Probes and flashers, marine electronics aids for fishing
It is no longer strange to see in a medium-sized vessel a screen with large digits and horizontal and vertical marks that reflect the outline of the bottom and the presence of fish. The probes and GPS are the help fallen from the sky when it comes to locating the fish and knowing the ideal structure and the seabed for which we sail. It is true that practically all the boats destined to the fishing of predators (and also some of cyprinids) have included in their equipment one, or even two sonars, but ...
How many of these electronic devices are used at 50 percent of their possibilities?
It is too common to hear comments like: "this pileup is wrong" or "mark fish where there are none". In the end, the echo sounders become a pure aesthetic complement, because we must recognize that they "dress a lot", but they are underutilized by system.
Installation, breakdowns and maintenance of fishing probes
How to fish with fishing probesA good electrical installation will solve many of the most common problems for the owner of a probe or GPS . A thick wiring that connects the terminals of the battery with our power distribution panel is a stream of electricity that arrives without interference and with a clear signal. Most problems with electronic devices are due to poor power or interference from other appliances that receive electricity. A current tester is a highly effective tool, which will indicate at all times if power arrives at our device and, most importantly, what voltage it has.
Another extreme care must be taken with the cable that goes from our probe to the transducer, which is in charge of issuing and receiving signals. Special attention we will keep with the connection of the wiring, since it should not be stepped by anyone in the boat or imprisoned by other elements. It must be firmly attached to prevent it from moving. If we decide to mount the transducer stuck to the foot of the electric motor , we must carefully trace its trajectory and try before leaving the house that it is not crushed when lifting and lowering the electric motor. It must also be taken into account that the foot of the electric is the moving part and that the cable of the probe remains stuck to it, in such a way that every time we turn the electric path, the cable will stretch to the compass.
You have to leave some slack in the cable to avoid tensions that could damage it. The best guide in everything that refers to the wiring is that it is firmly fixed in the necessary points, but not tense. The transducer located in the electric motor must be taken with an adjustable washer, but with the special precaution of not over tightening, as it could damage this element. This way, in case of a strong blow on the transducer, it could move and not split. If we decide to place it in the transom of our boat (where they are placed most of the time) we must take into account the situation of our outboard or outboard motor and the design of the hull. The engine causes turbulence, not only the propeller, but the shaft itself,
Well confusing these turbulences with obstacles or fish
By flashing the image on the screen
In general, the transducer must be positioned with respect to the horizontal of the base of the helmet with a downward inclination of 5 to 10 degrees.
Golden rules to keep in mind for your GPS and fishing sonars
Not everything that appears in the water is captured by a probe, but everything that appears on its screen is in the water.
The principle of sonar is based on the difference in density of the bodies. The water has a different density than the obstacle or fish that are in it, so the probe detects and interprets it. In shallow areas (less than three meters), greater precision in the definition of the reading is required. To do this, we will select the manual menu and activate the zoom. The wiring depends on a perfect transmission of data. If it is damaged or pinched, replace it with a new one and do not try to repair it with electrical tape. You have to look for different obstacles depending on the season, since the bass also has its preferences. After the spawning, the black bass prefers deep zones with trees, while in autumn, we will find it in very rumpled vaults. The metal terminals that end up in the probe can appear stained with a green or white layer. A toothbrush and alcohol will make these incrustations disappear, causing a poor connection.
Heat and dust are enemies of electronic devices, so it is convenient to avoid them by protecting them conveniently. Changes in temperature also have their effects, causing condensation and stains on the liquid screen. A good electrical system goes through a good wiring and an overvoltage safety system, provided by a cheap and effective fuse. Do not forget routine checks of your state, and an assortment of spare fuses. The fuse should be as close as possible to the battery. A maintenance on time prevents further breakdowns and, what is exasperating, that everything fails when we are fishing or sailing and we do not find the solution to our problem. The reservoir is the worst scenario to try to fix what is missing. The transducer should be cleaned with a brush and water with a neutral soap if the dirt is heavily embedded. Normally small pieces of decomposed vegetation or silt are the ones that dirty the receiver and rubbing it with a toothbrush will make the attached material jump.
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The screen of our sonar is made of glass, so we will use a glass cleaner and a cotton cloth with the precaution of not pressing too much. By the way, a good tip for those who keep the boat in a place where dogs are present is to protect the transducer from their teeth, as it can serve as a perfect toy to gnaw and with which to quench their boredom. One day a friend of mine kept his boat for a few days in the garage of another acquaintance and discovered how the rottweiler who was there had been "entertained" with the receiver.
