Fishing had been made the way easier than what it was even 15-20 years ago. And it’s nothing but the magical touch of technology.
However, the greatest wonder technology had brought for fishermen is the ‘fish finder,’ also known as a depth finder. And in case you’re new to this fantastic device, this article is for you.
Go through the rest of the article where we’ve explained how it works, and how to get most out of your fishing time using this tool.
How Does A Fish finder Work?- the Simplest Explanation
First thing first, there are two major parts in a fish finder, the display, and the transducer. Here are the jobs of them both-
What Does the Transducer Do?
The transducer contains an underwater sensor which can measure information like depth, fish location, etc. It sends the data to the display unit.
To collect the data transducer unit uses to send sonar waves of ultrasonic wavelength. And when it measures the reflection of the waves, it estimates the location, size, and speed of the objects.
And finally, it sends all these data back to the display unit.
What Does the Display Do?
Whatever information the transducer sends to the display, it’s duty is to make them visible to you. It has primary computing power that can process scattered data transmitted from the sensor.
This information is displayed using many types of symbols on the display unit. Here are some examples-
- If it’s the presence of a fish, the symbol would be in the form of a fish.
- If the boat passed over the area where the fishes are located, it shows aches on the screen.
- It also displays other underwater items like plants, stray weed, etc.
How to Read A Sonar Fish Finder?
Till this point, we’ve explained how the two parts of a fish finder device work. But to make the information useful, you need to know how to read it out.
Fortunately, brands had made this task super easy with the powerful display of the fish finder.
Here is the information that you can collect by reading the display-
- The Depth of the Water
- The location and abundance of the fishes
- The Shape of the Bottom Surface
With analyzing these few information, you can estimate the kind of lures you need to employ. Also, you can decide the weights of the tricks and how to avoid snags as well.
Some Advanced Tips to Work with A Fish Finder Like A Pro
Working with a fish finder is one thing, and getting the best out of it, is another. Here are some quick tips of working with a fish finder-
- Learn to use the fish finder in concern with the chart plotter.
- Have the screen split between the fish finder and chart plotter, if it’s a combo unit.
- Get used to finding more and detailed information by zooming it.