Billfish trolling sounder setup advice

Hey fellas, chasing some advice on some reccommended settings you guys use when chasing billfish. I have raymarine es128 with 1kw low/high chirp and fish 60-200m for small blacks and out to 1000m for blues.


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 I'm just scanning top 80m.

Mon, 2017-03-27 06:44

 I'm just scanning top 80m. Marking bait and fish. Generally find if a fish is deeper than 50m it won't come up even with multiple passes. Less than 40m they will. 

I'm running a 587 with ss264 50 wide. 

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Does anyone know where the love of god goes, when the waves turn the minutes to hours?

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Did you end up staying in

Mon, 2017-03-27 08:26

Did you end up staying in Exmouth for the week mate, or just head home early? Weather looked bloody awful.

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Ended up going back home.

Mon, 2017-03-27 08:53

Ended up going back home. Weather was terrible and really wanted to get a solid answer on what was wrong with the leg. Turns out it wasn't as bad as I thought thankfully. 

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That's good news then. Well

Mon, 2017-03-27 10:26

That's good news then. Well done on the AIBT too mate. Ive got a few weeks off soon so hopefully I can catch up with the Faulkners seeing were all local again!

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Cheers mate, think i might

Mon, 2017-03-27 15:32

Cheers mate, think i might have to invest in getting a wider beam tranny, as pretty sure mine is only 10°@ high chirp/200khz.
May sound like a stupid question but do you need to get return readings off the bottom to mark fish? Im not hetting readings of ground in 400++, should i still be able to mark bait/fish still?

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I like the wide beam but its

Mon, 2017-03-27 16:55

I like the wide beam but its not the be all and end all.
Mate had a 587 with tm260 and he preferred the 200hz high for the same application. That's only a 6 deg beam.
You don't need to be hitting bottom. The beam will reflect off anything beneath you that returns a signal.
Ill send you some pics via fb as its too hard to post them here.

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Cheers mate.

Mon, 2017-03-27 22:43

Cheers mate.