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Venterior Portable Review

Venterior Portable Review

If you’re looking for an affordable, simple, yet efficient fish finder, you’ll find none better than the Venterior Portable one.

It’s also quite versatile as you can go ice fishing with it or spot fish while paddling on a boat.

Let’s take an in-depth look into its features.

Venterior Portable Review

Transducer

The Venterior fish finder comes with a single-beam transducer.

And while most fish finders on the market will be dual-beam models, for its price, the Venterior finder does what it does pretty well.

It’s equipped with a 45-degree angle beam that can spot fish at depths ranging between 2.3 feet to 328.08 feet. These numbers are quite big for its size and price range.

Moreover, the transducer is attached to the control unit through a 25 feet cable.

You can also cast it into the water to fish onshore, attach the Side-Scan Adapter to the boat with the mounting tabs to fish from a boat, or even attach the sensor to a handle and dip it in the water.

On top of that, the transducer comes with a removable float with a  rubber stopper.

The only downside is that it doesn’t indicate readings regarding the water temperature. But then again, you can only expect so much from a low-budget gadget.

Fish Detection Capabilities

The transducer on the Venterior Portable Fish Finder doesn’t deliver you data on underwater objects and structs, rather, it only shows you targets in motion.

On top of that, you can’t use it to find where your bait is.

These are things that may steer you away from the finder, but you shouldn’t be so fast to judge.

The Venterior Portable fish finder can detect fish that are bigger than 10 cm.

It also allows you to adjust the sensitivity settings in order to set the size of the fish you want the sonar transducer to spot.

The detection should work fine as long as your boat speed is lower than 5 MPH. Otherwise, the quality of the sonar wouldn’t be as satisfactory.

The Sensitivity

Coming with 5 different sensitivity settings, the Venterior fish finder allows you to choose the setting that best suits you.

You can choose the battery-saving mode or the one that will display the maximum range of information.

There’s also a battery-saving mode that turns the display off and a fish alarm setting that notifies the user when there’s a nearby fish detected.

Furthermore, the backlight mode facilitates fishing at night.

Display

The Venterior Portable fish finder comes with a TN/anti-UV LCD black and white display.

The green LED backlight is a nice addition that enables you to read it even in direct sunlight or during the dark.

And in all frankness, there won't be many details to worry about the readability of the screen anyway.

The only data you get to receive is the position of the fish and the depth.

You can choose between meters and feet as a depth measurement.

However, you’ll need to switch to your preferred measuring unit every time you restart the device as it doesn’t save the settings you’ve selected.

Controls and Settings

The Venterior Portable fish finder comes with 3 buttons through which you can give commands including setup, enter, and switch on or off.

You can also adjust the sensitivity, activate battery saving mode, or change the unit of measurement through the buttons.

It’s quite minimalistic so it spares you the convoluted control panels and the confusing user interfaces.

Ease of Use and Portability

The simplistic design ensures the ease of use.

All you need to do is turn it on, adjust the sensitivity, cast the transducer into the water or mount it to your boat. After that, you're ready to start your fishing.

The dimensions of the Venterior Portable fish finder are 9.6 x 2.2 x 5.9 inches and it weighs only 1.1 pounds.

Battery Life

The Venterior Portable fish finder operates on 4 AAA batteries. However, they’re not included with it.

They’re not that long-lasting, so you can work with rechargeable batteries.

Durability

You can trust your fishfinder to work in a wide range of temperatures ranging between -20 C° and up to 70 C°.

The fact that it has a year’s limited warranty should help you rest assured that you’ll get your money’s worth from this device.

Pros:

  • Great value for the money
  • Superb and accurate performance
  • The backlight makes it more readable
  • Comes with 5 settings to save battery life
  • Can spot fish of sizes bigger than 10 cm
  • 1 year limited warranty
  • Great for ice fishing

Cons:

  • The LCD screen isn’t a color display
  • Loses all of its settings when it’s turned off and on again
  • Lacks temperature data
  • Doesn’t show the size of the fish
  • 4-hour battery life

Final Thoughts

Easy to operate and boasting the great build quality that is typical of Venterior with its equipment, the Venterior Portable is an amazing fish finder.

With a compact design that makes it portable and audible fish alarms, it’s the ideal choice for beginners and occasional fishers. 

