Top Tips For Fishing Trips

While the saying states that there are plenty of fish in the sea, scientists have discovered that this is not actually true.  A study published in the Nature Communication journal found that mesopelagic fish which live 100 meters below the surface make up 95% of all the fish in the world.

The World Fishing Network reports that most deep-sea fishermen stick to a depth of 30 to 40 feet.  At this depth, there are many fish which could be reeled in, but there are some tips that you need to know to ensure you have a successful and enjoyable trip.

Go Out Early And Stay Late

You can increase the chances of getting the big catch of the day by leaving early.  Staying out later will also increase your chances as the number of people fishing decreases.  There is also the advantage that you will be able to spend the entire day out on the water.

Always Think Like A Fish

Any fisherman knows that finding the fish can be a challenge, but there are some simple tricks you can use in open water.  If the day is particularly hot you should look for shaded areas in the shallows or deep spots offshore.  In colder weather, you need to look at the shallows with the most sunlight.  You should also keep an eye out for schools of baitfish because the bigger fish will usually be right by them.

Follow The Birds

According to delta marina Bullfrog Marina one of the best ways for finding large fish that feed on schools of smaller fish is to follow the birds. You should keep an eye out for birds diving toward the water.  Once you spot these birds you should head in their direction because that is where you will find the fish.

Having A Professional Around

If you are new to the area or going out for the first time then you should consider hiring a professional to guide you on the open water.  You will be able to ask these professionals questions and get advice on what you should be doing.  Having a professional around will increase the chances of catching some fish.

Know Your Equipment

Having the right equipment such as good quality reels, chart recorders and sonar can increase your chances of catching fish.  Some pieces of fishing equipment will help you find the fish while others will help you reel them in.  Knowing how to use your equipment is essential to a successful fishing trip.

How to Choose a Fish Finder

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There are a lot of choices when it comes to fish finders today. How do you know which one to get? It comes down to understanding the differences between the different types available on the market. This is of course in conjunction with quality on each band.

The measurements of reflected pulses are displayed on fish finders, thereby allowing the fishermen to interpret data and to locate underwater debris, fish and the water depth.

Working of a fish finder

Fish finders are an important tool for anglers, whether fishing tournaments or sport. These instruments send a sonar signal beneath the water, which then bounces back off fish and other objects present under the surface. This signal that comes back will alert and notify whether a school of fish is present, the current depth and other information, even water tempture on some models.

The best fish finders come full of latest technologies and patterns that include high definition color screens, with features like sonar imaging and customized mapping.

Portable fish finders are also available that have GPS facilities as well.

Choosing the best fish finder

To choose a suitable fish finder, one needs to consider the unit type and specifications like:

  • Whether it needs GPS and a boat wide network
  • The size of the footprint of a fish finder
  • The image size of the display
  • Power requirement needed for transmission
  • Best frequencies that will work in the environment like coastal, inland or deep-water.
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Make a choice

Mostly three fish finder choices are there, which include:

  1. Standalone fish finder
  2. Combo fish finder
  3. Network fish finder

Below mentioned are some of the reasons to choose among them:

  • Standalone fish finder- As the name suggests, it performs no other function apart from its major task. It helps us to see what is there below the surface. These dedicated fish finders give the best performance and biggest display for the least costal environment. These are preferred when the size of the boat is small or particularly for fishing small inland lakes on a limited budget and lower costs.
  • Combination fish finder/chart plotter- In the case of a middle sized boat, combo units are the best options to choose from. These include a combo of GPS for navigation, a big split screen etc. A chart plotter can be turned into combo units with the introduction of transducer in between them.
  • Networked system- All the major suppliers supply fully networked system that supports a wide range of information sources that involves radar, raster, video, vector charts and XM satellite radio.

Most of them allow Wi-Fi/Bluetooth and can even be controlled from iPhone or android phones. They are greatly used in case of a medium sized or big vessels having capabilities that increase every year.

To select power and frequency range

The power or the strength of a fish finder is expressed in root mean square. Power is directly proportional to the quality that can be seen in slit-laden water that helps to see up to greater depths. A 500 watt fish finder comprises of a plenty of power for most of the coastal applications.

Fish finders can be operated using a single frequency, dual frequencies or a multi frequency transducer system.

In general, a higher frequency gives the finest resolution with the least background noise and the best view from a faster moving boat.

Style and Shape of a fish finder

Fish finders are available in various sizes and shapes, such as:

  • In-hull: These types of shapes are glued inside of the hull through silicone.
  • Trolling motor: Permanently installed inside of trolling motor are present in of the most popular fish finders.
  • Thu-hull: It provides the best quality signals, but most of us face challenges to install this style. It consists of temperature and depth sensors along with a speed paddle wheel.

I hope the above tips helps you in selecting the fish finder that works perfect for you.