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Is SI really that useful in shallow water

Old 02-26-2013, 08:20 AM
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My primary fishing is done in inlets, channels and jettys. I plan to fish some shallow reefs 5-8 mi. off shore this year. I have a Garmin 546s chart plotter but I'm wondering about adding the HB 598ci DI SI uni to my 177 Scout. At what depth is DI/SI not beneficial to my style of fishing? Thanks! Also will the Navionics chip work with a Garmin? It was not listed as a compatible unit on their website.
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Old 02-26-2013, 08:35 AM
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Navionics will not work with Garmin. Garmin uses their own format chip and you have to get one of their upgraded chips.

I love side imaging. It is very beneficial even in 5-10 feet of water. It gives you a very good view of what is on the bottom. I was fishing shallow reefs, probably 10-20 feet of water around there, and the Hot Spots map coordinates were probably 400 yards off from the actual spot. I couldn't see it, fished there once without side scan and got NOTHING. Came back for another shot after I installed the side imaging, realized there wasn't ANYTHING at the spot, and found it in 5 minutes by trolling around with the side imaging. Side imaging allows you to search a lot of territory easily.
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Old 02-26-2013, 01:27 PM
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Thank you!
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