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Lowrance HOOK2 Series Fish Finder Reviews & Tips For Choosing

In this review, we are going to show you the best Lowrance Hook2 Series unit. After that, we will also point out the difference between the Lowrance Hook and the Hook2 series later in this guide. We're going to answer some of the most frequently asked questions on the Hook2 series. With this in mind, let's get started.


Lowrance Hook2 Series Fish Finder Reviews

1. Lowrance HOOK2 4X - 4-inch Fish Finder with CHIRP Sonar and GPS Plotter

Lowrance HOOK2 4X - 4-inch Fish Finder with CHIRP Sonar

The 4.2 inches Lowrance Hook2 fishfinder is equipped with a lot of fantastic features to make your fishing hunt a breeze. The main function of HOOK2 is to help you spend more time fishing and less time playing with settings.

Autotuning Sonar

With the aim to create an enhanced sonar clear display and imaging, the Autotuning Sonar imaging was introduced. Housing 3lbs weight design, the Hook2 mode features an autotuning sonar to help you correct your settings automatically to the clearest underwater view.

This means you won't need to carry out any manual adjustments when setting up the transducer.

SolarMax Display

SolarMax Display

To even make this fishfinder more crisp and clear, the Lowrance Hook2 features a SolarMax display to give you an ultra-wide and clear viewing angle, which translates to the best resolution you can find around.

This means you have the full detail of underwater view without tilting your head or adjusting your body.

GPS plotter

Lowrance Hook2 4x GPS Plotter

While this unit offers a multiple sonar functions like a circular flasher, Bottom Range, Fish ID, it also houses a basic GPS plotter that looks like those of Garmin Striker device.

My little complaint is that the GPS plotter doesn't come with specified frequency or channels.

But it does offer a blank page to help you mark waypoints and save routes. The waypoints come with longitude and latitude coordinates to track the vessel's movement on the white sheets.

Tripleshot Transducer

Lowrance Hook2 4x TripleShot Transducer

The HOOK2 4X also did a nice job by offering a Tripleshot transducer that allows you to mark fish, track baits, identify the underwater structure and help you scan large areas.

It also offers a 3 in 1 model that allows using the PLUS SideScan, traditional high CHIRP, and DownScan imaging.

Wide-Angle CHIRP

wide-angle CHIRP

The included Wide-Angle CHIRP sonar is an awesome feature that deserves massive. This fantastic feature does not only double your sonar coverage but also allows you to view more fish in the water column.

You will be able to cover more water in less time with this wide-angle CHIRP.

Easy-To-Use Interface

The Hook comes with Quick Access to Key Functions, which makes it one of the most intuitive fishfinders on the market.

The Function of the direct-access keypad helps to reduce the time spent working on settings, and let you keep your focus on fishing.

GPS and Mapping Options

The HOOK2 4X also features a preloaded C-MAP® US Inland mapping system to allow you to narrow your search for efficient water features.

This can be drop-offs, points, and ledges with a broad eye view.

One-Year Warranty

Due to its awesome performance, this fishfinder comes with a one-year warranty.

Drawback

While this unit looks awesome, I do have some main complaints.

First, the unit did not come with adequate instructions. Another major complaint is that it has no Downscan, Sidescan, or Structural scan. While that is true, it can't see in elevation, and the GPS unit is in minimal quality.

On top of that, the top screen has a broad color band which interferes with bottom depth - Only 2000 points allowed, so the trail ends in a matter of hours.

Also, it doesn't come with any generic map, so all you get is lines with no reference to where you are. It is also a pain to know that there's

  • No microSD or SD card slot
  • No split-view feature
  • No A-Scope function
  • No NMEA or Ethernet
  • And doesn’t offer Sonar Record, Rewind

I can understand this is why it is cheap. I also wonder why Lowrance chooses to make its keypad operational.

PROS

  • High-resolution
  • SolarMax display
  • Autotuning sonar
  • Double the CHIRP sonar coverage of most fishfinders
  • Broadband Sounder
  • High CHIRP
  • SideScan and DownScan Imaging™ sonar options
  • Full Chartplotter
  • Basic GPS navigation options
  • Three transducer options are available
  • TripleShot 3-in-1 sonar
  • SplitShot 2-in-1 sonar and Bullet 
  • One year warranty

CONS

  • Inadequate instructions
  • No Downscan, Sidescan, or Structural scan
  • No ability to see in elevation
  • The GPS unit is in minimal quality
  • The top screen has a broad color band
  • No any generic map
  • No microSD or SD card slot
  • No split-view feature
  • No A-Scope function
  • No NMEA or Ethernet
  • And doesn’t offer Sonar Record, Rewind

