How to read some of the less expensive fish finders that you find on the market and I m really not as confident as I wish I was on how to teach it. So I called a good friend of mine by the name of keith basset and he is going to show us how to read some of this less expensive lowrance. He goes around the straight and teaches classes on how to read them and about you to know how to read all the different sizes and all the different bring all the different models that Lowrance has. so I’m going to turn the time over to him and we’ll see what happens from there.
I request to discuss how to read one of the lesser expensive depth finders. It’s a lot similar to the ones that are on the higher end market but what we’re going to look at is different things from identifying what a fish is on your screen to identify in a heart structure. Such as rocks or stunts and even some brush piles. Today I brought with me two of the elite four series from Lowrance. I’ve got a DSI model which is your down scan imaging then I have the regular elite four which shows your basic sonar.
If we want to look at our traditional sonar here first which is color but remembers the old Kona Graff ones that we have now we have got them in color. If you look here you see all these arches right here and up on the screen from the 20 feet down those arches are the fish and that’s what you’re kind of looking for. when you are watching your finder trying to see where the fish are holding it .you see They are holding on top of this drop off right here right on the side and around the top.
Well, this drop off is as you can see how the color shows that you have a hard bottom. it looks like it’s probably going to be some rocks with some brush right in the between the two rock piles. So that’s what’s attracting the fish to that particular area. Alright, here as we came on across we see that as we have fish holding on both sides of these two stumps or trees. On the additional sonar, it’s a little harder to be able to differentiate between a stump and a tree when moved to the DSI version.
We’ll be able to see those a lot clearer and we’re coming across here we see that we have got a drop off with some brush pile sitting right on the edge of the drop-off. And then we got fish hanging on both sides of it. Now the way you tell this brush pile is by the lighter colors. You see you have got the brown underneath and then the green and stuff was on top that shows that you have got a brush pile there. You want to look for they are different colorations to tell you whether you have a soft or hard bottom.
All right we are going to move over now to the elite for DSI less. DSI stands for down scanning image and you have heard all the rage about the LSS structure scan box from Lowrance that goes with the HDS models. Well, they decided to take part of that technology and put it into one of their lesser expensive models. And that’s where we are going to get the Down scanning image in front your transducer gives you these pictures that you see here. It’s kind of like a 3d picture and as you see you are going down the lake.
You have come across something and on traditional sonar, this stick up here is going to look like a green block or tinge color blob. Now you see that it is actually a stick up some branches coming off of it. We are going to come on down and we’re going the lake and we’re looking at stuff and we see that we have got a tree. on top of that tree is some bait fish. So you see this clear as can be now with the down scanning imaging. We are on your traditional sonar you would have seen the green blob with another blob coming up above it like a cone.
So you’re down scanning image gives you the benefit of being able to see what you have on the bottom more clearly versus your traditional sonar what it will show. It is the as you’re going down now you see more stuff on the bottom and you can identify a rock pile. You don’t have to try differentiating between color palettes to see whether it’s a hard or soft body. it’s already showing you that it’s a hard rock on the bottom with a little stick coming up of it like a log that’s gotten jammed in there. Another thing that you can see really well a big blob of bait fish on the traditional sonar you’re going to see that is just a big color blob on your screen.
Here on the DSI you see that there’s a separation between the baitfish ball and bottom of the lake. The operation of the elite four DSI in the regular traditional sonar is very similar. They both have GPS mapping capabilities. They both have split screen capabilities to where you can have your map and your sonar on the page same time. You can only you can also pull up just a map screen. If that’s all you want if you are running off the compass. You can just pull up your compass there and you can follow your compass trip. one great thing about these elite series is they very simple to use that doesn’t take a whole lot to figure out how to navigate between your pages you got a little pages button on here .and then you just got to follow the screen to see the arrow to show you what page that you’re going to look at.
If I want split screen between my sonar my map. It tells me to push the down button I push the down button and I have got the map of my sonar up there. If I want to just look at a map of where I am at I pull up my map if I want to zoom into an area. All I got to do is keep zooming in with my plus button. and I can go all the way in and I can get contours of the lake on here. You go into your menu settings that you can do just like your bigger unit you can set up routes and trails and follow yourself around of where you have been and where you want to go they’re very simple to use go out buy one. Read the owner manual it will tell you to need to know.