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The Hook Reveal series is the latest refresh of the entry-level fish finder combos from Lowrance. The units sport a new svelte black finish, and the same quality sonar and mapping options, with several important new capabilities.
In our Lowrance Hook Reveal review we will report on all the new and important features so you can decide if these are the right units for you and your boat.
Hook Reveal Series Overview
The first thing to understand is, you will not be getting the high-end features and performance of the HDS or Elite series of graphs. However, for the price, the Hook Reveal is worthy of your consideration.
The series comes in 5 sizes, ranging from the budget friendly 5 and 7-inch models to the big Hook Reveal 9 TS. Here is a comparison chart of the lineup.
*Last updated 2021-10-22 at 05:47 / Product Links & Images from Amazon Product Advertising API
New Features in the Hook Reveal
While there are no major shakeups in the new Hook Reveal, there are a few notable features to be aware of.
FishReveal – This is a very interesting new sonar view, unique to Lowrance, which they have added to their entire lineup. Essentially, this view combines the picture like images of bottom structure from DownScan and the 2D CHIRP sonar data from the water column. How does this help exactly?
- Helps Reveal Fish –Fish can be hard to pick out on DownScan sonar, appearing as small dots or ball. Fish are easier to see with CHIRP sonar, which can turn those dots into easy to distinguish arches. Now combine the strengths of CHIRP and DownScan, and you have FishReveal – all the pretty structure imagery, with fish arches to make it easier to see fish.
- Distinguish Fish from Cover – Taking this idea one step further, FishReveal promises to make seeing fish among cover like tree limbs, rocks, and vegetation easier as well. The 2D sonar cone is more able to turn that small fish mark in the tree limbs into an arch that pops out amongst the limbs.
Genesis Live Mapping – With Genesis Live, Lowrance can now match the live mapping capabilities of Humminbird (AutoChart Live) and Garmin (QuickDraw).
No More Hook 12 – Sadly, the Hook 12 is gone, and even the Elite FS lacks a 12-inch model. The only way to get a 12-inch Lowrance fish finder is to buy the top of the line HDS Live 12.
Hook Reveal 9/7 TripleShot Review
The Hook Reveal TripleShot is a 3-in-1 fish finder, with CHIRP sonar, DownScan, and SideScan. The MSRP on the Hook Reveal 9 and 7 TripleShot are very competitive, often lower than same sized models from the competition.
There are a few reasons behind the affordable costs. Mostly, the Hook Reveal fish finders do not have some of the more advanced functions like networking, live mapping, and touchscreens.
This does not mean they are bad units, just offering fishermen something different at good prices. Have a look at some of the main differences compared to competitor models.
- Hook Reveal 9 TripleShot vs Echomap UHD 93sv – The 93sv has a touchscreen, 10,000 (vs 3,000) pre-loaded contour maps, and QuickDraw live mapping.
- Hook Reveal 9 TripleShot vs HELIX 9 CHIRP MEGA SI G4N – The HELIX 9 MEGA has MEGA+ Imaging, the clearest imaging on the market, plus 2 SD card slots and AutoChart Live.
- Hook Reveal 7 TripleShot vs Echomap UHD 73sv – The 73sv has a touchscreen, 10,000 LakeVu maps, and QuickDraw.
- Hook Reveal 7 TripleShot vs HELIX 7 CHIRP MSI GPS G3N – The HELIX 7 has MEGA Imaging, networking capabilities, and AutoChart Live mapping.
Display – Each Hook Reveal display is the new SolarMAX, which is more easily viewable in direct sunlight than ever before. The pixel counts are pretty standard at 800×480 for everything. For a higher screen resolution, you can move up to the HDS Live series that has the SolarMAX HD panels with a higher pixel density.
Sonar – The Hook Reveal has new transducers, the first being the fittingly named “Reveal TripleShot Transducer”. It is a long and narrow plastic skimmer transducer with a metal bracket.
It has all three sonar features you need to scan structure and then locate fish on that structure with FishReveal. Lowrance DownScan continues to produce some of the best sonar imaging of structure and bass on the market.
