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#11421254 - 02/17/16 07:01 PM How do you use your sonar/graphs?
spooncg Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 10/07/10
Posts: 68
Loc: Oklahoma
If you are fishing a different body of water for the first time, how do you use your graphs? I just upgraded this spring to quality graphs and wanted to know the best way to use these new "tools". I mainly fish for bass and have always been a bank beater bc of my cheaper graphs, but now I would actually like to use the new stuff to it's capabilities.

So how do you guys use them, and does it differ for crappie as for when fishing for bass?

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#11421286 - 02/17/16 07:10 PM Re: How do you use your sonar/graphs? [Re: spooncg]
Wayne P. Online   content
TFF Team Angler

Registered: 11/16/10
Posts: 3441
Loc: Charlottesville, Va
I find fish and try to catch them--- works occasionally:



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#11421395 - 02/17/16 07:43 PM Re: How do you use your sonar/graphs? [Re: spooncg]
44 Diesel Online   content
TFF Team Angler

Registered: 12/25/12
Posts: 3423
Loc: Burleson,TX
Wayne, you throwing them big lead weights at people when they get too close

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#11421414 - 02/17/16 07:50 PM Re: How do you use your sonar/graphs? [Re: 44 Diesel]
Wayne P. Online   content
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Registered: 11/16/10
Posts: 3441
Loc: Charlottesville, Va
Originally Posted By: 44 Diesel
Wayne, you throwing them big lead weights at people when they get too close


LOL, those are my blade bait knocker loosers.
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#11421591 - 02/17/16 08:53 PM Re: How do you use your sonar/graphs? [Re: spooncg]
Rickmb Online   content
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Registered: 07/07/12
Posts: 699
Loc: San Antonio
They are tools to find fish or find places that might hold fish.
First thing is the map. I will use the Navionics site to identify areas that look "interesting". Points, drop offs, large flats, etc.. I also use Google Earth to identify grass beds or docks or other features visible in the water.
I create way points and import them into my Humminbirds.
When I hit the water I check those spots out with side imaging to see what is there. Weed lines, brush piles, rocks piles, etc. are all visible with side imaging. I look for fish on these spots. Then I fish.
That's where the advice ends.....sometimes the best laid plans go awry when the bait hits the water.
Some days the ignorance of pre-electronics was at least an excuse. It can be frustrating to see all of those fish and none are biting.
I only fish for bass so I'm not sure how different it is for crappie. I have been tempted to try the huge stripers I see in 60 ft of water. I just don't have the gear to take on a 30 lber.
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#11423419 - 02/18/16 03:38 PM Re: How do you use your sonar/graphs? [Re: spooncg]
TxRanger1 Offline
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Registered: 12/31/15
Posts: 204
Loc: Humble,Tx
Ditto Rickmb. I do exactly the same thing. Some times it pays off and sometimes the fish just don't bite.

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#11424719 - 02/19/16 08:17 AM Re: How do you use your sonar/graphs? [Re: spooncg]
ezbassin Offline
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Registered: 01/15/04
Posts: 12208
Loc: Mansfield, Tx.
I use the graphs the same on every lake. If you are going to a new lake or one you have never been on, then it is good to study a map of the lake before you get there to choose the best areas you want to fish, then use your electronics to find the fish.

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