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Old 03-25-2019, 12:03 PM
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Technology for fishing has made finding the fish easier and easier as the years go on. There's not much luck involved anymore. Now, it's simply just go up to a rig or piling, check the fish finder, and go from there. Soon, it will be so easy to catch fish that the fish won't be able to keep up.

There is one fishing team that won 4 of 6 big marlin tournaments on the gulf coast. Nobody is that lucky. My friend thought that they were calling people on rigs and finding where the marlins were. Instead, they actually had a $350,000 transducer. This thing is built for crab boats in Alaska. All they have to do is pull up to a rig, do a circle around it, and go from there. If there is a marlin, they send down a 20 lb blackfin tuna right in front of its face and they sit and wait until the marlin eats it. If there isn't a marlin, they are there for about 5 minutes and then they are gone. People used to have to hope that a marlin is at the rig and they would sit there the whole day. Now, it's as simple as pushing a button.

Not trying to talk trash on those guys or anyone else that does something like this. We all love catching fish but this just goes to show how much easier it has become to fish and soon, we are going to see the results of this.
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And I still cant catch fish......
Old 03-25-2019, 12:09 PM
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Couldn’t agree more...fish don’t stand a chance
between technology and that most everyone has a boat these days...not just 2 people on the boat either
35’ boat with twins or trips that make running 50 miles out a snack run 6-7 guys etc etc
Not complaining just agreeing with you
if I had the $ to buy a 38 fountain I’d be out there too lol
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Originally Posted by LloydSilvey View Post
Technology for fishing has made finding the fish easier and easier as the years go on. There's not much luck involved anymore. Now, it's simply just go up to a rig or piling, check the fish finder, and go from there. Soon, it will be so easy to catch fish that the fish won't be able to keep up.

There is one fishing team that won 4 of 6 big marlin tournaments on the gulf coast. Nobody is that lucky. My friend thought that they were calling people on rigs and finding where the marlins were. Instead, they actually had a $350,000 transducer. This thing is built for crab boats in Alaska. All they have to do is pull up to a rig, do a circle around it, and go from there. If there is a marlin, they send down a 20 lb blackfin tuna right in front of its face and they sit and wait until the marlin eats it. If there isn't a marlin, they are there for about 5 minutes and then they are gone. People used to have to hope that a marlin is at the rig and they would sit there the whole day. Now, it's as simple as pushing a button.

Not trying to talk trash on those guys or anyone else that does something like this. We all love catching fish but this just goes to show how much easier it has become to fish and soon, we are going to see the results of this.
I think we surpassed the point of fish not keeping up awhile ago. For a challenge, try sight fishing permit on the flats. All the electronics in the world won't help you.
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i think the fish are catching on to you and your electronics!
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Is there an article I can read about that marlin boat or the transducer they use? I'd be really curious to see what the images look like on their electronics.
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And I still cant catch fish......
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Is there an article I can read about that marlin boat or the transducer they use? I'd be really curious to see what the images look like on their electronics.
It's a Furuno Searchlight sonar system, not sure the exact model # but probably a CH-250 or CH-270. Put one on a boat here and he promptly went out and won the Big Rock Tournament, spotted the fish, turned to intercept and caught him!
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I met a guy w deep pockets, had a few sporties, and a salvage company. He spent millions creating his own artificial reef off of Baja. He and his captain had a falling out and the numbers got out.
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Originally Posted by #1Stunna View Post
I met a guy w deep pockets, had a few sporties, and a salvage company. He spent millions creating his own artificial reef off of Baja. He and his captain had a falling out and the numbers got out.
Jesus Christ. How long did it take him to build that?
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Jesus Christ. How long did it take him to build that?
Couple years and many barge trips
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Originally Posted by #1Stunna View Post
Couple years and many barge trips
That's a massive investment. Sucks that things fell through
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Width all that being said, what kind of transducer can one buy that actually has a Fountain 38, but not a salvage company (nor $350K for a transducer), who work hard for his money and like to catch fish the few times he actually has time to go out there? My current Garmin 5212 is going on the market and will be replaced with Simrads, so I am very much on the lookout for a good transducer, currently run an airmar 164.

Hopefully this post wont be perceived as a hijack, just thought people reading it might know what I should get....
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According the interweb it's 13,000.00, operates the same as the hummingbird 360 I just bought, and is no longer available.
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If such a transducer existed there would be plenty in use, lots of people have money for toys, there is also plenty of people who have all the gear and couldn't catch a fish if you threw it to them, as the old saying goes, 90% of the fish are caught by 10% of the fishermen. Technology might be able to get you to a "secret" spot and get you home without getting lost, it might also show you some fancy images on a screen (like wicked tuna) but it's no guarantee you are going to catch what's there.
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My philosophy with hunting/fishing toys... "If I don't spend it, my wife and kids will!"
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Not sure that even that 350K transducer could get me to catch anything but a catfish.
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Originally Posted by Flying_Norseman View Post
Width all that being said, what kind of transducer can one buy that actually has a Fountain 38, but not a salvage company (nor $350K for a transducer), who work hard for his money and like to catch fish the few times he actually has time to go out there? My current Garmin 5212 is going on the market and will be replaced with Simrads, so I am very much on the lookout for a good transducer, currently run an airmar 164.

Hopefully this post wont be perceived as a hijack, just thought people reading it might know what I should get....
If you should decide to stick with Garmin, the PS60 Panoptix is a pretty insane transducer. It is a scream to be able to drop a bait to fish in 150' of water and watch it live.
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Originally Posted by pilotwerxs View Post
If you should decide to stick with Garmin, the PS60 Panoptix is a pretty insane transducer. It is a scream to be able to drop a bait to fish in 150' of water and watch it live.
No such option for the Simrads?

Im definitely going away from Garmin, but it seems like the transducer mentioned above is actually a Furuno/Simrad product.
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Simple solution is don’t keep every thing that comes in the boat.
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Originally Posted by Rolandt03 View Post
i think the fish are catching on to you and your electronics!
exactly. They’ve evolved.

no no offence to the OP but what tosh.

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