Humminbird 409690-1 PiranhaMax 197C DI Color Fish Finder with Down-Imaging (Grey)
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- It boasts Down Imaging, Fish ID+, fish alarms, depth alarms and zoom
- Also features a tilt-mount base and has depth capabilities of 320 ft
- with Down Imaging and 600 ft with Dual Beam
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See whats below your boat in astonishing clarity with Humminbirds PiranhaMax 197C DI Sonar. It boasts Down Imaging, Fish ID+, fish alarms, depth alarms and zoom with an easy-to-use interface that makes all these functions simple, clear and easy to see, even in sunlight. Also features a tilt-mount base and has depth capabilities of 320 ft. with Down Imaging and 600 ft with Dual Beam. 3.5 320V x 240H 256-color screen. 2,400-watt peak-to-peak power. Dual Beam transducer 200kHz/28, 455kHz/16, 455kHz/74. IPX7 waterproof rating. Color: Clear.
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First of all, even though I mounted the transducer to my kayak by way of a deployable Scotty transducer arm mount (and not through the hull), the depth was wrong more often than right, and this was at both the deep and shallow end. My anchor line is accurately marked for every foot, and even in 25-30 feet of water, the 197C DI would report a frequently inaccurate depth. When I could visually see that I was in 2-3 feet of water, the 197C DI would frequently report that I was in 6-11 feet of water. If it cannot even tell me basic information like depth, how can I rely on it to find structure or even fish?
Cable management is a bit ridiculous. The transducer cable is ridiculously long (even for a regular boat, but definitely for a kayak), whereas the power cable is ridiculously short (even for a kayak, but definitely for a larger boat).
Now, here's the reason why (at least for me) the Humminbird Fishin Buddy 120 is superior -- side scanning. The 197C DI does not have this feature (which admittedly I knew when I bought it), but the cheaper, "lesser featured" Fishin Buddy 120 not only has side scanning, but it's directional, meaning that you can rotate the whole device in its mount to point the side scanning in the direction you want. I didn't really think about it until I started testing/using the 197C DI, but what exactly is the point in knowing what's under you when you're only able to view it in a rather narrow band straight down? I'm not ice fishing through a small hole -- I'm cast fishing, so the benefit of directional side scanning is obvious. I really don't understand why any fishfinder wouldn't have a side scanning feature, especially when the "budget" rather low-end, all-in-one model like the Fishin Buddy 120 has it.
So, the end to this story? I returned the 197C DI. Next time I'm down at my Florida house, I'm probably going to ship my Fishin Buddy 120 up here to my Virginia house and just use it. It will show me depth, structure, and fish -- both blow me and up to 120 feet around me in 360° direction. Plus, I don't have to worry about routing cables/wires, having the transducer separate from the display unit, etc. Definitely a classic case of newer tech not being better tech.
First review: Ummm... Well... It's okay. Using it as my bow mounted fish finder, on my smaller Jon boat, looks good on a ram mount. I don't think the transducer is working on my trolling motor. It works great one min, then the next it goes froms 3ft to 300ft then 0ft. The temp seems to be spot on and has pretty clear read out it sees the fish just fine and sees the bottom and everything on it just fine didn't have any prob there. Only prob Is..., it's not keeping depth really well but... Like I said before maybe because it's transducer is on a trolling motor mount, and maybe it was the shallow grassy area I was floating around in. Maybe! I'm going to give it a full season before I judge to harshly. So far it's just okay. Not happy it's not keeping depth. Oh it's depth alarm, starts at 3ft. I'm on a small boat that can float in a foot of water. Would like to be able to set it at 1ft. But that's not a option. ALSO!!! OMG!! Do NOT!! Even touch the screen!!!! I got some water spots on the screen along with lint. So using my clean cotton tshirt i was wearing, to wiped the screen and it left scratches and swirl marks !! BAD!!! Swirl Marks!! Absolutely ridiculous!!! Can't even see the screen for the swirl marks. I don't know if I can deal with this.
Update: I've contacted Humminbird about the units depth problems. They where not very helpful! They wanted to put the blame on how I had it hooked from the trolling motors power supply. So I got a small 12v humminbird battery and that didn't help anything! They wanted to blame how I had it setup so while on the phone with them out on the lake they walked me thru all the settings, that didn't help! They blamed how it was mounted on my trolling motor on there own trolling motor mount, might I add!! So I rear mounted it! Didn't help! They blamed me for having more then one Humminbird fishfinder running at one time!!! So... I unplugged the other console unit! And guess what!!! Yea, that didn't fix it either!!! Does Kevin VanDam go thru this BS??! He has TWO units running at once! I guess that's why he has the 2,000 dollar units running on his boats. Anyway it's on it's way back I'm going to try another NEW Unit! If I get the same problems I'm going to get a refund and I'm going to Lowrance!!! About over the Bird!