How to Use a Humminbird Fish Finder

How to Use a Humminbird Fish Finder
The Humminbird company calls its products "America's favorite" fish finders due to their best-selling track record. Using advanced sonar technology, the Humminbird fish finder can show anglers where fish are swimming to help them catch more fish in less time. Learning how to use a Humminbird fish finder can help you boost your angling results and land more fish on every fishing trip.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • 900-series Humminbird fish finder Phillips-head screwdriver Electric drill 5/32-inch drill bit MultiMedia Card (MMC) or Secure Digital (SD) card (optional)
  • 900-series Humminbird fish finder
  • Phillips-head screwdriver
  • Electric drill
  • 5/32-inch drill bit
  • MultiMedia Card (MMC) or Secure Digital (SD) card (optional)
Step 1
Pre-assemble the Humminbird fish finder. When packaged, the fish finder is separated from its gimbal mounting bracket. Use a Phillips-head screwdriver to attach the device to the mounting bracket using the included mounting knobs, washers and screws.
Step 2
Use the electric drill and drill bit to bore four holes into the section of your boat on which you wish to mount the Humminbird fish finder. Screw into place using the four included screws, turning the screws through the four drilled holes. Anglers typically wish to mount the fish finder near their navigational and steering equipment.
Step 3
Press the power button, located on the bottom of the front keypad on the Humminbird device's faceplate. The device will display a waiting screen before showing the current water environment over which the device is situated.
Step 4
Review the screen. The terrain will be displayed as a series of shaded lines, with the closest surfaces glowing red. Note the type of ground over which you are floating. A thin line indicates a hard bottom, while a thick line means you are over a soft bottom such as sand. A broken, jagged line means you are over rocky ground.
Step 5
Note where the fish are located. Fish show up as elongated ovals moving above the lines that indicate the bottom. When navigating, stop to an area in which there are many fish.
Step 6
Press the "Mark" button on the keypad to save the current location. You may wish to do this if you want to save the location for future reference, such as when you notice large amounts of fish in that location but want to keep searching for more areas. The Humminbird fish finder will save the location in its GPS library. Alternatively, press the "Freeze" button if you want to review the screen carefully. Press the arrow keys to scroll around the screen, and press the "Zoom" button to zoom in to better inspect your fishing prospects.

Tips & Warnings

 
The fish finder cannot indicate the species or type of fish you are seeing. However, it is helpful in showing which areas have large schools of fish. Insert an optional memory card into the side of the fish finder to increase its saving capacity (for example, for marking more locations in the internal library).
 
The fish finder cannot indicate the species or type of fish you are seeing. However, it is helpful in showing which areas have large schools of fish.
 
Insert an optional memory card into the side of the fish finder to increase its saving capacity (for example, for marking more locations in the internal library).

Article Written By Josh Duvauchelle

Josh Duvauchelle is an editor and journalist with more than 10 years' experience. His work has appeared in various magazines, including "Honolulu Magazine," which has more paid subscribers than any other magazine in Hawaii. He graduated with honors from Trinity Western University, holding a Bachelor of Arts in professional communications, and earned a certificate in applied leadership and public affairs from the Laurentian Leadership Centre.

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