What is a Kayak Fish Finder ?

What is a Kayak Fish Finder ?

By Ray B Spencer

Those of us who have gone fishing know how tedious and time consuming it can be looking for that all important “bite” on the fishing hook. Fishing can be described as an activity that tests ones patience to the limit.
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Glossary Of Terms

Below is a list of terms commonly used with a fish finder whether it be Lowrance, Humminbird, Eagle, etc. These terms should help you better understand your fish finders and also assist in setting up and rectifying most of your problems.

Acquisition Time: The time it takes for your GPS to acquire a fix on your position.

Actual Sonar Returns: The targets you get displayed as arches on your screen when the Fish I.D. is turned off.

Advanced Fish Symbol I.D.™:
Part of the Lowrance system which when turned on automatically interprets sonar echoes and displays them as fish symbols. Also known as Fish I.D.

Advanced Signal Processing (ASP™):
Component of the Lowrance system which automatically fine tunes your sonar settings for clarity and accuracy.
ASP™ is a noise rejection system that evaluates and constantly adjusts for speed, water conditions and interference. It takes into account equipment like bilge pumps, engine ignition, wiring and air bubbles on the transducer. Reducing unwanted marks on the display.

Alarms: The sounds you hear so you don’t have to keep looking at the screen. These can be turned on or off or set for certain events. Usually 3 different sonar alarms, Fish Alarm, Zone Alarm and Depth Alarm. Of course if the fish alarm goes off its reading an echo of a fish (Maybe) It will sound on other echos. The Zone Alarm is a bar on the side of the screen and any echo inside the bar triggers an alarm. The depth alarm goes off if your current position is outside the shallow or deep setting you have selected.

Altitude: Height above sea level.

Backlight: Is the illumination of the screen which is best used at night or in low light.

Bearing (BRG): The exact compass direction from where you are to the next waypoint.

Turbulence which creates air bubbles around your transducer. The signal from the transducer is then reflected back and creates noise which interferes with your echoes making it impossible or difficult to see fish, bottom and structures.

Chart Speed:
Speed at which your picture scrolls across the screen.

Clock:The actual time that it is.

Cold Start:
The time it takes your GPS receiver to power up, search and lock onto the satellites. This may take some time because it is looking for your approximate present position, local time and date.

Lowrance component that separates fish and structures on or near the bottom from the actual bottom.

Course Deviation Indicator:
This shows you your distance to the side of the actual course line.

Course Over Ground:
Current direction you are actually travelling.

Cross Track Error (XTE):
Digital reading on your GPS steering screen indicating exactly how far you are off course from the center.

Differential GPS (DGPS):
The international maritime standard created by the U.S. Coast Guard to improve GPS accuracy to 10 meters. Requires and added beacon receiver to communicate with the standard GPS unit.

Distance (DIS):
Distance remaining between your present position and a waypoint.

Distance To Go (DTG):
Indicates in a digital readout the remaining distance from your present position and a waypoint.

Estimated Position Error (EPE):
A calculation using geometry, satellite position, time clock offset, satellite signal quality and more to estimate the accuracy of your positon.

Estimated Time En-Route (ETE):
Using your speed and direction a calculation is made to estimate the time to the next waypoint or pre-selected waypoint.

Event Marker:
Using an icon, a graphic symbol is placed on the display to represent an interesting event to be reviewed at a later time.

FasTrack™ (Lowrance):
A standard feature which displays flasher-style sonar in a vertical column on the right of the screen.

Film SuperTwist:
The technology used by Lowrance on their Liquid Crystal Display. It provides excellent screen reading in direct sunlight, backlighting at night and from any angle.

Fish Arches:
The boomerang shapes displayed on your screen which indicate fish.

Fish Symbol I.D.™ (Lowrance):
See Advanced Fish Symbol I.D. TURN THEM OFF!!! You will see a better representation of what’s really under you if you don’t use fish symbols.

Fish I.D.™ (Humminbird):
When a target is detected and Fish ID is on a Fish ID+ symbol with depth is displayed. The size of the symbol shows the strength of the sonar return.

Fish Reveal™ (Lowrance):
10 adjustable levels of gray tones to help you expose fish in surface debris, thermocline and weed beds when using actual sonar returns.

Fish Track™ (Lowrance):
You have to have the Advanced Fish I.D.™ and Fish Track™ on for this to work. It gives the displays the digital depth above each fish symbol.

A quality measurement of your receiver’s position. 1 is poor, 9 is good.

Combination of scrolling sonar graph, digital LCD flasher and GRAYLINE® or COLORLINE™. It puts all the information on your screen in the two most popular formats.

A floating transducer used when fishing from shore.

Global Positioning System (GPS):
Owned and operated by the U.S. Department of Defense and is a set of satellites orbiting the earth allowing people to pinpoint their location.

Grayline® (Lowrance)
Patented feature used to distinguish between hard and soft bottoms.

