Have you ever fished a hot spot only to have other boats hoard in on you? This can be very frustrating, but if you are one of the anglers on the water who has a side imaging sonar, consider yourself in a good position to keep the upper hand while the others watch you catch fish.
Here is the scenario: You’ve used your sonar to find fish holding in a certain area of the lake. You decide to stop and fish, and the action is great! You quickly get a couple in the boat, and the boat that is a couple hundred yards from you decides to creep in and check out this great fishing action. Since it’s only one boat, it’s not a big deal if they start catching them too, as long as they keep biting, who cares right? Well 3 more boats see what’s going on and they motor on over to try to get in while it’s hot. Before you know it, the fish have been spooked and nobody is catching anything…*insert quiet expletive here*
Here is where you can take advantage of the situation or whine and grumble your way to finding a new spot. Using your side imaging, work your way around the perimeter of the area using that wide side imaging you paid the money for. Chances are, the fish actually haven’t gone very far. You will be able to see a large area on your sonar screen and find those fish quickly before they leave you for good. Once you’ve located them, pan the arrow to the image of the fish on your screen and create a waypoint to their location. Casually move yourself to the waypoint(school of fish) and keep catching the fish while everyone wonders why you can find the fish so easily, and they can’t.
Staying one step ahead of the ‘sheep’ fisherman can help you get your limit, before the fish get spooked once again. Humminbird and Lowrance each have a number of fish finders that can give you this advantage. A quality outdoor store such as Cabela’s will have everything you need to help you be a catcher instead of a fisher.
My name is Brad Bolton, a husband and father of four. I live in Minnesota and I enjoy spending time in the outdoors and also spending time with my family. If there is water nearby, I want to fish it.