- 2D Sonar: High CHIRP (200 kHz)
- DownScan: 455/800 kHz
- SideScan: 455/800 kHz
GPS & Maps
- Card Slots: One MicroSD (32GB)
- Mapping: Pre-Loaded C-MAP Inland waters, Navionics, C-MAP Insight, Genesis Live
Hook Reveal 5/7 SplitShot Review
The Hook Reveal SplitShot is a 2-in-1 fish finder, with High CHIRP, and Lowrance’s industry leading DownScan. The SplitShot series comes in 5-inch and 7-inch sizes (great for kayak fishing).
The pricing on the Hook Reveal SplitShot is very attractive when comparing then to Garmin and Humminbird. This is because, like on the TripleShot, the fish finders are lacking some of the more advanced capabilities such as linking with other units and touchscreens.
Again, that doesn’t make them bad units, just a lower priced unit that still has great sonar.
Display – Like the bigger models, the SplitShot 5 and 7 sport the bright SolarMAX display, making daylight viewing easier than ever. The pixel count for each SplitShot is the standard 800×480 which is plenty of pixels to show details.
Sonar – The SplitShot skimmer transducer looks identical to previous generations of DownScan units but has a T-shaped rib running along the top. This allows you to mount the transducer to a trolling motor without any additional brackets to buy.
One nice feature on all the Hook Reveal is the auto-tuning sonar. It does not make you sing better, but it does promise to optimize your sensitivity and contrast automatically, taking some of the guesswork out of clearing up your imaging pictures.
- 2D Sonar: High CHIRP (200 kHz)
- DownScan: 455/800 kHz
GPS & Maps
- Card Slots: One MicroSD (32GB)
- Mapping: Pre-Loaded C-MAP Inland waters, Navionics, C-MAP Insight, Genesis Live
More Features of the Lowrance Hook Reveal
Affordable Large Screen Fish Finder – The Hook Reveal 9 is one of the lowest priced 9-inch fish finders on the market at the moment. They lack the bells and whistles of say, the Echomap UHD 93sv, or a HELIX MEGA. But for an otherwise highly functional fish finder, the value is great for the larger sizes.
Great Pricing on Smaller Units – The Hook Reveal 5 and 7 also follow with the low pricing, coming in a few hundred bucks lower than the comparable HELIX 7 SI G3N, or Echomap UHD 73sv, although those units have more capabilities like networking and touchscreens. Even so, the Hook Reveal pricing is hard to ignore.
New Reveal TripleShot Transducer – This new 3-in-1 skimmer transducer does it all, from 200kHz High CHIRP, to 455/800kHz DownScan and SideScan imaging. It comes with metal mounting hardware but does not come with trolling motor adapters, so it’s best suited for the transom unless you want to buy a 3rd party accessory mount.
New SplitShot Transducer – The new 2-in-1 transducer has DownScan and High CHIRP. It looks very similar to prior Elite and Hook transducers, but now it has a molded-in rib that allows it to mount against a trolling motor housing.
Simple Setup & Operation – The Hook Reveal interface has been designed with ease of use in mind. Form the simple setup and install, to simple operation with auto-tuning sonar. Lowrance has designed a simple, but convenient keypad with 1 click access to the most common settings.
GPS Only Models – There are even more Hook Reveal models that have an “X” in the name, like Hook Reveal 7X for example. The X means it has no contour mapping, only GPS plotting. For that reason, we are choosing to leave those models out of the review.
Included in the Box – The Hook Reveal series are low cost/high feature fish finders, meaning most extra items have been stripped out to keep the overall unit price low. You’ll get the head display, transducer, cables, and basic hardware needed to mount the unit and get you running.
Neither a sun cover or in-dash mount is included, these accessories are sold separately.
- Control Head Unit
- Bracket mount, 2 knobs, 4 screws
- Power Cable with fuse and fuse holder
- TripleShot or SplitShot transducer
- Extra Corner Clips
Should you Buy a HOOK Reveal TripleShot or SplitShot?
Hook Reveal offers capable SideScan and DownScan imaging in both medium and small screen sizes. The Hook Reveal 9 TripleShot is one of the most affordable 9-inch side scanning fish finders available today.
- FishReveal sonar view makes picking out fish amongst structure and cover easier than ever.
- TripleShot 3-in-1 transducer has everything built-in, no extra modules required. Just plug and play.
- Auto-tuning sonar settings make getting clear sonar easy. This is a great feature for technology newbies.
- The SolarMAX displays are bright, and easily viewed on the water in the glaring sunlight, and with polarized sunglasses.
- Customizable views for your homepage, as well as one button click access to the most common settings.
