If you are new to the sport of angling or just looking to upgrade your old fish finder it is hard to go wrong with a trusted name like Garmin. This little device is perfect for mounting on kayaks or other small boats and will definitely improve your daily catch. I went with the Garmin Echo 300c Dual-Beam Fish finder because of the trusted name and I have not been disappointed. When I was first looking to replace my old Hummingbird fish finder I ended up choosing this one due to the features, price, and both fresh and saltwater functionality. I live in New England and am able to enjoy fishing in lakes and rivers as well as casting off from the jetty and going a few miles off shore for a little day trip. There is a newer model, the 500c, but I ended up going with this one due to the significantly marked down price. The newer model does have some cool improvements but for the price difference I personally don’t think it is worth it. Here are a few things you should know about the Echo 300c
- LED display comes in color
- Reads depths up to 1,500 ft.
- Dual frequency
- Detects water temperature
- Designed for both fresh and saltwater
Breakdown of the Features
Garmin is notorious for its fish finders, as they are usually built to last and deliver a quality performance. The Echo 300c dual-beam fish finder is able to read depths of 1,500, along with using a dual-frequency. With the ability to detect water temperature, along with being designed for both saltwater and fresh water, you’re going to be able to get good at finding fish on your own. However, this nifty tool will allow you to succeed during every fishing trip you venture out on.
I was very happy when I received my Garmin echo 300c Dual-Beam Fish finder in the mail. I ordered it from Amazon so I didn’t have to pay for shipping which is just an added bonus on top of what I thought was an already great deal. It comes with everything you will need to set it up and start casting lures. It came with a clamp for the transducer and some mounting stuff for the receiver, though I haven’t bothered to mount it to anything since I have more than one boat and couldn’t decide which one to put it on. This fish finder is very compact, which is great for going out on a kayak with it or taking it with you if you have another type of small boat without any problems. The screen is small enough to fit it on small boats but it is still clear and easy to read, even in direct sunlight. If the price stays this low I might splurge and get a few more and give them out to my nephews or buy multiples for my boats and actually mount them, though I haven’t decided yet.
The Advantages of the Product
This product has a lot of really nice features and comes from a trustworthy brand, so you know it is a good quality product that you can depend on. I had a Hummingbird before this fish finder and I think they are both comparable in quality, though the Hummingbird finder I had was just a basic model and didn’t come with some of the features this one does, like the color screen or depth of reading capabilities. The biggest advantage I think this fish finder brings to the table is how deep in the water it can send the frequencies. The one I had before only read up to six hundred feet, so it didn’t really do me much good in open water. This one can read up to twice as much and has a very clear and easy to read display screen. You can also set alerts for certain depths which is handy for finding particular fish.
It uses dual frequencies to collect data which makes for an accurate image of the underwater environment. The sonar capabilities are typical of other fish finders in this price range and it uses both eighty hertz and two hundred in order to gather the information. The difference in frequencies used help create an accurate image since lower frequencies can’t travel as far as higher frequencies. The combinations allows the sound waves to travel over greater distances and is able to pick up even small obstructions in the water.
I think this device is good for beginners and professionals, but might be a little tricky to set up for the first time. The interface is simple and pretty straightforward and easy to read, even in direct sunlight. The added colors to the display screen make it much easier to read then my Hummingbird was and makes finding and catching fish about as easy as it can be. It is also very compact, which is great for small boats without much extra space.
The Disadvantages of the Product
The only disadvantage to this product is that it doesn’t have GPS, though if you go with the 500c device I believe that one is GPS enabled. This isn’t really that big a deal to me and with the amount I saved on the product I’m OK with it not having maps or checkpoint options. If this is a deal breaker for you though, you can go with the upgraded version but if it’s not high on your list of priorities I think this product is completely worth the low investment and can be used by beginners and professionals alike.
What’s in the Box?
Apart from the basic receiver and transducer it also comes with gear to mount it to the boat (quick release tilt mount for fast installation) as well as a clamp for the transducer, so you can attach it to your trolling motor.
The Final Verdict
Overall, I think this is a great product and I couldn’t be happier about its performance or the price I was able to get it for. It is a reliable product and has worked well since I bought it. I would highly recommend this product to both beginner anglers and seasoned pro’s alike due to its quality and easy to use interface.