Fishfinders are very interesting devices. They are so high tech, some fishermen don’t really know much about them. But you can easily learn. Here are some common terms about fishfinders to help you understand.
Fishfinders work by sending out a sound wave from their transducer. This sound wave goes out in a straight line (just like SONAR) and will bounce off of anything in its path. When it bounces off something, this sound wave returns to the transducer. This is known as the echo, and the smart electronic brain inside the fishfinder is able to calculate the distance of what ever for an object caused the echo.
With all this information, the fishfinder is then able to generate a display of what the sound waves “see” underneath your boat.
Obviously, we all hope that the foreign object was a fish. Despite what you may think, the entire fish is what returns this echo. High-end fishfinders are capable of making an intelligent guess as to what the size, kind, and number if possible of the fish are. That is very useful!
Fishfinders are also capable of determining what the bottom is like. This is very helpful for navigation and if you know what kind of fish like to be in certain areas. For example, the clay bottom is soft and will be represented by a very thin line under fishfinder. But if you are for example fishing on a hard rocky bottom, your fishfinder will give you a thick line.
Another important measurement that fishfinders can give you are temperature differences. Different types of fish like to swim in different types of water, and different temperatures of water also helped the plankton and other fish foods grow. By a accurately figuring out the temperature of the water you’re fishing in, you can help catch more fish.
Fish Finder News
Now that 2020 is almost here, we are excited to give you a sneak peek of some of the new fishfinder models are going be released this year. Up first we will look at some of the Humminbird models and changes that they’re offering.
For starters they’re going to have some new models available. What was the top-of-the-line series (800, 900, and 1100) is now being expanded out. They’re going to be offering side imaging via their SwitchFire technology on new models in these three series. Of course the price is going to be raised on these, but we feel it is worth it. They have some of the cleanest side imaging out there and well worth it.
It looks like they’re going to be calling these the DI Combo series. There will be a 1158c, 958c, and a 858c combo model released all as DI. There really to help you find fish in murky and crowded waters.
These models also features new networking options. I personally love the option to network as many marine electronics together as possible so the addition of some new features is great. It looks like they will be releasing a new ethernet switch they can accept up to five different devices now. This is perfect for you to hook up your sonars, GPS, fish finders, portable fish finder, and any other compatible device.
GPS Fish Finders
And we are also pleased to announce it they will be expanding their line of GPS fish finders. They will finally become NMEA2000 compliant. While many consumer GPS devices have had this for a long time, marine GPS’s have always lagged behind. What this means is you will be able to hook your fishfinder up to other compatible devices even if they’re not by the same manufacturer because they all speak a common protocol. This will enable them to share waypoints and pathfinding capabilities.
And by far the biggest change, and one that I’m really excited for, is going to occur in the top-of-the-line series again. These models are actually going to ship with radar. Yes actual radar. I’m so excited.
Evidently they will have to sizes of donors choose from with different kilowatt ratings on each. While this might seem like overkill, for those of us who love to go out into deep water and are serious about fishing, the ability to now have side imaging plus radar is going to be a killer feature.