waters
  • Usable speed is closer to 10 MPH (compared to manufacturer’s info)

Conclusion

Great device at a great price, the Lowrance Hook-3X Sonar is a useful little fish finder that works in shallow and deep water. A great aspect is the clear display that is easy to see in virtually all environments, including bright sunlight, and great at reading temperature and depth. Plus, the sonar comes equipped with everything needed to get set up and working in moments, such as the mounting kit and instructions. The included kit makes it really easy to mount to a kayak or boat.

The Sounder helps you find the fish and their preferred habitats by scanning the contours of the surrounding beds and also lets you avoid nasty snags that are lurking in the deep, far beyond your field of vision. You can adjust the frequency of the unit to best find your fish in all water conditions.

This may be a basic unit but it has all the features you will need to get started and from a price point it is the best budget fish finder for the money in our opinion.​

Setting up your fishfinder

​Here is a great video showing you how to setup your fishfinder in a kayak and get straight on to the fish.

Other affordable fish finders worth looking at

Best Kayak Fish Finder​

Kayak fishing has become hugely popular over the past number of years and nowadays it is not uncommon to kit your kayak out with a fish finder.

Gone are the days when this type of technology was for expensive fishing boats. There was never a simple way to fix your fish finder to your kayak or small portable until companies copped on to the fact that smaller units could be adapted or purpose built to suit. Now you can hook yourself up with a portable unit and fix it to your kayak and off you go.

Our favorite model is the ​Garmin Striker 4 GPS Fish Finder.


Garmin 010-01550-00 Striker 4 Bbuilt-in GPS Fish Finder

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Garmin 010-01550-00 Striker 4 Bbuilt-in GPS Fish Finder

  • Easy-to-use 3.5-inch color fishfinder with built-in, high-sensitivity GPS, 3.5-inch CHIRP Fishfinder with GPS
  • Find fish; mark and return to hot spots, docks and ramps
  • Convenient keypad operation, 3.6'' x 5.9'' x 1.6'' (91.6 x 150.8 x 42.8 cm), Display size: 1.9'' x 2.9'' (4.9 x 7.3 cm); 3.5'' diag, (8.7 cm)
  • Includes CHIRP (77/200 kHz) sonar transducer; transmit power (200 W RMS)/(1,600 W peak-to-peak)
  • Upgrade to high performance CHIRP with a GT8 or GT15 transducer (each sold separately)

The Garmin 010-01550-00 Striker 4 Fishfinder is designed to be easy to use and packed with a variety of useful features (time, tracking, speed, etc.). A really practical feature of the Striker 4 is the ability to easily mark and return to a favorite fishing spot; this is certain to save plenty of time on future fishing trips to the same river or lake.

Features You’ll Value

Great value and feature rich, the Garmin 010-01550-00 Striker 4 Fishfinder is feature-rich and a practical piece of kit for installing on kayaks and small boats. Here are a few of the most appealing features:

ClearVu scanning sonar

This Garmin Fishfinder is built with the latest ClearVu technology to make it possible to get a clear view of what is happening in the surrounding water. The high-frequency sonar is built to give virtually photographic quality images that detail the local fish, structures and other objects.

Ease of use

The Striker 4 is built with a simple to use keyed interface with multiple buttons to complete the desired command. This makes the fishfinder easy to use and relatively easy to install with its 3.5-inch display size.

CHIRP sonar

The CHIRP sonar is designed to send a constant sweep of frequencies to give the most reliable information. This sonar technology is useful for creating the crisp fish arches while also achieving better target separation.

Waypoint map

The built-in waypoint map simplifies the process of viewing, marking or navigating to a specific location like a dock, stumps, or brush piles.

Built-in flasher

The view display makes it possible to see the information in a classic flasher format which is preferable for vertical jigging or ice fishing.

Pros

  • Quick and easy to install
  • Great affordable price
  • Simple to use
  • Useful for shallow or deep water
  • Easy to read display (even in bright sunlight)
  • Gives great accuracy
  • GPS technology is helpful for marking the dock (useful if out after dark or in heavy fog) and hot spots
  • Includes plenty of features such as time, tracking, speed, etc

Cons

  • Does not have any charts (or make it possible to buy a module)
  • Mount appears decent quality, but is 100% plastic.

