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Needless to say, if you’re a fishing enthusiast, you will need both a GPS and a fish finder to aid you in reeling in fish. Getting a Garmin Fishfinder GPS Combo device lets you hit two birds with one stone, saving you money and space in your boat and making it very convenient having all the data you need right at hand.

Enough words! Here are the top Garmin Fishfinder GPS Combo products, complete with details on their features, GPS and sonar technologies, and advantages and drawbacks.

1. Garmin Striker 7sv with Transducer, 7" GPS Fishfinder with Chirp Traditional, ClearVu and SideVu Scanning Sonar Transducer and Built in Quickdraw Contours Mapping Software

It’s hard not to impressed by the features and technology the Garmin folks have bundled up into the Garmin GPS Marine Striker Plus 7sv.

Taking advantage of what seems to be the most sophisticated CHIRP sonar systems to have ever existed as of late, the Striker Plus 7sv provides 2D sonar information at within the 150 to 240 kHz range, while utilizing a CV52HW/TM transducer.

What this means is that you have a lot of active sonar information in your hands while you’re out on the water enjoying your GPS Fish Finder Garmin trip. The device is able to take readings at amazing depths, delivering sheer accuracy that many fish finder GPS combo options at the same price point couldn’t achieve.

Design

Easy-to-use 7-inch color fishfinder with built-in   

When you first lay eyes on the Striker 7sv, you’ll be drawn towards the large, full-color display, which is encapsulated within Garmin GPS Marine most rugged housing yet, about 9x5x2 inches and weighing 24 ounces. This thing is solid, and you don’t have to worry about causing too much damage from a rogue fishing rod bumping the screen or the body.

Is it waterproof?

The Striker 7sv is extremely waterproof, holding an IPX7 rating. Hopefully, you will have the Garmin Fish Finder GPS mounted somewhere on your boat and it will never be submerged, but you can rest easy knowing that no sort of splash or rain is going to damage the finder.

Is it easy to move it around?

If you are going to be moving it around, there is a portable kit you can get for it to keep it safe while carrying it around, say if you want to use it in a cane, kayak or while ice-fishing. GPS Marine Navigation The sealed, rechargeable battery will make sure you have lots of power even if it’s not connected to your boat’s battery.

CHIRP Sonar and Transducer

The transducer included with the Garmin Striker Plus 7sv is pretty much the same as the older GT52HW-TM, only it is the ClearVü model. It’s a plastic transducer, has 20 feet of cable, a 12-pin connector, Marine Navigation  and integrates a temperature sensor. The device uses three types of sonar. These are traditional 2D sonar, ClearVü, and SideVü. It uses CHIRP technology for all three sonar types, which comes with several advantages. 

To begin with, it provides a better separation between targets, so it’s easier to distinguish between fish targets and vegetation or structure. Also, sonar images, whether they’re 2D or CV/SV, have less clutter. Marine GPS  As opposed to the older DownVü technology, ClearVü provides slightly wider imaging and an overall better view of the bottom and underwater environment. In case you’re wondering, this Striker unit is not compatible with Panoptix transducers, nor it has the Panoptix sonar technology Garmin GPS Marine .

Several sonar frequencies

The device itself is capable of several sonar frequencies. It can use 50/77/200 kHz base frequencies for its traditional 2D sonar, and 260/455/800 kHz for its ClearVü & SideVü.

However, with the included CV52HW-TM Transducer Boat , it can only use a High Wide CHIRP frequency with a modulation between 150 and 240 kHz, and 455/800 kHz for CV/SV, the CHIRP modulation intervals being 425-485 kHz and 790-850 kHz.

Depth capability

This Garmin Fish Finder GPS offers a depth capability of 800 feet when using its traditional sonar. However, if paired with a 50 kHz transducer, it should be able to reach depths over 2,000 feet.

For its ClearVü, the depth specified for the Transducer Boat is 250 feet, while for SideVü, it is 500 feet. The system should be able to maintain a decent bottom readings at boat speeds up to 30mph. However, the recommended speed for crystal clear imaging and a maximum of targets is up to 10mph.

GPS and Navigation 

The Garmin Striker Plus 7sv has pretty much the same navigational features as the Striker Plus 5cv, which is one of the other Garmin products featured in this list. While the device is equipped with a highly-efficient internal GPS Marine Navigation , it does not have any charts, nor can be installed with any charts, as it doesn’t have a microSD card slot.

