Product Review: Deeper Fishfinder

Product Review: Deeper Fishfinder

Date: Jan.29, 2016
Product type: FishFinder – Sonar
Manufacturer: Deeper
Reviewer: Dean Schenk
   

Deeper

 

 

 

Introduction:

Deeper fish finder is the first of its kind portable, wireless sonar, compatible with 7000+ iOS and Android devices, specially designed to find the location of fish, depth, water temperature, bottom contour and much more. Let’s see how it works on the ice!

 

 

 

(Deeper Fishfinder) Specifications
Type Bluetooth Wireless Sonar
Length 65mm (2.6 inches)
Weight 100 grams (3.5 oz.)
Material ABS
Hooks N/A
Colors Black
Origin USA – Lithuania
MSRP 299.00 CA

 

 

Quality/Construction:

The quality and construction of the Deeper Fishfinder is very good. The ABS plastic held up to being dropped on the ice in -30C weather as well as dropped into the hole and hitting the sides of the ice when a fish was pulled through the hole. The markings on the deeper to ensure you have a proper seal were a nice addition. With a built in Bluetooth antenna and no power switches or cords to worry about makes the Deeper very mobile and versatile.

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Quality Ratings for (Deeper FishFinder)
Finish(1-5) Level of Detail(1-5) Hardware(1-5) Craftsmanship(1-5) Total Possible Rating (10 being highest )
5 5 4 5 19 20 9

 

 

Performance:

The Deeper performed as advertised. Right out of the box and into the water after a quick charge the deeper was easily connected to my Ipad and Iphone. The Deeper app is easy to navigate and is full of additional features beyond the sonar screen. The sonar screen was easy to read and view without any adjustments. There is a slight delay from the Bluetooth signal about half a second but once I got used to it there was no issue. Highly accurate and clear sonar shots revealed most of the fish species with crystal clarity as well as any size hook that I used. Interference from surrounding sonars is an issue with no interference rejection options but this will occur with any sonars in close proximity.

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Performance Ratings (Deeper Fishfinder)
Castability(1-5) Ease of Use(1-5) Quality of Action (1-5) Position at Rest (1-5) Durability (1-5) Total Possible Rating (10 being highest )
N/A 5 N/A 5 5 25 8

 

Features/Design:

The Deeper Fishfinder is really small and light making it very mobile when hole hopping or traveling and it comes with a small protective carrying bag. The deeper doesn’t take up very much room in the hole so not having to remove it when you catch a fish is great. Also being wireless there is no issues with tangling fishing lines around cords. I would recommend a waterproof protective case for your mobile device so splashing water isn’t an issue. There is an LED light indicator to let you know when the Deeper is charged and ready to go.

 

Feature /Design Ratings (Deeper Fishfinder)
  Consistency(1-5) Weight(1-5) Realism (1-5) Range of sizes (1-3) Total Possible Rating (10 being highest )
5 5 3 3 16 18 10

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Application: 

I would use the deeper when traveling and I am unable to pack a lot of gear. It is a great option for hole hopping when you want to quickly see if there are any fish in the area and keep moving to stay on top of them. I would most likely be using the Deeper in a heated shack or hut as mobile devices don’t agree with really cold weather for extended periods of time. I will also be using the deeper from shore and in my boat this summer. The size and mobility of the Deeper is key to always being able to utilize sonar technology in situations where you might not be able to take your larger permanent sonar units. It won’t replace my permanent or large sonars but will be a great addition to cover every situation on the ice, water and shore.

 

 

(Deeper Fishfinder) Collective Final Rating
Construction/Quality 9  
Performance 8  
Price 9
Features 10
Design (Ergonomics) 10
Application 7  
Total Score 8.8
Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = MUST HAVE  

 

Conclusion:

The Deeper Fishfinder is a great entry level sonar. Perfect for someone who wants to use sonar technology without breaking the bank. It is well built and performed as advertised. The only issue I had was not with the Deeper but with my mobile device not working in really cold weather -30C. The Deeper App is packed with options and features. I can see many applications where the Deeper will be a welcome addition to my tools to catch more fish. Anyone who doesn’t have a fishfinder the Deeper fishfinder would be a great place to start. If you do currently have sonars/flashers the deeper is a nice addition to compliment them in many situations.

Boat Buying Tips: How To’s and What To Look For!

Boat Buying Tips: How To’s and What To Look For!

