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If so what do they look like?
Nice. My 360 Imaging works pretty good for locating beds. About to pickup a Garmin 73sv UHD for my lil boat.I've been catching some gooderns lately using my Garmin UHD 93sv. Check my threads...
I am doing something that may be new to some: using side imaging when anchored and sitting still. The transducer is mounted on my trolling motor, which I steer with a long tiller on my kayak. When anchored, I slowly pan, or "sweep" the TM with the tiller, which rotates the transducer beam in a "sweep", to see exactly where the bed is before I cast. If you do it just right, it works great. If your install allows you to turn the transducer, try it. Here are some pics:
In this pic, I am not moving the tiller, and the boat is sitting still. The beds are on the right, and "smeared" into streaks from scanning the same slice of water over and over. However, the fish ARE moving, so you can see four fish at 28 and one at 35.
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In this pic the beds are on the left, and I slowly and smoothly turned the TM in an arc to pick up the beds and fish.
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Here is a nice "panned" shot. The little dots in the "craters" are shellcrackers on bed.
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Notice boat speed is zero in these pictures.
I have tons more pics of bream beds. PS, I have bird Mega+ SI on the big boat, and it looks great, but this Garmin UHD on my kayak is getting the job done very nicely, and runs PLS, too.
I'm about ready to say to **** with my side imaging and locate beds the old-fashioned way: find a couple rednecks anchored down in shallow water in a beat up river boat. Works every time.
Was fishing with my uncle years back and tearing them up. Was anchored and fishing toward the bank about 15 feet away. A couple of guys pulled up and anchored between us and the bank. I could have almost stepped in their boat from ours. My uncle didn't say a word. He reached in his cooler, took out what was left in his pint of liquor and guzzled it down. He put the cap back on it and tossed it in the water between the boats, reached down and picked up his .357 magnum, looked at me and said, "I bet I can hit that." Before I could even think he shot at it and blowed water all over them in the other boat. You would have thought the river was on fire the way they left. I won't ever forget that. Scared me to death, because I knew where the next one was going. He was an old Marine Door Gunner in Vietnam and had been shot down twice. Didn't take much to bad manners. He died of cancer last year and there isn't a day goes bye I don't miss him, especially during fishing season.