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Do you turn your graph off #10059372 06/12/14 10:39 PM
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Lookin for opinions. When I pull up to a brush pile I catch a few, turn my graph off and I swear my bite turns off for about 5 minutes.

Re: Do you turn your graph off [Re: Texas Fight] #10059395 06/12/14 10:46 PM
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My finder is turned on when I get in the boat and is turned off when I leave the boat at the slip. I often turn it on at the slip just to see what is in the area.

Re: Do you turn your graph off [Re: Texas Fight] #10059413 06/12/14 10:54 PM
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Never turn mine off while on the water


Re: Do you turn your graph off [Re: Texas Fight] #10059425 06/12/14 11:00 PM
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Depends on what I am fishing. If I am fishing timber all day I turn the console off. I have run my crank battery down fishing timber all day and never starting the big motor.


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Re: Do you turn your graph off [Re: megabucks461] #10059429 06/12/14 11:01 PM
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Originally Posted By: megabucks461
Depends on what I am fishing. If I am fishing timber all day I turn the console off. I have run my crank battery down fishing timber all day and never starting the big motor.


Hmmm I didn't know they pulled that much juice


Re: Do you turn your graph off [Re: Texas Fight] #10059434 06/12/14 11:04 PM
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If wanting to save juice I turn mine to stand by so I don't have to wait for it to reboot each time I move. Never turned off while on the water!

Re: Do you turn your graph off [Re: megabucks461] #10059456 06/12/14 11:15 PM
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Originally Posted By: megabucks461
Depends on what I am fishing. If I am fishing timber all day I turn the console off. I have run my crank battery down fishing timber all day and never starting the big motor.


I keep a PowerStation in the boat to solve that problem.

Re: Do you turn your graph off [Re: Texas Fight] #10059492 06/12/14 11:31 PM
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I rarely run any sonar if I'm fishing 10' or less. I dont do it to save batteries, but because I'm convinced the fish can hear it through their lateral lines and dont care for it. I can't prove it nor do I care to prove it, but it seems when crappie are shallow, my bite rate has increased because I turn the sonars off. and the only reason I even do it is because I fished a guided bass trip on lake Okeechobee with one of Roland Martin's guys about 12 years ago and he would not run a sonar unless he was running the channels at 50mph. he said shallow fish "probably" dont like it, plus, when you're fishing that shallow you dont need a sonar anyway.

but who knows, right? there's been times I would have sworn you could have a polka band playing on a 24' pontoon, and catching fish the whole time. I know in tournaments I never run sonars when fishing shallow. I used to, but I dont anymore.

Re: Do you turn your graph off [Re: Texas Fight] #10059631 06/13/14 12:33 AM
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several good trains of thought here for sure ....
interesting post
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Re: Do you turn your graph off [Re: Texas Fight] #10060192 06/13/14 04:02 AM
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great info to have

Re: Do you turn your graph off [Re: Texas Fight] #10060404 06/13/14 11:10 AM
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Never gave any thought to it. I leave the 5" Humminbird on the entire trip on the boat. It doesn't draw enough to drain the battery. Just got a kayak and the 4" Lowrance ran the entire trip without draining the little 12 volt deer feeder battery either. Also, I usually try not to fish right under the boat.

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I found a vibration "scientific" research study on lateral lines that suggests several folks here are on track ......

Re: Do you turn your graph off [Re: Texas Fight] #10060545 06/13/14 12:28 PM
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Originally Posted By: Texas Fight
Lookin for opinions. When I pull up to a brush pile I catch a few, turn my graph off and I swear my bite turns off for about 5 minutes.


Depends on what type of fishing I am doing...there are times, I leave it in the truck....then there are times I never power it down...then there are times I will turn it off most of the day. Basically, if I need it I use it, if I don't then I turn it off or leave it in the truck...

How electronics affects the fish catching is debatable, I don't take a position either way (or presume to know), but given the choice...using less battery power regardless of the gadget, is the best strategy, as it allows me to focus on fishing, instead of messing with gadgets.

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I rarely run any sonar if I'm fishing 10' or less. I dont do it to save batteries, but because I'm convinced the fish can hear it through their lateral lines and dont care for it. I can't prove it nor do I care to prove it, but it seems when crappie are shallow, my bite rate has increased because I turn the sonars off. and the only reason I even do it is because I fished a guided bass trip on lake Okeechobee with one of Roland Martin's guys about 12 years ago and he would not run a sonar unless he was running the channels at 50mph. he said shallow fish "probably" dont like it, plus, when you're fishing that shallow you dont need a sonar anyway.

but who knows, right? there's been times I would have sworn you could have a polka band playing on a 24' pontoon, and catching fish the whole time. I know in tournaments I never run sonars when fishing shallow. I used to, but I dont anymore.


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You need to fish with me one day soon, I will show you what I have found. It's almost cheating.

Re: Do you turn your graph off [Re: Texas Fight] #10062003 06/13/14 10:45 PM
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thats a deal, kirk. like bobby says, "say when."

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