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#11886558 - 10/18/16 06:59 AM side imaging
Drummond1 Offline
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Registered: 09/05/14
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I am trying to decide whether to invest in side imaging. I am a weekend bass fisherman, not a very good one at that but I enjoy it. How many of you have side imaging, and would now never go without it no matter the cost? And... can you see if fish are under docks with it?
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#11886570 - 10/18/16 07:09 AM Re: side imaging [Re: Drummond1]
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roflmao Neither am I but, yes....IMO....it will help.
It does take some time to learn what you are seeing and what to look for but, it is yet another great tool
Expensive, yeah...but, how much do you anticipate spending on your 'hobby' ?

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#11886584 - 10/18/16 07:18 AM Re: side imaging [Re: Drummond1]
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I have caught a lot of really big bass this year and not a single one came from an image from my SI or DI. ...I have two of them, one up front and one on the console. Wish I had that money back to spend on a better TM.

Sonar and GPS, OTH, I use everyday all day.
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#11886638 - 10/18/16 07:51 AM Re: side imaging [Re: SteezMacQueen]
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Originally Posted By: SteezMacQueen
I have caught a lot of really big bass this year and not a single one came from an image from my SI or DI. ...I have two of them, one up front and one on the console. Wish I had that money back to spend on a better TM.

Sonar and GPS, OTH, I use everyday all day.


I AGREE.....unless you are BIG TIME tournament fisherman or fish strictly off shore the investment is not worth it.
I bought a 9" touch screen and very rarely use it. I use my sonar and maybe the downscan a lot but not the side scan.

In fact, if you want to do some horse trading ........... ?

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#11886654 - 10/18/16 08:01 AM Re: side imaging [Re: Drummond1]
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Loc: Lake Fork
I use the DI beside my 2D sonar. The SI you will use to check out bottom the first time after that you will not use it much. The SI will show under docks and fine fish very quickly for you so if you fish a lot of docks it will let you drive by and fine the fish then fish instead of having to fish every one. I think I will always have it but because of the DI not the SI for me. just my .02

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#11886704 - 10/18/16 08:24 AM Re: side imaging [Re: Drummond1]
DEFMP Offline
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People who say you don't need it, probably don't understand how to use it to it's full capability, or do not understand it's true purpose. You're not going to see more fish with SI, but what you're going to do is find better fishing spots. Example: summer fishing we are out deep fishing points and humps, but with SI I can find a rock pile, brush pile, shell bed, etc faster and more efficiently. Bass don't randomly hang out in deep water, they're at those spots for a reason, and prefer some type of cover. This is a just an example as there are many uses for SI, but again I will say it will not help you see more fish.

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#11886727 - 10/18/16 08:34 AM Re: side imaging [Re: Drummond1]
Dean74 Offline
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Registered: 03/14/12
Posts: 127
Loc: Whitney Texas
IMO side imaging is worth it and will show you more fish but had you asked this question before my trip with Slade Daughtery I would have said it's not worth the money. If you do decide to upgrade do yourself a favor and contact Slade and book a trip you will be glad you did.

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#11886738 - 10/18/16 08:38 AM Re: side imaging [Re: DEFMP]
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Loc: Lantana,Tx
Originally Posted By: DEFMP
People who say you don't need it, probably don't understand how to use it to it's full capability, or do not understand it's true purpose. You're not going to see more fish with SI, but what you're going to do is find better fishing spots. Example: summer fishing we are out deep fishing points and humps, but with SI I can find a rock pile, brush pile, shell bed, etc faster and more efficiently. Bass don't randomly hang out in deep water, they're at those spots for a reason, and prefer some type of cover. This is a just an example as there are many uses for SI, but again I will say it will not help you see more fish.


This is spot on, I recently got a hds 9T, and use side imaging 90% of the time. To me it's more of a tool to find rock piles, brush etc. that you normally may not see. The only thing I will do different for my next graph is get the hds12 I love the side imaging!

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#11886741 - 10/18/16 08:40 AM Re: side imaging [Re: Drummond1]
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Registered: 09/01/11
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What DEFMP said If you buy get the biggest screen you can afford jmo

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#11886781 - 10/18/16 08:59 AM Re: side imaging [Re: Drummond1]
Bobby Milam Offline
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Registered: 07/13/14
Posts: 1998
Loc: Arlington
Worth every penny, even more for the weekend fisherman. You are more likely to know the lake as well. The si will let you search larger areas than anything else. Just imagine scanning 100' to either side of the boat in one pass as oppose to maybe 20' directly under. You'll find things that you have passed by for years but just hasn't gone close enough to with just downward sonar.

I have never gone a day in the boat without using my si. I can't imagine why someone would have it and not use it.

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#11886917 - 10/18/16 10:05 AM Re: side imaging [Re: Drummond1]
Brian_Martin Offline
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Registered: 10/28/13
Posts: 122
Loc: Toledo Bend
Without side scan i feel like i may not have found this litle ledge with rock all over it and definitely would not be able to understand how it lays out within a few seconds with out side scan. In the bridge picture you can really get a feel for how the fish are relating to the bridge. These are just a few examples of how it helps me.


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#11886999 - 10/18/16 10:44 AM Re: side imaging [Re: Drummond1]
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Registered: 07/24/14
Posts: 243
Loc: Joshua, TX
If you're just going to beat the bank, it's not worth it. If you want to fish offshore at all, then it's worth every penny. I use it for finding spots, not fish.
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#11887004 - 10/18/16 10:47 AM Re: side imaging [Re: Drummond1]
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Registered: 03/19/12
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Loc: Mansfield, TX / Nacogdoches, T...
If you want to learn how to use Side scan, I would take a class with a guide. Many will offer to take you out to a lake also and show you the basics. I use my Side scan a lot and wouldn't be able to find the schools of shad down here on Rayburn without it!!!
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#11887131 - 10/18/16 11:56 AM Re: side imaging [Re: Drummond1]
Drummond1 Offline
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Registered: 09/05/14
Posts: 159
Loc: Irving
Wow,
excellent information everybody. I am not good at fishing offshore and I am needing to learn. Sounds like I need to invest in one, then find someone to mount it properly for me. I put a Helix 7 DI on the bow no problem but mounting by the console may be out of my league.
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#11889059 - 10/19/16 12:11 PM Re: side imaging [Re: Drummond1]
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Registered: 10/20/07
Posts: 1108
Loc: Kingwood, Tx
You need to realize that when you fish that deep your gonna need all new tackle! 1/2 oz plus jigs, shakeys etc! Fishing deep isn't cheap either!

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