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#10847961 - 05/15/15 10:30 PM How many of you actually use the fishfinder on the bow
C Worthy Offline
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Registered: 10/28/11
Posts: 2126
Loc: Wylie
I am in the process of redesigning the electronics on my boat. I put a Xi5 trolling motor on and decided to upgrade from the HDS-8 on the console to a HDS-12 touch. What is crazy, the stuff that I have on the boat now probably does not have 30 hrs on it. But anyway, I wanted touch screen and wanted the link between the lowrance and the trolling motor. But then I started thinking, how much do I really use the HDS-5 that I have on the bow. For me, not that much anymore. I only use it to track a creek or ledge or something like that. What I decided to do this time is eliminate the bow unit. I will still use the transducer in the Xi5 but I think I am going to use a transducer switch at the console to select between the transducers at the back of the boat and the one on the Xi5. That way I can still drop the trolling motor and using the remote move around and watch the large screen HDS-12 using the transducer on the trolling motor. When I find something that I want to mark, I can mark it on the graph. I am adding the external ant and a NMEA 2000 setup so I can control the trolling mtr from the HDS-12. I think that I should be able to turn the HDS around on the ram mount to be able to see it from the deck if I want to see whats on the graph from the deck. Any body done this or am I messing up or does this seem reasonable. Thanks for input. Sometimes seem better in my mind than how they turn out in real life.
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#10848007 - 05/15/15 10:57 PM Re: How many of you actually use the fishfinder on the bow [Re: C Worthy]
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Registered: 07/13/14
Posts: 1989
Loc: Arlington
i use my bow mount constantly and I have a rote for my tm too. Tried the rotating the ff to see at front deck and it was a PIA. All that said it is really up to you. Maybe before removing, leave it off for several trips and see how it works out

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#10848011 - 05/15/15 11:03 PM Re: How many of you actually use the fishfinder on the bow [Re: C Worthy]
Frank the Tank Online   content
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Registered: 02/27/13
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I was without a graph at the nose for a while........ I hated it, big PIA. I would strongly advise against it, get a small one at least, doesn't have to be fancy.
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#10848020 - 05/15/15 11:13 PM Re: How many of you actually use the fishfinder on the bow [Re: C Worthy]
Ted Martin Offline
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Registered: 07/26/05
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Loc: Dallas, TX
depends how and where you fish. if you primarily fish offshore structure in deeper water, then you will feel blind without a bow graph. if you are a bank-beater or fish in water shallow enough to determine the depth and bottom composition with your rod tip then you probably don't need a bow graph. If like most anglers you do both and everything in between then i can't imagine not having a graph on the bow.

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#10848022 - 05/15/15 11:13 PM Re: How many of you actually use the fishfinder on the bow [Re: Frank the Tank]
Joel McBride Online   content
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Registered: 09/17/04
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Loc: Corinth
Fast and shallow no need. You should already know the contour. Structure fishing is important to have it up front.

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#10848036 - 05/15/15 11:30 PM Re: How many of you actually use the fishfinder on the bow [Re: C Worthy]
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I am going to fish deep water at least have a day; so I couldn't make it without the maps and the contours.
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#10848063 - 05/15/15 11:55 PM Re: How many of you actually use the fishfinder on the bow [Re: C Worthy]
Lee in Texas Offline
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Registered: 03/23/13
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I just got and mounted a second HB 1199 on the bow and now have it linked to the one at the console. Yes, I use it....I honestly spend more time at the bow than at the console. Don't you?
That's where I fish from anyhow.....
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#10848420 - 05/16/15 09:09 AM Re: How many of you actually use the fishfinder on the bow [Re: C Worthy]
C Worthy Offline
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This is what I wanted to know. I guess later I will buck up for a 7 touch for up front. I think the HDS 5 is just too small for my old eyes and that is probably most of the reason I don't use it as much. I will give my setup a try but will probably find out you guys are right. Thanks for all the help.
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#10848547 - 05/16/15 10:06 AM Re: How many of you actually use the fishfinder on the bow [Re: C Worthy]
Lee in Texas Offline
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LOL, completely understand that. I had a 5" screen HB on the front, had to upgrade to a 10" just to see.... roflmao
Ain't getting older grand?
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#10848555 - 05/16/15 10:12 AM Re: How many of you actually use the fishfinder on the bow [Re: Lee in Texas]
Chet Online   content
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Loc: Ft Worth
Depth and water temp, got to have them.
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#10848559 - 05/16/15 10:14 AM Re: How many of you actually use the fishfinder on the bow [Re: C Worthy]
Lee in Texas Offline
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Registered: 03/23/13
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Loc: Wise County Texas
Have to admit, before I upgraded, someone on here reminded me, "Just where on the boat do you do most of your fishing?".... roflmao , put your best fish finder there!!
Made sense to me ....
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#10848622 - 05/16/15 10:57 AM Re: How many of you actually use the fishfinder on the bow [Re: C Worthy]
Rob Matthews Offline
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Registered: 10/24/12
Posts: 247
Loc: Mansfield, Texas
Why don't you put the hds8 you took off the console and move it to the bow of the boat.

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#10848655 - 05/16/15 11:21 AM Re: How many of you actually use the fishfinder on the bow [Re: C Worthy]
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I do... Drop shot
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#10848709 - 05/16/15 11:58 AM Re: How many of you actually use the fishfinder on the bow [Re: Rob Matthews]
SRitchey Offline
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Registered: 10/31/13
Posts: 716
Loc: McKinney, TX
Originally Posted By: Rob Matthews
Why don't you put the hds8 you took off the console and move it to the bow of the boat.

Exactly what I was thinking.
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#10849012 - 05/16/15 03:33 PM Re: How many of you actually use the fishfinder on the bow [Re: C Worthy]
El Skeeter Offline
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Registered: 06/22/12
Posts: 419
Loc: Kissimmee,FL
LOL!! You Go Lee!!, an 1199 on the bow(I'll try the I can't see the 798 unit to wife)
TO OP I'm lost without a bow unit, being interlinked I can Mark from there and both units
share info.
I just hope when I die my wife doesn't sell the fishing and boat stuff
for the price I tell her I paid for it. roflmao

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