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Reading your sounder - a primer

Postby RedPhoenix » Mon Dec 08, 2008 11:09 pm

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Re: Reading your sounder - a primer

Postby Nativeman » Mon Dec 08, 2008 11:40 pm

Here is a pic of some very active bass on Maroon dam one day. Lots of arches and lots of lines meaning they are active and feeding.

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Re: Reading your sounder - a primer

Postby YakN00b » Tue Dec 09, 2008 5:47 am

I assume this is a bait school as there were birds diving into something that looked like this not long before.

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Re: Reading your sounder - a primer

Postby varp » Tue Dec 09, 2008 6:20 am

Ditto Occy. :D

I went out yesterday and when I bought up the anchor I could see it on my new Hummingbird Piranhamax 210 - a bottom of the line cheapy on special at Big W for $135. Anyway, the anchor showed up as dark shapeless pixels on the screen as it came off the bottom. Then as it neared the yak I got the fish icons appearing along side it. The water was clearish - 4m deep and I saw no fish. I thought the sophisticated fish enhacement software would only show up fish icons if the object detected had a swim bladder!?!?

I did it twice for the same result.

Perhaps there were fish and I missed spotting them or is the software a pup?

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Re: Reading your sounder - a primer

Postby Nativeman » Tue Dec 09, 2008 7:14 am

varp wrote:
I went out yesterday and when I bought up the anchor I could see it on my new Hummingbird Piranhamax 210 -



Yeah amazing what you get when everything is lined up.

Often when I fish Wivenhoe Dam I can see the fish on the screen with my lure hopping through the school, now that's interactive fishing :shock: :D

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Re: Reading your sounder - a primer

Postby RedPhoenix » Tue Dec 09, 2008 7:56 am

Unfortunately, due to the change in ownership of this web site and the lack of response by the owners to my requests to remove my email address from all administrative-level notifications and functionality, I have decided to remove my posts on AKFF. Thank you for the great times, the fantastic learning experiences and the many many fish. If you are desperate for the old content of this particular post, it is available below base64 encoded and bzip2 compressed.

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Re: Reading your sounder - a primer

Postby Shufoy » Tue Dec 09, 2008 8:14 am

This is on our offshore trip to Hall Bank. I was anchored, with a berley cage suspended 4m of the bottom. The sounder is in split screen with 2x zoom. Sorry about the angle, trying to minimise reflection.

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You can see a huge, super dense school of Pike and Yellowtail around the berley cage, i could barely get a bait past them, and was getting them every cast on the drop. Underneath them, on the bottom, were large Tarwhine, around the 35-40cm mark. The bottom is reef.
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Re: Reading your sounder - a primer

Postby RedPhoenix » Tue Dec 09, 2008 8:26 am

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Re: Reading your sounder - a primer

Postby Rhino » Tue Dec 09, 2008 8:40 am

G'day guys, I posted this pic a couple of weeks ago as part of a trip report. I was fishing in the stinker with dad, and had bagged out on snapper. I took the opportunity after that to teach him (again) a few things about our sounder/gps. He is very technology challenged.

What you can see falling from the top left to bottom right is the burley we just threw in.

The single arch to the bottom left is a snapper. Moving to the right of this is a series of small arches, rising and falling in an arch of its own. This could still be only one fish that has stayed within the beam. The rest of the marks across the bottom are also snapper. Now I say this because we had already bagged, and twenty seconds after taking the pic, we had a double hookup.

You can also see the sharp rise of fish from the bottom into the burley trail and then down again. Possibly flathead. We did a little experiment when we first got the sounder after seeing our baits fall to the bottom. We wound the bait up a metre or two from the bottom and we were able to watch flathead rise to grab the baits and hook up.

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Re: Reading your sounder - a primer

Postby varp » Tue Dec 09, 2008 8:51 am

Good stuff on show there Darren. Love to see that on my FF!!!

Gentleman and a scholar Red... :D Got a few sounders there too or access to a decent library of images. Thanks muchly!!!

Must admit I'm coming around to FF's in a big way now. Dunno why I resisted for so long....

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Re: Reading your sounder - a primer

Postby Redfish » Tue Dec 09, 2008 12:35 pm

awesome pics, you've motivated me to get a few snaps of my own. Had some awesome salmon schools under my kayak a few weeks back!
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Re: Reading your sounder - a primer

Postby mcbigg » Tue Dec 09, 2008 7:18 pm

Great thread!

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The roller coaster shaped line in the top 3rd of the screen is actually a seal. I was stationary at anchor. From left to right, the path shows the seal dive to the bottom, swim up about 1.5m, then does a twist in the water (barrel roll) - you can see the 2 signals I like to tell myself reflected from the two pec flippers, then he rises and then:

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Re: Reading your sounder - a primer

Postby RedPhoenix » Wed Jan 07, 2009 8:05 pm

Unfortunately, due to the change in ownership of this web site and the lack of response by the owners to my requests to remove my email address from all administrative-level notifications and functionality, I have decided to remove my posts on AKFF. Thank you for the great times, the fantastic learning experiences and the many many fish. If you are desperate for the old content of this particular post, it is available below base64 encoded and bzip2 compressed.

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Re: Reading your sounder - a primer

Postby theclick » Wed Jan 07, 2009 8:28 pm

You should stop snapping and get a lure down there :P

Good thread, i should try doing an external transducer mount and i might get better results with my sounder
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Re: Reading your sounder - a primer

Postby Hagar » Wed Jan 07, 2009 8:28 pm

OK Red,now we can see the fish on the sounder,now tell us your secret to get the buggers to bite. Cheers Gary
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