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There are no hard and fast rules to reading sonar #12823836
07/10/18 10:16 PM
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Hey guys! I was out fishing at FPH and came across a large school of tightly schooled bottom hugging fish that I would have bet money were white bass. After them not responding to my white bass tactics I decided to drop down some cut shad which quickly proved that this white bass mimicking school was a bunch of "box" blue catfish in the 1-3 pound range. I made a short video of screenshots of the school along with a short talk about reading sonar. I hope it's of some use for others as it certainly was a great learning experience for myself.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JylSLZIulKE


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Re: There are no hard and fast rules to reading sonar [Re: RespectTheFish] #12824065
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great video


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Re: There are no hard and fast rules to reading sonar [Re: RespectTheFish] #12824624
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Fish produce certain arches and shapes. Catfish produce a very noticeable cobra shape where the majority of color and shape are elevated in the head and not a balanced arch. The width and density of the head of the catfish returns the sonar echo faster and with a stronger signal than does the rest of the fish's body being softer and more narrow. In the illustration you see a basic shape that highlights how a catfish may present. White bass present as a more balanced arch with the color near the center of the arch.


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Re: There are no hard and fast rules to reading sonar [Re: Capt Craig] #12826962
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Originally Posted By: Capt Craig
Fish produce certain arches and shapes. Catfish produce a very noticeable cobra shape where the majority of color and shape are elevated in the head and not a balanced arch. The width and density of the head of the catfish returns the sonar echo faster and with a stronger signal than does the rest of the fish's body being softer and more narrow. In the illustration you see a basic shape that highlights how a catfish may present. White bass present as a more balanced arch with the color near the center of the arch.


Wow you know your stuff amigo


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Re: There are no hard and fast rules to reading sonar [Re: RespectTheFish] #12827208
07/13/18 12:20 PM
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With the way yours is set up, would that be scattered shad over the fish? Or since they are not balled up are they just smaller cats or perch?

Re: There are no hard and fast rules to reading sonar [Re: RespectTheFish] #12827221
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Yep there were lots of scattered shad over the schools and in top half of the water column. The shad in these examples are the small spread out red specks.


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Re: There are no hard and fast rules to reading sonar [Re: RespectTheFish] #12827222
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Y’all ever been in a school of gars? Most easily recognizable fish on sonar

Re: There are no hard and fast rules to reading sonar [Re: Notaguide] #12827407
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I have a few times! That is cool! I saw one on side imaging yesterday that must have been a big 5 footer longnose. Long skinny solid arc hovering lol. Have you ever hooked one?? I caught about a 4 footer a few months ago and it didn’t fight as hard as a hybrid but put on a big show jumping out of the water!? Pretty cool deal!


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Re: There are no hard and fast rules to reading sonar [Re: RespectTheFish] #12829753
07/15/18 11:47 PM
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Nice! Thank you!

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