With the Hook Reveal, you are getting a basic fish finder but still has the important features. There is no networking or touchscreens, but that is not the point of the Hook Reveal series. You will have to move up to an Elite FS or an HDS Live to gain touchscreen and networking.
With only one MicroSD card slot, you’ll be doing a lot of swapping to get them out of the unit if you like saving screenshots or Sonar logs.
- No Networking
- Lack of Touchscreens
- Only One MicroSD Card Slot
With the great range in sizes and competitive prices, and the excellent DownScan imaging Lowrance is known for, it’s clear that the Hook Reveal is a great value to budget-conscious anglers.
The especially seems to strike a sweet spot in size and price. On the other end, the 5 and 7 SplitShot make for great small boat and kayak sonar units.
If you need high-end functionality or touchscreens you’ll be better off looking at Garmin Echomap UHD or Humminbird Helix MEGA models.
*Last updated 2021-10-22 at 05:47 / Product Links & Images from Amazon Product Advertising API
Lowrance Hook Reveal 7x TripleShot
The Hook Reveal 7x TripleShot is one of the new Lowrance fish finders released in 2020. It’s similar up to a point to the Hook Reveal 7 TripleShot that we’ve already reviewed here, but just like all the other “X” units, it doesn’t support charts and only has the GPS plotter for navigation. It does have the new Genesis Live feature, though, so it offers the possibility to create your own bathymetric mapping. For reference, this is the Lowrance part number 000-15515-001.
Key Features and Specifications
- Display: 7″ diagonal, 800H x 480V pixel matrix, color TFT, with LED backlight
- Sonar: High Wide-Angle CHIRP & DownScan
- Transducer: TripleShot
- Max. Depth Capability (with the included transducer):
500 ft. (153 m) for the CHIRP sonar
300 ft. (91 m) for DownScan
- Frequency and Coverage (with the included transducer):
CHIRP Sonar: 44° @ 200 kHz
DownScan: 55/2.5° @ 455 kHz & 35/1.5° @ 800 kHz
SideScan: 600 ft. (183 m) @ 455 kHz & 300 ft. (91 m) @ 800 kHz
- GPS: Basic plotter
- Maps: Not supported
- Routes, Waypoints, Tracks: 100; 3,000, 100 (10,000) points per trail)
Sonar and transducer
As its name suggests, the Lowrance 000-15515-001 is a TripleShot fish finder. This means it offers three sonar technologies. These are traditional CHIRP sonar, DownScan, and SideScan. It’s important to mention that the unit does not support LiveSight sonar as the Lowrance HDS Live units, and also does not support ForwardScan.
The unit supports multiple frequencies. For its 2D CHIRP sonar, it supports 50/83/200 kHz, while for the structure scanning sonar (DownScan and SideScan) it supports 455/800 kHz.
The TripleShot transducer (000-14029-001) is included with this Lowrance fish finder. This transducer supports all the sonar technologies provided by the unit. It has a built-in temperature sensor, has 20′ (6 m) of cable with an 8-pin connector, and comes with a transom mount.
For the traditional CHIRP sonar, the TripleShot transducer only supports the 200 kHz channel. In other words, with this transducer, you will only be able to use High Wide CHIRP in traditional 2D sonar mode. It uses a conical beam with a coverage of 44° and a depth capability of 500 ft. (153 m). The exact CHIRP range for the traditional CHIRP sonar beam is not specified.
For DownScan, the TripleShot transducer uses two conical beams of 55°/2.5° @ 455 kHz, and 35°/1.5° @ 800 kHz. Their depth capabilities are 300 ft. (91 m) for the 455 kHz beam and 150 ft. (46 m) for the 800 kHz beam.
For SideScan, the transducer beams are also conical. Their exact depth range is not specified, but their side-to-side range is 600 ft. (183 m) for the 455 kHz frequency, and 300 ft. (91 m) for 800 kHz.
An important sonar feature to mention here, which is not available with the last year’s Hook2-7 TripleShot fish finder, is FishReveal. This is an application that allows you to put the fish arches caught by the traditional sonar mode into the DownScan view, also opening several specific FishReveal options. The Overlay DownScan feature is also available, though. But as opposed to the FishReveal, DownScan Overlay only allows overlaying the DownScan view on the standard sonar view.
