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  1. #1
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    Aug 2006
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    Grand Rapids, MI
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    Humminbird Side Imaging and Lowrance StructureScan

    Has anyone found this type of imaging to be helpful for Great Lakes Salmon Fishing?

  2. #2
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    Jan 2011
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    howell mi.
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    No idea, i was wondering the same thing.
    thought about what a help this could be for browns in the spring & steel head in the top of the offshore waters.
    wish i could afford such a system, cause i would buy it in a heart beat, (born sucker for fishing stuff )
    hope someone has some good input on this.

  3. #3
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    Hummingbird Over 60-80 ft no. Cool to play with though.
    <img src=http://i224.photobucket.com/albums/dd34/floorboy1/Seacraft/seacraft20logo.gif border=0 alt= /> 23' Seacraft Tsunami/Sceptre.

  4. #4
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    cannonsburg MI
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    When I bought my Lowrance they said side imaging don't do you any good in the big lakes. I don't know myself because I got it late last year. I bought it for walleyes in cotton or hardy ponds!!!
    ~Rollin' in the waves~

  5. #5
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    Jan 2012
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    Little Chute, WI
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    I havenít had my boat out for salmon yet but I will as soon as the ice goes out. Anyway Iíve had the lowrance with structure scan for 2 years now and the downscan locates pods of baitfish easier than a unit without the structure scan. It is easier to tell baitfish from clutter on the screen. Like I said I havenít used it for salmon but Iíve used it on the bay of Green Bay for musky and walleye. Iíve also used it to find suspended baitfish on inland lakes. The sidescan option seems to work the best when Iím fishing in rivers. You can see everything on the bottom of the river including the couplings on the pipe that lay a crossed the river bottom.

  6. #6
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    Aug 2008
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    South Dakota
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    I have it and used it quite a bit on the big lake. Sidescan is pretty worthless over 60ft as Floorboy said. However, the downscan function is pretty awesome when you run over a shipwreck. My biggest issue with it is the fact that I cannot see my downrigger weights (I can see them with normal sonar(Cone vs perpindicular slice of the water)). I usualy run one side of the unit on downscan (For fun) and the other on regular HDS sonar (For fish). Works out well....

  7. #7
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    Mar 2005
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    I have a 1157c with the sidescan, it only works in shallow, when I should be turning the whole thing off anyways. I like all the bells and whistles, the abilty to punch in different sonar applications. Its well thought out. I havent seen a different unit that I'd trade mine for yet, maybe an upgrade though.
    Jeff Eck
    The Rodfather
    Out of Michigan City.
    www.therodfathercharterfishing.com

  8. #8
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    Jan 2006
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frigatedog View Post
    I have a 1157c with the sidescan, it only works in shallow, when I should be turning the whole thing off anyways. I like all the bells and whistles, the abilty to punch in different sonar applications. Its well thought out. I havent seen a different unit that I'd trade mine for yet, maybe an upgrade though.
    I'm pretty sure you meant 1197. The 1157, or any unit with a 5 in the second to last number, doesn't have side scan to my knowledge.

    I think this technology really hasn't hit the trolling community yet. It was huge on the bass tours and in the salt water market, but we typically are trolling over 60' of water up here on the Great Lakes. I also think the guys who are using it are on the hush.

    Here's my take on it. Will it be useful every trip out? No, but if you are fishing above 60-80' I think it will help you scan out to the side looking for bait balls. If you can see a bait ball that you just missed with your regular sonar you can turn into it, and possibly put a fish or two in the boat that you would have probably never been given the opportunity to run a lure in front of.

    We are looking forward to trying this during the upcoming season.
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