5,000 waypoint

The device’s Marine GPS system allows you to mark waypoints for the best fishing spots or any other points of interest, saving up to 5,000 waypoints in its memory. It can calculate the speed of your boat and show coordinates for your current location and any point marked.The Striker Plus 7sv also offers a track recording function and a route creation function.

For instance, Marine Navigation you can create a route from your location to a certain waypoint, adding turns along the way to avoid obstacles. For the tracks, each recorded track plot can be retraced and used as a route.

QuickDraw Contours

While the device doesn’t have any charts, it does have the QuickDraw Contours feature, which lets you save up to 1,500 hours of drawn contours, or up to 2 million acres.

Depth Range Shading

A Depth Range Shading function is also available, which lets you set color ranges on your recorded maps to determine the depth of a certain area at a glance.

  • Capable of 50/77/200 kHz frequencies for 2D sonar & 260/455/800 kHz frequencies for ClearVü sonar
  • Depth Range Shading
  • Dual-frequency sonar
  • High-sensitivity GPS
  • Integrated Wi-Fi and ActiveCaptainTM compatibility
  • IPX7 waterproof and LED backlight
  • QuickDraw Contours

Various sonar features such as A-Scope, Fish Symbols, Ultrascroll, Flasher, Bottom Lock, etc.

2. Garmin Striker 4 with Portable Kit

Garmin has kicked the whole fishing game up a notch with its Striker 4 model. The device introduces a high image resolution to provide you with a clear view of what is directly under your vessel. It also offers a lot of premium features that you can rarely find in other entry-level Chartplotter Fishfinder . The Garmin Striker 4 offers smooth scaling uninterrupted imagery when moving between deep and shallow waters. We have regarded the Striker 4 as an excellent choice for budget Garmin Fishfinder GPS Combo units, giving you the best bang for your buck around.

Design

The  Garmin GPS Marine Striker 4 features a compact, portable design which comes in handy, especially when you own a kayak or a smaller boat. The clearly-marked buttons make toggling between functions easy and very intuitive. The keypads are big enough for you to control and use, even if you’re wearing gloves.

What ultimately tipped us over this device is the screen that lets you see if you’re trolling at the right speed. Even if you’re a newbie, you can comfortably find your way around within minutes.

Display

The Striker 4 uses both touchscreen and a few dedicated buttons for easy Marine Navigation . Its small screen size of 3.5 inches delivers a 200 kHz reading for a sharper image.

The Striker also comes with a 77 kHz reading for a fuller image, which means that if you decide to use the 77 kHz image quality, you’re going to get a duller image, but a larger scanning area. We like the higher kilohertz because it gives users a sharper image even though we don’t get larger scanning areas like that of the 77kHz.

With all the included hardware and cables, Garmin GPS Marine gives you a much clearer and sharper view of fish targets.

CHIRP Sonar and Transducer

The Garmin Striker 4 unit comes with the 010-10249-20 transducer, with a 4-pin connector. This Transducer Boat is 77/200 kHz capable and uses two conical beams of 15° for 200 kHz and 45° for 77 kHz, respectively.

Depth capability

The maximum depth that you’ll be able to scan with this device is 1,600 feet for freshwater and 750 feet saltwater; however, this is actually only possible using a 50 kHz capable transducer.

With the supplied transducer, the maximum overall depth should be somewhere around 800 feet. The Transducer Boat comes with both transom and trolling motor mounts, has 20 feet of cable, and integrates a temperature sensor.

2D Sonar

The Striker 4’s 2D sonar brings several useful functions, among which are Fish Symbol ID, A-Scope, Ultrascroll, Auto Gain, Flasher, Split-Zoom, and several alarms.

GPS and Navigation

Just like the other models within the Striker series, the Garmin Striker 4 doesn’t feature a chartplotter. Thus, the Garmin GPS Marine system will basically use a blank sheet as support and doesn’t provide coordinates information.

However, the Striker 4 does integrate a high-precision internal Marine GPS module, which allows you to mark waypoints to return to.

5,000 waypoints

The device also lets you mark waypoints for your favorite fishing spots, or just about any desired spot that you would want to revisit, storing up to 5,000 waypoints and providing several suggestive icons that you can use.