Garmin Striker 4 Review

Garmin Striker 4 Review

You aren’t likely to find a fish finder with a CHIRP sonar at the price point of the Garmin Striker 4’s.

This affordable unit offers you all the basic, important features you might look for in a fish finder.

See more: Best Fish Finders 2019 – Buyer’s Guide.

Garmin Striker 4 Review

Transducer

The Garmin Striker 4 comes with a 4-pin connector transducer. It is dual frequency-capable.  It uses a conical beam of 15° for 200 kHz and another of 45° for 77 kHz.

On top of that, you can use a 50/200 kHz transducer if you want to scan deeper as the control unit itself is capable of 50/77/200 kHz.

The only downside is that it’s mid and high CHIRP-capable, which means you can’t use low CHIRP with it.

Scanning Depth

With the Garmin Striker 4, you'll be able to scan up to 1,600 feet deep in freshwater and 750 feet deep in salt water.

However, the unit may be unable to scan deeper than 800 feet without a 50 kHz-capable transducer.

CHIRP Sonar Technology

You’ll get more power and clarity to your images thanks to the CHIRP sonar that the Striker 4 is equipped with.

This includes better-defined targets, a better lock to the bottom, and less clutter.

On top of that, it provides the user with superb target separation. So even if there are a lot of fish sticking close to each other, you’ll be able to see each individual fish for its real size instead of seeing a big blob as a target.

Besides the split-zoom and alarms, there are a couple of functions associated with the CHIRP sonar technology including:

Fish Symbol ID

Fish Symbol ID is a function that analyzes the sonar returns in different ways and assigns fish icons to returns that the unit will interpret as fish.

Moreover, it shows you the depth at which each target fish lies.

Ultrascroll

The Ultrascroll feature enables the sonar data to scroll faster to keep up with the pace of high boat speeds.

However, even with the Ultrascroll feature, at speed exceeding 40 to 50 MPH, the images you see would probably lose some of their quality.

Auto Gain

With Auto Gain turned on, you can adjust the unit to automatically filter noise that you don't want.

Flasher Mode

The Flasher Mode is a circular depth scale that includes information regarding the targets caught by the sonar beams.

The inner rings of the flasher show you the depth while the flashing segments on the outer rings show you the different strengths of the sonar returns.

This feature really shines when it comes to ice fishing or stationary fishing.

A-Scope

The A-Scope function can be considered as a flasher as well but in a vertical layout.

It provides you with information about your most recent sonar returns.

Transducer Mounts

The transducer comes with 2 mounts: a transom one and a trolling motor one. It also has a 20’ capable and is equipped with a temperature sensor.

High-precision, Internal GPS

A downside to the Striker 4 is that it lacks a chart plotter or cartography.

So the GPS system would basically use a blank sheet for support.

The high-precision internal GPS module that's incorporated enables the user to mark 5,000 waypoints with several suggestive icons to return to.

This gives you the ability to re-visit your favorite fishing spots or spots that you’ve taken interest in.

However, it doesn’t provide you with coordinates information.

Display and Control

The Garmin Striker 4 comes with a 3.5-inch display of a 480 V x 320 H pixel matrix.

It’s an HVGA color display and features backlight to provide you with visibility to read it easily even in direct sunlight.

You can view 2 panels or applications simultaneously on your screen.

Design and Durability

The rugged design of the Striker 4 makes it quite durable and sturdy.

With an IPX7 waterproof rating, your fish finder will survive water splashes and rain without being damaged.

On top of that, it can survive immersion in fresh water up to 1 meter.

It comes with a tilt/swivel mount and power cable.

Connectivity

Although the Garmin Striker 4 doesn’t feature a microSD card reader or NMEA connectors, it does allow you to transfer waypoints between it and any echoMAP unit through the data cable.

Battery Life

On a single charge, the Garmin Striker 4’s battery should function for around 2 or 3 days.

Pros:

  • Comes with dual frequencies
  • CHIRP 2D Sonar
  • Temperature-capable transducer
  • Plenty of sonar features
  • Highly sensitive and fast GPS
  • Capable of storing up to 5,000 waypoints
  • Easy to install, operate, and understand
  • Affordable price

Cons:

  • Doesn’t come with a cover
  • Doesn’t display information about latitude and longitude
  • Lacks NMEA connectivity

Final Thoughts

The Garmin Striker 4 is a great option for a small boat or a kayak. It combines being compact, affordable, and practical.

