Sonar Basics: How To Interpret Down Imaging Sonar

What is down imaging? Is it really going to help you see more fish? Do you need it? Tim walks us through the differences between sonar and down imaging, what the different frequencies are for, and when to use down imaging to your advantage. He shows on the water, real life examples of how it can be used to gain a clearer understanding of what your unit is reading.

Modern electronics are incredibly powerful. Gone are the days of flashers and fish symbols, here to stay is a picture so clear that you can count the fish amongst the branches of a tree. If you understand how to tune your down imaging unit between frequencies it is an incredible tool!

The purpose of today's video is to give you a clearer understanding of what down imaging is and a brief overview of when/how to use it. There is a lot more information on the subject that we'll cover down the road in a more in-depth video. The cost of down imaging units has come way down in recent years, if you're a typical angler getting out on the boat a few times a month, down imaging can improve your angling experience.

Below is a breakdown of Tim's equipment, links to our other electronics videos, and a list of budget-friendly down-imaging units.

Tim's equipment...

Unit #1- Humminbird Solix 15 G2: http://bit.ly/2Hazsej

Unit #2- Humminbird Solix 12 G2: http://bit.ly/2AE2YDB

Trolling Motor- Ultrex Mega DI I-Pilot Link: http://bit.ly/2RqrT4v

Budget-friendly Down Imaging Units...

Humminbird- Helix 5 G2 DI: http://bit.ly/2TNndFW

Lowrance- Hook 2 Series 5 Sonar: http://bit.ly/2Y2sjk2

Garmin- Striker Plus: http://bit.ly/2skseug

Related Electronics Videos...

-Interpretting Modern Electronics: https://youtu.be/KdISDEkf4eQ

-Sonar Basics: How To Find Fish: https://youtu.be/HJkfHsRy31o

-Fish Finder Tips: https://youtu.be/Dz78WTxBL3A

-How To Interpret Side Imaging Sonar: https://youtu.be/_TO8_j8wYFo

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Summer Bass Fishing Buyer's Guide

There are a ton of new baits from Ned Worms to Swimbaits on the market this Summer and today we're going to review some of the best. Its easy to get overwhelmed by all the new tackle but Tim makes it easy by sharing some of his confidence baits as well as a few recent finds. If you're looking for something to try as we head in to Early Summer, give these baits a look.

Today's video samples baits from both ends of the spectrum. Tim has a lot of confidence in a new Ned Worm from Missile Baits, as well as a couple finesse hooks. But he's also developed a ton of confidence in a few swimbaits for Summer bass fishing. If you're heading shallow the Noisy Dachs by Evergreen was out of stock for nearly a year and is finally back on the market! If you're probing deep, the new colors of Baitsanity are a killer option (That Kokanee is hard to beat!)

No matter your style, there is something here worth looking at. Below is a breakdown of the baits and equipment mentioned in the video.

Soft Baits and Hooks...

-Swagger Tungsten "Flanders" NED Heads - http://bit.ly/2KcIB6M

-Missile Baits Ned Bomb (Goby Bite, Fishalicious , Super Bug) - http://bit.ly/2XCOGwd

-Keitech Swing Impact FAT- http://bit.ly/2ab7s8v

-Owner Mosquito "Light" Hooks - http://bit.ly/2zQVKx3

Squarebill...

-Evergreen CH-1 Squarebill (Fire Craw, Ayu) - http://bit.ly/2MrsOCG

Squarebill Combo...

-G. Loomis IMX Pro Crankbait Casting Rods (845CBR) - http://bit.ly/2FQj6CZ

-Shimano Chronarch MGL Casting Reel (7.1:1) - http://bit.ly/2n8DghB

Frogs...

-Stanford Baits Boom Boom Hollow Body Frog (Fred's Frog, Dirty Bird) - http://bit.ly/2K90m6U

-Spro Dean Rojas Bronzeye Spit Shad 60 (Spooky Shad, Blue Back Herring) - http://bit.ly/2MHu9pA

Frog Setup...

