Are you looking for a quality fish finder? In that case, you’ve come to the right place. In here, I will present the top 5 Hummingbird Fish Finders which will take your fishing experience to maximum! Using one of the top-quality, professional Hummingbird fish finders, you will get a hold of a wide range of fishfinding options. You will get crystal-clear imaging, laser-targeted tracking results, even in the murkiest waters, or where the bottom of the sea, lake or river has the most irregularities. With a super tracker like a Humminbird Fish Finder 1198c SI Combo or Humminbird Fish Finder 998c SI Combo, fish will literally have no place to hide! So, without wasting anymore of your time, here are the most effective Hummingbird Fish Finders out there.
Humminbird 998c SI Combo
Out of all Hummingbird fish finders, the Humminbird 998c SI Combo one is probably the best when it comes to the price-quality ratio. I’ll tell you exactly why.
First of all, it has an 8″ diagonal, 16:9 TFT color display, which will provide you with crystal-clear images. Its wide screen, 480v x 800H is the perfect fit for a professional or casual fisherman. In fact, even if you’re the average weekend fisherman, this device will bring you the same results as the pros’.
The Hummingbird Fish Finder 998c SI Combo has DualBeam PLUS Sonar, with an up to 8000 Watts PTP power output. This feature will make your unit reliable from shallow to up to 1500 ft waters. You can optionally equip it with a 200/50 kHz transducer and this way you will be able to use successfully even for 3000ft depths.
It has HD quality Side Imaging and Down Imaging, allowing you to adapt better to any given environment or fishing conditions. One of the Hummingbird fish finders with these options, will increase your effectiveness in a wider range of angling styles. It’s Side Imaging delivers snapshots of photo-like clarity in up to 150 ft deep waters, covering a massive surface of 480 ft from the left to the right of your boat.
As far as it concerns me, I really prefer the Side Imaging because the Hummingbird depth finders with this feature provide a better overview of the bottom contour, structure and the orientation of cover, and because of the huge amounts of water I can scan. Anyway, if you’re a catfisherman, you’re after big Atlantic sturgeons or basically any species of bottom fish, the Down Imaging of this fish finder should work like a charm.
As for the GPS capabilities of this electronic fishing gadget, the Humminbird Fish Finder 988c SI Combo has its own, built-in ContourXD mapping, giving you access to a wide range of maps. Plus, it’s compatible with Navionics and LakeMaster. Its 50 channel GPS will provide you with accurate and quick positioning. Also this device a great chartplotter. Like most Hummingbird Fish Finders it has a memory that will allow you to store up to 3000 waypoints, 50 routes or 50 tracks with 20,000 points each.
Humminbird 1198c SI Combo
The Hummingbird 1198c SI Combo is by far a high-end fish tracking tool. Endowed with an enormous 10.4″ diagonal, full-color display, with a super 600V x 800H pixel resolution, it will provide you with images close to the clarity of a photography for almost anything it will detect. Due to the SuperBright LED backlight LCD technology, it features clear visibility even in direct sunlight.
Being one of the Hummingbird Fish Finders equipped with DualBeam Plus sonar, it has a 1500ft depth penetration. Has both Side Imaging and Down Imaging. The 180 degree view provided by the Side Imaging displays clear images up to 240 ft, on both sides of your boat. Images are so crystal that I could clearly see even the crab traps of other fishermen and also if they were full or not, when I took this baby out for the first time.
It does not have an internal GPS. However has a 50 channels GPS which will provide you with an accurate positioning. Its generous memory capacity will allow you to store up to 3000 waypoints and 50 routes.
The wide screen of this fish finder not only that will allow you to find fish and/or sunken objects or structures, it can be used for advanced chartplotting and trackplotting, with an incorporated CountourXD mapping system. Since it’s one of the elite Hummingbird fish finders, the 1198c SI Combo is compatible with LakeMaster and Navionics charts.
Although this is the best Hummingbird fish finder at the moment when it comes to performance, the only major technical difference between Humminbird 1198c SI Combo and Humminbird 998c Si Combo (number one reviewed here) is basically the big screen. The price difference is quite significant though. Anyway, if money isn’t a problem, out of all Hummingbird fish finders, this is the best solution for you.