  • 77/200 kHz CHIRP transducer, temperature capable, included
  • An array of extra sonar features to compliment the CHIRP technology
  • Capable of operating at the dual frequency
  • Compact, straightforward design
  • Great memory-saving of up to 5000 waypoints
  • Highly-efficient GPS
  • The most affordable device in this list

3. Garmin Striker 5cv with Transducer, 5" GPS Fishfinder with Chirp Traditional and ClearVu Scanning Sonar Transducer and Built in Quickdraw Contours Mapping Software

Garmin released the Striker Plus series with a goal of innovating the older Striker series. GPS Marine Navigation The Striker Plus 5cv has virtually the same functionalities and features, but boasts an uncomplicated user interface, making catching fish fuss-free.

This model has features equipped to make the most out of its built-in GPS, such as the QuickDraw Contour and Wi-Fi, which make the device rather appealing to users who’ve never used Garmin Fish Finder GPS before.

Boasting improved sonar and the capability to customize contour maps, the Striker Plus 5cv is ideal for both entry-level and veteran anglers alike, who are looking for a simple device yet does what it’s intended for exceptionally.

Design

The Garmin Striker Plus 5cv features a 5-inch, a WVGA-color, 800x480-pixel display. It also has an adjustable LED backlight, which delivers excellent readability in bright daylight. Since this is not a tactile device, Marine Navigation through the menus and usage of functions is done exclusively via the keypad on the right portion of the device. 

Is it waterproof?

The Striker Plus 5cv is IPX7 waterproof. As you might already know, this means it can withstand rain or splashes, its connectors creating a tight seal.

The device doesn’t have a microSD card slot, so it’s not compatible with any charts. Also, it doesn’t have NMEA ports or ethernet ports, only the Transducer Boat /power connectors. The only mount available with the device is the classic tilt-and-swivel bracket. A flush mount is not included, nor is a unit cover.

CHIRP Sonar and Transducer

ClearVü, 2D CHIRP sonar

The Garmin Striker Plus 5cv comes with the last year’s ClearVü transducer, the CV20-TM. This is a dual frequency Transducer Boat , and with it, the system can use two base frequencies for its 2D broadband sonar and two for ClearVü.

The base frequencies used for the 2D CHIRP sonar are 200/77 kHz. The frequency modulation interval is not specified, but as a general idea, Mid-Band CHIRP and High-Band CHIRP modes are available.The device can also use 50 kHz, but you’ll need a 50 kHz capable Airmar Transducer .

For ClearVü the system can use 455/800 kHz, the CHIRP frequency intervals being 435-475 kHz and 800-840 kHz. The CV20-TM Transducer Boat also integrates a temperature sensor. It comes with 20 feet of cable, and for this device, you’ll get the one with the 4-pin connector.

Depth capability

When it comes to depth capability, the Striker Plus 5cv can reach up to 2,300 feet when using the 2D CHIRP sonar.  Marine Navigation ClearVü is capable of depths up to 250 feet.These being said, ClearVü is a type of sonar best used for fishing in freshwater, but it can still provide decent results when fishing off-shore, if you remain in shallow areas.

GPS and Navigation

Both the old and new 5cv models let you mark waypoints, Garmin GPS Marine  create routes, and get a steady readout on your vessel’s speed. The speed indicator is a useful tool for tracking your trolling speeds or monitoring limits in wake-controlled lakes.

The device’s built-in, high-precision Marine GPS searches and sustains your position anywhere as you traverse from one area to another.

QuickDraw Contours

The brand features a new mapping software, called QuickDraw Contours, which is built into the Striker Plus and ready to go. Marine Navigation It is one of the device’s major advantages over the older 5cv, but it doesn’t include the capability for detailed mapping. As such, this technology more than makes up for its shortcoming.

  • CHIRP 2D and ClearVü sonar
  • CV20-TM transducer included
  • Depth Range Shading
  • Dual-frequency sonar
  • High-sensitivity GPS
  • QuickDraw Contours

Various sonar features such as A-scope, Bottom Lock, Fish Symbols, Flasher, Ultrascroll, etc.

  4. Garmin echoMAP Chirp 53cv with transducer, 010-01798-01

Released at the beginning of 2016, the Garmin Fish Finder GPS and echoMAP CHIRP 53cv is actually no different from the 53dv. The difference lies in the Sonar technology they use. The new ClearVu (cv) technology is lower 500 watts transmit whereas DownVu uses a 1 kW transmit power. Equipped with a highly-efficient internal GPS Marine Navigation and state-of-the-art CHIRP sonar ClearVü scanning sonar lets you take advantage of the most opulent spots underwater.

Owing to the power of its CHIRP sonar, the device offers incredible versatility, working well for both inland and open-water fishing and for small to mid-sized boats.