Ground Speed (GS)
Actual speed you are moving in a certain amount of time.

Locates and displays fish at higher boat speeds with more soundings per second.

A graphic symbol placed on the plotter screen to mark an interesting event.

The procedure that occurs when the new GPS receiver is turned on for the first time.

Magnetic North
The location your compass points. It is located in Canada, several hundred miles to the south of the true north.

MGRS (Military Grid Reference System)
An alphanumeric version of a numerical Universal Transverse Mercator grid coordinate.

Visual clutter that appears on the display caused by unwanted signals being picked up by the fish finder.

Output Power
The electrical energy applied to the transducer by the sonar transmitter.

Parallel-Channel Receiver
Your GPS tracks multiple satellites to give you the fastest, most reliable, accurate information under the worst weather conditions.

Peak to Peak
Describes the output power of your sonar transmitter.

Active sonar creates a pulse of sound, often called a “ping”, and then listens for reflections (echo) of the pulse. The PING works by transmitting an ultrasonic (well above human hearing range) burst and providing an output pulse that corresponds to the time required for the burst echo to return to the sensor. By measuring the echo pulse width the distance to target can easily be calculated.

Ping Speed
Ping Speed controls the rate at which the transmitter and transducer sonar sound waves — Pings — into the water.

Pixels or “picture elements”
Are colored or gray dots that form shapes on a liquid crystal display the more the better.

Plotter Display
Using your waypoints and markers your given a “bird’s eye view” of your current position and the shortest route to a chosen waypoint.

Present Position
Where you are now in terms of latitude and longitude coordinates, displayed in degrees/minutes/thousandths of a minute.

Pulse Length
The amount of time the sonar transmits a pulse into the water.

Root Mean Square

The combination of two or more waypoints.

The manual way to adjust your fish finder. The Advanced Signal Processing (ASP™) does this automatically.

Speed/Temp Sensors
you can digitally display surface water temperature, boat speed and distance.

All solid objects rising from the bottom that aren’t part of the actual bottom.

Areas where layers of warm water meet cool water.

Time To Go (TTG)
A digital reading showing the time left from where you are now to the next waypoint.

Track (TRK)
The direction you are travelling.

The Main sensor that sends out sound waves and receives echoes that get displayed on the screen. An improperly installed transducer will give you nothing but problems. The transducer surface (face) must remain in contact with the water at all times. It will not transmit or receive thru air. Air bubbles across the surface will also distort readings, therefore it is best to avoid placement near hull ribs and thru-hull fittings. The best position is located where the hull and transom meet and as near to the center of the transom as allowed. Basically there are two types of transducers a 50 khz and a 200khz.

True North
The top of the world and is not to be confused with magnetic north.

UTC Coordinated Universal Time:
Time at the Prime Meridian at Greenwich, England.

Universal Transverse Mercator

Your battery voltage running your fish finder. Most fish finders quit or erratically work when voltage drops below 9 volts.

A spot, destination or location that can be stored in device memory which can be recalled at a later date.

Wide Area Augmentation System is a satellite navigation system designed by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration to increase the accuracy of GPS satellite navigation. It was originally created for aviation applications and because of satellite configuration you may experience a loss of signal in North America.

Feature that allows you to enlarge the sonar or gps map display for a closer look at the details.

Fish Finder Manuals

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Fish Finder Manuals

Fish Finder Manuals are designed so that you can find the information you need quickly and easily, so that you spend more time boating and fishing than reading.

How does SONAR work?

SONAR(SOund NAvigation RAnging)
Sound moves thru water at about 4920 feet/second (almost a mile).

Your fish finder measures the amount of time it takes for the sound pulse it sends out to travel to the bottom and back.

In simple terms your fish finder acts first like a speaker (sending the sound out) and then switches over to a microphone (picking the sound up).

Now anything that gets in the path, sends back an echo which can be interpreted by your fish finders electronics as bottom, fish, rocks, logs.

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Humminbird Fish Finder Manuals
Fishing Buddy IceFlasher Series Inside Hull Mount Matrix 10 – 37
Matrix 15 Matrix 25 Matrix 35 Matrix 47
Matrix 55 and 65 Matrix 67 GPS Matix 77C Matrix 87C
Matrix 97 GPS 100 SX 200 DX Dual 141C Fish Finder
Humminbird 161 Humminbird 323 343C 363 GPS
383C GPS 500 Series 580 Fish Finder 595C Fish Finder
717 and 727 737 GPS 747 and 777C2 757-787C GPS
767 GPS 797C2 GPS 858C, 8988C SI 917C SI Combo
931C,931DF,937c,937D 947C 997C SI Combo 981
1155C 1157C and 1197C
Lowrance Fish Finder Manuals
It doesn’t matter if you are a novice or a pro angler, you will find that your Lowrance Fish Finder/GPS is easy to use and capable of handling all your navigation and sonar needs. The manuals are designed so that you can find the information you need quickly and easily, so that you spend more time boating and fishing than reading. In fact all Lowrance sonars have an auto mode that finds and displays the bottom, fish, structures and more right out of the box.
Lowrance LCX19 LCX 104C LCX 110C,111C LCX 112C,113C
LCX 25C,26C HD LCX 27C,LCX 28C LCX 37C,LCX 38C LMS 320
Lowrance X51 Lowrance X65 Lowrance X67C Lowrance X125
Eagle Fish Finder Manuals

Your unit is a high-quality sonar designed for both professional and novice fishermen. All Eagle sonars have an automatic mode that finds and displays the bottom, fish, underwater structure and more – right out of the box. All you have to do is press the on (PWR) key.

