Look where technology has brought us!
Not only do we have some of the best fish finders available to us, but we now have portable castable fish finders.
Which one would you say is the best castable fish finder?
Let’s take a look at a few…
The Best Castable Fish Finder 2020 – My Top 5 Picks
Here is a preview of some of the best options on the market today. For more information on each one, please keep reading below.
- Deeper PRO+
- Deeper Chirp
- FishHunter PRO
- FishHunter Directional 3D
- iBobber Wireless Fish Finder
- Compatible with Apple/Android phones
- Easy to use WiFi connection
- Saltwater Approved
- Dual Frequency
- Casts up to 330 feet
- Scans downs to 260 feet
- Operating Temperature: -4 degrees to 104 degrees
- 15-degree to 55-degree beam
- Weight: 3.5 ounces
The first to add to our list of the best castable fish finder is the Deeper PRO+.
Fishing has never been easier with the Deeper Pro+ Smart Sonar. This device is equipped with what looks like a round ball. This round ball is your sonar and connects to your phone or tablet very easily with a WiFi connection.
Recently, many castable fish finders have made the transition from Bluetooth to WiFi.
The reason behind this is that at times Bluetooth can drop the connection. On the other hand, a WiFi connection not only will stay connected but will allow for longer casts.
Once you cast your device into the water it instantly starts sending back feedback.
It will tell you the temperature of the water, the depth of the water, give you an idea of what the bottom is made up of and best of all, it will mark fish.
There are two features that really set this device apart from the competition that I wanted to highlight.
The first feature is that it is very versatile.
This device is not limited to just using it from the shore, but it also has different modes.
The most popular modes are boat mode and ice fishing mode. Not only is this device the best castable fish finder, but it is quickly becoming the best fish finder and best ice fish finder as well.
The other feature that I really like is the GPS capabilities.
With these capabilities, you can actually map a lake from the shore. That is incredible! To think that only a few years ago the only mapping I did was getting my crankbait snagged on the bottom.
It also wasn’t too long ago that these capabilities were just limited to boat fish finders.
However, with the deeper pro you can map your favorite pond/lake with your feet on the ground.
See more about the features of this castable fish finder in the following video:
Deeper Chirp Smart Sonar
- Generates own Wifi signal to connect to
- Casting distance: 330 Feet
- Scan Depth: 330 Feet
- User-friendly App
- Compatible with both Android and IOS
- Saltwater Approved
- Fast battery charging capabilities
- 3 beam frequencies (100khz, 290 khz and 675 khz)
- Mark Point using app
- Operating Temperature: – 4 degrees to 104 degrees
- Weight: 3.2 ounces
The Deeper team has really taken the castable fish finder market by storm.
In total, they have 4 different products designed with 4 different anglers in mind.
The first is called the Deeper Start. This fish finder has capabilities to be cast about 165 feet away and it can scan down to 165 feet. It has a single beam and it is not designed to be fished in really cold water.
The next step up is the Deeper Pro. It features a dual-beam and it can be launched up to 330 feet away. In addition, it can scan down to 260 feet. Oh and yes, it can be used for ice fishing.
The next one is the previously mentioned Deeper PRO+. It has almost the exact same characteristics as the Deeper Pro but in addition, you have the GPS mapping feature. This means you can make maps from shore.
Lastly and a favorite among many fishermen is their new castable fish finder. It is called the Deeper Chirp.
Now if you are looking for a fish finder with all the bells and whistle that is about the size of a tennis ball, this is the best option for you.
Let’s briefly highlight a few of my favorite features.
The first feature that really sets it apart is that it puts out 3 beams or 3 frequencies. You have a 47 degree, 100 kHz beam, a 61 degree 290 kHz beam and a narrow 7 degree 675 kHz beam.
What this means is that you are going to be able to scan a very wide area and a very narrow area at the same time. This is going to help you find fish even faster.
Next, let’s talk about distance. Because the deeper chirp produces its own Wifi connection not only is it easier to connect to, but you can cast it much further than others on this list.
In fact, you can throw it up to 330 feet away and still maintain a solid connection.
In addition, it can scan up to 330 feet of water. Now if you are a bass fisherman like I am, you might be thinking when will I need to scan depths of 330 feet.
Well, this capability really is designed for both freshwater fishermen as well as saltwater.
With that being said, if you were to purchase the Deeper Chirp, you aren’t limiting yourself to just freshwater fishing. You can take it saltwater fishing as well.
That leads us nicely into another feature. It works great as an ice fishing flasher. Rated for temperatures as low as – 4 degrees and with all these functions, who wouldn’t want to take it ice fishing?
Oh did I mention you can mark waypoints as well? It really is hard to highlight all the features in a single blog post.
As you can see the Deeper Chirp really has it all and is designed for more advanced anglers looking for the best of the best in a good castable fish finder.