Conclusion

Great design and function, the Garmin 010-01550-00 Striker 4 is one of the best budget fish finders on the market. It is very accurate in both shallow and deep waters and the GPS technology comes in really handy when it comes to marking a hot spot of fish or even the dock area used to enter the water to avoid getting lost on the way back. Whether you plan to use the Striker 4 on a kayak or pontoon boat, this GPS/fish finder is very hi-tech and intuitive with a nice display that is easily seen even in bright sunlight.

This unit really is exceptional for the money and can be installed straight into your kayak. It doesn't come with map info or chats but you can store plenty of points along the way or mark off your hot spots and return at a later date to catch even more fish.

The CHIRP SONAR is great for mapping out the structures around you. This continuos stream of info​ plots out everything in super detail. Great for spotting snags and other structures that will definitely be holding fish.

​Deeper Smart Sonar PRO portable fish finder

The Deeper Smart Sonar PRO+ is a small, high-capacity echo-sounder perfect for adventurous kayak fishing.

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Deeper Smart Sonar PRO+, 2.55', Black

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Deeper Smart Sonar PRO+, 2.55", Black

  • Wi-Fi connected wireless, castable, portable smart fishfinder; NO Internet or Cellular data required! Compatible with iOS and Android
  • Perfect tool for all styles of fishing: shore-, ice-, bank-, boat-, kayak-, river-, float tube fishing; operating on Fresh water and Salt water
  • The only portable sonar on the market with GPS enabled onshore bathymetric mapping feature! Create your map and analyze it on your PC via Lakebook
  • The best connection range of portable sonar on the market - 330ft! Mark anything up to 0.5in sized bodies in a water up to depth of 260ft
  • Receive instant detailed information of the underwater structure, fish location, bottom contour, depth, water temperature, underwater vegetation

This is a very cool device that lets you bring your fish finder everywhere with you. It runs it's own wireless access point so you can connect it straight to your smartphone or Tablet. Download the App, get the two talking to each other and away you go. It really is that simple.

The App itself operates in online and offline modes and provides a multitude of great features like: Solunar Forecast Calendar, Fishing Notes, Offline Maps, Weather Forecast, Camera, Day/Night Screen and Color Mode.  You can even share your info on Social Media if you really wanted to give away your hot spots to friends or clubs in the area.

You can get the Flexible Arm Mount to fix this straight to the side of your kayak and keep all of the equipment outside your boat and leave you more room for fishing - not that it takes up much room anyway as it's a complete unit in itself.

The Deeper Smart Sonar PRO+ is built with a highly accurate internal GPS receiver and uses a Wi-Fi connection to create the bathymetric maps to make fish-finding that much easier and more productive.

This cast able echo-sounder is designed to work with Android or iOS tablets or smart phones, while the Wi-Fi connection helps to extend the search distance with this Deeper sonar equipped to detect depth ranges up to 80 meters/260 feet.

Features You’ll Value

Really easy to use, the Deeper Smart Sonar PRO+ has a variety of useful features to make it virtually as good as the high-end echo sounders on boats. Here are a few of the most appealing features:

Castable GPS

The offline mapping and built in GPS receiver makes it really easy to pinpoint the potential catch. The high accuracy GPS receiver has the ability to map the fishing spots, contours and features by using bathymetric maps. This process even works when planning to fish on shore. By creating the bathymetric map it is possible to examine the underwater conditions and determine the best fishing spots.

Bathymetric Mapping

Even though the bathymetric maps are created in real time, there is also the option to store and archive this data for future. Also, this means it is relatively easy to create a personal collection of accurate maps to improve the ability to find the most productive fishing locations.

Plus, the Smart Sonar PRO+ is adjustable with the option to adjust the sonar sensitivity to take into account image distractions. By refining the setting it is more readily possible to get a view of the smallest underwater action.

Color Mode

The screen color mode is a useful feature to make it easier to see the display screen and match the brightness to the time of day. It is practical for reducing noise and increasing target separation.

Compact size

The diminutive Deeper Smart Sonar PRO+ is practical for use with standard rods and lines and measures 65 millimeter / 2.5 inches in diameter and weighs approx 100 grams / 3.5 ounces.

