Sonar Skills

Most anglers love to catch fish, yet there’s separation between the two. To improve odds, anglers need to find fish. In some situations the finding is done by eye in cleaner water, other times too deep or dirty to spot fish. Sonars are the main ‘electronic device’ used to locate fish unable to be seen by eye.

The ability of fish finding electronics is improving almost beyond belief yet the hurdle existing for many anglers is how to read the information displayed by the unit. The images appearing on LCD screen are valuable as it’s live and current information. Unless processed and understood becomes the lost link between angler and fish.

Side imaging technology provides anglers with incredible fishing advantage. Knowing how it works will put many more fish on deck.

High level sonar skill is a massive advantage and if you ask any successful fisherman they highlight their sonar as a key player in producing results. To catch fish, we need to find fish. Once located, a concentrated level of effort is required in accurately pinpointing their position, identifying size, type and even counting the number present.

A mix of sonar shots, underwater video and graphic overlays help explain sonar. All this is found in the online training course.

With the use of modern graphics, drones, underwater film from both estuary and blue water, a mixture of sonar footage and screen snapshots I designed an online sonar training course covering how to understand sonar and interpret images displayed on the screen.

A large school of metre-plus Queenfish are detected using sonar, further explained using moving graphic overlays, then teased with a hookless bait, all in one flowing scene to help explain image interpretation.

The concept puts refined sonar knowledge in your hands, allowing better decision making. Imagine driving away from fish you didn’t know were present because of misinterpreted information or worse still, spending hours searching without tuning the unit to even show fish.

Anglers that dive have a great understanding of the underwater world, mixing that knowledge with sonar information takes the game to a whole new level because the underwater knowledge can be cross-referenced with the sonar info. Not every angler wants to jump in the water. Crocs, sharks; they can  stop the diving experience and therefore the underwater chapter is never revealed……but it’s valuable.

This sonar course showcases many different species filmed underwater, showing their behaviour, schooling habits and common sizes- this alone simply helps interpret images.

A Spanish mackerel’s swim behaviour is showed with the sonar’s signal and explains how their images can display. Knowing their behaviour is essential. Spooky fish won’t show up on screen the same as relaxed fish.

Queensland groper, cod, barramundi, black Jew, mangrove Jack, king threadfin, grunter, GTs, large-mouth nannygai and mackerel are recorded in easy to view, calm underwater scenes. The building blocks for sonar skills are strengthened with every key element.

Side imaging sonar is a modern, powerful fish finding tool. My vessel is decked with Humminbird Helix 10 sonar, a hard-earned purchase. This course has no links to sponsorship, paid comment or product placement. The core of the training course hinges of image interpretation and how to tune units to improve images. Regardless of the brand you own this course content will develop your understanding of how sonars work, learning about sonar beams, tuning sonars to specific situations, image interpretation- the main focus, plus processing things such as scroll speed, boat speed, interference and anything else that affects the final picture)

One of the biggest skills is knowing where a sounded object is in relation to the boat’s position.

There are 22 training videos contained in the course, plus a sonar forum to personally discuss your sonar questions in detail.

Side imaging sonar, down scan, 2D traditional sonar, plus much more is explained in this course.

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A school of barramundi detected at 14.2 knots using side imaging technology.


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