posted on August 16, 2011
Today, I’d like to talk to you about finding fish, specifically the electronics we use to find fish. Many of you have read about the new side imaging and down-imaging structure scan options on fish finders. But just reading about them doesn’t really do these systems justice. I have a dash mounted 798c SI Humminbird on my NITRO Z-7 and I have only good things to say about it.
TV and magazines that advertise these systems show that the screen is almost camera like, showing you exactly what boulders and tree stumps look like, that is no bologna. The best example I can offer is a personal experience I had last summer I was fishing at Ute Lake. It was mid-day and the temperature was well above 100 degrees, so I decided to cruise a section of a cliff that dropped straight into 40’ water. While I was watching my Side imaging, I saw a single boulder and the perfect outline of a fish suspended right next to it. I used the cursor on the screen to mark that boulder on the GPS. Once it was marked, I switched to my GPS screen and found the exact spot where the boulder was positioned. Consequently, I caught a nice Smallmouth on my first cast. This was a fish I would never have found much less brought to the boat if it wasn’t for the side-imaging feature on my fish finder.
The biggest myth is that all of these fish finders are entirely too expensive and bulky for an everyday anger to own. That is simply not true. You don’t have to have a huge monitor mounted on the side of your boat to get the benefits of this technology. In fact, a lot of these fish finders are no bigger than the one that’s is currently on your boat. Price is all up to you. For less than $400 you can get a great grayscale Down Imaging sounder.
If you’re serious about finding more fish, then you need to look into this new technology. The parts department at Rocky Mountain RV & Marine can answer any question you may have and their service department can mount that new toy wherever you want it on your boat.
Remember, you don’t have to spend a fortune to have a little fun and become a better fisherman!
Thanks for reading, & Good Fishing,