An Ultimate Guide: How to Use a Fish Finder
You might not always have the luxury of deep water or a boat, but that shouldn’t limit you from fishing. Shore angling has been a practice by many fishermen for long, and it is only getting better with improved technology. A portable fish finder complete with castable transducers is a complete game changer that any user now believes they might not do without.
Portable fish finders enable a fisherman locate fish, vegetation, to check water temperature, and even tell the most attractive waters for fish. They cost less than traditional fish finders since they are different in their design, but they do just as good a job.
How do you use one?
Note: The most important thing that a fish finder helps you know is the depth of the water as this informs your choice of bait.
Here’s how to use a portable fish finder.
Download App First
One of the first things you will need to do is download a corresponding app on your smartphone or any other mobile device, then charge your transducer so it’s ready to go. Cast the transducer out into the water from the bank then wait for it to sync with your device’s Wi-Fi. Reel in the transducer and as you do this, watch the display for any information being displayed. That is all it takes to get started.
Get a Feel of the Shoreline’s Bottom
Now, one of the best ways to catch fish is by knowing the contour of the bottom. Big fish like to hang around the bank so they can ambush the smaller fish. Under logs, holes near the shore, and boulders are ideal hideouts for prey, and so you could get lucky and catch some large bass as they are setting their trap. Use your fish finder to capture and mark those deep spots then check them regularly.
Locate Shoreline Rifts
There are perfect undercurrents and bends where prey hides at the shoreline, and this is what you want to capture with your fish finder. The currents and conditions at the rifts are changing, making it the ideal spot for fish to hide. The bigger species know this and so they will always find these locations. Knowing where the rifts are helps you unveil their hideout spots.
How these Fish Finders Work
They emit SONAR or Compressed High-Intensity Radiated Pulse – CHIRP – waves from a transducer, then those waves radiate downward in what looks like a cone. The waves reach deep into the waters and as they do, relay what they find to the transducer. You are then able to read that information through your device. The information is relayed depending on the type of device you choose. Some will only show fish while others will graphically present the depth of water. Some will show how the bottom looks.
When using fish finders, you ought to remember that any floating thing will be captured as “fish.” While this doesn’t mean that they are inaccurate, it tells you to take any information sent back with a grain of salt. Another useful thing to remember is that the learning curve can either be steep or shallow depending on your interest. That said, take your time to read a manual if it comes with any and also extend yourself some grace since you won’t get to expert levels in the first day. Or week, for that matter.