Eagle Fishmark 480 What am I seeing ?

Discussion in 'Fishing Electronics Review' started by Drawout, Mar 8, 2007.

  1. Drawout

    Drawout Active Member

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    Here are a few pics need help determining what they are.
     

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  2. Drawout

    Drawout Active Member

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    Few more pics same lake.
     

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  3. StuBone278

    StuBone278 New Member

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    I just learned the basics of my sonar, so I'm no pro, but this is what I assume:
    It seems to me like a lot of that stuff is just debris picked up via a medium-high sensitivity level (the particals spread all over)
    Now a few of these may be baitfish, but I'm not sure, could also be a christmas tree or some type of brush in one picture (the one with extreme lump in the middle).
    The last one definately looks like a fish on the bottom but your transducer may be a little off-kilter, so it only picked up half the arc...

    Wait for more experienced input, as I am also, haha ;)
     
  4. Drawout

    Drawout Active Member

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    Thx for your input ive heard good things about this unit i guess ineed better settings and possibly a transducer move.:confused2:
     
  5. Drawout

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    Also a lot of times when this debri looking stuff is appearing the alarm will be sounding like it is fish ???:crazy:
     
  6. Drawout

    Drawout Active Member

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    bump to top :big_smile: :confused2:
     
  7. Big Sam

    Big Sam Well-Known Member

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    Eagle has a web site where you can ask and obtain all info necessary for your fish finder look in your instruction manual it has the site listed i have the same one and i love it the top view does not look correct to me i could be wrong when your on the arch mode it is the most accurate..but you have to study it harder..check the website out.:smile2:
     
  8. catfishrus

    catfishrus New Member

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    i say its bait schools in the middle of the day. i find area like that on my lowrance and when anchored they come and go. everynow and then a old cat will be in there with them too. strange that its on the bottom so thats why i say middle of the day or after the sun has came up. before first light i get a lot of bait closer to the top. water depth is not that deep so i believe bait is what you are looking at.

    it could be turbulance if your fishing in a river too.
     
  9. catgetter1

    catgetter1 New Member

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    Drawout looks ta me like your seeing alot of weeds and stumps the clutter you see cud be debris kicked up by either you trolling motor or outboard just judging from the depth adjust your sens., gain down a little....in the deeper water the pics look like weeds, hydrilla or milfoil judging by the depth also quite a few stumps in thar the weeds are the narrow looking spikes the stumps are the more solid echos...How does one say Bass fishin hole.... the large dark echo cud be a large dense weed bed or a dense school of shad maybe an ol' boat....the last pic iffen I seen it on my finder would be supper that fish is probably on the prowl....Looks ta me like a large cat or huge bass...Probably came outta that deeper water you kin see in the finder.. You read the destructions of your finder and just anaylize what you see after awhile it'll become your eyes.... good fishin.......
     
  10. Drawout

    Drawout Active Member

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    Thx for the replies guys,ive read and read and read but it is amazing what other expirience can tell you so im gonna keep fiddling with this new unit and post pics along the way for opinions.thx.
     
  11. StuBone278

    StuBone278 New Member

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    No problem, as I've said I am just learning my sonar unit and its so much fun!!! One time I actually saw some arcs along the bottom in 16 feet of water, pulled the boat into position to anchor, and caugt a few small blues! Once you get it down its very rewarding....

    I've also seen an arch on my screen that went almost completely across it in 8 feet of water, all an arc, not a straight line!!!! (as the fish would be following under the transducer) I saw it on the screen and threw the cast net in that area but I think by the time I got the net ready it was gone....
     
  12. blackwaterkatz

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    At 12-13' you won't likely see fish arches. Your sensitivity is turned up a little too high. Try playing with it to reduce the clutter. I'm seeing bottom structure and what looks like grass in the first one (not very clear) with probably some small baitfish mixed in. I do think your sensitivity is a little too high for that shallow water. Keep questioning what you see. That's the way to learn. :smile2:
     
  13. Drawout

    Drawout Active Member

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    Just got in from another skunking only one sandbass caught. here are a few more pics i think contain fish !
     

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  14. Drawout

    Drawout Active Member

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    2 nd two pics are basicly the same first pic is same depth but different part of lake.
     
  15. blackwaterkatz

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    Good deal, now you're seeing fish arches in the deeper water. Keep fine tuning the adjustments.:big_smile:
     
  16. Drawout

    Drawout Active Member

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    Im glad to hear that im getting closer,now; i just gotta learn where to anchor when i see this on graph
     
  17. Stubby

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    Good thread Johnny,. I'm doing the same as you but i'm starting a bit later in life. I'v got an Eagle 520C and i'm still trying to learn how to set it. the first thing I did was hide the Book from myself so I wouldn't lose it. I did a good job because I still can't find it.
    Anyway here are a couple pictures I took yesterday on Kaw Lake Oklahoma and also a picture of some Blues somebody had cleaned at the dock/ramp. there were 11 of them floating that I saw. Trot Line fisherman were everywhere. Water temp was lower 50s, slight ripple and We never had a pull all day. fished 8 dif locations.

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  18. Drawout

    Drawout Active Member

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    Some people are inconsiderate to others, Thx for posting your pics First thing I would do is turn the fish id off and go by arches cause lots of things trigger the symbols trotlines turtles tree limbs.Looks like you found a good brush pile,or maybe shad and the fish are their because of it.Keep the pics coming cause i think this will be a help to a lot of members.:smile2:
     
  19. rwilley3

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  20. screamnclickersc

    screamnclickersc New Member

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    Looks like grass beds or weeds to me-the last pic in the first set looks like a rock pile.Use the "Fishreveal "feature- it sometimes shows you fish hid in the weeds.