-Shimano Expride A Casting Rod 7'3" Extra Hvy - http://bit.ly/2nTq9FL

-Shimano Curado 150 DC Casting Reel (7.4:1) - http://bit.ly/2yHtsp4

-Sunline FX2 Braided Line Dark Green 60b (Froggin/Flippin) - http://bit.ly/31u57xA

Wakebaits and Swimbaits...

-Evergreen ND 180 Wooden Wakebaits (Oikawa, Black Bone) - http://bit.ly/2JbrbaM

-Gan Craft OSA 115 Wakebait (Nakahira Buna) - http://bit.ly/2IzGIOm

-Baitsanity Explorer Glide Bait (Kokanee) - http://bit.ly/2DcI1yM

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Did You Know You Can Do This With Your Lake Map?

Want to catch more fish? Understanding the map of your lake makes it a lot easier! If you're using modern electronics there are some amazing tricks that make it even better. Today Tim shows how to highlight depth zones, adjust lake levels, and select prime fishing locations. If you're using a traditional paper lake map this information still applies. Spend less time searching and more time catching with these quick adjustments!

Tim begins by showing the difference between base map software and aftermarket mapping chips. He goes on to assume you're using some version of a map card in order to get accurate contour lines. Tim uses his Humminbird Solix to show a variety of structures and how they appear on the map then goes on to teach the subtle differences that will save you a ton of searching and fishing time!

If you want to become a more efficient angler you need to get comfortable reading a map of your lake. You don't need an expensive unit and software to be a great angler, you can get by with a simple paper map, but good electronics make it much, much easier. Below is a breakdown of the unit and cards Tim was using in the video as well as a few other options he recommends at various price points.

Main Unit- Humminbird Solix 15: http://bit.ly/2Hazsej

Map Card- Humminbird Lakemaster Plus: http://bit.ly/2Dk5Erc

Other Map Cards...

-Humminbird Lakemaster: http://bit.ly/2wAZ8ZJ

-Navionics HotMaps Platinum: http://bit.ly/2ZitTiR

Other Units...

-Humminbird Helix 7: http://bit.ly/2SoFl8a

-Lowrance HDS 7 Live: http://bit.ly/2VYomMA

-Garmin Striker Plus: http://bit.ly/2skseug

Keeping your electronics screen clean is really important. The best product we've found to do that is Wave Away. It cleans finger prints and water spots with very little effort instead of scrubbing at the screen until your hands hurt.

Wave Away Screen Cleaner: http://bit.ly/2PhHmmC

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Spring Bass Fishing Buyer's Guide

New Worms, Creatures, Rods, Reels, Line, and more! Spring fishing is is the best time to try new tackle because the bass are aggressive. We cut the learning curve today by trying all sorts of new gear and bringing you our top picks!

Matt and Tim are both tackle junkies. Between the two of them they try the vast majority of tackle that enters the market. There are a ton of new products each year but few are truly innovative and even less stand the test of time. We do our best to sort through the mess and find the diamonds in the rough.

Today we are looking at a variety of different products which are outlined below. They are listed in no particular order and all will help you become a more effective angler this Spring and Summer.

New Tackle and Terminal…

-Sunline FC100 System Leader: http://bit.ly/2O4UElB

-River2Sea Standin Yabbie: http://bit.ly/2DfkxuQ

-Hog Farmer Spunk Shad: http://bit.ly/2UFkCD7

-Z Man Shroomz Micro Finesse Jig: http://bit.ly/2UcGaBP

(Pair With TRD Crawz: http://bit.ly/2U9vx6P )

-Magnum Baits Soft Stick Baits: http://bit.ly/2KBhPWU

(Rig With 4/0 Finesse Wide Gap: http://bit.ly/2aKGmHM )

-Z-Man Mag Fatty Z: http://bit.ly/2Gclyo9

New Rods and Reels…

-Loomis Edge Rods: http://bit.ly/2Q9wZjY

-Levante 2019 Casting Rods: http://bit.ly/2FdE3YY

-Daiwa Aird-X Casting Rods: http://bit.ly/2Z2JfYG

-Daiwa Aird-X Spinning Rods: http://bit.ly/2P7Z3Vu

-Shimano Sahara Fl 1000 Spinning Reel: http://bit.ly/2XhhM43

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