What's the point of side scan? Does anyone use it?

Discussion in 'Saltwater Fishing Forum' started by Rain City, Jan 13, 2019 at 10:28 PM.

  1. Rain City

    Rain City Crew Member

    Ok so I now have a gen 3 Lowrance HDS 12 and have just started looking at manuals and YouTube videos and I thought "why don't I just consult the all powerful SFBC forum?!" Anyone got any pointers for how they set theirs up?
     
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  2. tains

    tains Active Member

    Tried using mine but looking at vids online and seems like mostly shallow water ie lakes. I never use mine.
     
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  3. Rain City

    Rain City Crew Member

    Kind of what I gathered as well.
     
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  4. chromatose007

    chromatose007 Active Member

    The Sturgeon guys are using it to very good effect.
    Not sure of the effectiveness out in the deep water.
    Pretty sure if it worked out offshore we would have it.
     
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  5. wildthing

    wildthing Well-Known Member

    only good for 100'
    have one on the boat boat but never use it ...
    its coming off when i set up the Bertram...
     
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  6. wildmanyeah

    wildmanyeah Crew Member

    Was told by Harbor chandler that it was developed for lakes and fishing in the Mississippi.

    Its almost criminal, you can see the whole fish on the sounder and the spot its holding, Drop bait and fish on
     
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  7. walleyes

    walleyes Crew Member

    They are starting to ban some of these new sonars in the big Bass and Walleye tournaments down south, the accuracy of these in shallow waters is just unreal. You can actually see a fish swim and move and can distinguish between some fish species. But as stated they are not effective in waters over 50- 75'.
     
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  8. albernifisher

    albernifisher Well-Known Member

    Awesome for sockeye fishing! So detailed you can count every fish in the school and can target the schools of bigger fish. When you find a school, take your cursor and click on it,go to your chart page and it shows you where they are,turn your boat and go get em :)
     
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  9. Rain City

    Rain City Crew Member

    I'll try and remember that 4 years from now lol.
     
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  10. albernifisher

    albernifisher Well-Known Member

    Or bring your boat to port alberni to fish socks :)
     
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  11. Rain City

    Rain City Crew Member

    Way better idea!
     
  12. Irishwolf

    Irishwolf Crew Member

    I got an Elite 9Ti for Xmas. Wife found it on Black Friday. ;) Has side scan. Looking forward to seeing what’s in the kelp beds! But yes, built more for lake use.
     
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  13. Fish Camp

    Fish Camp Well-Known Member

    if you coud have 36 though hull tranducers between two sceans out dated .an able to cyfer you might be able to
     
  14. trophywife

    trophywife Well-Known Member

    i like using it late season along the beach.
     
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  15. adanac

    adanac Well-Known Member

    Ditto on fishing inshore around kelp and sockeye fishing . Use mine for both these applications
     
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  16. Rain City

    Rain City Crew Member

    I was just thinking that my earliest days of fishing were jigging off of west van in 40-80 feet of water. Maybe I'll try it out then.
     
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  17. fishbadger

    fishbadger Active Member

    I use it looking for bait along the drift (seems to have moved since my last pass, did it move inside or outside of my tack?),

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