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Old 10-17-2006, 03:00 PM
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Fletch - 10/17/2006 2:33 PM

Sure thing. I like it. You're definitely dialed into the image manipulation better than I am. Show these guys some of the stuff you've already shown some of us on the other side.
Don't sell your self short bud your getting it down pretty good .

I'm hoping I've found a place that really likes to take things to the next level. The following are some recordings I've caprtured with my Lowrance LCX-104 and my LCX-111. I have both the Lowrance Transome mount 50/200khz, as well as the Airmar B-260 which is the 1KW shoot through transducer. I love them both but the Airmar kinda takes things to the next level no doubt. To date I've pegged the bottom with the Airmar at just under 2,200 feet. The following pics are some of both transducers.

The recording option that Lowrance has is truly amazing, and it has found me tons of new spots to fish that I never new existed. As I've stated before Lowrance is IMHO the finest quality depthfinder on the market. Not saying you equiptment is not great, but just take a look at what I mean.

If your not sure what the heck this post is all about or are wondering how to record just ask.

Enjoy




Notice the bait pod getting pushed up and the snapper feeding on them.












There's more to come
Old 10-17-2006, 03:11 PM
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This is a hump that has Concrete slabs and some serious coral. It's weird how it's seems to hold so many trash fish most of the year, but from time to time Vermilion snapper or a very large school of Sea Bass move in on it. This day it was the Sea Bass.




Here's a nice ledge that holds nice Mango's and during May/June the high side holds the muttons

Old 10-17-2006, 04:35 PM
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Alright, here's a few more...

This one shows the entire scene from surface to bottom. The depth here is around 70 ft. On the left, you can plainly see a ledge dropping off onto a hard sand bottom. The boat crossed the two ledges pretty much perpendicularly. The seperation showing the cave/undercut is plainly visible. To the right you can see a big rock with some fish holding tightly to it, followed by another ledge that rises back up off of the hard sand bottom. The undercut/cave is not as obvious on the ledge to the right. This was recorded on opening day of Lobster season when the water on the bottom was very cold (low to mid 50's). There were very few fish out and about as a result. Most were tucked in tight. The few fish you can see away from the bottom are mostly seabass and sheepshead. The thermocline layer is very visible about 25-30 ft below the surface. You can almost draw a horizontal line where the warm surface water meets the cold bottom water.


Here is a zoomed in version of the very same scene...


The next image is shows a diver on the bottom working on some bugs. Again, the thermocline layer is very visible about 25 ft below the surface. The seperation showing the undercut/cave on the bottom is visible on the far left side of the picture. Most likely, the boat was running on top of the reef, parallel to the ledge at this point...


A zoomed in version of the same scene...

Old 10-17-2006, 05:12 PM
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Just started using mine. I went out in the flat Gulf and managed to find some "live" bottom just cruising around.
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That is COOL. Thanks for sharing. Do you find you run the 111 in split screen - one normal FF view & the other zoomed?
Old 10-17-2006, 09:46 PM
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Very cool, gents. Just installed the 111HD on my boat last week.. looking forward to trying it out this weekend. Had the little $300 color unit on my last boat (x67, i think) and was always impressed.
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Nice presentation of images , Fletch. I have the older LCX-16ci and also have been very impressed with its sensitivity and target definition with it's 480 x 680 pixels. Haven't played with the Sonar Viewer SW yet but your post has me thinking about setting that up. Were you really running your boat over that diver's position?
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kitebuz - 10/17/2006 8:55 PM

Do you find you run the 111 in split screen - one normal FF view & the other zoomed?
Not usually. I will occasionally split the screen with the map/sounder but not often. For the most part, I still prefer to use my LORAN for position and the 111C as a sounder only. I am ever so slowly changing however...

TTaxi - 10/18/2006 1:26 AM

Were you really running your boat over that diver's position?
Yes. I certainly wasn't running over someone I didn't know though. That is either myself or my friend on the bottom. We occasionally idle over one another to mark the diver's position on the bottom. The only time we'll do this is when we KNOW the diver is still on the bottom and we're very careful when we do this.

The Sonar Log Viewer is available for free download at lowrance.com. It takes a little getting used to but is a neat and useful utility to mess around with on those windy days...
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I keep forgetting that diving down there is a bit different in that you might be able to actually see from the surface a diver in 70' whereas we disappear from view about 8' down or less up here in the chilly NE. I'll look into getting the the SLV downloaded & operational, thanks.
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I did notice something wrong with your FF. The lat/longs do not show up on the pics you showed us.

Thanks for the informative photos of your more powerful FF and highest quality transducer. FF 101 at its best.

HH
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Not to sound stupid but how does one tell what type of fish or school of bait you are looking at. I bought my first fishfinder this year and while it shows all sorts of things, I don't really know what I am looking at. This information above is very helpful and I need more of it so i can learn what I am looking at. Where do you all figure out what you are looking at? The arrows and the labeling is most helpful. Thanks.
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Stop over the marks, attempt to catch fish, if successful cut open their gut, see what they are feeding on. You will then begin to correlate what you see on the screen to the types of fish & bait under your boat. Different fish & bait have different screen characteristics. Do this a lot and you will soon build a mental database of screen images that you will become familiar with and confident in your ability to correctly ID.
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Great post I use that Bottom color tracking feature all the time its the best detailed screen I have ever come across. Until you use a color Lowrance you can never really appreciate the Lowrance features, and for the price it truly is top shelf stuff. I run a 19c (hoping to get a 111) and record images I then play them back on the PC, because of the pixel count on your pc monitor you get to see even more detail than when you were on the water.

Great stuff, don't you just love todays electronic gizmo's. The scary thing is what will it be like 10 years down the track " infer-red video imaging" the mind boggles.

If your really keen take your LCD screened lap top on the boat and record an image remove the mmc card and insert it into your card reader.

Now I wonder if there is a plug and play card which can run from your sonar straight into your laptop and play it live?????????????????????????? even better what about a transducer that can plug and play straight into your lap top ;?
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I really appreciate you guys posting these screen captures. Very educational for me.

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