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Understanding fish finders

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  • Understanding fish finders

    I was just woundering where i could get some reading materail on how to read a fish finder. or is it just all experiance.


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    As much as I hate to say it the ability to make heads or tails out of the display is almost all experience.Fortunately that is at the subtle level. The truth of the matter is that if you have a half way decent fish finder (read Furuno into that, all others are second rate) you will immediately be able to tell a good solid return from the trash that shows up on the screen.Some things you can come to understand pretty quickly, and bottom structure is first on that list. I personally think that the ability to interpret structure is vastly more important than actually seeing fish on the screen.Think of it this way. Remember those two sniper guys in the DC area a year or so ago? Well, when they were looking for folks to shoot at they didn't have to go looking for individual targets, all they had to do was park themselves over a gas station or a Wally World, some place where people were bound to show up. Fishing is a lot like that most of the time. If you are in the right place the targets will show up and the fish finder's role in all if this is to help you find the right places.Once you get the hang of structure down the next important thing is bait. Now I don't know how it is for fresh water guys but out in the deep stuff if I find a big green cloud under me I'll put out baits every time. For us bait and structure, along with temperature breaks, are really what define the areas we fish. That's because the fish we mostly target don't show up on fish finders, even though they are good sized fish.Oh, to get a better idea of how fish finders work I'd go to the Lowrance web site if I were you. They have an excellent tutorial there and I've always though it was well worth reading. Just ignore the obvious built in hype for their own fish finders and you'll do just fine.Here, take a look around and tell me what you see: Thom

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      Re: Understanding fish finders

      thanks alot Thom. i am useing it in fresh water and was wanting to learn how to fish for stripers on lake texoma. thank you

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      • #4
        Re: Understanding fish finders

        i see two humps a channel and about 4 objects. i am new at actuley useing it to find stuff and not just the depth.

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        • #5
          Re: Understanding fish finders

          fishingtomatoseed I have a tutorial prepared by the international tech coordinator for Lowrance. This guy really knows his stuff, he teaches/trains tournament fishermen how to use their products. It is in color with actual screen shots of fish, bait, structure, etc. and is fully illustrated, way beyond the basics. The principles would apply to any brand sonar. Its in Word format, 2.8 MB. I'll be happy to email you or anyone else a copy if interested. JD

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          • #6
            Re: Understanding fish finders

            thank you JD my email is clint405@hotmail.com

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            • #7
              Re: Understanding fish finders

              Hey JD,I would be interested in that tutorial as well... Would sure appreciate you sending it to me if you had the time. thanks.birkbill@cox.net

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              • #8
                Re: Understanding fish finders

                i woud alsoo like to read that .....please...? vidar.olsen4@chello.no

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                • #9
                  Re: Understanding fish finders

                  same here for the reading. Thankyou in advance ralgoetz@comcast.net

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                  • #10
                    Re: Understanding fish finders

                    ...if you have a half way decent fish finder (read Furuno into that, all others are second rate)...
                    You probably couldnÂ’t guess that Thom has a particular bias here, can you?

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                    • #11
                      Re: Understanding fish finders

                      __________________ __________________ Well, Maybe just a little ....... Thom

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                      • #12
                        Re: Understanding fish finders

                        hello yep my understanding is that they are programmed to beep and show a big fish periodically to keep you enthused. tackle dealers and boat makers are all a part of the scam. good luck and keep posting
                        no tech questions by PM, they wont get answered.
                        you have to be trusted by the people that you lie to .

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                        • #13
                          Re: Understanding fish finders

                          RodBolt,It is my understanding that if you were to head up around Duck today, what with that southwest wind blowing and it being fairly flat right off the beach that the rock would have a lot of beeping going on .... Lord, its hard to be here in West Virginia.Thom

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                          • #14
                            Re: Understanding fish finders

                            possibly there were on the bar at the kitty hawk swimming beach 2 days ago. 30 pounders in the surf. must have been over 500 birds screaming and diving. I was taking my son to school and had to stop and walk over the dunes to watch a while.
                            no tech questions by PM, they wont get answered.
                            you have to be trusted by the people that you lie to .

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                            • #15
                              Re: Understanding fish finders

                              JDI would love to see your file as well.Boatist@yahoo.com
                              Have some fun and enjoy the Great Outdoors.
                              Love to fish out of Bodega Bay, California.

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