sounder tranny advice

Hi guys, I am confused about the world of sounder setup.. hoping for some advice on a couple of specific questions. Theres lots of advice/info here however trying to get my head around it all.

Currently I have a 10yo Humminbird w/600w tranny. Its reasonably good, Im picking up fish out to about 120m however the detail and quality at that depth is average.

I mainly fish 50-70m and starting to fish more out to 150odd.. I am wanting better results/clarity/detail and am looking into a F588 w/1kW.

Questions are;

1. The TM260 seems popular but am worried with the super narrow beam that for 50m range its too restricting. Is there a better alternative?

2. The humminbird runs 200/83khz, can i run the Hbird on 83khz at same time as 588 and not affect one another? the bird will now be dedicated plotter..

3. What is the purpose/benefit of the mb1100? I believe you can run a 1kw direct to 588.. but what does the mb1100 do better?

lots of questions and my brain is melting!

Thanks


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MB1100

Sat, 2020-06-13 22:55

 

MB1100 isnt needed with that transducer. Is used to connect commercial transducers with no plug or diplexer

Could run the 83 at the same time.

In shallower the high freq can be narrow. You can run on low or go split screen to find fish on the 50 and use the 200 high to pinpoint them

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Airmar M135M

Sun, 2020-06-14 09:03

I recently had a Simrad nss evo 3 installed with my new motor, which has a 1kw capability.  The M135M is an in hull transducer and works exceptionally well, and is about $1k new.  It works on medium chirp which is suitable for both shallow and reasonably deep water (up to about 350m).  I use it at the same time as a Lowrance 50/200khz skimmer transducer that I have also siliconed inside the hull, both next to each other.  They both function really well with no interference, and I can compare the two at the same time.  The M135 is more sensitive and give a better reading than the Lowrance, but both work really well and at speed.  I think you can get a skimmer transducer that is the same as the M135M if that is what you want.  It is about he same price as the TM260 new.  From memory I think it has wider cone angles.  Hope that helps.

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Thanks guys appreciate the

Sun, 2020-06-14 20:04

Thanks guys appreciate the help. Like the pinpoint idea..

Is anyone running a TM265 and what are your experiences? I like the sound of slightly wider angles for the sub 100m, but are you still getting use +100m??

Also Any 2nd hand 585/7/8s going around??!!

Cheers!

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 I've got a Furuno with an

Wed, 2020-06-24 20:14

 I've got a Furuno with an M260, same as the tm260 but as an in-hull.  I use it for everything from 15m chasing trout to 400m deep dropping.  I use the 50khz more than the 200.  Tim gave excellent advise above.  I think the Furuno would be a big step forward in your application 

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 hey mate i recently got a

Sat, 2020-07-04 18:44

 hey mate i recently got a tm260 and am super happy with it in the 30-50m range. the narrow beam just helps pinpoint fish while giving better bottom deffinition.