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Is This the World’s Easiest Fishfinder to Use?

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With HOOK2, Lowrance set a goal to capture the spirit of their customers who value enhanced sonar and imaging, simple controls and clear displays – all at an extremely competitive price. Starting at $99, it’s clear that Lowrance was able to achieve their pricing goal out of the gate. As for usability? We delved in to see if the sonar engineers in Tulsa were able to create a product that’s as friendly to users as it is to their wallets.

The heart of the HOOK2 series revolves around Lowrance’s Autotuning sonar — a new, game-changing solution that actively corrects sonar settings for the clearest underwater view. That’s what makes this unit the lead candidate for the world’s easiest-to-use fishfinder and chartplotter. With Autotuning sonar, you can spend more time fishing and less time making manual adjustments to sonar settings. That takes a ton of the learning curve out of sonar, saving hours of YouTube lessons or repeat trips to the electronics experts at the boat dealership trying to dial sonar in.

Despite the affordable price tag, the unit’s Autotuning features are supported by some powerful features. Anglers can cover more water in less time with new Lowrance wide-angle Broadband Sounder™ and CHIRP sonar that provides 2X wider sonar coverage than most fishfinders on the market today. SideScan and DownScan Imaging™ complete the HOOK2 sonar arsenal on select models, ensuring anglers can view life-like images of fishing-holding structure on both sides and below the boat.

The new HOOK2 series is available in three easy-to-install, value-priced sonar categories to meet every anglers’ needs – 3-in-1 sonar with High CHIRP, SideScan and DownScan Imaging; 2-in-1 sonar with High CHIRP and DownScan Imaging; and proven Broadband Sounder™, respectively known as TripleShot™, SplitShot™ and Bullet. Bullet 4-inch HOOK2 units have an eye-catching, new wide-screen design, providing additional detailed sonar history versus vertical 4-inch display models.

Here’s a short video breaking those down:

HOOK2 fishfinder/chartplotters are offered in 12-, 9-, 7-, 5- and 4-inch display sizes, and most models also feature full navigational capability and pre-loaded, high-detail mapping with 1-foot contours of more than 3,000 U.S. lakes. HOOK2 coastal models are available with a US or Canadian Navionics® Nav+ mapping card. HOOK2 fishfinder-only models – with the exception of the sonar-only HOOK2 4-inch Bullet – include a built-in GPS Plotter (without charts) for saving waypoints, following trails and navigating to favorite fishing spots.

Our verdict? The Lowrance HOOK2 series of fishfinders/chartplotters delivers a new standard for ease of use and affordability. It is a truly plug and play, yet affordable, option for the entry-level angler, HOOK2 comes with everything needed— right out of box —including charts and transducer, and its presets optimal sonar clarity lower the entry bar for beginners. A 1st grader could fish with this.

Ranging in price from $99 to $1,499, the HOOK2 fishfinder/chartplotter are sold by authorized Lowrance dealers and distributors throughout the United States and Canada.

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