Among other standard sonar features offered by this unit, we can also count Sonar Autotuning, Sonar Recording, A-Scope, Circular Flasher, Bottom Lock, Colorline, Surface Clarity, Noise Rejections, Split-Zoom, several alarms, and more.
As opposed to the older generations of Hook “X” units, the Lowrance Hook Reveal 7x TripleShot does offer basic navigation features. To begin with, it has a basic GPS plotter with features such as waypoint saving, track plotting, and route creation. You can save up to 3,000 waypoints, 100 routes, and 100 tracks in its memory. It also shows the coordinates for each waypoint and has a GPS speed function.
Since the unit uses a basic GPS plotter, the platform for your waypoints, tracks, and routes is a blank sheet. The unit does not support maps, and even though it has a microSD card slot, it cannot read microSD chart cards from Navionics or C-MAP. However, as opposed to the last year’s Hook2-7X units, the Hook Reveal 7x TripleShot has the Genesis Live feature.
Genesis Live is a bathymetry mapping application that uses the 2D sonar and the GPS function allowing you to create your own fishing maps with depth contours. It is important to mention, though, that the unit cannot record depth contours in its memory; you have to load the unit with a blank microSD card to save your maps created via Genesis Live.
The StructureMap feature is available with this Lowrance unit as well. This application allows you to overlay recorded SideScan images on the GPS plotter. The unit’s split-screen feature also allows viewing the SideScan sonar and the GPS plotter with the StructureMap application enabled side by side.
Last but not least, since this is one of the most basic 7-inch Lowrance fish finders, it doesn’t support Radar, radio, or AIS data. It also doesn’t support auto-pilot units.
Control unit features
The Lowrance Hook Reveal 7x TripleShot is equipped with a 7-inch SolarMax color display with a pixel resolution of 800H x 480V. It does not have touchscreen technology; it can only be operated via the keys on the right side. It features an 8-way directional key, Zoom key, Enter/Exit key, Menu Access key, Waypoint on Cursor key, and on-off key. Its interface is very easy to use. Its homepage can be customized with various application combos. Also, you can work with up to four applications in split-screen.
The unit is IPX7 waterproof. This means it can withstand incidental water exposure, rain, and even immersions in freshwater. It comes with a standard Gimbal mount but the unit cover is not included.
As we’ve mentioned above, the Hook Reveal 7x TripleShot does not have networking features. This being said, it cannot be hooked to an NMEA network. It also does not have Ethernet and cannot communicate with other boating instruments. It does have a microSD card slot but cannot read other charts than the ones you record with the Genesis Live feature.
- 2D Broadband Wide CHIRP Sonar;
- DownScan sonar;
- SideScan sonar;
- Supports 50 kHz;
- TripleShot 3-in-1 transducer included;
- Multiple sonar features such as Fish ID, A-Scope, Bottom Lock, Circular Flasher, Colorline, Sonar Recording, Overlay DownScan, etc;
- New FishReveal feature included;
- GPS plotter for navigation;
- Genesis Live real-time mapping;
- StructureMap overlay;
- Adjustable backlight for superior readability;
- MicroSD card reader (1 slot);
- Fairly easy to install;
- One year warranty.
- No networking features;
- Cannot read charts;
- The unit cover is not included.
The Lowrance Hook Reveal 7x TripleShot is a fish finder with a basic GPS plotter. It offers standard CHIRP sonar, SideScan, DownScan, and also has the Genesis Live feature for bathymetric mapping. It includes the TripleShot transducer with a transom mount. However, it does not have networking features and cannot read premium charts from Navionics or C-MAP. It’s an affordable unit, great for a wide variety of boats, inland and off-shore fishing.
Filed Under: $250-$500, CHIRP Fish Finders, Lowrance, SI Fish FindersSours: https://fishfindersadvisor.com/lowrance-hook-reveal-7x-tripleshot/
Lowrance HOOK Reveal Review
What Are the Top Benefits of Using a Fish Finder?
If you’re new to the world of fishing on the water, you might not be sure if a fish finder is right for you.
What are the benefits of using this type of tool to improve your fishing and make your adventures more exciting?
Anglers love fish finders for many reasons; these are just a few of them.
The first and most apparent of the benefits is finding fish faster.
Have you ever felt like you spend longer trying to find good spots than actually being able to cast your line?
Many anglers suffer this fate, but fish finders make things a bit easier.
The information given by fish finders about structures, ground type, and fish locations improves your experience.