2. Lowrance HOOK2 5 - 5-inch Fish Finder with TripleShot / SplitShot Transducer and US Inland Lake Maps Installed

Lowrance HOOK2 5 - 5-inch Fish Finder with TripleShot Transducer and US Inland Lake Maps Installed

The HOOK2 5 - 5-inch comes with the same sweet perk with the HOOK2 4X - 4. One of the remarkable differences between the Hook2 5-5 and the HOOK2 4X - 4-inch is that the former is 6 inches in size, compared to 4.2 inches size of the latter.

While that is true, it also retains the same impressive features of the previous generation. Its uniqueness comes from the ability to supply navigation features for inland fishing, and an optimal array of sonar, while eradicating unnecessary features that have no significant effect.

Sonar and Transducer

Splitshot-Transducer

The introduction of the SplitShot transducer paves the way for a Wide-Angle High CHIRP and DownScan.

This feature lets you scan depths up to 500 ft (152 m), thanks to its Wide-Angle High CHIRP mode that can scan up to 300ft (91m) when using DownScan.

The best part is that it can maintain an efficient fish targets reading at speed up to 20-30 MPH.

Apart from that, the SplitShot transducer also integrates a temperature sensor and features 20 ft (6 m) of cable, alongside an 8-pin connector.

Downscan Overlay

Downscan Overlay

The DownScan Overlay features let you use both the two sonar technologies to help you get a clear understanding of the position of the fish arches and their vegetation structure.

GPS Features

lowrance-basemaps-hook2

Unlike the Hook2-4x, Lowrance Hook2-5 is equipped with a standard GPS alongside the US Inland charts. The high-sensitivity internal GPS can also use the information from, EGNOS, WAAS and MSAS satellites to deliver the most accurate results possible if they are available in your area.

This GPS will calculate the speed of your vessel and show you coordinate patterns.

C-MAP Charts

With the C-MAP charts, you will get a high-detail US mapping alongside 1-foot contours for more than 3,000 lakes. Even though they don’t deliver super detail, they will show you the boundaries between land and water accurately.

You will get to use premium charts C-MAP Navionics, C-MAP Genesis and more, to give you superior detail and, contour shading, tide information, etc.

While this unit can save about 3,000 waypoints, it can still create up to 100 routes. You will be able to track plotting functions and record up to 100 tracks, within 10,000 plots per track.

SolarMax Display

SolarMax Display

This gorgeous feature offers a SolarMax Display that houses a LED backlight. This backlight offers optimal visibility even in direct sunlight.

The display angle visibility is 70°/50°/70°/70° top/bottom/left/right. The good news is that the unit has a colorful display coupled with a horizontal layout. It has a pixel matrix of 800H x 480V, which delivers a sharp and crisp imaging.

Waterproofing Features

water-resistance

The Lowrance HOOK2 5 - 5-inch is IPX7 waterproof, meaning it can withstand rainfall, water exposure, and snow with no problem. The design is tightly sealed without allowing water to damage the metallic parts of the unit.

It also has a microSD card slot, which is skillfully placed on the right side of the unit. This will let you upgrade the internal software, upgrade its charts database, and transfer data.

Drawback

Just like any other unit, this device also comes with its own downsides. 

  • It has a short transducer cable that requires you to buy an extension cable.
  • It doesn't offer networking features, and the included transducer is not ideal for ice fishing.
  • And the fact it offers only one MicroSD card slot makes it a hassle to insert and remove.
  •  If you want to go ice fishing, you will have to buy a version of it that is HOOK2-5 Combo Ice Machine, this version was reviews in our post about the top rated ice fishing fish finder and flasher in 2018.

    PROS

    • The 2D Broadband Wide CHIRP Sonar is pretty spot on
    • DownScan sonar
    • Included SplitShot 2-in-1 transducer
    • Fast and accurate GPS
    • US Inland base maps included
    • Compatible with superior charts, such as C-MAP Genesis, C-MAP®
    • Color display
    • Adjustable backlight for superb readability
    • Split-screen view for three panels per view
    • MicroSD card reader
    • Easy to use Bracket mount and panel mount kit
    • One year warranty

    CONS

    • Short transducer cable
    • No networking features included transducer is not ideal for ice fishing
    • One MicroSD card slot makes it difficult to insert and remove
    • Does not support external GPS

    3. Lowrance HOOK2 7/9/12 - 7/9/12-inch Fish Finder with TripleShot/SplitShot Transducer and US Inland Lake Maps Installed or US/Canada Navionics+ Map Card

     Lowrance HOOK2 7 - 7-inch Fish Finder with SplitShot Transducer and US/Canada Navionics+ Map Card


    Lowrance HOOK2 7 - 7-inch Fish Finder with SplitShot Transducer and US/Canada Navionics+ Map Card

    The Lowrance HOOK2 TripleShot & SplitShot comes as a revamped version of the Hook2 series as it offers a big and bold HOOK2 12 inch design and the 5 sizes, which are the 5, 7 to 9 and 12-inch size.

