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Old 06-29-2008, 01:05 PM
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Default Learn to Read Your Fish Finder (w/many pics)

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This post is an answer to chcman74 thread, but I didn't want it to get lost, because I've been receiving many questions on the correct way to set up a fish finder, plotter, GPS. This should help anglers read the fish finder and to stop fishing dead water....and save some gas money.

chcman74: A good sonar unit (fish finder) is the most important tool when it comes to catching fish.It will save you time, money, and you wont be fishing dead water once you learn how to set it up and read it.
...when I do see fish on my screen how do I know when they are rock?
If your electronics is set up correctly, and you get on fish start fishing and see what you catch, while keeping an eye on your fish finder and noting what the marks look like. After doing this numerous times you will be able to distinguish the species of fish you're on.
Is there a way of distinguishing a school of rock from say alot of catfish or maybe a school of large perch?

A school of 18 to 24 inch striped bass (from Thursdays trip, 6/27/08)

One of the many fish caught on this school of stripers (6/27/08)

Another fish caught out of this school (6/27/08)

Large striped bass mostly 40" or larger (CBBT Jan 2008)

John Keeler holding a fish from this school

White perch outside the Choptank River

School of white perch in the Inner Harbor Baltimore
Locate the fish finder where it's possible to see it at all times.....then keep an eye on it while your catching fish.
Tight Lines,

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