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Re: Reading your sounder - a primer

Postby Marineside » Tue May 11, 2010 5:16 pm

Here are a few more images from my cuda 300:

Loboloco

Can you tell me what settings you set your your cuda 300 on, i have the same unit & do you resett every time you go out?
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Re: Reading your sounder - a primer

Postby LoboLoco » Tue May 18, 2010 4:27 pm

Hey marineside,
I have all of my settings on auto and adjust them untill I get a clear image, but my senestivity is usually between 80-100%, speed is about 50-70% because im going slow and the others don't get changed too much

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Re: Reading your sounder - a primer

Postby Bruteal » Tue Jun 22, 2010 10:44 am

Great info here guys!! I have acouple of questions though:
When i eventually get one, which one should i get? and should i get colour or B&W?
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Re: Reading your sounder - a primer

Postby Ranger » Tue Jun 22, 2010 12:34 pm

Bruteal wrote:When i eventually get one, which one should i get? and should i get colour or B&W?

Wow, that one's gonna have a varied range of answers!

I'd suggest, if you've never had a sounder before, start with b&w. Learn the basics on that, then consider moving up to colour if you think you will benefit from this extra feature.

Which one? The one with the highest power output and highest number of vertical pixels which falls within your allocated budget.
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Re: Reading your sounder - a primer

Postby GlenelgKiller » Fri Jun 22, 2012 11:32 pm

Sorry to bump this one up from so long ago but it is probably where this question belongs....

Im brand new to sounders and just fitted one to the yak. Have had one paddle with it and have what is a really basic question. What is it that im looking at?? By that i mean i can see seabed scrolling through my screen but im not sure if thats whats in front of me, immediately below, behind, to the sides..... How exactly do these things work? Cheers.
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Re: Reading your sounder - a primer

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Re: Reading your sounder - a primer

Postby GlenelgKiller » Sat Jun 23, 2012 2:31 pm

Thanks Red. Have done some reading around and found the below quote. This was the bit i didnt really get, what is scrolling across my screen when im stationary.

Each time a new echo is received, the old echoes are moved across the screen creating a scrolling effect on the screen.
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Re: Reading your sounder - a primer

Postby Foxxy » Tue Feb 26, 2013 5:10 pm

I'm a year behind the times but wanted to thank the many for all the great info. Also suspect having this one refreshed might help some other sounder numpties!
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Re: Reading your sounder - a primer

Postby Pilch » Thu Jun 20, 2013 10:10 am

Better late than never hey?!
This has been a very helpful thread to read through from start to finish. I have been using many different sounders in different boats for over twenty years now but still do not consider myself an expert, and still learn heaps from others input and pictures (thanks guys).
Here is a picture of my Furuno in my stink boat showing what turned out to be a school of King George Whiting holding on the bottom in the last meter or so of the water column. You can see that the sounder is set to manual gain (5.7) and in split screen with bottom zoom on the left. I have dialled the gain down after seeing the "cloud" near the bottom in amongst a lot of other noise at higher gain setting to separate the school from the noise. We also caught two squid over the school which may be one of the small blue dots (remember, gain is low) about 3-4m above the whiting.
BTW, this Furuno sounder is the best sounder I have ever owned. I used them a lot for setting cray pots as an amateur when I lived in the lower SE (SA) and had the benefit of some great coaching on their use by some professional fishermen who were good mates. It was more about bottom soundings than finding fish in those days and with practice it was easy to tell limestone from granite structure and tell the difference between soft corals, cork weed, sponges, etc. The bottom lock feature is also a great tool especially on rough days out, and mixed with the ability to interpret the type of bottom by colour alone, I could always find a few limestone ledges to drop the pots on.
I also run a top end Humminbird DSI/SCI combo unit now which has opened up a whole new world of sounding but I still find myself glancing over at the Furuno to confirm what the flash new unit is telling me.
I have just bought a little colour Lowrance Elite 4x for my new Outback and am really looking forward to getting it installed and seeing how the displayed info compares to the bigger units.
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Re: Reading your sounder - a primer

Postby Pilch » Thu Jun 20, 2013 10:13 am

And this was a tightly packed school of pinky snapper (not sure if the line coming up from the bottom was the burley pot or a hooked fish??)
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Re: Reading your sounder - a primer

Postby TheFishinMusician » Wed Jun 26, 2013 8:29 pm

went out testing my new sounder install (lowrance elite 4 dsi) & i'm happy to say it works a good as i expected :D
structure is awesome.

2 potential issues,
1 - ill have to get used to looking harder for fish as they dont show up as arches, however you do get better ground seperation. i recon i can see fish in the first 2 shots.
2- the screen is really glossy & a bit hard to see in direct sunlight (screen protector ordered)



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Re: Reading your sounder - a primer

Postby Pilch » Wed Jul 03, 2013 6:08 pm

Those DSI shots look great.
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Re: Reading your sounder - a primer

Postby aussiestu » Mon Jun 02, 2014 11:35 pm

here's one from the weekend, it's actually fairly flat ground the contours shown are from the swell and chop, shows a school of bait (packed so dense it's showing up as red), was getting hammered by tuna (showing up just above the lower bait school and also a few below the top bait ball) and I also pulled a snapper and couple of sweetlip (looks like these could be the blue/green returns at the bottom) from the bottom.
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Re: Reading your sounder - a primer

Postby YakDonga » Wed Jun 04, 2014 12:04 am

Hey guys,

This is from the Blackwood river on the weekend. Top half is sonar with downscan overlay, bottom is just downscan. First time I have used a sounder off the yak so was playing with settings.

So this shot I am presuming is a school of small tarwhine, as that's all I was catching when fishing at that time. Look about right?
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Re: Reading your sounder - a primer

Postby YakDonga » Wed Jun 04, 2014 12:04 am

I couldn't catch anything off this one. I was pretty stationary in the yak and the school seemed to come and go.

Im guessing small bait fish?
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