    Model

    Display

    Sonar

    Frequencies

    7″ (800×480)

    High CHIRP, DownScan

    200/455/800kHz

    9″ (800×480)

    High CHIRP, DownScan

    200/455/800kHz

    9″ (800×480)

    High CHIRP, DownScan, SideScan

    200/455/800kHz

    12″ (1280×800)

    High CHIRP, DownScan

    200/455/800kHz

    12″ (1280×800)

    High CHIRP, DownScan, SideScan

    200/455/800kHz

    New TripleShot Transducer

    TripleShot Transducer

    The Hook2 TripleShot & SplitShot offers a new 2-in-1 skimmer transducer and also has DownScan and High CHIRP technology to give you the best fishing experience.

    DownScan and Side-scan sonar allow you to see the fish arches better with the vegetation or structure viewed in DownScan crisp and bright display.

    Simple Set Up

    Lowrance HOOK2 9 - 9-inch Fish Finder with TripleShot Transducer and US Inland Lake Maps Installed

    Lowrance HOOK2 9 - 9-inch Fish Finder with TripleShot Transducer and US Inland Lake Maps Installed

    Just like the Elite and Hook transducers, this unit also sports a molded-in rib that lets you mount it against a trolling motor housing.

    It also comes with a TrackBack feature that lets you record sonar feed, and allows you to scroll back through the sonar history to review a specific spot.

    Internal GPS

    Another nice feature is that the HOOK2 TripleShot fish finder flaunts an internal GPS, alongside 3,000 preloaded lake maps with 1 ft contour lines.

    Fish ID 2D

    I also admire the included Fish ID 2D sonar mode feature, which allows fish icons to the fish arches. Meaning, this feature interchange the sonar returns that it deduces to be fish.

    Circular Flasher and A-Scope are also available.

    For ice or stationary fishing, the included Circular Flasher mode assigns all the sonar information into a ring format while it displays the depth in the middle.

    Also, the A-Scope comes with a vertical flasher which is displayed next to the 2D view and, shows in detail the most recent sonar beam.

    GPS & Maps

    Did I mention that the Hook2 also delivers a high-sensitivity internal GPS? 

    Its operating frequency is estimated to be about 5 Hz, meaning that it will deliver position fixes five times per second.

    The device can also make use of position enhancements from EGNO, SWAAS, and MSAS satellites to let you see coordinates of any point of interest and display and calculate the speed of your boat.

    More Views

    TripleShot Transducer

    TripleShot transducer gives you DownScan sonar (straight down), SideScan sonar (up to 300' to each side), and CHIRP sonar (fish arch) views.

    Detailed Lake Maps

    C-MAP-Mapping

    Preloaded CMAP mapping with 1-foot contours for over 3,000 lakes plus standard coverage of an additional 9,000 lakes. The trail recording functions and waypoints routes are also available here to give you the best spot to locate fish.

    While this may sound great, this unit doesn't offer super detail, as we hoped for. Even with this, we discovered that it shows the boundaries between water inland accurately and also include various points of interest.

    Navionics Chart

    This unit is compatible with Navionics charts to have access to SonarChart Live, to create current icons and to change the tide.

    It also comes with a StructureMap feature to help you SideScan images to visualize crisp and clear underwater environment. This will give you a better interpretation of your position. 

    Control Unit Features

    The control unit is a gorgeous feature that lets you view fish in an underwater environment in a 9-inch display WVGA color LCD, sweetened by a pixel resolution of 800H x 480V.

    To make this sweeter, the display also boasts a SolarMAX type coupled with an adjustable LED backlight. This will ensure you get an excellent picture even in direct sunlight.

    To make it more gorgeous, the interface of this bad boy is highly intuitive, and its homepage can be customized in multiple ways.

    The best part is that you can even set up a split-screen from about 4 applications per view.

