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#11270615 - 12/08/15 04:48 PM Is Side Scan Sonar useful for finding catfish in shallow water?
OllieC Offline
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I am getting a replacement of my old Lowrance and have the option of a 7 inch screen without side scan or a 5 inch screen w side scan, Hummingbird Helix 5. Does anyone have any experience using side scan to find catfish along a bank in shallow water? We are usually fishing near the bank not out in the open. I also like to jig for whitebass and I've seen images for those. I'm not sure whether sidescan will be able to resolve anything in the band of water from the shore to 10 feet deep. I have this dream of being able to find blue cats out in the open with side scan. I have heard that side scan can be frustrating to use. Perhaps it's situation dependent like everything else.

Any thoughts? Thanks.

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#11270639 - 12/08/15 05:02 PM Re: Is Side Scan Sonar useful for finding catfish in shallow water? [Re: OllieC]
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Yes you can see them and for ss the bigger the screen the better!!
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#11270667 - 12/08/15 05:15 PM Re: Is Side Scan Sonar useful for finding catfish in shallow water? [Re: OllieC]
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I have the helix 5si I like it but am actually selling it and going to drop the cash for a $1500 unit.
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#11270693 - 12/08/15 05:29 PM Re: Is Side Scan Sonar useful for finding catfish in shallow water? [Re: tgravley aka lewisvillecatfish]
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Originally Posted By: tgravley aka lewisvillecatfish
Yes you can see them and for ss the bigger the screen the better!!

This^^^^^
I know others use it deep but I mostly use the sidescan in 10-15 fow or less-
It's not really "complicated" but you do have to learn to interputet it-
And for me the downscan used along with the sonar helps me decide what Im actually looking at-
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#11270697 - 12/08/15 05:30 PM Re: Is Side Scan Sonar useful for finding catfish in shallow water? [Re: OllieC]
Txmedic033 Offline
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Registered: 08/13/13
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I use it from 1.5'-60'

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#11270743 - 12/08/15 06:04 PM Re: Is Side Scan Sonar useful for finding catfish in shallow water? [Re: OllieC]
MickeyP ( BIG MICK ) Offline
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It's a game changer ...
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#11270758 - 12/08/15 06:09 PM Re: Is Side Scan Sonar useful for finding catfish in shallow water? [Re: OllieC]
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Bigger is better on the screen size. IMO a 7" screen would be at the absolute lower end. All the data in the world doesn't do you a bit of good if you can't see it.I have a 999 and an 1199 and I can see those just fine. I have a buddy with a 899 and I struggle to read it.
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#11270775 - 12/08/15 06:16 PM Re: Is Side Scan Sonar useful for finding catfish in shallow water? [Re: Bob Landry]
pelican Offline
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Originally Posted By: Bob Landry
Bigger is better on the screen size. IMO a 7" screen would be at the absolute lower end. All the data in the world doesn't do you a bit of good if you can't see it.I have a 999 and an 1199 and I can see those just fine. I have a buddy with a 899 and I struggle to read it.


This.
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#11270800 - 12/08/15 06:29 PM Re: Is Side Scan Sonar useful for finding catfish in shallow water? [Re: MickeyP ( BIG MICK )]
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Originally Posted By: MickeyP ( BIG MICK )
It's a game changer ...


Agreed and I have said that same thing many times. The hardest part is getting it mounted right and synced in correctly, after that as you start making fishing trips you will be surprised how fast and well that you are able to understand what you are looking at. I have found some very good fish in very shallow water where before I would not have ever thought or imagined that they would be that shallow during certain seasons.
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#11270862 - 12/08/15 07:05 PM Re: Is Side Scan Sonar useful for finding catfish in shallow water? [Re: OllieC]
Andy73 Offline
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Registered: 01/29/14
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Loc: Lake Eufaula Oklahoma
No more wasting time on areas with no fish with side scan you can see them. Only thing is I cant always tell what kind of fish it is. Been fooled by carp and buffalo several times. Bigger definatly better over the years I went from a 5" to a 7" now a 1199

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#11270934 - 12/08/15 07:34 PM Re: Is Side Scan Sonar useful for finding catfish in shallow water? [Re: OllieC]
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Edited by 44 Diesel (12/08/15 07:34 PM)

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#11271190 - 12/08/15 09:21 PM Re: Is Side Scan Sonar useful for finding catfish in shallow water? [Re: OllieC]
Brother Terry Offline
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Yes, yes , yes.... Once you go side scan you will never go back!
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#11271211 - 12/08/15 09:29 PM Re: Is Side Scan Sonar useful for finding catfish in shallow water? [Re: OllieC]
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#11271341 - 12/08/15 11:02 PM Re: Is Side Scan Sonar useful for finding catfish in shallow water? [Re: OllieC]
Shooter66 Offline
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Loc: Little Elm
I use HB 999 SS and was not getting a great picture....fished with Tom Gravley who uses Lowrance HDS...all the difference the world! He taught me how to compare sonar to side and down imaging to confirm the fish you are seeing. Either way I would recommend an instructional fishing trip with Tom if you are not familiar with side and or down imaging....... Folks who really know how to read the sonar make all the difference!
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#11271509 - 12/09/15 06:54 AM Re: Is Side Scan Sonar useful for finding catfish in shallow water? [Re: OllieC]
pelican Offline
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Registered: 08/27/11
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Loc: Grapevine
This screen shot should answer your question. 8.5 FOW and this would have looked the same in 2 FOW.
We caught a bunch of fish right here.

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