Garmin echo map sv chirp

 hey guys,

anyone here using Garmin echo map chirp sounders? I recently put a 95 in my boat and think I'm starting to get the hang of it in identifying good ground and fish. Pretty much always use the traditional sounder and only tinkered a little with clear vu and side vu. just wondering if I'm missing out and if there's any benefit to using them. Anyone who's got some experience and advice would be great. Thanks


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 I have the non chirp version

Thu, 2017-03-02 17:22

 I have the non chirp version and use it the same as you.  I rarely use the down vu or side vu unless I'm in a creek 

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95sv

Thu, 2017-03-02 18:37

 I'm the same with the Garmin using pretty much only the traditional sonar. Can see the fish and not really fishing structure in the shallows so not using downview or sideview. Was fun to see the shapes of some of the near shore reefs using side view but it didn't change the way I fished.

 

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Good info

Thu, 2017-03-02 18:56

 I thought sidevu would be a great thing to have?  Hence why I was considering the 7sv.  So you guys reckon sideview is not worth the extra money?

Michael, which transducer do you have? 

Sorry Jye for going slightly off-topic.. 

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 Haha all good Kev I want to

Thu, 2017-03-02 21:46

 Haha all good Kev I want to hear what people have to say

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What sideVu trannys are you

Thu, 2017-03-02 19:07

What sideVu trannys are you guys using? 

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Transducer

Thu, 2017-03-02 21:05

 It comes with the GT52HW. As a transom mount I have found it struggles to find fish over 60m. Finds the bottom no probs, but I haven't found any fish. I've only tested side/down view in sub 25m and it works fine but I can see the same fish on traditional chirp sonar.

Thinking of going to the GT51M

 

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Same as 7sv

Thu, 2017-03-02 21:41

 Same tranny as what comes with the 7sv.  

 

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The side vu is awesome. For

Thu, 2017-03-02 21:18

The side vu is awesome. For deep water best to get the 51 though. I've used it a lot and it finds groudn off to the side of the boat brilliantly. We hav found so many spots with side vu that we would have never found otherwise. I can't speak highly enough of the side vu function. Only issue with the GArmin i have seen is sounding at speed and that's on traditiopnal as well. The Lowrance in comparison is better there. If you have no problems in your boat than that is a moot point.

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 That's more like the reports

Thu, 2017-03-02 21:33

 That's more like the reports I've heard. I'm about to install my GT51 thru hull. Just making 100% sure I have the best location before I drill a hole in my hull.

Can't wait to give it a run 

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Good reports on the latest Garmin

Thu, 2017-03-02 21:43

 As what Stevo said, I've read good reports of the new range of Garmins.  Will go the 7sv and upgrade to a gt51 tranny when funds allow! Lol

 

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How fast would you recommend

Thu, 2017-03-02 21:45

How fast would you recommend bunny? I was searching for new ground other day and was using side vu and traditional and was travelling about 10kms - 12kms. Or 7 or so knots. How far either side of the boat does side view scan? I swear I read in the manual (although just tried to find it then and gave up) that it scans 750 feet of bottom. That seems like way to much. I've got the stock transducer but only really fish in under 30 metres

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Arrrrgggg

Thu, 2017-03-02 21:49

maybe I need to upgrade.... more money now alls I have to do is figure out how to sneak this one past the wife

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Lol

Thu, 2017-03-02 22:03

 I can give you a few ideas but then, I'll corrupt you...  

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Too late

Thu, 2017-03-02 22:21

 im already so corrupt hahaha

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 I've used it at 20 knots ok.

Sat, 2017-03-04 19:39

 I've used it at 20 knots ok. As for how far to each side will depend on depth and how it's reading. You will tend to see it fade away if you go too wide. Best way is to just find a spot in a certain depth and spend about a half an hour mucking around passing it at varying distances. You can also try different contrast, different palettes etc. this way to find what works best.

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 I use one on my adventure

Mon, 2017-03-13 14:00

 I use one on my adventure Island kayak, I have a lot of success on shallow water (sub 15 mt) dhuies and find heaps of ledges and bommies using the sidevu that I wouldnt otherwise find and wouldnt fish without it.

 

You can also pick up schools of baitfish off to the side of the boat/yak when looking for pelagics too.

 

As a tool for looking for schools of snapper later in the season they are invaluable with the schools showing up on sidevu once you have sorted how to use it.

 

I have the sidevu set on 455 and find it gives the best results. I am generally scanning out about 50mts either side of the yak up to to mts deep.

 

Hope that helps

 

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 Thanks pjim that does help.

Mon, 2017-03-13 21:48

 Thanks pjim that does help. Didn't realise you could change the setting to how far side view can scan. I'm guessing less distance better quality?

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 You can even select to view

Tue, 2017-03-14 16:19

 You can even select to view one side only. That really zooms in on the big screen!

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Bloody awesome!

Tue, 2017-03-14 16:42

Thanks guys for the feedback on Garmin sidevu. Although I cant afford something like a 95SV, your experiences have pretty much confirmed my decision to go with the Striker 7SV which has the same sidevu feature. Thanks heaps!

 

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Striker

Tue, 2017-03-14 18:04

 I bought a 7sv late last year and although I'm stiil learning the finer points of using it I really like it. Enjoy.

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 Just be careful there. Not

Thu, 2017-03-16 05:32

 Just be careful there. Not sure how deep you want to go and will use the GT51. The Striker may not have the addtioanl power to get the best out of the deeper water transducer. I haven't checked the specs on it but went through this checking on the 95SV vs the XSV range. It was fine there.