    Waterproof

    water-resistance

    Yes, your guess is right; the HOOK2 7/9/12 delivers a lPX7 waterproofing feature that can withstand water splashes or any incidental water exposure like rain or spillage.

    Downsides

    One bitter pill about this unit is that it is not touch screen enabled. You can only operate it using the keypad on the right.

    Lowrance did not include an extended cable. And we also notice that the device is not networkable. It does not offer any networking features like NMEA or Ethernet.

    The included transducer is not great for ice fishing and with a single Micro SD card, it will be hard to save lots of screenshots.

    As we’ve mentioned above, this unit doesn’t offer the extensive range of features as the Elite Ti units, or Simrad units. Thus, it doesn’t provide NMEA support or Ethernet support, and it’s not networkable. It does have one microSD card slot, though, for chart upgrades or data transfer.

    Finally, the box includes both front-dash and the classic gimbal bracket. A unit cover is not included, though. 

    PROS

    • Wide-angle High CHIRP (2D)
    • DownScan, and SideScan
    • Includes TripleShot 3-in-1 transducer
    • Gps is accurate and fast
    • Route creation function
    • 3,000 waypoints
    • Features U.S. Inland maps included
    • SolarMAX color display
    • A superior backlight is adjustable excellent readability
    • Offers Split-screen modes
    • DownScan overlay
    • Easy to install
    • Sonar recording
    • One year warranty

    CONS

    • No NMEA or Ethernet ports included
    • No unit cover
    • AIS is un-inserted

    Lowrance HOOK vs. HOOK2

    We've had a lot of people asked; what is the difference between the Lowrance Hook and Hook2? In this guide, we will show you the difference. Here is a table below to give you a quick view of the difference between the two models.

    Lowrance HOOK

    Lowrance HOOK2

    User-friendly

    Less

    More

    Exit-button

    No

    Yes

    Touchscreen

    Yes

    No

    Easy to setup

    Yes

    No

    Connector

    Turn-knob

    Push-connectors

    Manual ducer-selection in the menu

    Yes

    No

    Medium CHIRP

    Yes

    No

    Cone Angle

    22 degree

    42 degree

    Broadband Sounder Module

    No

    Yes

    Autotuning Sonar

    No

    Yes

    SolarMax Display

    No

    Yes

    Touchscreen

    One significant difference between these two models is that the Hook2 does not feature a touchscreen. It has a well-planned button configuration, which makes it a lot easier and natural for you to navigate the device with less hassle.

    On the other hand, the Hook features a touchscreen, which a less natural because it misses a few buttons, making them less user-friendly. 

    User-Friendly

    Because of the easy navigation button of the Hook2, and coupled with the fact that it offers a widescreen Interface of 7” and 9”, the Hook2 offers a more friendly approach than the Hook.

    Redraw-Speed

    The redraw speed of the Hook has been pretty slow beforehand. But since the introduction of the Hook2, it has now boosted with faster internals compared to what you have in the Hook.

    Connectors

    While the Lowrance Hook comes with a turn-knob connector, the Hook2, on the other hand, sports the push-connectors. 

    Manual Ducer-Selection in the Menu

    Unlike, what you will get in the Lowrance Hook series, the Hook2 does not come with manual ducer-selection in the menu. That means using another ducer in it than the 3 new ducers will not give optimal results.

    Medium CHIRP

    While the older Hook version will boast of an 83/200/medium/high chirp, when it is connected to a ducer, the Hook2 has no 83 kHz (or medium chirp).

    The reason for this change in the Hook2 has upgraded its 22-degree cone angle at 200 kHz to 42 degrees cone angle with Bullet/ SplitShot/ TripleShot. So there's really no need for the 83/ medium-frequency.

    Broadband Sounder Module

    The Lowrance Hook did not include the gorgeous Broadband Sounder Module we all loved in Elite Ti and HDS. But thank goodness, the Hook2 features the BSM-based software, even at a low price to give you less tinkering with settings.

    Auto-Tuning Sonar

    Unlike the Hook device, the Lowrance Hook2 flaunts an "Autotuning Sonar" feature to help you clutter noise and give you a precise fish targets as the conditions change.

    Apart from this, the autotuning feature is built around the Lowrance 200kHz ultra-wide beam transducer.

    SolarMax

    While the Lowrance Hook failed to include the SolarMax feature, the Hook2 decide to pick up the mantle by housing a SolarMax Display with LED backlight.

    This gives more optimal visibility and direct sunlight and a colorful display, alongside a delivering very sharp and crisp imaging.