You can spend less time searching and more time fishing once you get used to using a fish finder on your journey!
Some anglers are reluctant to try fish finders because they feel like they're cheating or taking the fun out of fishing.
This sentiment is widespread among those who have never used this type of technology before.
Is the fun of fishing searching without success for hours? Most people would not find this to be an enjoyable experience.
Think of a fish finder as a tool for improving your fishing skills. That's because it only gives you information, so it's still up to you to interpret that information.
For example, many fish finders show the locations of underwater structures. It’s up to you to use the information to know where to cast near the structure to catch more fish.
Hone your skills using fish finders for better fishing adventures forever. Don’t hold yourself back from bringing a whole new excitement to fishing!
Through features like GPS plotting and checking coastal or inland contour maps, learn the water’s landscape.
Knowing more about currents, depths, and underwater landscapes can improve your understanding of where fish frequent.
These data can improve your fishing skills even when you don’t use a fish finder, and it’s simply fun to learn.
The data accessed by many fish finders provide insight that you may otherwise go a lifetime without.
While it can be studied independently, learning it alongside your fishing adventures is more productive and fun.
Fish finders primarily help you locate fish, but they can be helpful as boating or kayaking tools as well.
They often show speed as well as maps with currents, land outlines, and more helpful information.
While you still need your boating skills, fish finders can be an excellent tool to supplement what you typically need to do on the water.
Though the HOOK Reveal line is a fantastic device from Lowrance, it is far from the only option anglers have to choose from today.
Garmin, another famous fishing brand, released the Striker Plus 4, a smaller device that is particularly great for first-time users.
On the other end of the spectrum is the Humminbird Helix 7, a high-end fish finder equipped with clear down and side imaging for serious anglers.
Fish finders come at many price points, feature lineups, and sizes. Selecting the best fish finder for your kayak or boat requires you to think about your use case before making a final call.
It’s Time to Find Fish!
Many add-ons found on different fish finders can improve your fishing experience. It’s up to you to determine which of those features will make the most significant difference to you.
With different selling points on the five-inch, seven-inch, and nine-inch, Lowrance has done a great job of pulling together the best of the best.
Don’t waste any more time looking for the best spots at your favorite fishing locations. Put some Lowrance gear in your boat, and speed things up today!
Lowrance Hook 7 Review
Lowrance Hook 7 has an average rating of 2.1 out of 5 based on 10 user reviews.
The Lowrance Hook 7 takes the best features of its fishfinders and puts them into a convenient, easy-to-use package for any angler at an attractive price. The essential features that help maximize every minute spent on the water whether on solitary creeks, inland lakes, or offshore waters, are built into the Hook 7.
• Brilliant Lowrance-exclusive 7-inch back-lit color widescreen display
• Easiest-to-use interface
• CHIRP sonar for best target separation and minimal clutter
• ASP advanced signal processing for hands-free adjustment of sonar settings
• Downscan imaging for photo-like images of the bottom and structures
• Downscan overlay to see CHIRP scans overlaid on downscan imagery
• Trackback to let you review sonar history and set waypoints
• Highly accurate built-in GPS antenna with detailed US map
• Quick-release bracket and multiple mounting options
The Hook 7 fishfinder is a 9.26in x 3.0in x 5.95in unit that includes a brilliant 7-inch 800×480 pixels high-resolution back-lit color LED widescreen display, easily visible in open air marine environments amid glare from sky and sunlit waters. The Lowrance Hook 7 is compatible with a variety of Lowrance and Airmar transducers, and is available bundled with a low/mid/downscan transducer to match the EchoSounder operating frequencies of 455/800 kHz (DownScan Imaging™), and Mid, High 83kHz/200kHz (CHIRP).
The easy-to-use user interface controls consisting of a Keypad, Menu button, Power/Light, Pages, Zoom In/Out, and Enter buttons. The Power/Light button turns the unit On/Off and lets you select from ten levels of LED back-lighting. The Menu button opens settings, context, and page menus while the Pages button allows you to select among both full-screen and split screen display options to present the most useful information about the water underneath your boat. The Hook 7 will display vivid Sonar, Downscan, Steer, and Chart pages, as well as preset split-screen combination pages showing Chart/Sonar, Chart/Downscan, Sonar/Downscan, and Chart/Sonar/Downscan. Split screen results on the widescreen display present you with multiple sources of information, and allow other custom data combinations of your own choice.
