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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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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Where Do Bass Go In Spring? (And How To Catch Them)

The bass are on the move! Don't waste time fishing old Winter spots, its time to focus on Spring. In Spring the bass bulk up before the spawn and they do it in very predictable locations. Focus on these key areas and you'll begin catching fish right away!

The key to predicting the bass' movement is to understand why they are moving in the first place. The bass' goal in Spring is to spawn as soon as water and environmental conditions allow. Until that takes place, they feed aggressively along their travel route from the Winter depths to Prespawn feeding locations.

Focus on fishing secondary points and anomalies to maximize your time on the water. The exact structures change from lake to lake but points, ledges, and pieces of hard cover are all key factors. Below you'll find a break down of the baits we focus on during the Spring.

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

Lipless Cranks...

-LV-500 Lipless Crankbait: http://bit.ly/2aAUUbd

-Jackall TN-70 Lipless Crankbait: http://bit.ly/2lqAwjh

A-Rigs...

-Bladed 5 wire A-Rig- Flash Mob Jr: http://bit.ly/2bgDGNu

-Non-Bladed 7 wire A-Rig- HogFarmer Cali Crush: http://bit.ly/2EeeepW

A-rig components...

-Split Rings (Size 4): http://bit.ly/2v8ArBX

-CPS Springs (medium) for dummy baits: http://bit.ly/2b2YgDf

-Matt Allen Swimbait Heads: http://bit.ly/29RrTYN

Glidebaits...

-S-Waver 168: http://bit.ly/2aiu8Sh

-Baitsanity Explorer Glide: http://bit.ly/2DcI1yM

Spinnerbaits...

-River2Sea Bling Spinnerbait 1/2 oz: http://bit.ly/2diSwqq

-Revenge Deep Runner 1/2 oz: http://bit.ly/2oSfWd6

Squarebills...

-Lucky Craft 1.5 Squarebill Crankbait: http://bit.ly/2vmq67T

-River2Sea Biggie Squarebill: http://bit.ly/2ahCzvo

Jerkbaits...

-Jackall Rerange Jerkbait: http://bit.ly/2ge0qED

-Lucky Craft Staysee 90: http://bit.ly/2dBzMmz

Finesse Baits...

Dropshot- Roboworm 6" Fat Worm: http://bit.ly/2awYSxM

Ned Rig- Z Man T.R.D.: http://bit.ly/2hs4RtR

Senko- Yamamoto 5": http://bit.ly/2axAmNS

Finesse Swimbait- Keitech Fat 2.8": http://bit.ly/2ab7s8v

Tube- Dry Creek 3.5" Tournament Tube: http://bit.ly/2cJwI6r

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Sonars Basics: How To See Fish

This quick trick is the difference between seeing all the fish under the boat and never knowing they were there. Sonar isn't self explanatory but with a single adjustment you can change that for good! Tim explains how to change sensitivity and what to look for on your screen. Whether you're using top of the line gear or just an entry level unit, this information will help you see more fish.

The key to sonar is understanding sensitivity. Sensitivity that is set too high becomes so cluttered you can't see the fish through the mess. Conversely if sensitivity is set too low you'll spend all day staring at a blank screen. Finding that perfect balance requires adjustment but once you've dialed it in you'll know every time a fish passes below the boat.

If you're looking for a quality unit, here are our favorites at a variety of price points, starting with the units we use ourselves.

Our Units...

Humminbird Solix 15: http://bit.ly/2Hazsej

Humminbird Solix 12: http://bit.ly/2AE2YDB

Hummbird Units...

Helix 9: http://bit.ly/2GmFXui

Helix 5 G2 Sonar: http://bit.ly/2TNndFW

Lowrance Units...

HDS-16 Carbon: http://bit.ly/2sjMhsR

HDS-12 LIVE: http://bit.ly/2RTL21K

Hook 2 9 Series: http://bit.ly/2kBj3l8

Garmin...

GPSMap Sonar: http://bit.ly/2IYlkB8

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

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