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  • Has the technology enhancement in electronics made you a better fisherman?

    Fishing electronics are constantly changing and getting better. Has the enhancement they have came out with like Side, Down, Chirp, 3D, Spotlight, Panoptics, and 360 helped you in any shape or form put more fish in the boat than just standard sonar did? If so how, and why has it help you so much?

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    Short answer = yes. Sidescan allows me to cover more water (potential targets) in a fraction of the time. 3D and CHIRP give me more detail and resolution on those targets than previous technology. It's allowed me to evolve from finding an area to finding a spot within that area to finding the sweet spot within the spot. Today's electronic tools give greater range and finer detail. Combined these help turn fishing into catching.
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    • #3
      Yes, I use imaging to change fishing to catching. I fish were fish are rather than just fishing and hoping some fish are in the area.

      I search with Side Imaging and catch with 360.

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      • #4
        Time Management. With the advanced electronics, you can very quickly gain an understanding of what is going on in the fishery, from the water temps, see any thermoclines and with sidescan, get a good 3d understanding of the underwater world. You quickly find the bait, determine the types of bait (herring and threadfin are very different schoolers) see how fish are relating to structure (on bottom, suspended), etc. Then you just need to figure out the timing of a spot and a technique....
        cheers,
        Steve

        2011/2013 St Jude's Charity Tournament Champion
        Bass East Big Bass Challenge winner of 11-12 and 12-1 hours.

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        • #5
          Great answers, the true question is how would you fish without using electronics? How would you break down the bank, what key features are you looking for?

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          • #6
            I just run the bank, if it feels right, and keep casting. True story...

            I'll upgrade soon enough, but for now, I'll just keep doing what I can and have fun with it.
            Wishin' I was fishin'...
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            • #7
              I wouldn't run banks as much as I would hop points. Points are natural concentration areas for fish. I think in the absence of any kind of electronix focusing on points has higher pay-off potential.
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              • #8
                Using my electronics is a serious hole in my game. It's costing me fish, I know it, and I'm too old and hardheaded to take the time to get more proficient. Rather stupid really.

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                • #9
                  Some of the key features I look for is bank transition like from oak to pine that helps me identify a transition from hard to soft bottom.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by THfishing View Post
                    Great answers, the true question is how would you fish without using electronics? How would you break down the bank, what key features are you looking for?
                    Depends on the season, but mostly I am paying attention to the various river or creek channels and looking for intersections with points, other creeks, channel turns and either sharp drops or channels near flats (seasonal). Baitfish use the channel edges as highways so there will always be bass relating to these edges and turns. So, without electronics, I used heavier jigs, t-rigs and c-rigs to feel the terrain and get an understanding of the hard/soft/shells/boulders/rocks/wood/stumps that are around the channels and nearby area's.
                    cheers,
                    Steve

                    2011/2013 St Jude's Charity Tournament Champion
                    Bass East Big Bass Challenge winner of 11-12 and 12-1 hours.

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                    • #11
                      I hardly look at the electronics I have, depending on depth of water I'm fishing I turn them off completely. This has been mostly do to tow and knowing what has given me success and settling in on my ways. I tend to fish small learning and getting to know an area well. Electronics defiantly have a place. I only have your low end elite5 lowrance so down scan and temp. But I would prefer a side image and 3d if i were to go to a lake or river unknown to me. But then a old fashion topo map and regular depth finder can give you a lot of info to get a great start.
                      Listening to pros the maps are they're best resource then the high end electronics just speed up the tuning on what they've found on there maps.
                      I would love to put $1500-2grand into some electronics but with my budget I go to realistic mode and just do my best keeping up with those jumping the learning curve and going directly to the fast lane.
                      Believe me riding in the back of a friends boat who left side imaging on allowed me to see and catch fish he was missing because I was seeing there placement.
                      2017 Ironman winner
                      2019 Polar Bear winner

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