Technology has made fishing more fun and less tedious. A fish finder is one piece of technology that will definitely enhance the angling experience. There are several fish finders in the market that come with several features. You need to know how to choose the fish finders that has features that essential to your angling experience. Here are some tips.
Before we get into the specifics, I wanted to add that if you are in the Texas area and would like a great place to try out your fish finder, I’d highly recommend Lake Fork. But I’d recommend looking into hiring one of the Lake Fork fishing guides first and observe how they are using their fish finder on the lake and make notes for when you take your boat out next time.
1. Easy to operate. There are several fish finder models with different operation modules. There are those that are complex to operate while others have simple menus. Since you don’t want to have a system that you would need assistance every time you need to use, look for a model that has simple settings and intuitive menus.
2. Pay for what you use. There are tens of features that can be incorporated in a fish finder. Some of the features are essential while some are not. There are colored and monochrome screens. There are fish finders that incorporate GPS technology.(This feature is quite expensive)
Finders use sonar imaging technology where sound waves are sent through the water from a transducer. When the sound hits an object, it bounces to the fish finder, the distance and time is calculated and shown on the screen. There are those which use down scan technology (scans downwards) others side scan while others combine the two. Side scan is superior to down scan while a combination of the two provides better results. The cost between the three technologies differs.
3. Portability: There are big and small sized fish finders. Bigger fish finders need one to have a boat which is drilled for the equipment to be fixed. Portable fish finders use a suction cup to hold the fish finder in position. The choice to buy either of the models may be determined by availability of a boat or the cost of each.
4. Type of transducer used. If you live in areas where there is winter season, you will find that it is not that easy finding fish during winter. During winter, the fish would normally look for areas where water is the warmest. A traducer with a heat detector would the best fish finder to work within such environment.
5. Screen size. The bigger the screen, the better the images that would be displayed on the screen. This is because the coordinates are spread all over the screen. Any thing above seven inches to ten inches would give a clear reflection of underwater conditions.
I found a video that offers some good tips for reading your fish finder.