The Hook Reveal 5 SplitShot is one of the newest Lowrance units released for 2020. It’s not far different from the last year’s Hook2-5 but does offer two important extra features, Fish Reveal and Genesis Live. As the title suggests, this particular model includes the SplitShot transducer and is preloaded with the C-MAP U.S. Inland chart base. For reference, this is the Lowrance part number 000-15500-001.
Key Features and Specifications
- Screen: 5″ diagonal, 800H x 480V pixel matrix, color TFT, with LED backlight
- Sonar: High Wide-Angle CHIRP & DownScan
- Transducer: SplitShot (000-14028-001)
- Max. Depth Capability:
500 ft (153 m) for the CHIRP sonar
300 ft. (91 m) for DownScan
- Frequency and Coverage (with the included transducer):
2D Sonar: 200 kHz / 40°
DownScan: 55/3° @ 455 & 35/1.6° @ 800 kHz
- Power Supply: 12 VDC (10.8-17 VDC min-max)
- GPS: Internal, WAAS/EGNOS/MSAS
- Maps: C-MAP US Inland Basemap
- Routes, Waypoints, Tracks: 100; 3,000, 100 (10,000) points per trail)
Sonar and transducer
To begin with, the Lowrance Hook Reveal 5 supports multiple frequencies, including 50/83/200 kHz for standard CHIRP sonar, and 455/800 kHz for DownScan. It does not support SideScan, ForwardScan, or LiveSight sonar.
As we’ve mentioned above, this is the Lowrance part number 000-15500-001, the one that includes the SplitShot transducer. This is a plastic transducer featuring a transom mount and trolling mounting possibilities. It has an internal temperature sensor, 20 ft. (6 m) of cable, and an 8-pin connector.
For Standard CHIRP sonar, the transducer can only use one conical beam at 200 kHz. It has a coverage of 40° and a maximum depth capability of 500 ft. (153 m). This depth capability applies only to freshwater; for saltwater, it should be lower.
For DownScan, the transducer supports two frequencies – 455 kHz and 800 kHz. It uses two oval beams with coverages of 55° / 3° @ 455 kHz, and 35° / 1.6° @ 800 kHz. The maximum depth capability for the 455 kHz beam is 300 ft. (91 m), while the maximum depth capability for the 800 kHz beam 150′ (46 m).
So, as a small conclusion here, with the included SplitShot transducer, this Lowrance fish finder is intended for lake fishing (or inland fishing). But still, the unit can be used off-shore in areas with shallow waters, or you can also opt for an extra 50/200 kHz skimmer transducer.
The Lowrance Reveal 5 offers a pretty decent range of sonar features and functions. The list includes Sonar Autotuning, Amplitude Scope, Bottom Lock, Noise Rejection, Circular Flasher (for ice fishing), Fish ID (to replace fish arches with fish icons), Split Zoom, Surface Clarity, Colorline, Depth Alarm, Fish Alarm, Sonar Recording and more.
Needless to say, the most important feature includes with this unit is FishReveal, which previously was only available with the Elite Ti2 units and above. FishReveal gives you the possibility to bring the fish arches from the CHIRP sonar into the DownScan view, and also opens specific FishReveal options. Overlay DownScan is also available. This feature allows the overlay of the DownScan imaging on the standard sonar view, and opens DownScan basic options in the standard sonar mode.
The Lowrance Hook Reveal 5 is a chartplotter. It comes preloaded with the C-MAP U.S. Inland basemaps. This chart platform covers more than 4,000 U.S. lakes with 1-foot contours. However, it provides basic detail. But on the other hand, the unit supports premium charts from C-MAP and Navionics, including Navionics Gold, Navionics+, Navionics Platinum+, C-MAP Insight Pro, and C-MAP Lake Insight.
One of the new navigation and sonar combo features included with the new Hook Reveal units is Genesis Live. Again, just as for the FishReveal feature, this was only available for the Lowrance Elite Ti units and above. Genesis Live is a real-time mapping feature. It gives you the possibility to create an overlay of depth contour mapping based on live sonar soundings and GPS positioning. This being said, if the unit’s basemaps don’t offer satisfying information for your lake, you can create your own custom map.
It’s important to mention that the unit also supports SonarChart. Therefore, if you will be using a Navionics+ chart card, you should be able to create bathymetric mapping with the SonarChart feature.
Needless to say, the unit has internal GPS. It supports corrections from GLONASS, WAAS, MSAS, and EGNOS. It also has a GPS speed function, meaning that the unit can calculate the speed of your boat based on the GPS input.
The unit can save up to 3,000 waypoints in its memory. It also has trackplotting and route creation functions. You can save up to 100 tracks (10,000 points each) and up to 100 routes in its memory. Each recorded track can be converted into a route, you can add new waypoints to it, and re-trace later.
Since this is one of the most basic Lowrance units, it doesn’t have networking features. Therefore, due to the lack of Ethernet and NMEA support, it cannot use external GPS units, does not support AIS data or Radar.
Control unit features
The Lowrance Hook Reveal 5 features a 5-inch color display with a pixel resolution of 800H x 480V. It’s a SolarMAX display with LED backlight (>1000 nits) for superior readability in direct sunlight. It offers excellent angle visibility (80° top/bottom, 85° left/right). It is also IPX7 waterproof which means it can withstand water splashes and rain.
The unit doesn’t have touchscreen technology; it is operated exclusively via the keypad on the right. Its interface is quite easy to work with, its homepage can be customized with the app combos that you use the most for quick access.
As we’ve mentioned above, this Lowrance fish finder does not have networking features (no Ethernet, no NMEA support). However, it does have a microSD card port for using charts from Navionics or C-MAP, or for data backups.
The unit comes with the tilt bracket mount. A unit cover is not included.
- 2D Broadband Wide CHIRP Sonar;
- DownScan sonar;
- Supports 50 kHz;
- SplitShot 2-in-1 transducer included;
- Multiple sonar features such as Fish ID, A-Scope, Bottom Lock, Circular Flasher, Colorline, Sonar Recording, Overlay DownScan etc;
- Fast and accurate GPS;
- US Inland basemaps included;
- Genesis Live real-time mapping;
- Compatible with superior charts, such as C-MAP®, C-MAP Genesis, Navionics® and more;
- Adjustable backlight for superior readability;
- MicroSD card reader (1 slot);
- Bracket mount and panel mount kit included;
- Fairly easy to install;
- One year warranty.
- No networking features (no NMEA or Ethernet);
- Doesn’t support external GPS, or AIS units.
The Lowrance Hook Reveal 5 SplitShot Inland is a fish finder and chartplotter offering standard CHIRP sonar, DownScan, GPS, C-MAP basemaps, and Genesis Live real-time mapping. It includes the SplitShot transducer for High-Wide CHIRP and DownScan. It’s a unit intended for inland fishing, but can also be used off-shore. It’s also one of the most affordable 5-inch fish finders and GPS combos with down scanning sonar and an included transducer.