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#12431805 - 09/18/17 04:16 PM Upgrading Fish FInders.
Taylored Offline

Registered: 04/30/10
Posts: 264
Loc: Alvarado, Tx
Looking at upgrading the unit on my boat and adding a unit at the bow. I'm looking at the Hummingbird Helix 10. My question being, is side imaging needed for both units? Also, is mega imaging worth the money? Any input is appreciated.

#12431821 - 09/18/17 04:28 PM Re: Upgrading Fish FInders. [Re: Taylored]
Shallow Waters Online   content
Pro Angler

Registered: 01/03/17
Posts: 538
I would only do SI at the console, and yes Mega is worth it.

#12431828 - 09/18/17 04:31 PM Re: Upgrading Fish FInders. [Re: Taylored]
Wayne P. Online   content
TFF Team Angler

Registered: 11/16/10
Posts: 4121
Loc: Charlottesville, Va
If you want Side Imaging at the console and bow, it is best to have the sonar data where you are on the boat, not coming from a boat length away.
If you don't care about sonar accuracy, you can certainly share SI to a Sonar or Down Imaging model via Ethernet.
All my units are Side Imaging units. I "need" Side Imaging as it is my search tool and fishing tool no matter where I am on the boat. I add 360 to the mix to have Side Imaging when sitting still (it does the scanning while fishing).

MEGA Imaging is great for details and focused searching for "stuff". I don't use it for fishing due to the narrow coverage. I want to see "over there" to the edge of the Range setting.
The biggest benefit of a MEGA SI unit is its dedicated Down Imaging crystal in the transducer. I don't use DI for fishing (doesn't see "over there"), but some do.

Sort of boils down to how you would use the different sonar technologies and your willingness to fully learn how to use each.
Humminbird Helix 12 CHIRP SI, 1198c SI, 1198c SI, ONIX 10 SI NT, Helix 7 CHIRP SI GPS G2, SOLIX 12 SI, 360, RC-1

#12431922 - 09/18/17 05:46 PM Re: Upgrading Fish FInders. [Re: Taylored]
Taylored Offline

Registered: 04/30/10
Posts: 264
Loc: Alvarado, Tx
I don't mind learning them. Looks like the 360 imaging requires a separate transducer. Thanks for the info so far. Right now I have a cheap Lowrance Hook 5. Can find brush piles with down imaging and 2d but if they are shallow I feel like i'm "disturbing the fish" when I idle over them. If I mark the spot and come back later it takes a while to find the brush but can usually catch a few fish. Would like to make the best investment I can for the money.

#12432168 - 09/18/17 09:30 PM Re: Upgrading Fish FInders. [Re: Taylored]
Bobby Milam Offline
TFF Team Angler

Registered: 07/13/14
Posts: 3543
Loc: Arlington
Many if not most have a large SI at the console and smaller 2D or DI at the bow. I have SI at the bow but don't use anything but 2D there. I have a 360 that I'll be mounting there soon.

#12432222 - 09/18/17 10:13 PM Re: Upgrading Fish FInders. [Re: Taylored]
Bill Durham Offline

Registered: 11/10/12
Posts: 493
Loc: Crowley
I think a lot depends on how you fish. Watching Paliniuk on Live, he uses 360 on the bow all the time.. its how he spotted rock piles and fish all around his boat. He did the same thing on Rayburn where he won there finding brush piles and downed timber. The 360 transducer is mounted on a stick that he can lower down below the TM skeg.. It really works well for him.
Christie has 2 on the bow and 2 on the console I would love to know how he has them networked. I saw him turn around and cast toward the back of the boat.. and caught a 4lb Smallie. They were all casting to fish they saw on the electronics.. that is pretty impressive to me.



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