Humminbird Helix 5 DI GPS
So most of you will know from my blog and Facebook ramblings that I got set up with a 3.8m RIB and to complete the package I opted for a Humminbird Helix 5.
In the past my father and I have used various ‘old fashioned’ electronics for our boat work but it was time to get with the times and delve into the world of modern sonar imaging.
After much deliberation we decided that for our purposes, side imaging technology probably wasn’t of huge benefit – The decision was to go for a unit which offered down imaging / 2d sonar and of course a GPS plotter.
Cash flow dictated we went for the Helix 5 inch over the 7 inch and initially we thought it was going to be small but in hindsight it is spot on for what we need.
Humminbird describes their down imaging technology as follows:
‘These incredible images are created with high frequency sound waves emitted in ultra-thin slices. The sonar returns from these waves produce a “portrait.” As you patrol the water, you’ll watch fish, reefs, timber, brush, bridge pilings, rocks, and any other structure or cover pop with stunning detail.’
This allows for a more detailed reading of the bottom and the structure allowing you to really explore and understand what lies beneath you.
This is perfect for fine tuning your knowledge but for quickly scanning large bodies of water the 2D sonar is far more effective.
The conventional 2D sonar allows you to quickly work the water looking for obvious structure and depth changes.
Once you have found an area of interest on the 2D you can switch over to the down imaging for a more detailed look.
Perhaps the biggest advantage was being able to GPS mark points of interest allowing us to scout an area, mark some spots, then come back over and work them with the lures.
It is all made remarkably easy by a user friendly interface and within no time at all I felt comfortable changing the screens, marking spots and altering the settings to get the best from the machine.
Reaping the rewards
It soon became clear how these modern electronics allow you to fish more efficiently and no longer are you wasting valuable fishing time over dead ground.
Spending the time to scout and scan meant that we could then focus our attention of key areas – much like we would study a map for our shore fishing.
To most of you this will all be obvious and old news but for someone who spends 99% of their time on the shore it was an eye opener.
I love it though … it has opened a whole new world of exploration and fresh challenges for me to wrap my head around.
The first 2 sessions resulted in a good number of pollack to just shy of 5lbs which was a great start considering it was the first time out over that specific bit of ground.
The next step is to get a Navionics card loaded on which will make scouting a little faster and more efficient.
Plenty of plans lined up and some pretty sweet lures to go and test so keep an eye out.
Just need to find some free time now to get out and put it all into practice.
Purchased from Sands Marine
Lurgan, BT66 6NJ
UK: 02838 343911 ROI: 04838 343911