Modern technology has made life easier in so many ways, and fishing is no exception. Today’s electronic fish finders make it easier than ever to bring home a good catch. Keep reading to find out how fish finders work and what they have to offer you.
The transducer is the key to the success of an electronic fish finder. This is the part of the unit that sends out a cone shaped sonar signal into the water below the fishing vessel.
When the sound wave encounters an object, it bounces it back to the transducer, where it is decoded and displayed on the instrument’s screen. The higher the frequency of the signal, the better the results will be in terms of differentiating between fish and other objects in the water.
Although the technology sounds complicated, it’s actually remarkably easy to use a fish finder. The transducer is simply mounted on your boat in an appropriate underwater location where it will be disturbed the least by passing waves. Wires running from the transducer are then connected to the display unit, which is mounted in a convenient location for easy access.
As with most types of electronic devices, there is a wide range of functionality available to choose from in fish finders. Basic units with a monochrome screen, which cost under $100, will show you where the fish are but not much more.
More expensive units, which can cost over $2000 for equipment like the Lowrance HDS 10, have an increasingly sophisticated array of features such as high resolution color display, higher frequency sonar, and GPS capability.
Given the wide range of prices and functionality, you’d be well advised to do some careful research before you shop. There are lots of online fish finder reviews that can give you some guidance and help you decide which features are actually important to you and which ones you might never use.
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