While it doesn’t give you advanced navigation features, it also doesn’t make you spend extra on a down view sonar.

Baitcaster vs Spinning reel : Which is really better?

When you’re shopping for fishing equipment, one of the essential items would be the reel.

While there are many types, the two most common are the spinning reels and baitcaster ones.

However, choosing between them isn’t easy if you don’t understand the advantages and disadvantages of each.

In this article, I’ll draw a comparison between the two types to make it easier for you to make your choice.

Baitcaster Reels

Baitcasters are also known as conventional reels, and they've been around for a while. Due to the more complicated operation of the reel, it’s typically used by more experienced fishermen.

This is also because they offer more control and precision.

As you cast, the spool moves, and this requires higher skills on the angler’s end to produce the right inertia power to move the spool.

Moreover, baitcasters provide you with more durability and strength. It’s more capable when it comes to withstanding heavier lines and reeling in bigger fish.

When to Use a Baitcaster?

If you fish using heavier lines and lures, nothing will accommodate them better than a baitcaster reel.

Unlike other options, it doesn’t lose any accuracy or control when things get heavier.

Moreover, when you overcome the challenge of casting the line properly, your fishing experience will feel ten times better.

Pros:

  • Line doesn’t twist as much
  • More control over bait speed
  • Accurate even with heavier lures
  • Better overall control and accuracy
  • A larger variety of available gear ratios
  • More lightweight
  • Superior line capacity
  • Very durable

Cons:

  • Has a long learning curve
  • Wears out lighter lines
  • Harder to maintain
  • More expensive
  • Not suitable for beginners
  • Jamming and bird nesting are more common
  • Lines tend to dig into the pole during flexing

 

Spinning Reels

I don’t think anyone that’s gone fishing hasn’t used a spinning reel at some point or another. It’s a great choice when it comes to catching bass, redfish, crappie, and many small to medium-sized fish.

It’s equipped with a fixed spool below the rod that depends on the weight of the bait, lure and tackle to pull out the line.

When to Use a Spinning Reel?

If you’re going to use a line less than 10 pounds, a spinning reel would be the better option for you. They’re also better when it comes to using lighter lures and lines.

This is because more flexibility to bend is required when using lighter equipment.

With baitcasters, the rod flexes and causes the line to rub against the rod blank. Repeated rubbing, then, causes the line to weaken and eventually break.

Pros:

  • Less tangling
  • Easier to learn and improve with
  • More affordable
  • Longer line lifespan
  • Less jamming and bird nesting
  • Easy maintenance
  • Considerably superior casting distance
  • Can be used for various fishing styles
  • No line digging
  • More efficient with lighter lines and lures

Cons:

  • Lower line capacity
  • Heavier
  • Can’t handle bigger or stronger fish
  • Line twists are more common
  • Not as accurate
  • Provides less control
  • Hard to flip or pitch
  • Limited gear ratios available
  • Loses accuracy with heavier lures

 

Which One to Choose?

If you’re still having a hard time deciding, ask yourself a couple of questions.

What fish are you planning to catch? Baitcasters are better for bigger fish.

What lines and lures are you going to be using? Go for a spinning reel if you’ll be using lighter-weight ones.

How experienced are you? If you’re only starting out, go for a spinning reel as it would be easier to use and hone your skills.

How often are you willing to provide maintenance? Baitcasters need more frequent and careful maintenance than spinning reels do. But then again, that’s because they’re generally more durable and have superior construction.

What's your budget? If you're on a tight one, then finding an excellent baitcaster reel would be a very tough task –I’d recommend going for a spinning reel.

 

Final Thoughts

Baitcaster reels are more durable and suit tougher conditions. Whether it’s battling against heavier, more stubborn, or stronger fish or harsh weather conditions.

They have superior drag pressure that allows you to have longer fights.

Moreover, they’re more accurate and provide you with a good experience when you’re saltwater fishing.

On the other hand, the weight of a spinning reel doesn’t rest on the rod, so they’re easier to hold.

Spinning reels are more suitable for freshwater fishing. They also have less backlash and are easier to cast under trees and above plants in water.

So to know which of them to choose, you just have to think about the type of fishing you’ll do and the environment around you.