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FLOAT TUBE FISHING FORUM » Float Tubes, Pontoons and Related Equipment Discussions » Float Tube, Pontoon, and Equipment Related Discussions » Lowrance Hook 2 Model 5x Split Shot Fish Finder

Lowrance Hook 2 Model 5x Split Shot Fish Finder

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Jerdon

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Lowrance Hook 2 Model 5x Split Shot

This is my was initial run and I am quite impressed. The Hook has a standard mode and a Down Scan Imaging mode. The Down Scan imaging mode can really give detail to structure below me, but it does not show fish arches or trails as detailed as the standard mode. Their standard sonar mode is awesome, it gave me pictures of trees underwater, not just a lump of structure. It is easy to use, and the screen is easy to see in full sunlight. Sometimes if the sun hits straight on I need to give it a little twist to adjust the angle, but still easy to see what is going on.

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For battery power I chose a Nocqua Lithium Ion 12-volt 10 amp. This is very small like a 3-inch cube and weighs less than one pound. Theoretically it will power the fish finder for 9 hours or more. I did a test in my garage and let the Hook run for 6 ½ hours in simulation mode with no problem at all. It comes with waterproof connectors that I could wire into the Hook 5x. However, the Hook people recommend a 3 amp inline fuse. It still fits in a one-gallon baggie in the pocket and work just fine and is probably as waterproof as can be expected. I will probably make some adjustments to this later.

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The Split Shot transducer is kind of long, so I made a PVC downrigger to mount the transducer to. It rotates up and out of the way for storage and travel and is held in place by a plug. The PVC pipe is cable tied to the seat frame and the cable ties act as a hinge. There is not a great chance that I will move this unit from tube to tube with this current set up.
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As a comparison point I used a Huminbird Fishing Buddy 120 and a Deeper Pro fish finder before finding the Hook. The Hook has a better screen, sharper image, and better detail than either of the other two. The cost of the Hook was $223, and I am suppose to get a $50 rebate in the mail some time. The Nocqua battery was $129 with a charger and everything to wire it to the Hook. For me it is was a little more money than I wanted to spend, but it was all birthday money, so it was free.

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If you are looking for a fish finder I hope this helps.


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Excellent write up Jerdon.


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Congrats on your first Lowrance. I started with an Elite 4" with charting, sonar and down scan on my tube. Updated to Hook 5 with same features for tubing and ice fishing. Upgraded to Elite 7 ti with above features and side scan with touch screen for tubing, ice and pontooning. Upgraded to HDS 7 Gen3 with all of those features. Only problem is that each upgrade takes more power to run them.



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Thanks Hunt,

What battery are you using for the HDS 7?


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The HDS 7 is powerful and power hungry. I had upgraded the battery to 14 AH but found it might not last a longer day on the water. I now have a 22 AH that seems to work well.

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Great info guys thanks for all the sharing.


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[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:The HDS 7 is powerful and power hungry. I had upgraded the battery to 14 AH but found it might not last a longer day on the water. I now have a 22 AH that seems to work well.

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i would like to see were an how you store that battery if you dont mind!

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nice upgrade jer

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[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:nice upgrade jer

Thanks Rucker, definitely an upgrade for me.


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[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:The HDS 7 is powerful and power hungry. I had upgraded the battery to 14 AH but found it might not last a longer day on the water. I now have a 22 AH that seems to work well.

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i would like to see were an how you store that battery if you dont mind!

Here is the battery box I bought for this new battery. I store it in the rack behind my seat on my Colorado XTS. I haven't had it on the tube yet but it should fit behind the seat in the FishCat where I always placed my sonar battery.

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thanks hunt

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That is looking good. Love whart you did with the pontoon.

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[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:That is looking good. Love whart you did with the pontoon.

Thanks TobyB

I really like the toon, but it is a slow work in progress. I knew I needed to upgrade my FishFinder last January and this one is going to work for me.


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