How To Interpret Side Imaging Sonar

Do you know how to read side imaging? Do you know what its for or how to use it to catch more fish? Understanding side imaging takes some getting used to so today Tim is going to explain the basic functions, show examples of fish, and even talking about how to tune it for your situation.

Most moderately priced units today include side imaging as an option. Its a great tool, saving you valuable time on the water if you know how to use it to your advantage. Its great for locating structure, hazards, schools of fish, and more.

The unit we use is the Humminbird Solix 15. We chose this unit because of its unbelievably clear picture and incredible detail. The first day we used it we were locating sunken boats, rock piles, and other structure in places we fish every day but had never been able to see those objects before.

The Solix is the best of the best for side imaging but there are some other great units on the market as well. Below we will link the unit we're using along with the items needed to link the front and back unit together for waypoint sharing, as well as several other great imaging units at different prices.

Our Equipment...

(2) Humminbird Solix 15 Chirp/Mega/SI/GPS:

Humminbird Waterproof Ethernet Switch Port:

Ethernet Cable (2) 20 ft:

Smaller or more budget friendly units...

Humminbird Helix 7 G2:

Humminbird Helix 5 G2 (Awesome unit for the price):

Lowrance Hook 2 9 series:

Garmin Echo Map 73SV US LakeVu HD:

Our favorite Equipment For Mounting these units...

BalzOut Mount:

Kong Electronics Mount:

Kong Wave Tamer Mount:


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3 Tricks To Get Wayyy More bites with a HydroWave

Does the HydroWave really work? Is it easy to use? Savvy anglers have been using the Hydrowave to catch more bass for years! There are a few tricks that make it even more effective and today we're finally letting those secrets out.

Tim just picked up the HydroWave H2. This unit has more sound options than previous models and is very user friendly. In a matter of minutes we'd found the best sounds for the school of bass we were sitting on and were immediately catching fish.

The best time to use a sound stimulator like the hydro wave is when bass are schooling together. It will work on individual fish as well but you lose the multiplying effect of the bass triggering each other to feed. We've also noticed that "less is more" when adding sound to the water. Start off with lower volumes and levels of aggression and work up until the fish react.

Below is a breakdown of the units, sound modules, and gear we were using during this video.

HydroWave H2:

Hydrowave Sound Expansion Packs:

The Baits...

Megabass Vision 110 Jerkbait:

Lucky Craft LV-500 Lipless:

Hooks- Gamakatsu EWG Size 4:

Split Rings- Owner Hyperwire Size 3:

Jerkbait Combo...

Rod- Zodias 6'10" Medium:

Reel- Curado 70:

Line- 20 lb Sufix 832 Braid:

Leader- 10 lb Sunline Sniper:

Lipless Combo...

Rod- IMX Pro 845 CBR:

Reel- Chronarch MGL:

Line- 40 lb MaxCuatro Braid:

Leader: 15 lb Maxima Ultragreen:


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Fall Tackle Review: Rods, Reels, Lures

Matt and Tim are on the water and they brought a boat load of new gear along! From new spinnerbaits, jerkbaits, and crankbaits, to rods and reels, they're spending the day exploring new equipment. Come along for a fun afternoon on the water!

The Shimano SLX and Dobyns Colt rods had already been fished but the rest of the tackle was brand new. Watch first hand as the guys have to adjust reels, dial in baits, and figure out how to adapt to fish that are difficult to pattern.

The guys make the best of the conditions and the gear and quickly begin boating quality bass. The key players seemed to be the jerkbait and underspin but a handful of other baits were successful as well. Below is a break down of all the equipment the guys were using.

The Baits...

Megabass Vision 110 Silent jerkbait:

Rapala Shadow Rap Jerkbait:

Lucky Craft Flash Pointer 100 Jerkbait:

Evergreen CH-1 Squarebill:

Flashy Spinner (3/0):

Keitech 3.8" Swimbait:

6th Sense 50X Squarebill:

The Rods...

13 Fishing Fate Black 7' Medium:

Lews TP-1 Black 7' Medium:

Daiwa Tatula Elite 7'3" MH:

Shimano SLX 7'2" Heavy:

St. Croix Legend Elite 6'10" Medium:

Shimano Curado 7'1" Medium Spinning:

The Reels...

13 fishing Origin TX:

Daiwa CR 80:

Daiwa SV TWS:

Shimano SLX:

Lew's Speed Spool LFS:

Shimano Chronarch MGL (Awesome Reel paired with a jerkbait):

Shimano NASCI Spinning:


Braid- Power Pro MaxCuatro:

Fluorocarbon- Sunline Assassin:

Monofilament- Maxima Ultragreen:


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Best Gear For Fishing A New Lake

How Do you pack for a lake you've never been to? What gear are you going to need? How much tackle should you carry? How much is too much? Do you need anything special? Today Tim answers all these questions by taking you along for a tour of the gear he packed for his trip to Michigan.

Preparing for "anything" that a new lake can throw your way is very challenging. If you specifically select baits that have multiple uses it is much easier to be prepared for varying conditions. From clean water to murky, from a topwater bite to ledge fishing, you can get away with less tackle than you might expect.

Below is a break down of all the gear Tim took to Michigan to chase Smallmouth on lakes he'd never seen before. They're broken into Finesse/Spinning Gear and Reaction/Casting Gear.


Dropshot #1- Strike King Half Shell:

Dropshot #2- Strike King Dream Shot:

Dropshot #3- Roboworm 6" Worm:

Ned Rig- Z Man TRD:

Ned Rig Head- Z Man LockZ HD:

Neko Rig- Kut Tail Worm:

Neko Rig- Tungsten Nail Weight:

Finesse Tube: Dry Creek 3.5" Tube:

Swimbait- Keitech 2.8":

Swimbait- 1/8 oz Guppy Head:

Spy Bait - Duo Realis Spinbait 80:

Hair Jig- Feider Fly:

Yamamoto 5" Senko:


Megabass Deep Six:

Lucky Craft LV-500 Lipless:

Jackall TN-70 Lipless:

Damiki Vault Blade:

River2Sea Biggie Squarebill:

Norman Deep Little N:

Blade Runner 1 3/4 oz Spoon:


Swimbait- Keitech 4.3 Fat:

Swimbait- 6" Trash Fish:

Swimbait- S Waver 168:


Bubble Popper:

Rio Rico:

Reaction Innovations Vixen:

River2Sea Rover:

River2Sea Bubble Walker:

Whopper Plopper:

Evergreen Shower Blows:

Rod/Reel Combos...

Drop Shot - NRX 822 DSR -

Hair Jig / Spybait - Daiwa Tatula Elite AGS Spin Rod 7'6" ML -

All purpose spinning - NRX 852S JWR -

Deep Crank Setup

IMX Pro Crank Rod 7'6" Med Hvy 906 CBR -

Shimano Chronarch 150 MGL -

15lb Seaguar AbrazX Fluorocarbon Line -

Swimbait Setup

G. Loomis GLX Casting Rod 7'5" Heavy 894C JWR -

Shimano Metanium -

Glide Bait Setup

G. Loomis GLX Casting Rod 7'5" Heavy 894C JWR -

Shimano Curado 200K -


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