Eagle Cuda 128 Cuda 242 Cuda 300 Eagle FishMark 320
Sea Finder 500C
Miscellaneous Manuals
Fishing Knots Manual Filtering Electrical Interference
If you are having a hard time understanding the terminology used in your fish finder manual, I would suggest you visit our Glossary page by clicking here. I am sure the information will aid in clarifying your understanding and assist in getting the optimum results which after all
is to catch more fish.





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t doesn’t take much to get the party started with the new Storm® Arashi® Vibe. Even the slowest retrieve speed will elicit shimmies and shakes from Storm’s new lipless crankbait, spurring even the most wallflower of fish to bump and grind it between their jaws.

Talk about putting out a good Vibe.

“Being able to fish it extremely slow is very advantageous,” says Brandon Palaniuk, five-time Bassmaster Classic contender. “If you look at a lot of lipless crankbaits in a swimming pool, it takes a fair amount of speed to get them to impart any action. But the Vibe, as soon as you start turning the reel handle, that bait’s swimming.”

Featuring a soft-knock rattle, the Vibe emits a unique single-cadence, low-pitch sound that attracts attention without alarming tentative fish. “It’s a subtle, single-knock sound,” Palaniuk says. “Rather than a higher-pitch sound made by a bunch of BBs rattling around, it’s got one balance weight that’s a little bit loose — that creates the sound.”

Palaniuk loves to fish the Arashi Vibe parallel to grass edges and over the top of scattered vegetation. Both a steady retrieve and lift-fall technique can be effective. “When fish are using a grass line or grass patches to ambush prey, there’s not many baits better,” he says. “The fish are keyed in on those baitfish and looking up.”

Ticking the edge or top of the grass and pulling free with a jerk of the rod often triggers bites — and from bigger fish.

“When you rip the Vibe out of the grass, it’s going to come out really clean and come straight up and back down — it’s not going to blow out,” Palaniuk says. “Then, when I continue my retrieve, I can detect any subtle differences in the bait. So if a fish slaps at the bait and causes it to lose action, they’ll actually knock slack in your line and you’re able to feel that a lot better.”

Not only does the Vibe start swimming at slower speeds than other lipless crankbaits, it falls slower too, according to Palaniuk. “So it allows you to be able to fish shallower water at a slower speed when that’s what you’re looking for,” he says.

Although many anglers fish lipless crankbaits mostly in the spring, when fish are first “pulling up” from deeper water and closer to shallow spawning areas, Palaniuk will fish a Vibe 12 months out of the year. “It’s really good when fish aren’t quite schooling on bait, but they’re relating to bait,” he says.

Rotated hook hangers, a feature of all baits in the Arashi family, ensure that the Vibe’s two sticky-sharp No. 3 Premium VMC® Black Nickel Hooks will grab fish and not let go. The rotated hook hangers improve action and prevent hang-ups as well. The Vibe also has a self-tuning line tie, another feature unique to the Arashi line of baits.

The Arashi Vibe measures 2 3/4 inches, weighs 9/16 ounces and comes in 14 color patterns: Hot Blue Shad, Bluegill, Blue Back Herring, Wakasagi Ghost Hitch, Green Gill, Rusty Craw, Mossy Chartreuse Craw, Red Craw, Black Silver Shad, Green Gold Shad, Copper Green Shad, Pro Blue Shad and Dirty Shad.

Palaniuk fishes a Vibe on 15-pound test 100 percent fluorocarbon a majority of the time. “If I want to fish it deeper, I may go down to 12-pound test or I may go up to 20 if I want to fish it shallower,” he says.

“Arashi” (Ah-Rah-Shee) means “Storm” in Japanese. Storm is one of many respected names in the Rapala® family of brands.


What is a Texas Rig?
“Fishing a Texas rig is very popular among bass fisherman, however, it can be used on other species as well. It is a technique used primarily for soft plastic baits.”

Bass Fishing With Carolina Rig
“Bass fishing with the Carolina Rig should be one of your first choices because it can be used as either a very simple rig or one with a multitude of rigging choices and because it is uncomplicated in nature.”

Trout Fishing Rigs
“What are trout fishing rigs?
Trout fishing rigs are simply pieces of terminal tackle and/or fishing hooks and baits that are rigged together and used when fishing for trout. “

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