FISH FINDER: TIPS TO BUY THE BEST ONE
Are you in doubt about what features are best to look for on a fish finder?
Are you confused about all the technical terms that involve this device?
So you should read this article, we are going to try to solve all of your doubts.
Let’s start the article by talking about how the best fish finder will help you on your primary task when fishing: getting fishes.
First, it will help you to find fish in a small amount of time and, besides that, it will be helpful to identify obstacles under the water.
There are so many different types of fish finders these days that you may find yourself losing a lot of time looking for it and trying to figure out all the technical terms that involve this device.
We’re going to give you the right tips, so you don’t buy a fish finder with a lot of expensive features you don’t need.
When looking for it, you got to ask yourself this question: how deep do I intend to fish? If you want to fish in shallow water or deep water, the frequency and the angles you need will be different.
CONE ANGLE AND FREQUENCY: TWO NECESSARY FEATURES
Cone angle and frequency are the things you should be focusing on when looking for a fish finder.
These two features are necessary to define the underwater coverage and consequently, how much money you’ll need to spend on the device.
If you need deep water coverage: use a higher frequency of around 200 kHz and cone angles of less than 20 degrees.
If you need shallow water coverage: you can use a frequency of 50 kHz and a cone angle of around 30 degrees.
If you need coverage for both profound and shallow water: you can either buy a transducer with dual frequency, which will allow you to fish in deep and shallow water, or buy a transducer with a dual beam, to have different cone options.
ARE YOU GOING TO BE FISHING IN SALTY OR FRESH WATER?
This topic will help you remember school a little bit, more specifically that class about the density of the water.
Whether you fish in salt or fresh water, the penetration of the transducer will be different, because fresh water is less dense than salty water, and consequently, a transducer will be easy to use with less dense water.
So, don’t spend a lot of money on a transducer with a lot of penetration on the water, if you’re only going to be using it in fresh water.
WILL IT BE IN SOFT BOTTOM OR HARD BOTTOM?
Knowing the condition of the area you are going fishing is very important, including the bottom of the ocean.
Anybody that has experience fishing knows that identifying the bottom content is the key to finding fish.
Also, the bottom tells a lot about how much sonar waves will be absorbed. That’s why the soft bottom absorbs the sonar waves more easily than the hard bottom.
The different options of fish finders on the market tend to confuse people. The important thing is not to rush yourself and regret later.
The salesman will probably try to sell you the most technological fish finder, and you will be impressed by all the fancy features it has, but don’t fall for that. Research a lot before buying and take care not to spend more money than you had initially planned.
Always have in mind all the features we told you about in this article, and focus especially on the frequency and coverage of the beam, so you can be sure you’re doing a good deal.
As a conclusion, I would say that if you’re looking for a fish finder, have patience, in the beginning, it’s hard to understand all the specifications of the product, but with time and research, things will become clearer.
I hope this article was useful for you, and that you were able to understand the main options you need to focus on when looking for a fish finder, without having to spend unnecessary money in a lot of extra features you won’t be using anytime soon.
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