With the Hook 7, hands-free automatic tuning of sonar settings is offered via ASP advanced signal processing. The ASP is used by the Hook’s Noise Rejection feature to monitor the effects that noise from boat pumps, water conditions, engine ignition systems have on your display and filters them out.
The Hook’s conventional sonar can be tuned for various types of fishing environments that match water depth and inland or coastal topography: general use, fresh water, deep water, slow trolling, fast trolling, clear water, brackish water, and ice. The Surface Clarity setting decreases the sensitivity of the receiver near the surface to reduce clutter from excessive surface detail. However, conventional single-frequency sonar has the disadvantage that reducing sensitivity also causes you to miss fish targets whereas increasing sensitivity also increases clutter on the display both near the surface and in the water column. Lowrance CHIRP (Compressed High Intensity Radar Pulse) sonar will transmit instead a modulated pulse of multiple frequencies resulting in better image quality, the better fish target separation near cover, and greater depth penetration with minimal clutter.
The downscan sonar imaging offers photo-like images of the water column, structures, and bottom, to help locate fish and fish-holding structures. The downscan overlay places downscan imagery over CHIRP sonar returns, making an easy target out of those fish holding tight to their cover.
The Lowrance Hook series offers the widest choice of compatible mapping packed into one head and one transducer. The Trackback feature allows for reviewing sonar history, taking a closer look at promising areas, and placing waypoints on key fishing areas. What’s more, you can use your own sonar logs transformed into Insight Genesis custom maps. The highly accurate 5Hz built-in GSP antenna works with WAAS + EGNOS + MSAS, and the standard charts include a detailed US map featuring over 3,000 rivers, lakes, and coastal contours down to 1,000 ft, and a worldwide reference base map. Optional chart upgrades include Nautic Insight PRO, Lake Insight, Jeppesen C-MAP, Navionics +, and more.
The multiple mounting options offer multiple choices of the most convenient ways to attach the unit. The quick release bracket let you take the Lowrance Hook 7 around with you. Lowrance fishfinders support 31 languages in regional packs.
The Lowrance Hook 7 fishfinder offers any serious angler a combination unit with the essential features for a rewarding fishing experience at a good price. You can get a great deal on Lowrance Hook 7 here.
|Lowrance Hook 7||Garmin echoMap 70dv||Raymarine Dragonfly7|
|Screen Size||7 in||7 in||7 in|
|Screen Resolution||480 x 800 pixels||480 x 800 pixels||800 x 640 pixels|
|Display Type||16-bit color, Full VGA SolarMax PlusTFT||Multi-touch touchscreen WVGA display||WVGA|
|Imaging||2D and Down Imaging||2D and Down Imaging||2D and Down Imaging|
|Transducer Type||Transom Mount/Trolling Motor||Transom Mount/Trolling Motor||Transom Mount/Trolling Motor|
|Transmit Power||Max 250W RMS|
30,000W Peak to Peak analog equivalent
|500 W (RMS) |
4,000 W (peak to peak)
|Sonar Frequency||455/800 kHz Down Imaging, |
Low, Med, High (CHIRP),
50 kHz/83kHz/200kHz (Narrow Band)
50/200 kHz with an optional dual frequency tranducer
|200 kHz Sonar/350 kHz Down Vision|
|Maximum Depth||Down Imaging: 300 ft |
CHIRP Sonar High Range/200 kHz: 1,000 ft
CHIRP Sonar Med Range/83 kHz: 1000 ft
CHIRP Sonar Low Range/50 kHz: 3,000 ft
| 2,300 ft at 77 kHz freshwater|
1,100 ft at 77 kHz, saltwater
|600 ft in both DownVision and Sonar modes|
|GPS Antenna Type||Internal, high-sensitivity GPS+WAAS||Internal||Internal|
7 Inch Display, Down Imaging, GPS/Fishfinder Combos, Lowrance Fishfinders
Posted by Phila4x4
I bought this unit with intent of installing it on the front of the boat and hooking it upto the Lowrance Elite 7 CHIRP that I already have. To my amazement I realized the Hook doesn’t support networking. I thought that this is essentially the same unit as the Elite 7 CHIRP, not so. They removed several features and buttons which is why the price is lower. If you don’t need networking this might be a good unit for you, it doesn’t have nice graphics and is accurate.
