Guests - If You want access to member only forums on HSO. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on HotSpotOutdoors.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
mrjigger

another side imaging question

4 posts in this topic

I have been thinking about buying a side imaging unit. Been reading up on them a little bit. Sounds to me that the quality of picture you get depends alot upon how fast you are moving. Too fast, the picture gets blurry, too slow and you don't get very good pictures either.

I do alot of vertical jigging, rigging, etc. for eyes. My question is this, if I was slowly moving(backtrolling) a breakline/weedline on a piece of structure, would I beable to see if the fish are relating to the structure either shallower or deeper than I am fishig using the side imaging.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

You may be able to. I have been fishing a break and seen a school of bait fish with slightly larger marks under out a ways from the break, marked that spot with the gps and then moved verticle over them and cought quite few eyes I would probably never have caught since it was quite a ways off the break. It is possible to see fish but much easier to see ideal structure that hold them. It is pretty impressive shallow too finding small rock piles or individual rocks that hold fish in less than 10 fow. I pretty much fish eyes only and love the SI. I have a 797 si. From what I have heard the 997 has better resolution screen and more power to show a even cleaner image. I kinda wish I had sprung for the extra grand.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Will it show you fish at 1.1 mph? Yes, it has to, but dont expect a incredible image of them because of the distortion factors. You can be going 1.1 and make a slow turn and you will increase the outside beam speed incrementally, much like making a turn with a plug while trolling. Outside plug speeds up, inside plug slows down.

Another thing to think about is, if you are double anchored solid and a fish swims thru the side image beam at 2-5 miles per hour, (slow for a fish, I believe) you will get the same image as if the boat is moving that speed and the fish is stationary. Another thing to keep in mind, is that not every fish is parallel with the boat when you go by. A fish that is facing the boat will show a completely different image/shadow than a fish that is parallel to the boat. A fish that is angled will look different also. Depth of water, has a profound impact on the images of fish. Not so much structure, but fish. The deeper you go, the smaller the image of the fish will be and the harder it is to see them, particularly with a smaller screen. Ive seen walleyes in 40 fow with side imaging, but you need to really, really look at each image to figure it out. Purchase as much screen as you can afford as it makes reading the information much easier.

Reading depth changesin SI is different also because you need to read the brightness(or lack of)the SI return outside of the water column. Obviously, reading depth changes in the water column area is easy, but outside of the water column, gets tricky. Experience and hours on the water are the key.(And of course, proper settings)

If you are able to decipher what the side imaging is showing you, you will do fine. Dont expect to learn everything about side imaging in the first week in the water, or even the first month. Ive owned mine for a year and I'm still learning every trip out.

Its added a new kind of "fun factor" to my fishing. You think you really know what an area looks like, but are amazed when you see it in SI.

Wouldnt be without it.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0



  • Posts

    • nice story, fishing has a way of easing the pains we have. even when we hurt like crazy when done for the day we are looking forward to the next outing.
    • way to go, guys yep, the toms not about to give up even though its close to closing time have seen several strutters the past couple weeks and heard gobbles yesterday while fishing
    • great job. makes it 5 for 5 for team 5 congrats on a nice tom, 57 and that willl give our team score a boost
    • One More Cast      Photo by:  Roger Abraham   If any of you out there are regular readers of my tales, you have followed my recent struggles with back and knees.  I can’t put a name to this drive I have to be on the stream as of late.  It borders on obsession. I guess in my mind if I am healthy enough to fish the world is right with me and I am not getting old and feeble.      Today I was a witness to that I am not the only one.  Lots of anglers and hunters live to go out into the outdoors. .  It is what drives them.  It makes them feel alive.  It is their passion.  I told my fishing buddy Abe today my thoughts.  I told him how I was feeling a little old.  I guess my 60th birthday coming up next month makes me feel mortal.  Abe laughed and said I was a young buck compared to him.  Abe turns 76 this year.     Abe told me tales about catching big trout in tiny streams in Wisconsin and out west.  The twinkle in his eye when he reminisced I had seen before in many trout anglers.      We fished a stretch for 2 hours.  I sat down and rested often.  Abe kept on fishing. He got hung up in a box elder branch and lost a lure.  Abe told me box elders trees were his nemesis when he fished.   He asked me which tree was my kryptonite.  I told him, "ones with branches."  We both had a chuckle and continued fishing.   I thought to myself this guy is really driven.  I hope I am like him at 76.     We got to the vehicle and Abe wanted to continue fishing.  Abe’s waders sprang a leak earlier and he fell in the water a couple times.  He was quite wet.  He wanted to change in to dry clothes before we continue.  Abe peeled off his wet shirt and there were two things stuck to his chest.  He could tell by my questioning look he needed to tell me what was up.     Abe told me he had been having heart problems lately and he was supposed to be wearing a heart monitor.  He left it in the car because he was afraid of getting the electronics wet.  Here I have been whining about being old and the guy I was fishing with left his heart monitor in his vehicle.      Abe reassured me that he was in no danger and he could continue fishing.  I started brainstorming on a place to fish where it was not so hard walking.  Now that I knew he was not as healthy as he looked I wanted an easy place to fish.  I knew the place and it was upstream 5 miles.     We arrived at the well manicured field.  It looked like a golf green.  I picked the area because the farmer kept sheep and goats on the land and the weeds and brush were gone because of the goats.  We walked and fished.     Abe told tales of the old days and of fish lost and landed.  I walked a little forward to fish and looked back to check up on Abe.  What I saw when I looked back scared me and I immediately asked Abe if he was ok.  Abe was laying flat on the ground face down.  I thought the worst and he could tell by my face.  He told me to calm down.  His back was acting up and he needed to straight it out and that was the best way to do it.   We fished a little bit more and he took a photo of me.  He liked the lighting. He told me it captured the essence of trout fishing.  He did not have a camera.  I let him use mine.  He was not camera savvy and needed an impromptu lesson on how to use it.   We drove to his car and we talked about our love of the outdoors. We shook hands and headed our separate ways and promised to fish again soon.  As I drove home I smiled and thought about how I am going to be when I am 76.  I hope I am like Abe and my eyes still twinkle when I talk of chasing trout and I am still driven to make one more cast.
    • The past week has had me having multiple close calls and missing a brute at 45 yards.  Tonight I talked my dad to give it another try and there were birds in the field when we got there.  Birds ended up leaving as we tried to sneak in.  A short 20 minutes later they were back and we watched and worked the big group of toms and hens for more than 2 hours before we got one to commit.  Dad shot him with his 20 gauge at 48 yards,(this thing shoots an awesome pattern).  The 3 year old was down and only flopped a few times.   Nice 1+ inch spurs, 10" beard and heavy.  A good evening for sure!
    • Sorry to disappoint guys, but this tom was not my first bird of the season. Apparently that's part of the rules. The score won't count towards the team. I don't have any measurements for the jake I shot so we will have a zero from me.    At least my freezer is full. 
    • Way to  go 1957 !! Congrats!!
    • sugar is not a drug. 
    • Another good day today out on Superior ,,,, Had my first double and triple in the new rig today ,,, the day didnt start out with perfect weather but the fishing more then made up for it ,,, The mud  covers a lot of water but fishing the tea  colored water and edges of the mud paid off ,,, the cohos grew 5 inches  from eating this years smelt,,,, had some go 23 inches today 
  • Our Sponsors