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#12427638 - 09/15/17 12:15 PM Garmin Echo and Striker display settings
Thump19 Offline
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Registered: 02/14/17
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Can anyone suggest or guide me on display settings for Garmin fish finders. I have an Echomap sv and striker sv. I had a shop install the transducer for the echomap and the striker is up front on the bow. However I cannot seem to see any structure with the graphs. I usually just see a flat bottom and some line marks randomly in between I have gone over areas where I know structure is and even over bridge tee and the graph just appears to show a flat bottom with no structure. This is in down and side imagine. Anyone have any suggestions or settings I can change. I tried playing around on the water with the interference but that didn't seem to help. Thanks for any advice.

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#12427730 - 09/15/17 01:29 PM Re: Garmin Echo and Striker display settings [Re: Thump19]
ring fry Offline
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I would go to set up and do 'factory settings'. For most of us this is plenty good enough, especially to start with. It should show structure, grass, fish, etc. Shop may have hit some random buttons during installation. Make sure it has the correct transducer recognized. It won't show much (if anything) if you aren't moving. If you could post some screen shots from the echoMAP, it might be more helpful.

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#12428098 - 09/15/17 07:18 PM Re: Garmin Echo and Striker display settings [Re: Thump19]
Capt Craig Offline
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Thump, where are you located? Exactly what models do you have?


Edited by Capt Craig (09/15/17 07:35 PM)
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#12428591 - 09/16/17 09:30 AM Re: Garmin Echo and Striker display settings [Re: Thump19]
Thump19 Offline
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Registered: 02/14/17
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Ring fry- To be honest I didn't even think to make sure the transducer was set right on the unit, I remember seeing the setting but for some reason it was non adjustable I will double check that and reset it back to factory while I am at it.
Capt Craig- I have the echo map 73sv non chirp discontinued model on the console and the striker 7sv chirp up front. Don't have the exact model #'s on me but can get them. I am located around the east dfw area in Forney

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#12428949 - 09/16/17 04:04 PM Re: Garmin Echo and Striker display settings [Re: Thump19]
Capt Craig Offline
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Sadly, Garmin's manual is [censored]! Garmin gives only 4 pages of info in their manual explaining sonar and imaging.

For your console 73sv: Depending on your transducer, set to both 77/200 kHz. Set Max Depth to Auto.

For the Stryker 7sv: A lot depends on whether you are using a US2 transducer or the supplied Garmin transducer.

Garmins are difficult to set up and simply using the factory settings isn't enough. They require more active tuning on the water in both shallow and 30' deep water to find settings that read well in multiple settings.

Unfortunately unlike HB and Lowrance where I can provide good starting spots, Garmin must have all the settings gone through. Changing one effects others. If you have a friend that also has Garmin, get his help. If not, you will need a person on the boat that understands their system and settings. It takes about two hours +/- at several water depths to get the units tuned to provide accurate info. Garmin simply isn't user friendly.

If you have reached your point of frustration with trying on your own, contact me and we will talk.
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#12430057 - 09/17/17 12:37 PM Re: Garmin Echo and Striker display settings [Re: Thump19]
Thump19 Offline
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Registered: 02/14/17
Posts: 6
Craig- Thank you for the input to be honest I was sold on garmin as I all my buddies have HB and I couldn't navigate as easily through them as I could the garmin at the store display, but like you said its all about having the settings right. For the striker I am using the supplied garmin transducer. I plan to get back out on the water in the next 2 weeks and will reset the units back to factory and make sure the transducers are matched to the right model. If I cant get it still I will make sure to take screen shots and reply back.

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