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CONS: A few years ago, the detail levels
offered by these units were as good as it got;
these days, their performance seems subpar.
IMAGER/SCANNERS Bursting onto the
scene a few years ago, these units utilize
a pair of very high frequencies (usually
455/800 kHz or thereabouts) to take an MRI-like image through the water, and can be purchased for as little as a few hundred dollars.
PROS: Awe-inspiring detail levels compared
to standard-issue fishfinders. You can quite
literally see individual branches on an underwater tree, single stalks of weed, and the
exact shape and position of wrecks and reefs.
For anglers who always fish in relatively shallow waters of 100 feet or less, scanner/imagers are the way to go.
CONS: The drawback to high frequency is a
loss of range. The onscreen view of the best
of these units becomes cloudy with clutter
in the 150- to 250-foot range, depending on
conditions, and in real-world applications
they rarely can find bottom in a few hundred
feet of water. Another drawback is in iden-
tifying fish. Some species don’t show up in
high-frequency beams as well as they do at
200 kHz, nor do fish create an arch. Instead,
fish often appear as small smudges or dots.
Identifying individual fish is less relevant than
you’d think – if you find the right structure,
the fish will usually be in attendance.
SIDE-FINDERS Side-scanning fishfinders
predate scanners/imagers and served as their
predecessors by perfecting the use of those
high-frequency beams; it’s no coincidence
that they use 455/800 kHz, as well. Results
in the field are usually a bit more varied than
with scanner/imagers, however, because the
operator needs to have some practice at deal-
ing with variables like range and palette. That
can be a lot more confusing when you’re
“looking” in multiple directions. Adding
a new dimension to your fishfinding abil-
ity means you need an additional screen to
view it, or an additional split in your existing
screen. If you usually fish with a finder/chart-
plotter split, you’ll now need to divvy the
view three ways to add side-finding, making
a large screen size a necessity. Screens with a
seven-inch diagonal are insufficient, eight is
the bare minimum, 10 is better.
PROS: You’ll pick up things that aren’t
directly under the boat, vastly increasing your
CONS: Much more useful for identifying
structure than fish. Requires a second transducer installation, and in some applications,
a third. Side-finding doesn’t come cheap; if
you’re starting from scratch, you’re looking
at $1,000 and up.
With side-view imaging, you’re looking at
the bottom on either side of your boat.
The center line is directly under your
keel, the dark area is the water column,
and the rest is the bottom and structure.