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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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: http://bit.ly/2pAkXr2

Humminbird Waterproof Ethernet Switch Port: http://bit.ly/2zTArsD

Ethernet Cable (2) 20 ft: http://bit.ly/2Df42jh

Smaller or more budget friendly units...

Humminbird Helix 7 G2: http://bit.ly/2vM2rhk

Humminbird Helix 5 G2 (Awesome unit for the price): http://bit.ly/2fsOu1I

Lowrance Hook 2 9 series: http://bit.ly/2kBj3l8

Garmin Echo Map 73SV US LakeVu HD: http://bit.ly/2DfTnVG

Our favorite Equipment For Mounting these units...

BalzOut Mount: http://bit.ly/2HnxLtu

Kong Electronics Mount: http://bit.ly/2MohNwS

Kong Wave Tamer Mount: http://bit.ly/2wsJVbA

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