How to Use the Eagle ID 6300 Fish Finder

How to Use the Eagle ID 6300 Fish Finder
The Eagle ID 6300 Fish Finder is part of the ID series of fish finders offered by Eagle. The ID series, 6300 included, uses sonar to track and record underwater topography, activity and vegetation beneath your boat. The ID 6300 uses a Liquid Crystal Display screen, transom mounts and an adjustable screen angle swivel. Features include depth readings to 180 feet, quick power on and variable chart speed adjustments (useful when increasing or decreasing boat speed).


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Power On

Step 1
Press the power button to "on." Let the screen display come up. Look on the left side of the display for the Sensitivity Bar, a single electronic line on the screen. Check the receiver (display) is set to automatic. Find this information in the upper right corner of the display. If on, the display should read "Auto Sens."
Step 2
Bring the boat to your desired speed gradually. Watch the bottom of the display screen. You should see carrying levels of lines. This is the bottom of the lake or body of water. Depth is reported numerically (in feet) underneath the lake bottom display in the lower left hand corner.
Step 3
Look for small pockets of bait fish or schooled fish in the region above the lake bottom and the boat. The fish finder will read Fish ID in the middle right side of the display along with a number representing the depth of the schooled fish in feet.
Step 4
Watch as the fish finder automatically adjusts the range and depth as the bottom topography changes, and the fish schools move. This is a result of the automatic setting. When you are over a desired school of fish, press the "Zoom" button on the operation control panel on the right side of the display screen. Zoom into the school of fish by 2x the current display by pressing the "Zoom" button.
Step 5
Look for a flashing "Zoom" being displayed on the screen when pressing the "Zoom" button. Watch the display get bigger as the function works. Fish in motion are displayed in the opposite direction of the boat's movement due to the conical shape of the sonar waves being sent out from the transducer (attached under the boat).
Step 6
Watch for the ID display. The ID function identifies fish sizes and displays "Small," "Medium" or "Large" next to the fish school display. Use this information to decide where to fish.

Tips & Warnings

Keep a copy of the instruction manual's Legend next to the display as you begin the learning process of the fish finder.

Article Written By Eric Cedric

A former Alaskan of 20 years, Eric Cedric now resides in California. He's published in "Outside" and "Backpacker" and has written a book on life in small-town Alaska, "North by Southeast." Cedric was a professional mountain guide and backcountry expedition leader for 18 years. He worked in Russia, Iceland, Greece, Turkey and Belize. Cedric attended Syracuse University and is a private pilot.

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