HDS Deepwater performance

G'Day Guys

Back in December I uploaded some images of my Bro in laws HDS in 280m but they were not clear. I managed to get out today and took a couple of pics of the screen. We managed a solid bottom trace in 490m but it was slow and as soon as you moved I lost the picture. I did however get some much clearer shots than those previously posted. 

I know that there are a lot of people out there that want to know what a HDS will do. These shots are from a HDS with a 50/200 600w tranny. Note that these shots are when the sounder is running on full auto. We could sound around at 4 knots but above this and the picture would breakup. Next step is a bigger tranny through the hull and lots of practice reading and understanding what I am seeing.


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 Nice shots, looks pretty

Mon, 2012-04-09 21:59

 Nice shots, looks pretty good for a 600w. More importantly, what did you catch?

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nice shots

Mon, 2012-04-09 22:45

take it off auto and they will bed even better



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looks good

Tue, 2012-04-10 07:42

What is your interpretation of the pics ? Fish, Coral etc ?

At the depths shown the resolution is pretty good eh.

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Brody - we caught bugger all

Tue, 2012-04-10 13:36

Brody - we caught bugger all mate. Just green eye sharks. When we were all so knackered from winding up 2 kgs of lead on a TLD50 we moved into 40-50m where we got a couple of undersize dhuis and busted off a really good fish when he dived into a cave and cut the leader.

Terry - my interpretation is that there were no fish of any account on any of these shots. It appeared to be just desolate bottom with a couple of 5m or so pinnacles here and there. I cant see anything that would suggest otherwise. Glad to hear if someone can tell me different !

Snappermiles - yes mate I agree, I need to start learning how to drive it manually. Im OK with the easy stuff like the ranges but I have to get the the gain and colour line under control. It just takes practice, practice, practice.


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A frequent criticism about

Tue, 2012-04-10 15:17

A frequent criticism about the lowrance gear is that you can see the bottom in deeper water, but no fish usually, or at least they don't seem to ever have matching fish pics.

Good luck though!


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impressive bottom sounding

Tue, 2012-04-10 16:21

i have a hds and might have a play out there one day with it, see if I can find fish, thats a very good bottom reading especially for 600w, i would have to agree though no fish that i can see there,

cheers for the pics mate, i,m keen to explore my hds7 and see its capabilities out in those depths,


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very impressiveI was playing

Tue, 2012-04-10 16:28

very impressive

I was playing with the settings on my 585 with the 258 transducer on sunday in 300 -350

I just can't get it as good as you have it there.

coming to terms with the fact my set up can't produce the goods in 50khz,  tho the 200 works well in 200meters.

What would you say that flare up is on 2nd pic lump?


If I spent half as long fishing , as I do reading this bloody forum , I'd be twice the fisherman I am. 

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Interesting thread and good

Tue, 2012-04-10 16:32

Interesting thread and good pictures Cruise Control - thanks buddy, I also have just recently upgraded the tranny on my HDS10 unit to a 1kw and keen to give it a try out deep.I will keep you posted on how she performs. Maybe us HDS and Lowrance foke need need to share tunning tips over some beers :), I am keen to learn more on this topic




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Impressive solid bottom

Tue, 2012-04-10 17:42

 The fish are there, the green eyes just got there 1st. As soon as I get a 600w tranny for my converted 7200 globalmap lowrance to broadband, I am going to compare it against my fcv 295 and 2kw R199, at diff depths, take pics and post up........hopefully in the next couple of weeks if I can get out deep.


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Grazeee - good question and

Tue, 2012-04-10 19:56

Grazeee - good question and now that i look closely it may be fish? I was in the middle of a range change as we were motoring around. I originally thought that those flares were just as a result of moving but maybe not. Appreciate any feedback from other members on this.