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How To Read A Garmin Fishfinder

we got to get everything ready here well a friend that I prepare for some fall deep rigging for walleyes on a Minnesota Lake here’s a question for you out of all the tools we use in the process of finding and catching fish which is the most important single one like all fishing gear over the years this piece of equipment has advanced leagues beyond it’s predecessors at accomplishing the most important of all tasks and fishing without one or two on your boat,

it’s literally like going fishing blind that’s right modern sonar electronic units that provide the angler mind-boggling information which allows them to hunt fish ultra-precisely I mean you’re not going to catch anything where there are no fish found right so that’s what we’re going to be demonstrating today with the a true expert in the fishing electronics field it’s amazing after in the marine electronics business not for 30 years of what’s available for consumers and these new Garmin units and these units offer features and functions as never even imaginable back when we first started falling over 30 years ago when I first got a sonar unit in the mid The 60s I thought it died and went to heaven the early flashers oh yes flashing light on us, these things are ten years if today they offer you no navigation equipment high-definition sonar full-color high-definition mapping and it’s just amazing what’s available to the consumer at prices that people can afford yes it’s unbelievable the cartography

the Garmin has in these units the inland maps there’s seventeen thousand lakes sixty-seven hundred of they are high-definition which means one foot contour shoreline to shoreline and that is preloaded it comes right from the factory at no extra cost of the consumer for 2016 we’re going to go from 6700 high-definition lakes to thirteen thousand high-definition lakes in another amazing feature you know when you and I grew up we didn’t have computers well a lot of the electronics on the market today are so confusing the the average consumer has a hard time trying to use it so if you have these units that is so sophisticated that you got to be an engineer to be able to run it it just drives the guy crazy yeah that these Garmin units are absolutely unbelievably easy

if you want sonar just touch the one that says sonar if you want to bring your chart up or just touch it and it’s going to give you a picture the chart and where you are in this particular Lake there’s where we are right there this map was preloaded here are three sunken islands right here right there’s our boat and as we move you’ll see your plot trail right on the screen it makes everybody a navigator I mean you can save so much time just by looking at this chart that’s built-in we could save hours hey buddy right here deeper water comes right up to the edge of the sunken island closer than it does anyplace else around there exactly exactly you come to a spot like this you’ve never been to before you already know hey this probably is a higher percentage spot or a first spot to start looking here exactly and figure out what the fish are that’s for sure and that’s where you can switch over to your sonar then go back at home,

we’re going to go to sonar traditional now we can look and see if there is fish down there and there is a fish right there a big pit these units are so sophisticated it’s just amazing don’t go out and fish you’re the spot you fish yesterday because they were fighting there yesterday look for these fish find the productive spots and start catching up a good fat largemouth largemouth oh you dog you so why would a person use down view opposed to traditional sonar that’s a great question babe you know for years we all had traditional sonar every manufacturer we all had traditional sonar but just a few years ago down view inside view became available which gives you a picture quality image of what’s down there so with traditional sonar, you’ll see the bottom you’ll see like weeds and stuff’s just sticking up in straight lines but sometimes it could be structure it could be weeds or you’re really not sure but with down view,

it’s going to give you that picture quality image to where if it’s a weed bed you’ll see the weeds extending up off the bottom as plain as they took a picture of it you know what they’re thinking is bottom is actually a wee top of the weed beds right and it’s it’s it’s just like taking a picture of it is so clear the downside of down view is that doesn’t show the fish as well so that’s why you want to have both so you have you one screen can have traditional once we can have down view so you’ll be able to distinguish between structure and individual fish so much clearer it’s a phenomenal new feature that has really helped the fishermen what does it feel like feels heavy that’s good shaken and holy cow maybe you said it was a walleye you weren’t kidding he started he started running with it oh boy team headfirst got him ah that’s a nice fat one – mm-hmm we marked him okay we’re on to traditional sonar how can you put it to the split zoom for a second okay now can you get one side so you can zoom it in and out yes you can you can zoom one side and have a full a screen on the other right there we have a nine-foot zoom window from the bottom up nine feet that’s exactly the feature

I was looking for if your fish in deep water and the fish are tight to the bottom on the full screen that’s hard to see them really well right but if you could have the full screen so you know where you’re at and then be able to zoom that bottom feature in so it shows you that walleye laying flat on the bottom mmhmm that’s an advantage continuing now is we put my new Garmin to the test and demonstrate all the things that can do we move to another leg to check in on the whereabouts of crappies look at this there they are now we haven’t raked I mean that is a major major group of fish right here that right on that break yep and those are crappies, okay so I got split zoom down now can you show me how we take this unit and change the sensitivity so you know you’re seeing the fish now remember on the garment units sensitivity is called gain so hit gain there you go that’s 100% it’s got to move it up and down and sensitivity on a sonar unit is extremely important when you’re looking for individual fish remember the good way to remember that is sensitivity or gain on a sonar unit is like the volume on a radio if the volume is too low you don’t hear anything it’s too high gets so much noise you can’t stand it on a fish finder

if the sensitivity is too low it’ll pick up enough echoes to show the bottom that it won’t show the fish like you just showed right there so you want the sensitivity as high as you can get it without saturating the whole screen with noise whoa hey more good one holy Kylie sure as heck I’ll make a sandwich well I’m on this went over that the big school of them and bingo hit well that’s in better that’s alright oh my gosh the screens are covered with he tells me about the chirp feature that’s in these units I’ve hidden working why is it important chirp isn’t something that’s new it’s been around for years but it’s been so expensive chirp transducer a couple years ago for a small one was over a thousand dollars just for the transducer okay but why should a fisherman today a freshwater fisherman consider chirp chirp stands for compressed high-intensity radiated the pulse which for an engineer means a lot but for the consumer the average fisherman what chirp does instead of like traditional sonar that we’ve been used to all these years that ping one single frequency like 50 kilohertz sure goes through a whole range of frequencies say from 80 to 155 and what that does it gives you less interference a lot less interference better target separation so separate those individual fish from each other and from the bottom with less interference,