 Boat Buying Tips

 Well it’s that time of year again. The show season is in full swing, and boat manufacturers and dealers are showcasing their line(s) of boats for the 2016 season. We at Exist To Fish Canada thought

Exist To Fish Canada Writer David Reid

Exist To Fish Canada Writer David Reid

we would share some tips with you to help save some money before purchasing your first boat, including some specific things that you might want to take into consideration when you see the ride of your dreams.
Seeing that this is a purchase that will potentially be with you for quite a while, the first and foremost decision to make is the type of boat you’ll want to fit your specific needs. Do you need a boat that will crossover as both a recreational family and fishing boat? Or is it a fishing specific boat that’s on tap?
Buyer’s Remorse & Hidden Costs

Let’s touch on some things that are often overlooked when purchasing a boat. Because of the cost-effectiveness, many first time buyers consider the purchase of a pre rigged boat. The outboard’s horsepower is something that you might want to make a high priority. Many starter packages come with underpowered outboards for the price the package is offered at. If you think that you might want to upgrade the outboard to get the best performance and fuel consumption for the boat, now is the time to ask for it (which will ultimately save you some money in the long run). Upon initially running your new ride, if you deem it underpowered and are ultimately unhappy with your purchase, keep in mind this motor will now be considered a used outboard (which means you lose money trying to sell or trade in to upgrade). An extended warranty is good to negotiate, but really, negotiating a good deal on the most horse power you can afford will save headaches and unnecessary spending down the road. Plus, you’ll just be that much more satisfied with your purchase (buyer’s remorse is awful).
Something else often overlooked is the lack of quality offered in the “package deal” fish finder. Many pre-rigged boats come with the lower end units that a manufacturer has to offer, once again to keep the cost of package down (in order to spark interest in potential sales). Most dealers will carry higher end models of fish finders, so ask them if they can exchange the unit that comes with the boat against the purchase of said higher end model that they carry. Make sure you ask them about this, because if you snooze here, the potential upgrade becomes another added cost if you don’t already own one. Does the boat you are looking at come with a bow mount electric motor? If it does, is it the one that you would be happy with? Will it have enough power to operate in any weather conditions? If, for example, you purchase a 17ft boat that is rigged with a 12 volt electric motor, chances are you will be upgrading to a 24 or 36 volt motor after the first time you are out on a windy exhibit 2day (at the very least you’ll be unsatisfied). Is the shaft of the electric motor long enough for the boat? If not, again, after the first windy choppy day running it, only to have your electric motor prop continuously popping out of the water thus being blown off your spot, chances are you’ll be wishing you had opted for the longer shaft and higher powered motor. Now is the time to shore this up. Before you purchase the boat, take the time to ask the dealer if they would take the electric bow mount off the boat that you are looking at and put it towards the price of another model that would better suit your needs.

Questions, Questions, Questions

You most definitely want to ask the dealer the following questions. Does the package come with transom tie downs? Is a transom saver for the outboard included? Is a fitted boat cover or a trailering cover included? Are the trailer wheel bearings, packed bearings and self-greasing or are there grease nipples to service the bearings yourself? Does the boat come with batteries for the electric motor or just a starting battery? Does it come with a spare tire for the trailer? What are the license and boat registration fees? The answers to all of these questions will further help you to keep the “hidden costs” to a minimal. Throughout your search, remember to also look at where the rod holders will be located and the type of fish finder mount you will use. Boat cleats, tiller or console model, storage space, rod locker, carpet or non-skid vinyl, electric or pull start and the live well (to name a few) are other things to consider.

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Don’t Worry Be Happy

I hope these suggestions help you out if a pre rigged boat is what you’re after. By making these suggested upgrades, the initial price tag of the boat package will be slightly inflated, but you will most certainly save money down the road (along with your sanity) by making them now. Knowing and carefully weighing your options will save you some frustration from those unexpected costs that may have slipped your mind when buying a boat when you were trying to keep on “budget”.

Your first boat should be an enjoyable purchase for you. By asking these simple, yet forgotten questions, the dealer will be more than happy to outfit your ride for the application you are focused on. There is nothing worse than finding out that you are unhappy with your purchase only to have to start trying to sell something that is now consider used, which is a long term financial loss. The time to trade up/substitute for what you want is at the time of purchase, so you can get the best price possible for the boat/accessory package that fits your needs. Believe me when I say it is in the dealer’s best interest to make sure that you are satisfied with your purchase, because a happy customer is a repeat customer.

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Don’t Forget The Shows!!

Some of the best available deals on new fully rigged boat packages will take place at your local Boat shows. Dealers are bringing their best to the table as well as late model or discontinued products pro staff picthat NEED TO GO. There are typically Pro staff for the boat companies present at the shows that offer honest insight to each model. Why? Because they have run the boats. Their opinions are very prostaff pic 2valuable and will point you towards the right boat for you and your needs.

 

The shows will also give you a great opportunity to see the product up close and personal before you buy it! Not always the case when you are ordering from the dealer out of a catalogue.

So, get out to one of the fine shows going on and take everything possible into account. Be smart. Knowledge is power. Think about the now, the future, what will truly make you happy, and go after it. All the best of luck in your search, and If you find what you’re looking for, have a great season in your new whip!

