Humminbird® 120 Fishin' Buddy® Ultimate Portable Fishfinder
Great new fishing accessory
First test over the weekend, hung on side of canoe. Pros: rain proof; easy to use and visualize screen in different daylight conditions; long battery life, and most important, it found the fish, both on side and down scan . Clamp adjusts to horizontal and vertical mounting. Ran about 8+ hours and battery still strong; easily mounted and dismounted.
Cons: vibrates in holder when trolling above minimum speed; clamp does not grip canoe side securely (will have to add wood blocking); could use adapter to run off trolling battery.
Overall first impressions are very good, recommended.
September 2, 2014
I read other review of this product. And they were right. It does wobble when it goes through the water. I mounted it on my kayak and when moving it does vibrate. But other than that, it works well for what I wanted it for.
July 15, 2013
I bought this for my boyfriend as a birthday gift. We took it up to lake Almanor. yep we were able to hunt down the big 4 to 6 lb browns. He just loves it. It is so easy to use. we look forward to many more sucessfu fishing trips.
June 6, 2013
Good unit for inflatable boats
I have a Sea Eagle 12.6' inflatable runabout with a Prowler 45lb thrust trolling motor on the transom. This fishfinder fits nicely next to the motor, just far enough away so that the prop doesn't hit it when I make turns.
The "wobble" issue does happen when you have the transducer in the water and you go over a 3 (out of 5) speed setting on the trolling motor. I usually just pull the fishfinder out of the mount while we are at full speed and put it back in when we troll at 2 or 3 speed.
I've used this for about 15 trips so far and it seems pretty accurate. I fish some of the mountain lakes in Arizona, so it does sometimes read submerged pine tree stumps as fish, but you can usually tell when the same 'fish' keep showing up in the exact same places consistently. Either way, it is a reliable unit, easy to mount and use. The sidefinder is also a handy feature, especially for trolling. It will even pick up your lure if you line it up properly.
The readout is pretty easy to understand and the screen is readable even in the blinding Arizona sun.
For the relatively low price, I would recommend it to anyone with an inflatable boat or other small craft where permanent transducer or screen mounting isn't an option.
January 15, 2013