As an amateur fisherman, I have learned during more than two decades of fishing that whether you practice this sport as an profession or just for fun, your success depends mostly on what gear you are using and how do you use it. Therefore, I never leave my home without carefully preparing my pack and among all the things I take with me without question there are the fishing rod, the bait boat and the fishfinder. While most of you know what a bait boat is, few fishermen use the fishfinder as a useful tool to find the fish available in the fishfinder zone.
What is a fishfinder and how does it operates inside the fishfinder zone?
Well, the fishfinder is based on the sonar technology, developed and still in use from the days of the World War II. The fishfinder uses the sound waves in order to read the underwater objects from a nearby fishfinder zone and helps the fisherman interpret where the fish are and where he should angle in order to be more successful. The fishfinder zone however depends mostly on the fishfinder’s technical details and its power. Basically, a sound wave is produced by the fishfinder and sent through the water. By scraping the fishfinder zone, the device measures the very small amount of time between when the sound wave was send out and when it bounced back. The fishfinder then calculates the distance between the fisherman and the objects from the water inside the fishfinder zone and draws it on the screen. Of course, in case the fishfinder does not encounter anything along the way and the fishfinder zone is free, it reaches the bottom of the water and the fisherman receives no other data than that.
The sonar updating speed inside the fishfinder zone
The speed the fishfinder updates the data and informs the fisherman about the activity in the water depends mostly on the technical details of the device and its capability to scan a wider fishfinder zone. There are newer units capable of sending and receiving sonar signals from the fishfinder zone at up to 40 times per second at about 60 feet of while some older units update sonar at 20 times per second. The faster the fishfinder’s sonar updates the data, the more information it puts on the display and better image the fisherman gets.
Fishfinders and sonars are quite important pieces of equipment that should be important to any fisherman. Mostly, you won’t have to worry about the fishfinder zone or the specific technical details of the sonar as long you are using one. Of course, as time passes, you will be able to adapt to the areas you are fishing in and upgrade the fishfinder in order to accustom a wider fishfinder zone if it is necessary. It is important however to never forget to pack your sonar with you as it can make the difference between a successful fishing trip and an awful one.
Expanding our bait boat zone
Of course, when you buy your first bait boat, you will find out that everything has changed for the better. You are now capable to plant your bait in areas that would not have been accessible without such a device. At the same time however, the bait boat zone is rather small, as no bait boat can reach further than it was designed to in the first place. Sure, we could have bought an inflatable boat but instead we decided to expand our bait boat zone. And it was a good and wise decision as well.
But how could one expand his bait boat zone? Well, simple: buy new bait boats and send them each in another bait boat zone to plant the bait. While for a single fisherman this whole process may prove to be quite hard to put together, for us, as a family, it was as simple as saying “fish”. And thus, we bought two bait boats for each person in order to have access to all kinds of areas in the water and make our bait boat zone as bigger as it should have been in the first place.