it’s a great new feature now that it’s affordable we’re still sitting over a huge school of them there’s there’s it’s amazing how many copies are out here it’s unbelievable Snickers good walleyes and bass and crappies and pike and bluegills and other things in it we found the school of crappies in deep water right now I’m at 41 feet we’re throwing the laydown jig down to them and everyone on the bed I got another one got another one there you go whoo that looks better boy they’re down there deep the holy cow they move just a little bit and I got us on a different school of fish and there’s something that’s all right nice crappies holy cow so what other features are built into this thing that a fisherman needs to know that is going to help him on his hunt for fish these units are designed by engineers that have all kinds of features that they build into these units and I tell consumers pick out the few features that you’re going to use and forget the rest of them remember these units are designed to use in freshwater or saltwater big lakes and small lakes so there’s a lot of features that you use for you for each given area

but you’re not going to use them all so pick out the few you’re going to use and for the dressing that you’re not efficient you’re gonna do better one a little better oh yeah that’s what I wanted to get back on this group up here they seem like they’re a little bigger than the other ones yep another crappie another flying crappie we wanted to hurt again even catch up to it I got one good to let’s open the big one whoa well if the wind isn’t doing this 1 any favors okay we got flying crappies here what I’m on man these fish aren’t getting so light well we-we got a knife buzz the crappy I’ve had a blast man oh I’m not a blast field as you’ve seen a garment is indeed the angler’s eyes beneath the water’s surface every single the time I go fishing it and I are a team working together at a lake to narrow down just for the fish are like last summer on a lake near my home where I went out searching for largemouth bass along the weed line,

you know you don’t like the weather in Minnesota just wait a day or two and it’ll change finally stopped great and blowing and everything else so we’re going to go out and see if we can teach a lesson on bass fishing I need a little bass fix here we’re blessed in the Brainerd area and I’m fishing by home but I haven’t been out in this lake bass fishing once yet this a year there are so many lakes in the communities are like 464 Lakes or something like that the Brainerd community and this one is a good one so we’re going to kind of be going by feel I’m going to put on a little heavier jigs this one I’m going to go with a quarter ounce chain we’re going to try and swim it down that outside edge of the weeds let it fall slowly and be able to work still down a 2025 feet 11:58 which you can with this well I’m moving in the position,

I’m going to use the garment here to see what is out on this outside edge because the first thing we’ve got to do is find an area that’s old in the fish and then the second thing we’ve got to do is find the fish within that area like this, there’s a couple of fish right on the barely outside edge of the weed the line now let’s see what happens this is finesse fishing at its ultimate now you’d might ask well why would I start with the finesse bait system because I suspect that because of the weather that we’ve had they may not be in a good bite willing to chase big baits etc and it’s possible that’s where they’re at too but try and second-guess them as best you can I do know this if you start with a passive bait if they’re in an aggressive mood, you’ll get bitten if they’re in a passive mood you should still catch some fish

if you start with a very aggressive bait and in the fish are just in the passive mood you can oftentimes fish buy them all and not get bit and I don’t want that to happen there we are there we go and you notice I’ve just drifted along just so slowly I’m in about 18 19 feet I’m off of the break so this guy comes way out on the outside edge not a big bass an adult that one hit it so light I wouldn’t have had a really sensitive rod on I’d probably never have even known it starts to let go of the secrets of what we’ve got to do today now if I hook a good one I’ll take my garment and just mark it so I can get exactly back to that spot because sometimes what you find is a little group for a big group real tight to one area well this is fun yeah big you are mister not very one piece after another in this the cold front condition I didn’t expect that they’d be on a great bite and they’re not but at the same time we’re catching fish I mean you’re always every the day you’re facing okay what’s happening today what kind of a mood are then kind of stuff are they in how are they doing it etc and you don’t know I mean you just keep working and you let the fish fill in the questions everybody asks how long do you fish a spot well you fish it until you I mean you try and cover it fast

looking for a reaction from the fish if you get the reaction then you slow down and you narrow it in if you don’t get a reaction you just keep on moving now when I say fish it fast you don’t fish the bait fast you just put some cover in the water fast but in this particular case that oh there we are Oh more better I’m looking at this guy still reluctant but I have seen on the garment about six or eight of them in about 19 to 22 feet of water that’s one of the big fat fish but again I was just barely moving that bait along just kind of letting it swim and letting the wind and the boat position me to just take this outside edge of this corner you see on here that little nipple and side of there I’m basically fishing that outside edge oh there we are right there just picked it up just like that last one there just right there ooh thank you why do we love bass fishing because they fight like the dickens like the dickens so I’ll ask you again what’s the most the important tool in this modern age of fishing that can maximize your success like nothing else certainly,

overall it’s your boat that’s going to get you there for every fish of any kind you’re going to need a good rod reel line and bait that’ll get a particular job is done trolling motors are paramount in boat positioning and all but without finding fish to catch none of the rest matters modern electronics like the garments we’ve seen today are truly the cart that needs to come before the horse use one to pattern fish location and from there I can promise with one caveat those good things are bound to happen to see even as miraculous as a Garmin unit is the onus is still on the angler to learn it well and utilize it properly to conquer lakes though they can provide the priceless information it’s always up to the angler to read it and interpret it correctly and then he can make the right decisions about what to do about what he’s discovered and that’s what always makes fishing a little like a chess match each time out moving around and goofing around with all those little pieces in the game I’m Babe fishingguider  thanks so much for watching and until next time everybody hey good fishing

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