If you are looking for a new angle on your weekend angling, then this Garmin Striker 5cv fish finder is a great way to, well… find fish. I have used Garmin products for my car (at least before it became easier to do on my phone) so I trusted the brand from the start and I was not disappointed. Now, I wouldn’t say I have any degree of brand loyalty, just that I’ll keep using a product until I have reason not to and I’m certainly not finding any reasons with this product. It is a good piece of equipment and it has all the advanced options I wanted when looking to get a new fish finder. Honestly, I think it’s one of the best ones on the market right now and I really like the features.
- GPS enabled
- CHIRP transponder and sonar
- Split-screen option
- Uses map to track routes
Breakdown of the Features
So, fish finders as you already know use sonar to generate an image. The waves that are projected through the water use several frequencies in order to achieve that result. Depending on what kind of device you get it could be singing one of three basic frequency types; single, dual, and networked. Most of them are self-explanatory and even a novice can figure out the basics. This becomes important for understanding how the CHIRP transporter works. These are often found in networked systems and uses a low frequency and wide cone beam on the transponder. The cone is the part of the transponder that emits sonar and the beam is the width and distance of the frequency. When a low frequency is used, it means that the image will have a limited range. However, it constructs a highly accurate rendering of the underwater environment. With the aforementioned map for route-tracking, along with CHIRP and split-screen, you can ensure that you’ll find fish with ease.
The First Impression of the Product
My first impression of this product was positive overall though I did have to think for a little bit about the price. I was admittedly a little taken aback at how much higher it was compared to the competition. But, I knew what I was looking for and the kind of features I wanted it to have and after looking at the specific features it came with it was pretty easy to see why the Garmin Striker 5cv is priced the way it is and it was exactly what I’d been looking for. I did a fair amount of research before deciding on this device and here are some things you should understand about fish finders and the way they work in order to understand why this one is so much further above the rest.
The Advantages of the Product
The best thing about this device is the GPS system it is equipped with. Like I mentioned earlier this is a Garmin product and GPS is kind of what they are known for. With this feature, you can track where you are going, where you have been, as well as mark your preferred spots. This is good if you want to track your routes and mark your spots so you can come back later. Saving the spots where you get bites can greatly improve your probabilities in getting consistent action every time you cast off.
The other thing I really like about this is the split screen. Not only can I bring up the sonar and the route but I can also use actual video to see the fish or just check out the habitat while I’m waiting for some action. It’s pretty cool. Though, I don’t live in a place with any really big gar or alligators; I kind of want to take this with me when I go to Florida just to cruise around and find some cool stuff to look at.
Finally, there are several upgrades available to make this fish finder a rather advanced piece of machinery.
The Disadvantages of the Product
The only downside to this machine is that since it uses low frequencies due to the CHIRP transponder is that I don’t imagine it would work well in deep water. The signal’s range only reaches to six hundred feet, which is more than I need for the New England ponds and lakes I usually go out on. However, if you are looking for a more serious fishing venture then you may want to go with something that is specially made for deep water. But, for my purposes, this works really well.
The other downside to this particular device is that it is not intuitive to use. I printed the user manual from the website, which was more than helpful and was able to set the programs. Though even with the manual it took a little longer than expected, though I suppose that is the price you pay for having advanced options. Also, it doesn’t record your speed or anything like that.
What’s in the Box?
Just the screen in a box, although you can print the user manual yourself online. While we would love a number of different accessories, we’re paying the basic price for a super good item, and we shouldn’t get too greedy.
The Final Verdict
Overall, I think this is a great product and I think it would be harder to find a better deal with as many functions as this has. The price might be a little intimidating to some, but if you know what you are looking for and you want some more advanced options, then it isn’t too surprising that the price might reflect the better technology used. All in all, I have to say I am very pleased with my purchase and think you will be too. If you are looking for a way to increase your bite rate and track your spots, this is the fish finder for you.