Pros

  • Easy to use with great tutorials
  • Quick to pair up with a tablet or smartphone
  • Gives very accurate data; it definitely finds the fish
  • Solid and well built
  • Can be set or cast anywhere

Cons

  • Choppy waters can distort the Wi-Fi signal which slows the ability to scan
  • Needs a heavy line to use

Conclusion

Easy castable sonar, the Deeper Smart Sonar PRO+ is an awesome product for the money. If you want to easily see the structure and depth of the water or simply want to catch more fish, you should really buy this. It is fun and it works, while also being highly useful for all fishermen no matter the favorite fishing spot. It is certainly useful for fishing on shore and gives access to the performance of an echo sounder that was previously available only to boat owners.

FishHunter PRO, The World’s Fastest Wireless Portable Fish Finder


FishHunter PRO, The World’s Fastest Wireless Portable Fish Finder

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FishHunter PRO, The World’s Fastest Wireless Portable Fish Finder

  • Wi-Fi Casting range of more than 150ft - 4x faster than Bluetooth
  • Depth up to 150ft (50m) with Ice Fishing depth and jig tracking up to 100ft (30m)
  • Can be trolled up to 2.5MPH, cast from boat or shore
  • Tri-Frequency wireless fish finder, providing super high resolution information for fast and precise sonar information to find fish and analyze the bottom structure
  • Rechargeable Lithium Polymer battery with a battery life of up to 10 hours

The FishHunter PRO is a precise sonar that is cast able and easily analyzes the bottom structure of a river or lake and finds fish at a depth of up to 150-ft. It is a versatile piece of kit and is easily placed in an ice hole, trolled behind a boat, or can be cast when on shore. Plus, it easily pairs with a smart phone or tablet to clearly see the underwater structures and features.

Features You’ll Value

A great time-saving device, the FishHunter PRO portable fish finder is packed with useful features to make identifying the best fishing spots so much easier. Here are a few of the most appealing qualities:

Wi-Fi Casting

The FishHunter PRO is built with the latest Wi-Fi Casting to make it fast and responsive and gives a range of up to 160 feet or 50 meters. Wi-Fi wireless connection is so much more efficient than comparable technologies, and nearly 4 times faster than Bluetooth.

Tracking depth

This sonar is built to work at a depth of up to 150 feet or 45 meters while using the FishHunter PRO, while for jig tracking this can decrease slightly to 100 feet or 30 meters.

Multiple uses

Use the FishHunter PRO in several different ways, such as casting from shore or on board a boat or even trolled up to a speed of 2.5 MPH.

Transducer tri-frequency

The Transducer tri-frequency makes it possible to create the super-high resolution image to make it easier to analyze the bottom structure and find the fish.

Rechargeable battery

The FishHunter PRO is powered by a rechargeable lithium polymer battery that has the potential to last for a period of up to 10 hours.

Pros

  • Easy to read app interface
  • Floats upright very well and really attractive unit
  • The top flashing light makes it easy to see when in use
  • Compact size for easy transport and storage
  • Gives accurate and reliable data
  • Decent battery life

Cons

  • While the FishHunter PRO is compact in size, it is still quite heavy at 5.5 oz
  • Can make quite a splash if casted for the greater distance
  • May experience intermittent issues with connection drops

Conclusion

Works great, the FishHunter PRO is a pretty cool item that works as a reliable fish locator and depth finder. The app is quite versatile and goes far beyond the ability to see the structure, features and fish under the water – it is also possible to share or add pictures to let others see the fish caught.

It can take a little time to learn how to adjust the sensitivity and turn on certain functions, but with some patience, it is possible to set up the FishHunter PRO portable fish finder to match the specific needs. For the anglers that enjoying ice fishing or fishing in small ponds, then this is certain to make a great invention. Picks up fish without hesitation and the battery life is more than excellent.