Posted by Tom
Easy installation. And that’s where it stopped for me, slow map loading and zooming, lost depth readings and sonar/down scan constantly freezes and delayed GPS. My old elite 5 was a better product.
I persevered for 3 month and finally gave up on the hook 7 and replaced it with a Garmin 95sv and loving life once more.
Posted by L.B.
I knew when I bought it that the Hook 7 was just an upgrade on the trouble-prone Elite series, but I assumed they had fixed the bugs. I assumed wrong. The sonar worked OK, but otherwise this unit was a disappointment. The Navionics card that came with it just did not work well, and nobody at tech support seemed to know why.
The processor is just too slow for anything beyond 25 mph. The charts start turning to blank white space. I was also lead to believe that the Hook 7 can record sonar logs and upload them to Navionics. No; it can’t.
I wound up selling it and getting a Garmin Echomap 73sv Chirp. Now that is an awesome fish finder. I have used Lowrances in the past, and some were quite good, but after the Hook 7 debacle I’m a Garmin fan.
Posted by Mark #1
Call me unimpressed. Sure, the Hook 7 is bigger and brighter than the old 5″ units, but otherwise very similar. The menu has hardly changed, and you still have to tinker with the sensitivity to get the look you want. It’s bigger, so you may to relocate it to a new spot. The plugs are also bigger, and now there are two instead of one, so you can’t just plug and go, you have to drill more holes. The mount is still flimsy plastic and doesn’t swivel like a RAM mount. OK, the screen is bigger so you can walk away from it or make split views, but otherwise I don’t see any functional upgrades, at all.
Posted by mark bolkcom
The Hook 7 is an unpredictable unit that will show 2-foot depths in deep water. It’s like it just couldn’t calculate past 2 feet! Lowrance tech support sent a new transducer to fix this, and this time it froze at 18 feet. Was it just some refurbished spare? I called tech support again to complain and I was told I’d have to ship their clunky transducer back at my own expense and let them test it out before getting a replacement. My old unit was Garmin, and I would have been a lot better off if I’d just stuck with them.
Posted by John
I purchased the hook 7 as a replacement for my smaller Garmin. It is simple, graphics are crisp and clean. Various options on settings. Though you need to take time to set the sonar to get the max benefit and clarity out of it. It is a decent, affordable fish finder. If you want a simple, affordable, dependable unit? This will work.. seen alot if hating on this unit. But, I have used it and has worked flawlessly. It does what I need it for..
Posted by Dave
I purchase my Hook 7 to fish on Lake Michigan. I’m very disappointed in both the GPS and Sounder! The GPS is slow and with the Navionics card, is not very accurate. When I’m in 90 feet of water the chart shows 70 feet! Sometimes I have to stop the boat and shut off the machine and restart the machine because of no GPS. BUY GARMIN
Posted by Brian
I just sent my unit in for replacement (shipping at my expense).
I was hoping I had just recieved a bad unit but after reading the reviews on here I’m now sure I wont be happy with the replacement. My unit is exhibiting the same symptoms as the others listed here.Screen freezing,GPS quitting,have to re-boot it several times during a trip.
I originally had intended to purchase a GArmin but was suckered in by the low price.
Luckily I did get the extended warranty so if the replacement does the same thing I will be sending it in for store credit.
Posted by Dom
Disappointed got the Hook2 7x 2 weeks ago zoom doesn’t work siren sound not working (enabled) only flashes warning on screen and screen reading doesn’t change (not in sim mode) depth range all over the place moving or sitting still.white screen as mentioned above contacted customer support 2 weeks ago via email still no reply this unit is being returned
Posted by Ed
Bought my hook 7 triple shot before Minnesota opener 2018.
had nothing but issues from the start. 12.7 volts and the unit would shut down numerous times. Fishing in 8 feet of water and depth would jump from 15 feet to 0-500 feet. Called support they sent me a new unit for $325 and reimbursed my money when they got my bad unit. however had issues with the 2nd one too. Just got a full refund from my local L&M supply store. Plan to research Garmin and Hummingbird and try again.
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Lowrance Hook 7 Review
Lowrance Hook 7 comes with a 7” 16-bit TFT display with a pixel matrix of 800 x 480. This provides plenty of room for observing different imaging panels in a split-screen view (up to 3 panels at the same time). Moreover, the Split-Zoom function will allow you to zoom in any particular panel of interest. The screen features adjustable LED backlighting, which means you will be able to use the unit at night and even in direct sunlight.
