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.

How to Choose a Fishing Line for Spinning Reels

How to Choose The Best Fishing Line for Spinning Reels

Spinning reels are the predominant reels in the fishing world due to their affordable price and shorter learning curve.

And while almost all type of fishing lines can be spooled onto a spinning reel, there are some features that distinguish one from the other.

Moreover, each line is more suitable for different purposes and making the wrong purchase can be quite costly.

So if you want to know how to pick the ideal line, you should understand that there are 3 types: Braid, Fluorocarbon, and Monofilament line. Pay attention to the next things.

1. Line Diameter

The line diameter is usually given in mm or inches and it refers to the width of the fishing line.

It has an impact on many fishing properties. Firstly, larger diameter lines cause more friction between the line on the spool, which in turn reduces the distance of castability.

While it’s not a drastic difference, it can still be important if you want that extra distance.

Moreover, line diameter also has an impact on how your lures will move in the water due to the generated water resistance against the line.

Of course, some fish are warier than others. So if you know you're fishing for those, you should aim for a smaller-diameter line to minimize the disturbance in the water.

Generally, smaller fishing line diameter means a capability to cast further, more line on the reel, superior lure action. However, it’ll also mean that the line would sink quicker.

2. Line Color

Many of the lines on the market nowadays have color options. Especially braided line.

Colorful lines help you either camouflage the line in order for it to blend easier in the water or to be more visible to the angler if the line has vibrant colors. The latter helps the angler locate their lure in the water more easily.

If you're going to be fishing in a lake or somewhere with natural vegetation, neutral colors like grays and olives will be great for camouflage.

On the other hand, red and yellow-colored lines will give you more visibility to understand where your bait is in the water and how it's behaving.

3. The durability of the Line

Whatever your choice is between the 3 lines, it’s bound to start breaking and losing its strength with time.

However, they differ in the way they’re affected. Braided line, for example, dulls and frays.

While on the other hand, monofilament and fluorocarbon lines breakdown due to the effects of ultraviolet rays and water absorption.

So choosing the right line for your fishing trip depends on your background regarding how long you'll be in the sun. If you're going to be fishing from a boat with nowhere to go to for shade, you should go for braided instead of monofilament or fluorocarbon lines.

4. The Line Twist

The twisting of the line is also as inevitable as its fraying and breaking down.

And although the spinning reel itself may affect the frequency of twisting depending on the bearing system on it, the line you use may also have an impact on the rate.

Monofilament and fluorocarbon lines are more prone to twisting than braid because of their innate structure.

5. Line Strength or Pound Test

Line strength simply means how much weight the line can pull in without snapping.

And while whether you drag correctly has an impact on the line snapping or staying intact, the strength of the line also plays a role.

So if you’re going to be fishing for smaller fish that don’t fight that much such as panfish and crappie, there’s no need to get a line with a high pound test rating.

However, heavier fish that are known to put up a fight would require stronger lines.

6. How Much the Line Can Stretch

You want to find the breakeven point between the line stretching enough to provide you with flexibility without breaking and also not affect the hooksets.

The way you fish also has a say in the degree of flexibility or stretch of your line.

A line with low stretch would be more suitable for the high sensitivity needed when you drop the bait below your boat and wait for a catch.

On the other hand, less sensitivity and therefore more stretch is needed when you’re using topwater baits. This helps counter the strike’s shock factor.

7. The Line’s Memory

A rule of thumb is that the lower memory line is, the better the line is and less likely to tangle your rod or your reel.

High memory lines will float and twist above water instead of sinking as the weight doesn’t hold it down.

Final Thoughts

Depending on your style of fishing, your target type of fish, and your circumstances, each line would either help or obstruct you.

Monofilament line is more affordable than the other two options, and that’s why it’s a very common choice among anglers.

However, it has a lot of stretch so it's less sensitive then braided or fluorocarbon lines.

On top of that, it has noticeable spool memory.

Fluorocarbon usually acts as a leader material and not used to fill an entire spool.

This is because it’s less visible as it’s colorless –another reason it’s the best option for fishing in clear water.

Furthermore, it has less line memory and less stretch than monofilament line.

Take care that some lines are only fluorocarbon-coated. This means that they'll act more as monofilament than fluorocarbon lines.

On the other hand, braid lines are made up of several strands so it's very strong.

It has almost no stretch properties so it's incredibly sensitive.

However, it frays and is more prone to breaking in a shorter period of time than the other lines would suffer from UV and water absorption.

On top of that, it's quite visible in water so it would probably scare fish away if you use it in clear water.