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#11611781 - 05/18/16 11:26 PM What am I seeing on my depth finder?
Lil joe Online   content
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I was out this evening just graphing and I found that when I got deeper than 25 ft it was showing all the blue up to exactly 25 feet even when it was 35 feet deep. I have also noticed that once it gets completely dark the whole screen will be covered in blue like this. I was thinking maybe a thermocline?

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#11611805 - 05/18/16 11:55 PM Re: What am I seeing on my depth finder? [Re: Lil joe]
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Doubt it's a thermocline. Too early in the season, you would see more of an even/hard return line, and I believe something would show in the side imaging. You also have fish down there. It looks more like a sediment layer to me.

You have a couple of bait balls in mid-depths, baitfish on the surface, some feeding bass... So it could also be really spread-out baitfish.
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#11611932 - 05/19/16 07:20 AM Re: What am I seeing on my depth finder? [Re: Lil joe]
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I would say sediment layer, i see that around a lot of road beds for some reason. There is fish and bait fish obviously, but i wouldn't say they're feeding by any means. It looks like they're just suspended on the hump or whatever you're graphing

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#11611942 - 05/19/16 07:24 AM Re: What am I seeing on my depth finder? [Re: Lil joe]
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I've seen this a few times. Before the sun comes up, solid blue below a certain depth from 12 to 25 feet or so. Once the sun is up in the sky a bit, its gone. No idea what it is.

My only guess is baitfish that are spread out, since it goes away in the sun


Edited by EastTexasBassin (05/19/16 07:28 AM)
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#11611949 - 05/19/16 07:27 AM Re: What am I seeing on my depth finder? [Re: Lil joe]
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It's like when night fishing and the screen is filled with random blobs and blotches. I've heard everything from algae to jellyfish. Don't know what it is.
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#11611971 - 05/19/16 07:37 AM Re: What am I seeing on my depth finder? [Re: Lil joe]
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Big ball of baitfish and several white bass, ignore the black most the time it's just artifact.


Edited by James Biggs (05/19/16 07:38 AM)

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#11611997 - 05/19/16 07:53 AM Re: What am I seeing on my depth finder? [Re: James Biggs]
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Originally Posted By: James Biggs
Big ball of baitfish and several white bass, ignore the black most the time it's just artifact.


This
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#11612007 - 05/19/16 08:04 AM Re: What am I seeing on my depth finder? [Re: Lil joe]
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Plankton.

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#11612010 - 05/19/16 08:06 AM Re: What am I seeing on my depth finder? [Re: James Biggs]
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Originally Posted By: James Biggs
Big ball of baitfish and several white bass, ignore the black most the time it's just artifact.


Agreed, it's just an artifact. There's not anything down there.

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#11612050 - 05/19/16 08:29 AM Re: What am I seeing on my depth finder? [Re: Lil joe]
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The active feeding fish do look like white bass
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#11612468 - 05/19/16 11:31 AM Re: What am I seeing on my depth finder? [Re: Lil joe]
dw173 Offline
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Loc: Midlothian
Adjust surface clutter and sensitivity. Looks like sediment floating above bottom. That disturbance on the left side of the SI shot at the boat looks like maybe a transducer setup issue. Maybe an expert will pipe in....I could be totally wrong.

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#11612488 - 05/19/16 11:38 AM Re: What am I seeing on my depth finder? [Re: Lil joe]
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#11612945 - 05/19/16 03:12 PM Re: What am I seeing on my depth finder? [Re: Lil joe]
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That disturbance on the left side of the SI shot at the boat looks like maybe a transducer setup issue,..
looks like prop wash.. fish

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#11614017 - 05/20/16 12:22 AM Re: What am I seeing on my depth finder? [Re: Lil joe]
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Agree with Collincountytx 100%. In addition with all the high water and suspended sediment it's hard to keep sensitivity adjusted. My best graphing is winter in cold water.
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#11614037 - 05/20/16 03:50 AM Re: What am I seeing on my depth finder? [Re: Lil joe]
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Good info

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