The device is IP-x7 waterproof, so it can handle water splashes and heavy rain without any difficulties. It can even be completely immersed in 3.3ft of water for up to 30 minutes. However, the manufacturer did not test it against solid objects like dust or dirt.
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Sonar & Transducer
Lowrance Hook 7 comes with a regular CHIRP sonar as well as DownScan. The provided transducer is capable of 83/200/455/800 kHz, which means you can utilize two sonar beams for CHIRP scanning and two for DownScan. Note that the unit is not capable of SideScan imaging.
For the CHIRP sonar, the transducer utilizes two conical beams at 20° for 200 kHz and 60° for 83 kHz. In other words, you will have med and high CHIRP at your disposal, but you can also upgrade the unit with a 50/200 kHz transducer and use low CHIRP.
The provided transducer comes with a temperature sensor, transom mount, and 20ft of power cable.
While the 2D CHIRP sonar is excellent at locating and separating individual fish targets, DownScan is much better at determining the shapes of underwater structures and the overall bottom constitution. It will provide you with photo-like quality images and give you a proper understanding of all the structures and potential targets under your vessel.
Finally, Lowrance Hook 7 also comes with numerous sonar functions, including Advanced Singal Processing (also works with DownScan), Sonar Recording and TrackBack, DownScan Overlay to combine your 2D and DownScan views, Bottom Lock, A-Scope, Split-Flasher, and Fish ID with several depth and fish alarms.
Lowrance Hook 7 comes with a built-in 16-channel GPS antenna, which ensures fast and accurate positioning and locks. It refreshes every single second and it can also measure the speed of your vessel.
The model we are talking about in this review comes with preloaded BaseMap charts, which are pretty rudimentary, as the name suggests. They will not provide you with any contour data or other useful information like lighthouses or marine services. However, the unit WILL be able to indicate your current location and serve as a plotter. Still, it is important to note that the detail level is truly low.
Lowrance Hook 7 can store up to 3,000 waypoints, 100 routes (100 waypoints per route), and 100 trails (10,000 points per trail). Of course, you can share your saved data with other units using the available networking options.
When it comes to potential upgrades, the unit is compatible with a multitude of chart packages, including Navionix Plus/HotMaps Premium, Lake Insight, C-MAP MAX-N by Jeppesen, Fishing Hotspots PRO, and others. Since it does feature the NMEA 0183 port, you can also boost the GPS with an external antenna.
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When it comes to networking options, Lowrance Hook 7 comes equipped with the NMEA 0183 port as well as a microSD card reader with one slot. The device does not offer Ethernet connectivity, but it is compatible with Insight Genesis. In other words, you can use the app to make your own maps or load existing ones and modify them to your personal taste.
What's In The Box
- Lowrance Hook 7 with suncover
- Quick Release Bracket
- Power Only Cable
- SD Card with Adapter
- Tilt mount
Lowrance Hook Series Overview
In this Lowrance Hook series overview, you can check out some of the most important features of other models from the series to determine if any of them is a better fit for your needs.
9-pin High-Speed Skimmer
3" 256-color TFT display with 11-level LED backlight and 320 x 240 pixel matrix
2D CHIRP and DownScan
Transom, number 000-10976-001
5″ diagonal, 480 x 480 pixel matrix, 16-color TFT, with adjustable LED backlight
2D CHIRP and DownScan
Transom, number 000-10976-001
7″ diagonal, 16:9, 800H x 480V pixel matrix, 16-bit color TFT, with adjustable backlight
First of all, Lowrance Hook 7 is an advanced unit and not very suitable for beginners with fish-finding technologies. In other words, this is definitely not the device you want to use as your learning medium.
With that out of the way, it is a unit with CHIRP 2D and DownScan sonars paired with a decent transducer as well as a built-in precision GPS system. The preloaded charts are extremely basic and should definitely be upgraded for better navigational awareness.
As we already mentioned in this Lowrance Hook 7 review, the unit shares numerous similarities with ELITE-7 CHIRP. On the other hand, it does not have the NMEA 2000 port, but it is cheaper than the older unit.
Bottom line, it is a very good choice for experienced inland fishers who already have premium charting packages and are only looking for a high-performing fish finder.
Our score: 8.5/10
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