Better nautical electronics for fishing
Nautical electronics for fishing One of the best advances in this type of electronic devices appears with the Grayline function carried by the mid-to-high range models of Humminbird or Garmin multifunction equipment. This function was developed in the fifties by a British firm and was created to allow professional fishermen to locate fish that feed on the bottom. Activating this function we can know the composition of the bottom, if this one is soft or hard, that is to say, if where we are fishing there is mud, algae, rocks, etc. It is based on the type of echoes received from the background and, depending on its intensity, its composition is known. The background will appear with two superimposed tones, one clearer corresponding to areas of mud or soft materials, like sand, and the other darker, corresponding to a gravel or rock floor.
And this for what can be useful?
Very easy, if we fish in the spawning season, a soft material soil will be chosen for the bass to make its nest, while if the bottom is hard, we will not find the fish there. Simple and true at the same time. In the case that we use a side sweep transducer located at the base of our electric motor, we must understand its possibilities regarding the limitations, since at speeds above 10 miles per hour they do not give an efficient reading.
Another aid that the probes give to the fisherman is the detection of thermo-climates that mark the limit of two bodies of water with different temperatures. To detect a thermo-climate, especially in the summer, you have to adjust the sensitivity of the probe to the maximum possible. The thermo-climate is shown as a broad line on our screen and the utility of finding it is based on the fact that fish like to be close to it for reasons of comfort or feeding. The mode of operation of a probe is common in all of them and is one of those many inventions copied from nature, since bats and dolphins have been using it many millions of years before us. All the sonars have a menu button with which you can access different functions or programs.
Our navigation security will also depend on a probe. If we do not know the reservoir, we must look for it not only to look for fish but also to find the right structure. We can set a surface alarm (for example, 3 meters) with which we will be notified if it detects an area of scarce draft in which we could get hooked. In the same way, the depth alarm function will reveal uncertainties for fishing in areas with little abrupt terrain. Both alarms are set in meters and are very useful for the fisherman.
Interpretation of GPS and fishing probes
A probe marks a signal on the screen that the fisherman interprets as real. It is about making sense of what is reflected on the screen, of deciphering a reality. With the arrival of new technologies, nautical electronics is enriched by the use of more sophisticated and effective means with which to obtain results as close as possible to reality. It is at this moment that the syllogism of "what exists is what I see" appears. A faithful reflection of that reality is the use of a video camera and, although in the short and medium term it will not suppose a relief of the liquid crystal display, it can be a reality in the long term. A while ago, a device that consists of a monitor and two video cameras that collect the underwater images that are reflected on the monitor was presented in the United States.
So we can see what is below the hull of our boat as shown in reality
In my opinion, a video camera is another tool to help the fisherman. It involves a transformation of a means or channel of communication such as could be when the radio was invented and then television appeared. It is a modification of a channel, without more, now well, with a tremendous impact since reality is now shown more alive, without spots on the screen display of our probe.
What effects can it have on sport fishing?
If we think at some point that it can contribute to ending fishing, the answer is no. The sport fisherman of the present and the future is a responsible person and if he now returns the fish to the water, once achieved and in his hand, the fact that he can capture them more easily (if that is the help of the video camera ) will not mean that you change your attitude and keep the fish from that moment.
Most frequent errors in the use of fishing probes
How to fish with fishing probes The probe not only shows its help for fishing in areas of great depth. The shallower waters are also susceptible to being fished with sonar. Fishing in shallow areas tend to think that the bottom level is linear when suddenly we see a depression on our screen. In it a fish takes refuge. On the road it is advisable to disassemble and store the probe to avoid shocks, dust and high temperatures that can damage the electronic heart of our device. If the probe does not read correctly, you must look for the fault in an excessive speed of the boat or an incorrect angle of the transducer. It tends to think wrongly that a sonar emits a conical signal when this is not the case. There are a series of secondary beams in the form of lobes that accompany this conical shape,
Another issue would be if that fisherman had to live thanks to the benefits that would be the sale of fish, which logically would have to think about industrial fishing and of course in another different scenario: the sea. And as for the help that sport fisherman can receive in getting more and better pieces, the answer is yes. Now, let no one be enlightened by ideas, since we should not confuse what is a tool with the panacea or the goose that lays the golden eggs, since, for a lot of small camera, who continues and will continue to extract the fish, is the fisherman. Let's not forget that technologies help development, but to date they have not succeeded in supplanting human performance at a hundred percent, since at some point they need the hand of man.And in sport fishing, it will remain that way. If we find a fish thanks to the help of our underwater video camera, it will not be the one that makes you bite, but us. And remember that man is a very clumsy species in an alien environment such as aquatic where we can not develop capabilities without the help of machines.
A boat, like a video camera, is an aid in fishing and you have to give it the value it has without any more. Nobody has guaranteed fishing because they have better tools, although their help is unquestionable. The day a video camera assures me fishing, and that I cancel my participation as a fisherman, I will leave this sport and look for new challenges that continue forming me as a person and that stimulate me every day.