    Final Verdict

    With a touchscreen display, the Hook series open the doors for ease of operations with just a single touch of the screen. But the truth is that the touchscreen is expensive and often cost more than other models.

    Hence, one of the reasons why the new Lowrance Hook2 offers an easy to use interface, which translates to easy to use operations and high-end features to make your fishing hunt a lot more fun.

    The fact that the Hook2 provides a more comprehensive screen format to allow you have a viewable screen area and gorgeous features that let you use the device to catch fish, make it the go-to unit for anglers.


    FAQ's

    1. My Lowrance Hook2 7 will restart randomly when I have downscan turned on. How to fix it?

     To have this fixed, get the 57.6.94 software Navico and the issue will be fixed.

    2. Why is my Lowrance Hook2 4X not showing speed?

    When this happens, edit the data fields by heading to the menu options of the page you want to edit. After that, select the SOG option. This will show you the unit to display the speed ground in the data location you have selected.

    3. Lowrance or Ipad Screen ?

    Marine electronics monitors can be seen in the sunlight. These screens have more powers compared to displays on a phone and tablet screens of the same size.

    4. Does The Lowrance Hook2 Have A Mapping Problem?

    The Hook2 has no X supports Map, and the ones with X does not support mapping ( avionics and charting capability).

    Most people confuse this concept. So, ensure you don't get confused when want to choose a version with Map support.

    5. Which is better; the Lowrance Hook2 7 vs. Garmin Striker 7?

    The Lowrance Hook2 7 offers a split-shot with maps for a reasonable price, but it excluded the side view imaging. The Garmin on its own has no maps. So, I think the Hook2 takes Lion's share.

    6. Has Lowrance retired its HSTWSBL era transducer with Hook2?

    The answer is No! The HST-WSBL isn't retired yet. It is still a gorgeous and a standard transducer for HDS series. The Hook2 still stand firm and blazing with its new line of transducers, Bullet Skimmer, charting, TripleShot, and SplitShot HDI.

    To use the Hook2 with the WSBL is a breeze. You can use this via the WSBL adapter, and it is not the conventional transducer that comes out of the box. Also, keep this in mind that Hook2 transducers are not compatible with any other displays beside Hook2.


    Conclusion

    While the Hook series seem to hold a solid ground when it comes to the best fishfinders for the money, the best model that blew other brands out of the water is the Lowrance Hook2 - 5 TripleShot Transducer. The reason why this fishfinder comes as a clear winner over other models is that:

    • It comes with the ability to supply navigation features for inland fishing, and an optimal array of sonar
    • The introduction of the SplitShot transducer paves the way for a Wide-Angle High CHIRP and DownScan to let you scan depths up to 500 ft (152 m).
    • The Wide-Angle High CHIRP mode scans up to 300ft (91m) when using DownScan.
    • It can maintain efficient fish targets reading at speeds up to 20-30 MPH.
    • The SplitShot transducer also integrates a temperature sensor and features 20 ft (6 m) of cable, alongside an 8-pin connector.
    • The DownScan Overlay features let you use both the two sonar technologies to help you get a clear understanding of the position of the fish arches and their vegetation structure.
    • The GPS Features high-sensitivity internal GPS can also use the information from, EGNOS, WAAS and MSAS satellites to deliver the most accurate results possible if they are available in your area.
    • The GPS will calculate the speed of your vessel and show you coordinate patterns.
    • The C-MAP Charts will give a high-detail US mapping alongside 1-foot contours for more than 3,000 lakes.
    • You will get to use premium charts C-MAP Navionics, C-MAP Genesis and more, to give you superior detail and, contour shading, tide information, etc.
    • The SolarMax Display has a LED backlight to give you optimal visibility even in direct sunlight and has a colorful display coupled with a horizontal layout.
    • The included Waterproofing Feature can withstand rainfall, water exposure, and snow with no problem. Thanks to its tightly sealed design to prevent water from entering the unit.

    All these exceptional features are nicely and neatly packed in the Hook2 - 5 fishfinder. It will be a wise choice to go with this fishfinder for the next fish hunt.

    Do you have any thought or experience about the best fishfinders to share with us? Let us know in the comments below.

    My name is Alex D. Allen, and I’m a professional fishfinder researcher and fishing enthusiast. You’re probably on my website in search of a fishing device that can help make your experience a lot easier and more productive; or perhaps, just trying to glean information to get a wider understanding of what fish finders are and how they can benefit you. Whatever your purpose may be, you’ve come to the right place.

    By on December 4th, 2018 in All Brands, Lowrance Brand

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