​MadBite FX3000 Fish Finder


MadBite FX3000 Fish Finder with Wireless Sonar Sensor, Sunlight Readable Color LCD Screen - Portable, Floats, Water Resistant, Finds Fish Faster

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MadBite FX3000 Fish Finder with Wireless Sonar Sensor, Sunlight Readable Color LCD Screen - Portable, Floats, Water Resistant, Finds Fish Faster

  • MadBite ADVANTAGES: ICAST Award Winning Company. FX3000 Sonar Fish Finder's rapid response lets you find fish faster and more accurately. Castable, portable, hand held, affordable- no external battery needed
  • Superior 2.8", 512-color full color LCD front lit screen with easy section enlargement for viewing even in full sunlight or for night fishing. Quickly find fish and see bottom contour, structure, depth, water temperature. Save money without giving up the clarity of a color screen display.
  • Full Depth Detection Range: 2-150 Feet (0.6 - 45m). Also unique 1ft Micro-tuned adjustable depth range lets you focus on fish in a section of the water column. Up to 15 times per second sonar signal (wave) detection provides real time fish info with clear sonar presentations, giving you the fastest results among all portable/ smartphone type fish finders.
  • Audible Fish Alarm, Depth Alarm 3 - 99 Feet (1 - 30m) and Low Battery Alarms. Its amazing wireless transmitter technology sends you fish finding and water info up to 400 feet(120m) away. Ideal for saltwater or freshwater fishing.
  • Water Resistant and floats! Never worry about dropping it overboard. It does not need a smartphone, tablet, or Bluetooth/WiFi to operate. Rechargeable Lithium battery last up to 20 hours, Sonar sensor up to 8 hours.

The MadBite FX3000 Fish Finder is a versatile piece of fishing electronics for ice fishing, onshore fishing, kayak fishing or bass fishing. Its built-in wireless technology is designed to locate fish and detect other information from up to 400-feet or 120 meters away.

The casting sonar sensor is easily sent into the water from a boat or shore and quickly checks water temperature, surveys the bottom structure and finds fishing holes. Plus, for ease of use, the display screen is in full color, giving the option to read in bright sunlight or low-light conditions.

Features You’ll Value

Works well and great technology, the MadBite FX3000 Fish Finder is packed with useful features to make a must-have piece of kit to find fish accurately and faster. Here are some of the most appealing features:

Screen display

The MadBite FX3000 is built with an LCD screen with 512-color and 2.8-inch width for complete ease in viewing the on-screen data in light or dark environments. The clear screen makes is possible to quickly detect the water temperature, depth, structure and bottom contour.

Detection range

The detection range is in the region of 2 to 150-feet. Also, the unit is designed to easily adjust using the 1-ft micro-tuned setting to concentrate on fish in a specific area. With the ability to send a sonar signal 15 times per second it is possible to get real time information on what is taking place beneath the waves.

Audible fish alarm

This portable sonar sensor is useful in both freshwater and saltwater and includes a built-in alarm that gives an alert on finding fish. Additional alerts at given for depth and low battery.

Water Resistant

The MadBite FX3000 is portable, floats and water resistant so there is no need to be concerned about dropping it overboard. Plus, it does not rely on Bluetooth / Wi-Fi, a tablet, or smartphone to operate. It runs on a rechargeable Lithium battery that has the potential to keep the unit running for up to 20 hours.

Pros

Cons

  • Very easy to read and accurate
  • High contrast LCD for complete ease in seeing in all environments (even in bright sunlight)
  • Useful battery life (more than enough for a single trip)
  • Clear display of the bottom structure
  • Great Wi-Fi range of 650 feet
  • Good depth range at 2 to 150 feet
  • Light and compact design
  • Needs calibrating on depth to get the accurate results

Conclusion

A very cool little fish finder, the MadBite FX3000 with wireless sonar sensor is built with options and feature of the expensive brands, but comes at the very reasonable price.

It has a very clear display and easy to use and certain to not let you down when fishing from shore, a kayak, or a boat. The rechargeable battery is great and lasts for a lot longer than needed for one trip.

Plus, the floating and waterproof design is a practical and safe feature for using in rough waters.

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Signstek FF-003 Portable Fish Finder FishFinder Outdoor Fishing Tool Sonar Sensor Boat Fish Finder Depth Locator With LCD Display

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Signstek FF-003 Portable Fish Finder FishFinder Outdoor Fishing Tool Sonar Sensor Boat Fish Finder Depth Locator With LCD Display

  • [High-Tech Display] 2.4" TFT LCD Sunlight Display. Shows 512 colors and includes a white LED front light for early morning trips.
  • [Personal Sonar Detector] Utilizes sound waves to display bottom contours, identify big/small fish and their depth. Also indicates water temperature.
  • [Adjustable Sensitivity] Includes 100-level sensitivity settings and multi-level depth range.
  • [Easy Operation] Turn it on, cast out the sonar sensor and you're good to go!