 

 

 

 

 

David Reid

Written By: David Reid-Exist To Fish Canada

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jamie Wilson-Lead Writer/Editor Exist To Fish Canada

Edited By Jamie Wilson-Lead Writer/Editor Exist To Fish Canada

 

Product Review: EZCam Post

Product Review: EZCam Post

Date: 1/12/16
Product type: Monopod/camera accessory
Manufacturer: EZcam Post
Reviewer: Jamie Wilson

 

 

 

 

 

How many times have you been on the water alone, you caught a nice fish and couldn’t get a good picture for your photo album? Maybe you shot a selfie with your smartphone? Or one of those goofy looking upward angled shots of the fish, your nostrils, and the sky, with a Go Pro mounted far too low to capture the true essence of the moment? Yeah not your best look. Well the folks at EZcam Post have solved this issue for you with this simple and very ingenious solution. The first time I myself truly realized how useful the EZcam Post is was on an evening of Bass fishing while I was alone. Usually I would catch a couple big Bass, throw them in the livewell, then run back to my dock so I could get my wife to take the shot I needed. Well, this evening she was nowhere to be found and I panicked. Then I remembered that the EZcam Post was in my bag. I clamped it onto one of the dock posts beside the boat, attached my D-SLR, set the timer and viola, I had a sweet double lip grip shot to show my family and friends. Since then I’ve been sold on the idea of this useful monopod.

 

 

EzCam Post

EzCam Post

 

(EZcam Post) Specifications
Type Camera monopod
Length Adjustable from 2-6ft
Material Stainless steel/polycarbonate
Colors Black
Origin Canada
MSRP  $144 USD

 

 

The EZcam Post is durable with a lightweight linear design that allows it to work well in tight spaces. Made of polycarbonate plastic(which is a very strong material) along with stainless steel hardware that will hold up through the harshest weather conditions.

 

Finish(1-5) Hardware(1-5) Craftsmanship(1-5) Total Possible Rating (10 being highest )
5 4 5 14 15 10

 

 

Ease of use was job one when this camera accessory was created. The first time I clamped the EZcam Post was super simple and extremely quick. Actually I was right at home with the slap style ratchet straps as they are the same design found on snowboard bindings. It easily supported my bulky D-SLR, and it was super solid during a 60+ mph run across the lake while filming with the Go Pro as well.

 

EZcam Post

EZcam Post

 

Ease of Use(1-5) Durability (1-5) Total Possible Rating (10 being highest )
4 5 9 9.5

 

As previously mentioned, I’ve mounted both a full sized D-SLR and a Go Pro but it doesn’t end there. The EZcam Post works with any camera, camera accessory and even a smartphone. The great thing about monopods is that any camera can be mounted to it and so can, for example, an external microphone, lighting and reflectors and so on, as long as the proper clamps and fasteners are on hand. The fact that this monopod has been designed to clamp to a boat seat post is very cool. If you’re an amateur or professional photographer or videographer you can be assured that this particular monopod will make your photoshoots or productions on the water much easier and thus, more successful. A great example of this is a video shoot I did this fall. A good friend and I attached a Go Pro to my EZcam Post which was clamped at the stern seat post of the Bass boat. We had previously downloaded the Go Pro app to our smartphones which allowed us to remotely control all of the cameras functions. Also, we had a second Go Pro mounted on the bow of the boat, also controlled by our phones, giving us two angles of beautiful HD video. We recorded some great footage running the lake that day during this test run, along with a couple photos of fish that we caught the next day. The images and video were level to the desired height due to the fact that the EZcam Post is adjustable from 2-6ft. Very useful indeed.

Now, the EZcam Post can also be used to not only capture your fishing experience, it can also be used to film/photograph waterskiing/wakeboarding, at the skate or snowboard park, in your duck or deer blind while hunting, in your icefishing hut or on you ATV/skidoo, on your dirt bike, and the list goes on. It’s a versatile monopod/camera accessory for sure.  

 

(EZcam Post) Collective Final Rating
Construction/Quality 10
Performance 10
Price 8
Features 9
Design (Ergonomics) 10
Application 10
Total Score 57
Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = MUST HAVE  

 

 I tell you, as a semi-professional photographer and videographer, as well as an avid angler working in the fishing industry, the EZcam Post came along at the perfect time. I no longer have to worry about being able to capture professional quality images and videos while I’m on the water, especially when I’m alone. Also, doing productions and photo shoots with the anglers I work with along with family and friends has been seriously upgraded with this really inventive accessory. Like they say, the EZcam Post is a “selfie stick on steroids”. Agreed guys, agreed!

Check it out here

 

 

Jamie Wilson-Lead Writer/Editor Exist To Fish Canada

Jamie Wilson-Lead Writer/Editor Exist To Fish Canada

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