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Bobcatbeej

FL-8

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Is there a way to tell what kind of bottom I'm over when using an FL-8? For example, weeds, rocks, muck or sand.

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If you get a double signal at twice your depth you are in hard bottom.

The narrower the signal, the softer the bottom. Weeds will appear as schooled fish signals and interfernce.

It will take some situations and some experience before you know for sure what you are looking at when you read your vex. With some time, you'll be able to estimate fish sizes in schools and such.

PCG

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Pro Crappie Guide,
So you must have to set the unit for much deeper water than you're fishing in order to see this double return? If so, then I assume you turn it back to a shallower depth setting so you maximize the resolution, right?

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Check out Vexilar's HSOforum in the "Articles and How-To Tips" section. There's one called "Finding Hard Bottom", that covers interpreting bottom signals very well. It's for a different type of unit, but the principles are the same. Their "Finding Fish Under the Ice" article covers it too.

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Best FISHES,
Matt

[This message has been edited by Matt D (edited 12-13-2002).]

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