Garmin STRIKER Plus 5 Ice Fishing Bundle With Transducer Review
The latest Garmin STRIKER Plus 5 Ice Fishing Bundle is basically the previous Garmin Striker Plus 5cv fishfinder that we reviewed before. But it does come with an ice transducer as well as a portable kit that includes a battery and a charger. So, it’s obviously worth the extra penny to buy this version of Garmin Striker fish finder.
There were some days when ice fishing used to be a lonely activity, with one or two persons huddled in a small shed, staring vacantly at a hole carved into the ice of a frozen pond, utterly waiting for the fish to bite. But now, those days are over; with the help of Garmin Striker Plus 5 Ice Fishing Bundle, you can now go all out in fishing. So, read this review until the end to learn more about this fish finder.
Table of Contents
- 1 Sonar and Transducer
- 2 Navigation Features
- 3 Built-In GPS
- 4 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
- 5 Conclusion
Sonar and Transducer
A number of 2D frequencies, including 50/77/200 kHz, are supported by the Garmin Striker Plus 5 ice fishing bundle. Also, this device supports the high and mid-range CHIRP. Due to the fact that it is an ice fishing bundle, it comes with the GT8HW-IF ice transducer. In addition to that, this transducer is already equipped with an 8 ft (2.4 m) length of cable, a foam floater for stability, and a 4-pin connector for connecting to other devices. However, there is no temperature sensor available on this device.
On top of that, the GT8HW-IF is a High Wide CHIRP transducer with a frequency range of 150-240 kHz. It has a coverage range of 23° to 17° and has a depth capacity of 800 ft (244 m) in clean water, which is impressive. However, the depth capability of the device in saltwater is not given, which should be significantly less.
This Garmin STRIKER Plus 5 Ice Fishing Bundle also features a 2D sonar image, which can be viewed in split-screen mode with the flasher when the unit is turned on. Aside from that, because the unit included in this bundle is the Striker Plus 5cv, it has the capability of using ClearVü sonar, which provides an additional benefit. However, in order to use the ClearVü mode, you will require a transducer that is capable of ClearVü operation, such as the GT22 or GT23 (which are sold individually).
Despite the fact that the unit is integrated with an inbuilt GPS plotter, it does not come with any built-in charts and cannot be modified to include any charts. However, you can record your own waypoints and the locations on a blank sheet on the device. The unit’s memory has a big capacity that you can save your own waypoints of up to 5,000 locations. You can also record your trail using the track plotting feature, which is a big advantage of this device.
As previously stated, the Garmin STRIKER Plus 5 Ice Fishing Bundle does not come with any charts and cannot be modified to include LakeVü or BlueChart g2 charts. However, it does include the Quickdraw Contours feature.
Using sonar and GPS data, Quickdraw Contours allows you to design maps with 1′ contours and bottom labels for any kind of water. You can store up to 1,500 hours of map data in the device, according to the manufacturer. For the Quickdraw Contours on the unit, there is a Depth Range Shading function available to operate it fully. This feature allows you to specify the upper and lower bounds of a depth range, as well as the color-coding of the depth range.
With the Garmin STRIKER Plus 5 Ice Fishing Bundle, you will get a bright, vivid WGVA 5′′ display with 800 x 480 high definition imagery and high definition imaging. This display will show you the vivid visuals even in direct sunshine, and it is contained in a durable, IPX7 waterproof construction that can withstand bumps and intense sun while continuing to work flawlessly as a result.
The display measurements for the Striker Plus 5 are 7.4 x 4.5 x 2.2 inches and weigh less than a kilogram (2.2 pounds). This is the same size and appearance as the standard 5cv. However, it is slightly lighter in weight.
The Garmin STRIKER Plus 5 Ice Fishing Bundle comes with a highly accurate GPS feature that will allow you to mark waypoints, plan routes, and obtain a reliable reading on the speed of your boat, among other things. Also, there is an excellent tool for keeping track of your trolling speeds or respecting regulations in wake-controlled lakes, which is the speed indicator. And this is a must-have feature for an ice fishing transducer.
This fish finder will constantly track your whereabouts on the water with pinpoint accuracy. It is possible to find and keep your position anywhere on the water thanks to the built-in, high-sensitivity GPS.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What’s the display resolution of the Garmin Striker Plus 5 Ice Fishing Bundle?
The display resolution of the Garmin STRIKER Plus 5 Ice Fishing Bundle is 800 x 480 pixels with a 16-bit color TFT display type. So, it can present you the crisp visuals even in direct sunlight.
Does the Garmin striker plus 5 have GPS?
Yes, this unit comes with the highly accurate GPS feature, which will let you make your own waypoints and track your whereabouts on the water with pinpoint accuracy.
Ice fishing will become easier if you choose the Garmin Striker Plus 5 Ice Bundle, which includes the Garmin Striker Plus 5cv unit, an ice transducer, and a carrying bag that includes a battery and charger. High and mid-range CHIRP sonar, as well as ClearVü, are also included within the unit. On the whole, this Garmin STRIKER Plus 5 Ice Fishing Bundle With Transducer is an extremely functional and comprehensive ice fishing gear that provides excellent value for the money.