You’ve heard me say it before, but I’ll say it again: There’s nothing more important than your electronics. They are your underwater eyes.
Good SONAR will tell you what’s under your boat and where you should be fishing. The importance of that is obvious. The best lure in the world, fished with the best tackle in the world, from the best boat in the world won’t do a thing if there isn’t a bass living in the neighborhood. You can’t catch them if they aren’t there.
Almost every bass I’ve ever caught — at least 99.9 percent of them — have been caught where there’s a change of some kind. It might be a drop, a hole, a slope or an isolated piece of cover or structure like a rock or a stump. But, there’s always a change. That’s the one universal rule of bass fishing.
The only way I know to consistently find those changes is with SONAR, and the best units I know about are made by Lowrance.
To be fair, I have the real high-end stuff. My units are Gen3 models with 9-inch and 12-inch screens. The thing is, though, you might not need that. If you’re a recreational angler who only fishes on the weekends, something smaller and less sophisticated will probably do the job for you. Good units can be purchased for as little as a couple of hundred dollars. Actually, they have one super good unit for right at $100. It’ll show you the bottom, give you the water temperature and work at 55 mph.
I want you to understand that what I am saying isn’t something I’m telling you to do but wouldn’t do myself. The unit that I have on my Hobie kayak only cost a couple of hundred bucks and it works great. I have a ball with my kayak and I catch a lot of bass out of it. That unit is never turned off because it shows me what I need to see.
Don’t be discouraged if you can’t justify spending thousands of dollars on fancy GPS and SONAR units. Check out the offerings from Lowrance. You’ll be surprised at what you can get for very little money.
To hear Mike talk more about Lowrance Sonar, see these videos:
- Mike Iaconelli Talks About Lowrance Structure Scan Bass Fishing Video
- Lake Guntersville Roadbeds with Lowrance HDS 10
- Mike Iaconelli Talks About Finding Structure with Lowrance Bass Fishing Video
The Bass University offers several full-length class on SONAR. Non-subscribers can see the 5+ minute previews; subscribers can watch the full 45-minute videos:
- Sonar Bass Fishing — with Brent Ehrler (1)
- Catching Bass with Sonar Electronics — with Brent Ehrler (2)
- Electronics – Not Just For Fishing Deep — with Greg Hackney
- Sonar/GPS Electronics – with Ott Defoe
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