HawkEye FT1PXC Fishtrax Fish Finder Review

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The Hawkeye FT1PXC Fishtrax Fish finder is a fish finder with a full color and high definition display. The features include 100 level sensitivity adjustments, multi level depth ranges and auto zoom bottom tracking. There are three operating modes in this Hawkeye FT1PXC Fishtrax Fish finder which will come convenient when it comes to catching more fishes regardless of the environment, as the manufacturer claims. This unit is handheld and can be both portable or boat mountable. This fish finder has two operating frequencies for fine tuning the sonar readings in both deep and shallow water. The audible depth and fish alarm enables you to continue fishing in all situations.

Display Menu

The on screen menu is easy to read and the sightings are to the point. It is easy to understand from your very first go but I will still recommend you to go for a test drive by reading through the manual to get the hang of it when you go for fishing real time. While the screen readings work fine, I wish I had the option of moving the depth and temperature readings to the bottom of the screen. While you are trying to fish in 100+ ft. of water, there is hardly any time to see the shallow fish readings before they disappear behind the depth and temperature readings. A way to customize this according to the user’s need would have been perfect but oh well.

The display menu freezes when you change the depth ranges. So for example, if you go to 150+ ft. from 100+ ft. the menu will freeze for like 3 to 10 seconds. I have observed that this happens more while moving to shallower water that going deeper. The stalling thing is annoying, but nothing I still can’t work with.

The positive thing is that the display menu shows up nicely even in direct sunlight and you don’t have to squint at it to figure out where the fishes are.

Portable

The Hawkeye FT1PXC Fishtrax Fish finder is portable and boat mountable as it is light and compact in size. The transducer is not rounded. You can attach it to your boat with any sort of mount or clamp, for example, even the standard GoPro clamp mount can be used. Using a clamp mount of that sort will help you in detaching the fish finder quickly when necessary.

Dual Frequency Sonar

The Hawkeye FT1PXC Fishtrax Fish finder uses dual frequency FishTrax intelligent sonar to two operating frequencies. The frequencies are 200 kHz and 83 kHz. These two operating frequencies are convenient for reading and fine tuning the sonar readings in deep or shallow water.

Battery Life and Compartment

I have complaints regarding both of these features. First of all, the Hawkeye FT1PXC Fishtrax Fish finder uses 4 AAA size batteries to operate. Which would be all nice and fitting if they did not run out of juice within a day of usage. Meaning if you are a professional fisherman or really love fishing and go on regular fishing trips, a chunk of your money is going to go after running this fish finder.

The battery compartment is not convenient enough to use, especially when you are fishing out in the water. The battery compartment is screwed shut with screws, which sounds really good in theory but soon turns into a headache when working in practical life. Imagine having to go out in the water and running out of battery and then having to unscrew the battery compartment of the Hawkeye FT1PXC Fishtrax Fish finder to get your batteries in. and I am sure not many people carry a screw driver around when they go for catching fishes. It is time consuming and a hassle to go through. I am not happy with this feature at all.

Audible Depth and Fish Alarms

The Hawkeye FT1PXC Fishtrax Fish finder has a nice feature of letting you know when the fishes are around with an audible depth and fish alarm, which means you don’t have to stay glued to the fish finder constantly to check on the depth and fish updates. I found this feature to be useful as I tend to become absorbed with my fishing lines and hooks so concentrating on them and getting a signal from the fish finder are the perfect solution.

Pros

  • Light and compact so it is portable and boat mountable.
  • Dual frequencies to fine tune the sonar readings.
  • Easy to read display menu even under the direct sunlight.
  • Useful fish alarm and audible depth noise to alert you without having to constantly check the menu.

Cons

  • Poor battery life that runs out within a day.
  • Annoying battery compartment design that needs a screw driver to open.
  • The screen freezes while changing depths, especially while going into the shallower water.
  • Depth and temperature readings can’t be shifted to the bottom.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q: Can fish sizes be determined from this fish finder?

A: Yes, you can turn off the fish icons which will let you see the actual sonar echoes. You can determine the size of the fish from them.

Q: Is the fish finder responsive with a jig?

A: Yes, on the flasher mode it will pick up a jig but you will have to adjust with your sensitivity settings.

Q: Does the fish finder come with a mounting hardware?

A: No, you will have to buy the mounting hardware separately.

Final Words

The Hawkeye FT1PXC Fishtrax Fish finder has both its ups and downs, but regardless of the shortcomings, it works well at what it is supposed to. The positive things surely triumph over the negative few. I overall like the features of the Hawkeye FT1PXC Fishtrax Fish finder as the dual frequencies and three operating modes are really useful in finding out the fishes in my favorite spots. It has definitely upgraded my overall fishing experience and made it more enjoyable. I will recommend this product.

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