So you decided to step up your fishing game and get a fish finder? Congratulations, now you will know what it feels like to really take advantage of technology to vastly improve yourfishing experiences. However, the world of fish finders is almost as vast as the sea itself. There are many different types of finders, each with its own unique qualities that work better or worse depending on the situation. If you are in the market for a new fish finder and you are not so sure where or what to start looking for, worry not. Keep reading here at Fisherman’s Tips to find all about some of the most essential aspects of fish finders every angler should take into consideration when thinking of getting one.
It might seem obvious that your fish finder should have a screen, but it is really not. People just care about being able to see where the fish are, but how are they going to see without a proper display? Well, just keep in mind that color screens are the industry standard, and that if you go fishing on a boat your finder model probably comes with some sort of mount to help you attach it safely to the hull and use it more easily.
Another thing that is not so obvious about most fish finders is that they require a power source to work. You might think that is something a bit difficult to provide when you are in open water, but that is something you have to figure out before getting one of these models for your boat. Installing a power source in your boat is not that hard, but if you don’t have a boat or do mostly shore fishing, you might be able to skip this step since models for stationary fishing or shallow water fishing are more commonly equipped with batteries and such.
There are plenty of fish in the sea, but different fish live at different depths, and they all behave differently. Fish finder manufacturers know this, and that is why they engineered these tools to work at different frequencies for people with different fishing preferences. Those who like to get on a boat and chase after fish in movement will be better off with a low frequency finder, whereas those that enjoy sittting at the pier until something bites will be good with a finder that works at a higher frequency. High frequencies give more detail, but lower frequencies can reach farther and are great for deeper waters.
Lastly, perhaps the most important part about fish finders is that you get one with the right transducers. Most of them will work in most situations, but as a rule of thumb, try to pay attention to the materials and configuration of these transmitters because they can make all the difference in the world. They usually come in an arrangement that needs to be installed under the hull of your boat, and the angles at which you set it up will influence the range you cover and how efficiently you can detect fish. The right materials and how many beams it can transmit and at which angles can give you a greater potential of catching more than you think.