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    Bad Influence II

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  1. The Magnum metal for the money are hard to beat. Price is right, compact design and all metal construction would make for a good choice. I have Traxstech on my boat and wouldn't trade them for any other. They have none of the issues that are mentioned about other manufactures and many additional and useful functions. Every fisherman who has been on my boat and used them seems to agree. The big downside is the price tag. As others have said they are all good today it just comes down to what features and specifics that are important to you.
  2. Rumor has it there is a pair that flew off a boat on 81 yesterday
  3. https://fishhawkelectronics.com/content/X4-X4D_Manual_Web_2-27-2020.pdf See Trouble shooting section.
  4. From the Fishhawk manual. "Mount the Fish Hawk Transducer as far away as possible from other transducers that operate within 20 kHz of the 70 kHz Fish Hawk Transducer" So anything from 50-90 khz will have interference if not separated enough as the signal/cone angle can overlap. The deeper the water the more chance over overlap as the cone widens.
  5. Shallower water I'll leave on auto. Deep water, deep targets I adjust on the fly. I have a screen at the stern of the boat as well as my FH & troll controller so I don't need to go to the wheel for anything.
  6. Fished last night from 290-350. Fish were deep. 100-220 down. Took this shot you can see DR ball on Starboard side at 140 down and no problems marking fish. SOG shows 1.5 but was running 2.2- 2.5 at the ball for reference. Port side rigger out of the cone at that speed/depth but at normal fishing depth it gets both balls as shown in the bottom picture. If you look at the bottom picture on the top rigger line you can see the ball and my Fish hawk probe making separated returns. When I fish cheated spoons they can also be made out as a separate return. Having the transducer adjusted right is the key. The RV 100 marks fish and bait at speed better than any other transom mount transducer I have had. So many times while heading to a spot and I stopped or turned because of what I was seeing on the graph while running.
  7. In 2018 the 11' Green Hornet & Green Goblin (Hot chip & Pro-chip) caught fish day in & day out all summer! It was in my starting line up everyday regardless of conditions. In 2019 not so much, but then during stager season last year it shined! Glow white paddle also produces well, if I'm on top of fish as the sun goes down it goes down! We all use glow baits, UV, chrome etc to create attraction, flash and be visible from a distance so why not a small intermittent light? They certainly have their days as do other lures, just one more tool in the chest.
  8. Yes use zoom primarily. Range is adjustable when in the RV sonar mode for width distance.
  9. A-scope is in your sonar setting. Turn it on. When zoomed in on a depth range it will give a band on the side of the screen that will still show surface to bottom, anything picked up by the sonar will show in this band. Ill take some screen shots next time out deep if I remember. Below is a shot in 100 fow. As you can see the depth range is zoomed in the bottom 60 fow (40' down to 100') But the band on the right of the screen is whole water column. The A-scope is partially cut off in this photo. But if you see something in your A-scope that is out of your target range on the main screen you can slide the A-scope up or down to display it on main part of the screen. Also the deeper I am the faster I increase the scroll speed.
  10. When fishing deeper zoom in on the depth range you are targeting and crank up the gain. Use the A scope to see fish out of the target range or use split screen with different ranges on each.
  11. Are you not picking up bottom or not marking deep fish? I have the same Transducer. Only use 2D for trolling deep, no problem picking up bottom offshore or marking deep fish. Has to be angle of the transducer or placement. I do loose bottom when running at speed in deeper water but once I slow down it comes back in.
  12. Took these this morning. 10 minutes apart.
  13. Summer Sausage! The future of meat fishing
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