Design

While the 5-inch, 480x480-pixel WQVGA-color display offers decent image quality, its moderate size may be the device’s weakest part of 5. However, the user interface of the device is conveniently and proportionately designed, Marine Navigation which compensates for the smaller size of the display. As for the keypad, the echoMAP CHIRP 53cv features a quick selector, letting you toggle between your menus and settings conveniently. A significant drawback of such design is that typing the label of the waypoints is quite difficult GPS Fish Finder Garmin .

Although such is a common design feature of modern fish finders, bear in mind that you might have some difficulties with the selector; otherwise, Garmin GPS Marine the controls offer a pretty standard level of comfort. However, if you want something more convenient, you may find a touchscreen much more convenient.

CHIRP Sonar and Transducer

The echoMAP CHIRP 53cv uses CHIRP sonar technology for both its 2D and ClearVü. It comes with the CV22HW-TM Transducer Boat , which comes with a 4-pin connector, both transom and trolling motor mounts, a 20-feet cable, and a temperature sensor.

2D Sonar

The device itself is capable of 50/77/200 kHz frequencies for 2D and 260/455/800 kHz for ClearVü. However, with the supplied Transducer Boat , the device will be able to use only High Wide CHIRP for 2D, modulating the sonar pulse between 150 and 240 kHz.

ClearVü

For ClearVü the transducer covers the 455/800 kHz frequencies, with the system being capable of the following CHIRP pulse modulation: 425-485 kHz and 790-850 kHz, respectively Transducer Boat .

Now, since the system modulates the sonar pulse over a range of frequencies, rather than just one, the images formed on screen are more focused, present less clutter, and provide a better target separation.

Transducer

In other words, if one of the Airmar Transducer beams hits a group of fish targets that are close together, it’s more likely to actually see the targets individually, rather than just one big dot on the screen. The device uses dual-frequency sonar, which means it can use two 2D frequencies at the same time, and you can view the returns from both via the split-screen mode.

However, since this transducer covers only one 2D channel, you’ll need to pair the device with a different Transducer Boat to be able to use two. Nevertheless, you can use both 2D and ClearVü modes simultaneously and view them in split-screen mode. This model is not Panoptix-capable.

GPS and Navigation

The CHIRP 53cv is engineered with a fast, accurate 5 Hz GPS/GLONASS internal receiver, GPS Marine Navigation which updates your position and movement five times/second, allowing you to closely track and monitor the speed of your vessel.

LakeVü HD charts for the U.S. waters

The device comes with the LakeVü HD charts for the U.S. waters. These cover more than 17,000 U.S. lakes, reservoirs, and rivers, which make them ideal for inland fishing. They also offer the Shallow lake-vu-hd-22Water Shading function, which allows you to designate a minimum depth to be able to determine the safest paths for Marine Navigation or track your desired depth for fishing right at a glance.

QuickDraw Contours

One of the newest features introduced with the new echoMAP CHIRP series is the QuickDraw Contours. The charts that you create with QuickDraw contours app are yours to keep, Marine Navigation but you can choose to share them with the QuickDraw Community or Garmin Connect.

  • Compatible with various other chart types, such as BlueChart g2 Vision or LakeVü HD Ultra
  • Data graphs and other sonar functions
  • Dual-frequency sonar
  • Enhanced Auto Guidance capable
  • QuickDraw Contours
  • Shallow Water Shading
  • Sonar recording feature

Our Verdict

The models in this Garmin best Fish Finder GPS Combo review are all excellent options, that it was quite tough for us to make a choice. With everything put into consideration, we have somehow trimmed down our options and picked the Garmin Striker 4 for the top spot. 

If you want a Garmin Fish Finder GPS that is friendly on your pocket but exceeds your performance expectations, we highly recommend the Garmin Striker 4.

While relatively small and seemingly bare-bones compared to many feature-rich options flooding the market, the Striker 4 is an angler’s best friend for a multitude of tangible reasons that you will get to understand as soon as you start using it out on the water for the first time.

There were a lot of doubt and speculations about the viability of the Striker series models when they first made their foray into the market. But the Striker 4 has transcended all those, as it stays as one of the best Fish Finder GPS Combo options that money can buy, one of the most critically-acclaimed units available, and arguably, a savvy investment for the serious fisher who isn’t so much into a lot of the bells and whistles, and instead, just prefers something straightforward but does an exceptional job.

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