It is somewhat difficult for most anglers to find a large school of crappie to catch at the beginning of the year. To reduce the time spent fishing in unproductive waters, there is a need to adopt a technology.
Crappie On Sonar or Fish Finder
One of the technological system you must use is the sonar, it helps to find out or identify where these crappies and other species are. Once identified, you may see how the fishes are positioned or placed and thereafter, capture them.
The sonar units are available in several models that are different in various ways, including a difference in colors, down imaging, side imaging, and even GPS. These features are important in your journey as you go catching fish, however, the GPS is essential for finding the brake lines, for instance, in places you have never been to before.
Many of the professional crappie catchers have confessed and agreed that their success in fishing was because of the use of sonar systems. Huckabee a crappie professional said “it’s the primary reason I am making a lot of catch, you see the fishes suspended around the broken line, then you cast the lure and then your catch is successful”
Another important thing is using the sonar properly so catching more crappie is possible, and this is done by studying the manual which came with the device from the manufacturer.
If you do not want to read the manuals (like many of us), some sonar manufacturers have a built-in emulator or on their website, an online product simulator which is meant to teach how to use the sonar and its features.
Why use sonar?
Sonar helps anglers to locate fish by providing the structures and layout under water beyond the areas the eyes can see and provides information about the depth of the navigable water. And it is one of the things people easily run to when there is a need to detect movement patterns inside water.
In general, SONAR or Echo Detection is used by the anglers in different ways to map the lake, sea, river, sea bed, profile them and identify specific areas where they’d get more crappie.
With the use of sonar, crappie anglers know where the fishes are congregated, their specific depth and the distance between the surface of the water and the sea bed. The sonar can directly detect the fish and reveal their depth, allowing the crappie fisher to know and target these specific areas while using their baits.
The best thing about Sonar is that the amount of data collected by people who use GPS on their boats are converted and used to modify sonar information and are been uploaded back to the community. Navionics provide the majority of GPS manufacturers with their sonar information. People can use and reuse data, website administrators can give their users relevant information for which they can quickly plan their fishing trip having identified the points on the water where there are lots of game. This saves time and improves the fishing experience for the angler.
The videos below reveal how Crappie looks on sonar.