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Old 11-15-2003, 10:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Looking for some tips on the proper use of fishing electronics. I've got a setup on my trolling motor at the front of the boat and another near the console with the transducer at the rear. Should I leave the fish ID on or off. What do I look for on the screen...big clumps that represents baitfish or changes in the bottom. I've spent the money on the equipment, but the owner's manual and the "informational video" that came along with it are of little help. Neither are very fancy but I would think that they do offer a better shot at finding the fish. Any suggestions or links to helpful sites would be appreciated. My boat is up for the winter but I plan on doing as much studying as I can during this down time.
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Old 11-16-2003, 01:52 AM   #2 (permalink)
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To be honest I have never looked at a fish finder as helping me catch more fish. It has helped me become a smarter fisherman. I have always used my ff to get a really nice layout of the lake. holes/depth/temp/pipess) I then match theses items with my map I have drawn out of the lake and you then get a real good idea on where the fish are going to be.

I have three fish finders and they all are very similar. They give me the depth / temp / weeds or growth / fish. All of them have an audio alarm that sounds when a fish is found. However sometimes it floating weeds or something none fish like.

Most ff have some type of alarm and visual que when fish are seen. Most of the time big clumps are rocks/holes/uneven ground on the bottom. I have not seen your ff so its hard to tell what it uses.

I would leave the fish ID on and set the ff so that the alarm goes off as well. I do not know if you have a gps but if so when you find holes/special spots be sure to mark them with something on paper of gps. You ff may have some type of feature like that.

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Old 11-16-2003, 07:34 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I run mine on manual mode, and in manual, fish track, fish id both get turned off. The problem with auto mode is the ff will change the sensitively. So it is hard to gage what size you are seeing on the graph. Now yes in fish id mode it will show a fish symbol, but that is the ff making its best guess as to what the return really is. I would rather just lock the sensitive down so I now what the returns look like and then use my knowledge to interrupt the returns

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Old 11-16-2003, 07:47 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Fishing without electronics is doable but a good quality flasher(vexilar,marcum) will tell you more than any map ever will ! Sure you can get a general layout of what a lake bottom is like,but no matter how good the map is it doesn't show you everything.Like when that school of crappies comes glidding through 15 foot down in 25 ft. of water or when the bottom changes from a soft to hard composition. There is a science to learning how to read them which is something that can only be learned with time. I can adjust my flasher to show me my 1/64 oz. jig in 30 ft. of water and it's depth in comparison to the fishes depth and how they react to a certain presentation.These are things that you can only accomplish with a flasher and practice. They give you INSTANT information that if thought about will increase your catch and understanding of a fishes behavior. LCD depthfinders are better than nothing but their ability to read as well as a quality flasher...there is no comparison. If you ever have the chance to go ice fishing spend some time walking around and find someone with one of the above named units and the things it will show you will blow you away. I do have a Vexilar FL8 SLT for sale in the classified part of the site here so...I upgrade to an FL18 which allows me to blow up the bottom 6 ft. for even greater detail.I would be willing to give the buyer an on ice demonstration and guided trip(when we have safe ice here on Bangs) or a lake of your choice up in my area (wauconda) Fred
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