Garmin Striker 7SV Fishfinder Review

Every single sports fisherman–every fisherman for that matter–aims to bring home the biggest catch of their lives someday, no matter what. And it is towards this end goal that devices like the Garmin Striker 7SV Fishfinder assist fisherfolk by providing accurate readings paired with detailed images coming from high-technology systems built within.

Fishfinders, like what GPS for boat fishing is called, offer so much more than just your basic GPS mapping. Most Fishfinders would come with SONAR arrays, wireless connectivity and even detailed undersea imagery that helps fishermen determine fish-related activities and even spot hiding holes and undiscovered shallows.

Not only does a fishfinder allow fisherfolks to mark and return to waypoints, but it also allows them to plan for the next fishing seasons. What seasoned fishermen would do is that they would set-up a waypoint system which can crisscross across the ocean depending on the kind of catch they are after.

For example, fishermen looking for crabs would have predesignated areas from previous seasons that they would frequent on this particular day of their journey which ensures that their traps would get a bountiful harvest. This takes into consideration the movement of the crabs underneath, as well as their breeding and feeding patterns.

This goes the same for other kinds of seafood. An adage once goes that a good catch comes from great effort, but this does not mean that you can’t do it intelligently and efficiently, which is why GPS fishfinders were developed in the first place.

Features of the Garmin Striker 7SV Fishfinder

The Garmin Striker 7SV Fishfinder comes with the following features:

QuickDraw Contours

The Garmin Striker comes with a built-in Quickdraw Contours mapping software that allows you to create and store your personal fishing maps for future references. It can cover an area of more than two million acres, and it can provide contours of up to 1 meter in depth.

Active Captain App

This device comes with built-in Wi-Fi access so that you can receive notifications on your phone. The app also lets you access the QuickDraw Contours Community, as well as software updates plus it lets you transfer waypoints as well.

Mark and Track

The built-in GPS of this device allows you to create your route using pre-marked waypoints, while the historical feature lets you view your boat’s speed at certain intervals.

Glare-free LED

This GPS Fishfinder comes with a 7-inch display that lets you access the user interface, and it is bright enough to be seen even under direct sunlight.

Multiple SONAR System

This Garmin Striker model comes with a transducer that uses multiple SONAR systems including the Garmin CHIRP traditional SONAR, the CHIRP ClearVu and the CHIRP SideVu scanning SONARs.

Pros

  • Convenient to use
  • Easy to set-up
  • SONAR System is excellent
  • Responsive unit
  • Simple to run
  • Wirings are ready for tapping
  • Fast installation process
  • Tutorials available online
  • Good durable units
  • The mobile app is easy to navigate.
  • User Interface is intuitive
  • The large screen is bright and glare-free.
  • Contour recording works well
  • Lightweight
  • Easy to mount
  • Adaptable to any vehicle and operating system

Cons

  • It does not come with a manual.
  • No pre-installed maps

Summary

The Garmin Striker 7SV Fishfinder is a simple and easy-to-use fishfinder device that lets you create your fishing route, making it easy for you to plan upcoming fishing seasons. Waypoints are already available, and you can create your own based on what you have tracked and seen using the different SONAR systems that are onboard.

The downwards casting, as well as the side SONARs, combine to provide you a better view of your hunting grounds while the forward-facing SONAR makes sure that your navigation remains true and sound. The large screen display is glare-free and can be read easily even under extreme sunny conditions.

The QuickDraw Contours System is built-in, and this software lets you create and store maps with advanced contours. The mobile app, ActiveCaptain, is a great way to track your movement, as well as the movement of the fish that you are hunting.

Comparison

Another fishfinding device is the Humminbird 409610-1 Helix 5 Fishfinder with GPS, and it ranks closely with the Garmin Striker. This device has HumminBird Unimap Base Maps, which are a predetermined database of fishing routes pulled from HumminBird’s mapping systems, which the product under review doesn’t have.

The 409610-1 Helix 5 Fishfinder boasts of the XNT 920 Transducer that has 200/83 kHz frequencies for wide-angle coverage as opposed to Garmin’s more than two million acres coverage and contours of up to 1 meter in depth. This Fishfinder from HumminBird is also compatible with Navionics Maps, the built-in maps of this device that can be synced and upgraded using Navionic maps and Autocharts. This particular make and model works well for the price range, and it comes with its database.

Some areas for improvement, though, include flexibility as it can only swivel from left to right, and it also lacks a user manual, something it shares with the product under review.

Verdict

The Garmin Striker 7SV Fishfinder comes with Garmin’s reputation as one of the pioneers of GPS devices which means that you are assured that this model is made with high-quality materials and advanced technology. Brand name aside, this particular model packs quite a punch as it uses multiple SONAR systems to give you a wide view of whatever is happening under the sea.

The QuickDraw system supplements the SONARs and the waypoint tracking by creating maps with varied contours that makes pinpointing active feeding sites easier. This also helps in marking down hidden spots and existing waypoints, making it easy for rookies to be at same waters with the pros.

Probably the best feature of the Garmin Striker is the mobile app that it comes with. Not only does it allow for seamless interaction between the device and your mobile phone, but it also lets you share your fishing routes and compare it with the old masters, checking for areas that you did not know and areas that you did know for a more collaborative experience.

Truly, the advent of the GPS system allowed more than just the military to advance in their trade. It allowed common fishermen to advance from being guided by starry constellations and random guesses into a more competent navigator of fishing grounds and hidden reefs. And indeed, the Garmin Striker 7SV Fishfinder is not one to disappoint, whether for beginners or advanced fisherfolks.