Posted on November 12, 2012 by

Hummingbird SmartCast RF-30

Imagine being able to cast out a fish finder sensor right on the end of your line, slowly reeling in and watching the underwater world of your favourite lake or stream unfold to you on your Dick Tracy-like wrist watch. The idea is brilliant and enchanting but the product is a horrible failure.

It is tough to be so enamored with the idea of a product and then watch it repeatedly fall short of your expectations in a practical setting. This is what it was like for me when I purchased the Smartcast RF-30 (MSRP $89.99). Of course, foolish me, thinking that Hummingbird is a respectable company that wouldn’t sell me crap, I didn’t hold onto the receipt. This became a real problem when, after only a few uses, the green sensor no longer broadcast its signal. On contacting Hummingbird and letting them know of this situation I was assured that without a receipt I could not return the device. So like a super fool I purchased a second sensor only to have it break exactly like the first one.

I didn’t use it in any way that was above and beyond what it claimed it could be used for. I didn’t drop it or stomp it. It didn’t fall from my pocket and roll under a bus wheel. No! I simply cast it out like the instructions said and now it no longer functions.

Hummingbird, you make some amazing products, many that I use regularly, but the Smartcast RF-30, although brilliant in concept, is definitely not something I would recommend to anyone. Unless you like being pissed off. Then it’s the perfect item.

1.0 / 5.0

It’s a brilliant idea but a terrible failure. I hope that one day Hummingbird releases a new and improved version that lives up to the concept.

The RF-30 has since been replaced by the Hummingbird SmartCast RF-35 (MSRP $89.99), but until someone can show me that the damn thing actually works I refuse to be fooled again.