Humminbird 898c SI Combo
The Humminbird 898c SI Combo is almost as performant as its bigger brothers, the Hummingbird Fish Finders 998c SI Combo and 1198c SI Combo, only it has a less wider screen – 7-inch diagonal. It has however, high-resolution 480v x 800H display, providing brilliant colors and crystal-clear images. Its CCFL backlight increases readability in low light conditions.
Just as the previous two Hummingbird fish finders here, the 898c SI Combo has DualBeam PLUS Sonar, Side Imaging and Down Imaging, which makes this fishing gadget a very useful tool for various styles of fishing or structure finding. Although the screen is smaller, you’ll still get photo-like captions which, needless to say, will sharpen your overview upon the bottom of the sea, river or lake.
It also has the build-in CountourXD cartography software and it’s compatible with Navionics and LakeMaster maps and charts. The GPS features of this Hummingbird fish finder are: 50 channel GPS, trackplotting and chartplotting. Also, like most Hummingbird fish finders, it has a memory of 50 routes, and 3000 waypoints and 50 tracks with 20,000 points each.
All in all, even if it’s lighter than the first models presented here, this Hummingbird fish finder still is a professional fishing tool that will help you a lot in finding the biggest catch of your season. The price is also quite acceptable.
Humminbird 798ci HD SI Combo
The Humminbird 798ci HD SI Combo is quite a nice fish finder for the price, an excellent choice for the weekend fisherman. Although it has a small color display, only 5-inch diagonal, 640V x 640H, with LED backlight, it will provide you with accurate and crystal-clear images.
Just like the Hummingbird fish finders above, it’s equipped with DualBeam PLUS, sonar with a 4000 Watts PTP power output and a reliability down to 1500 ft. Side Imaging (reliable for down to 100 ft), and Down Imaging, which makes it ideal for different fishing styles.
About its Side Imaging and Down Imaging, I want to add here that you should use them at a steady speed to get a maximum volume of information about what’s underneath. Other than that, these features work just fine.
As for the GPS features, the Humminbird Fish Finder 798ci HD SI Combo has a 50 Channel GPS, it’s also endowed with the ContourXD mapping system like its bigger brothers, and also has the Chartplotting and Trackplotting features. This fish finder is, of course, compatible with the Navionics and LakeMaster charts, having a dual SD card slot. Also has the same memory of 50 routes, and 3000 waypoints and 50 tracks with 20,000 points each.
Humminbird 597ci HD DI Combo
Last but not least of the elite Hummingbird depth finders has to be the Humminbird 597ci HD DI Combo. It’s a small unit, yet very handy. Just like number four in this review, has a small color 5″ display, 640V x 640H with LED backlight.
Although it has only Down Imaging, it still comes with the DualBeam PLUS sonar and the SwitchFire Sonar so you can see separate sonar returns in Split Screen Zoom, for a better interpretation of the bottom. Images are pretty clear since it’s HD, and once you’re used to the DI type of display, this Humminbird will become an indispensable tool for finding fish.
This Humminbird Fish Finder also has the built-in cartography system as the 900 series of Hummingbird fishfinders have. Its included UniMap reflects the US coastline, inland waters and rivers. Also includes an over 3,000 US lake maps database, powered by Navionics. Therefore, you will be able to enhance your fishing and get better fishing results in the lakes or waters near your home, or basically wherever your fishing destination will be, in the U.S.
Last but not least, it has a memory of 3000 waypoints, 50 routes or 50 tracks w/ 20,000 points each.
The Hummingbird Fish Finders presented here are the most complete of each series. They are all indeed elite fish finding tools. They all come with various System Network options like WeatherSense, CannonLink, but only the 800,900 and 1100 series mentioned here are Ethernet compatible.
Ethernet is a connectivity solution to other Humminbird units, allowing your to share waypoints, routes, tracks, GPS position and even Sonar information. However, you won’t be able to get SI Sonar information on a Humminbird unit that’s not compatible with SI.
All in all these are all top-shelf Hummingbird fish finders and which will maximize your fishing experience. They all have 1 year warranty. As far as it concerns me, I don’t think you’ll ever regret of purchasing any of the Hummingbird Fish Finders reviewed here.