Your TruDesign suppliers talk about how for my style of inshore fishing, in my coastal Georgia location and for my 22-foot bay boat, I need some specific sonar capabilities. I want to see what’s to either side of my boat, and I want to see subtle depth transitions in shallow water, without surface clutter.
A multibeam sonar helps Capt. Sean Gill map out structure to better target species such as cobia, which orient differently on each tide.
Furuno pro staffer Capt. Sean Gill, of Savannah, fishes many of the same coastal Georgia locations as I do, though he also works offshore waters.
Uing a down-looking beam, side-looking beam and chirp, helps anglers locate structure quickly without as many passes.
Wilds likes to split-screen his Solix display: One half of the screen shows a zoomed-in view of the bottom; the other half shows surface to bottom. He turns up the sensitivity as high as possible without getting too much clutter, and leaves the gain on max mode.
Capt. Tom Pitasi a guide out of Waterford, Connecticut, says sonar systems with chirp DownVision are a great choice. The conical high chirp shows you the fish, and the chirp DownVision is a great tool for locating the structure, he says.
Capt. Greg Eklund pairs his display with anetwork sounder with multiple-channel capability.
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Eklund paired the transducer with a network sounder. The multiple-channel capability allows him to use the chirp mode and a single frequency at the same time to get the best possible information. For example, as I get to an area in less than 300 feet that I want to fish, I set my evo3 screen to display two panels, he says.
I am also able to run a low-chirp scan on a separate panel. This allows me to see the entire water column.
Some finders includequad-core processing, an IPS screen and 1 kW chirp sonar. and come in 9-, 12- and 16-inch sizes.
Thousands of farmed Atlantic salmon were accidentally released into the waters between Anacortes and the San Juan Islands, and officials are asking people to catch as many as possible. Tribal fishers, concerned about native salmon populations, call the accident a devastation.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is urging the public to catch as many of the fish as possible, with no limit on size or number. The fish are about 10 pounds each. No one knows how many escaped from the floating pen, but the net had some 3 million pounds of fish in it when it imploded about 4 p.m. Saturday, said Ron Warren, fish program assistant director for the WDFW.
Cooke, in an estimate to WDFW Monday, put the number of escaped fish at 4,000 to 5,000, according to Ron Warren, fish program assistant director for the WDFW. The department has been monitoring the situation and crafting a spill-response plan with Cooke, Warren said.
In a statement Tuesday morning, Cooke said, exceptionally high tides and currents coinciding with this week’s solar eclipse caused the damage. Cooke said the salmon escaped after a structural failure of a net pen.
The Wild Fish Conservancy, in a statement released Tuesday, noted that on July 27, one of three net pens in the Cypress Island location broke free from an anchor and needed emergency repairs. The statement said the pens should be built to withstand high tidal movements.
She dismissed any environmental concern, saying the fish would not survive and that native fish were not at risk. It’s primarily a business loss. The salmon will be food for the seals and the fishermen can enjoy them.
But Michael Rust, a NOAA researcher who co-authored the technical memorandum, said the risk of farmed Atlantic salmon passing diseases on to wild fish is low. And, over the years, he says, they have not been able to interbreed with Northwest native species or successfully establish themselves in the wild over multiple generations.
I wouldn’t call them healthy. They have weird little deformations on their faces, said Lucas Kinley, who for the past two days has caught a few of these fish as he set out a seine net for wild Northwest salmon.
Warren, of the WDFW, also is concerned about potential impacts on wild stocks.
Penalties for the escape are being evaluated, Warren said.
So don’t forget these helpful reminders when choosing the right sounder for you. 1) Keep in mind your bottomfeeding options; 2) don’t forget the importance of pinpointing structure capability; and 3) remember issues you might have in deep fishing areas.