Learn more about the Deeper Chirp’s features in the following video:
Before we move on to the next fish finder, I just wanted to highlight a cool product that will make fishing from the shore even easier.
It is the Deeper Smartphone Mount. What it does, is it allows you to mount your smartphone to your fishing pole. This helps you to see exactly what is going on in the water hands frees.
A must have to pair up with your favorite castable fish finder.
Lowrance FishHunter Pro
- WiFi Connection
- Depths of 150 feet
- Wifi Range: 150 feet
- Ice Fishing Depth 100 Feet
- Flasher capabilities
- Operating Temperatures: -22 degrees to 95 degrees
- Tri-Frequency Transducer ( 381 khz, 475 khz, 675khz)
- Up to 10 hours of battery life
- GPS enabled drop pins
Next on our list is the Fish Hunter Pro.
One of the best features that really sets this apart from the competition is the Triple Frequency transducer. The three frequencies are 381khz, 475 khz and 675khz.
The 381khz is a wide frequency and the 675 frequency is a narrower frequency. This helps to give you a crystal clear picture of what is going on below.
With this Tri-Frequency available you will be able to distinguish what is a fish and what is cover.
If you are in doubt of what you are seeing on the screen this fish finder actually allows you to analyze real sonar data. This sonar works great for ice fishing too!
This fish finder features great range. The connection is a WiFi connection that tends to work better and faster than a Bluetooth connection. It can be used up to 150 feet away in depths of 150 feet and 100 feet when ice fishing.
Whether you just want to use it while fishing on the back or use it while kayak fishing you won’t be disappointed with this device.
Learn more about what this fish finder has to offer in the following video:
FishHunter Directional 3D
- WiFi connection
- Wifi Range: 200 feet
- Depth of 160 feet
- Ice Fishing depth of 100 feet
- Operating Temperature: -22 degrees to 95 degrees
- Flasher capabilities
- 5 transducers
- GPS drop pins
- 3D Structure-mapping
- Tri-Frequency (381kHz, 475kHz, 675kHz)
This device features not one…not two…but 5 transducers. Yes, you read that correctly, I said 5 transducers.
Each is capable of put out 3 different frequencies and each is strategically placed at a different angle giving you a much wider viewing area.
There are 4 different modes available with the FishHunter Directional 3D.
The first is an ice fishing mode that will allow you to see up to 100 feet what is going on under the ice.
There is also a bottom contouring mode helping you to see what the bottom looks like, very important when looking for such things as drop-offs or cliffs.
The next mode and probably one of my favorites is the 3D mapping mode.
The location of the sensors allows the device to create a 3D map of what is going on under the water.
Lastly, you have the directional casting mode (another favorite).
When this mode is enabled on your screen you will see all 5 of your sensors.
It will then tell you which sensor is picking up a fish and at what depth they can be found.
Next, you can click each sensor to have a closer more in-depth look at what is going on under that sensor.
So the best way to use it is to cast it out and leave it. Then depending on where the fish are in relation to each sensor you can make your cast and fish according to what you see on the screen. Fishing has never been easier!
With all these features there is no wonder why the Fish Hunter claims the FishHunter Directional 3D to be the most powerful portable fish finder ever.
Learn more about possibly the best castable fish finder on the market in the following video:
iBobber Reel Sonar
- Works with Apple/Android tablet or phone
- Bluetooth connection
- 10 hours of battery life
- Maximum depth 135 feet
- Compatible with Google Watch/iWatch
- GPS spot tagging
- Make cast up 100 feet
- LED Light
When I was a kid a bobber was a small floating device that told you when a fish was taking your bait.
However, the iBobber Wireless Fish Finder is changing the way we think not only about the meaning of the word “bobber”, but also about castable fish finders.
This unit is equipped with a device that looks much like the bobber I remember.
Simply connect the device to your phone or tablet with a Bluetooth connection or you can even use it with your Google Watch or iWatch.
Once connected you can start casting.
On each and every cast this sonar will tell you the depth of the water, the temperature, dropoffs and most importantly where the fish are.
This sonar can be used in waters with a maximum depth of 135 feet and it is not limited to use from the shore. You can use it on your canoe, kayak, paddleboard or even your boat.
One of the main reasons we get a fish finder is to know at what depth the fish are hanging out.
iBobber has taken the guessing out of fish finders with a feature that allows you to know the exact depth of each individual fish.
Once you know the exact depth you can fish accordingly to catch more fish.
Another great feature that I like is the LED light. Fishing at night with an LED light has never been easier.
Learn more about the features in the following video:
Yes, technology has come a long way. So stop trying to find fish the old way Get out there and get yourself a good castable fish finder, I promise you, you won’t regret it.
What do you think is the best castable fish finder? Share your thoughts in the comments below.