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Old 03-20-2006, 04:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Who uses Fish Finders when Lake fishing?

I am thinking about buying one, as well as a trolling motor for my new Pontoon since I live at Delaney and Spinney and didn't know who uses Fishfinders on their boats and if they help at all?

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I used to use them extensively (back when I had a boat). Not to "find fish" per-say, but more to get an idea of bottom structure, water depth, temp, and bottom composition as well as weedline location. I feel naked (or more blind, actually) when i'm fishing from a boat without one.
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I use mine at least 99% of the time when I'm on the boat. I have to admit, I don't always use it to find fish - I use it mostly to find structure, especially at night. I can float my boat on 1.5 feet of water and when in shallow areas (like the sunken island at Cherry Creek or in the shallow area at Chatfield), I use it more as a navigation tool. It is also good for finding that drop off, that channel where fish like to hang out, etc. You can rely on it to find fish, but you have to keep in mind sometimes you'll get false readings. It can also be really frustrating to use when you see a ton of fish stacked up and you aren't catching anything!
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I too use mine mostly to tell how much water im in and to find structure. If I mark a large school of fish or bait fish though I will fish it.

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I do, I do. Honestly, I'd be lost without mine. It would be like fishing blind. Got one on the console and one on the bow mounted trolling motor. Even if all you look at is how deep you are and basic bottom contour, it makes a hugh difference.
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I use a Fishnbuddy III on my belly boat, especially at Delaney. *It is outstanding for locating structure for sinking lines and for finding fish at night. * Cabelas sells a harness made particularly for this finder and a float tube, as it hooks up right on the side.

They are so choice, if you have the means I highly recommend picking one up.
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Old 03-20-2006, 04:23 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I run two finders, one bow on my electric trolling motor and one stern. If you buy one, go with a quality unit with high resolution as the low resolution units in my opinion don't show enough detail. I use mine to find structure and fish. Some people say you should use your electronics to fish structure, not fish but I don't subscribe to that, I do both. Sonar helps improve your angling success for all species as your knowledge in reading your sonar improves. I have Humminbird and like them, although I would only go with their higher end units as they're lower end stuff is not as good as say Lowrance, IMO. Lowrance is an excellent all around choice and will be on my next boat, not because I'm unhappy with Humminbird, but because of the new LowranceNet system which I think is awesome.
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i had a fishing buddy sidefinder that i used on my pontoon and had noting but problems, only seemed to work for reading depth, never helped me catch any fish, i think it used to get a lot of false signals. on a big boat i don't see how you could fish without a fish finder though..
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Old 03-20-2006, 04:30 PM   #9 (permalink)
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When you start using one, you will realize that there are huge areas of lakes that have few or no fish in them. No sense fishing where they aren't. I realize that fish go into and out of areas, but it's still nice to know wether they're in the area or not. I agree that the most important use is to pinpoint structure, but trout & kokanee, for instance, along w/wipers are less prone to hang on structure and more into cruising-just like a bunch of teenagers on Saturday night. Once you start using a sonar, you'll wonder why you waited so long to get one!
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They are so choice, if you have the means I highly recommend picking one up.
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