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Post Posted: 07:04am - May 5,19 
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Friend of mine recently installed a Helix 9 on his boat and is having some issues. Anyone use this unit that can lend some help with using it? He said the side imaging is at 100ft each side. I thought that was way too much? Thoughts?

Any other tips would be appreciated.

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Post Posted: 05:19am - May 6,19 
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Humminbird has many good youtube video's on the settings. I run two of them and like them a lot. What issue's is he having?

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Post Posted: 09:29am - May 6,19 
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He is just getting the hang of it. Had it on simulator mode to start which didn't help. Now when he has it on side imaging, there is 100 feet to both sides. Is that normal or should it be more of a precise scope, say 30 feet? He has been in areas where there is structure and depth changes and is just not getting the reads on the unit.

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Post Posted: 05:01am - May 7,19 
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Factory setting on the side image should be "auto" and 100' sounds ok. You can dial it down. Most of the problems come with the motor blocking the side view and you have to trim it up to get a good reading. Tell him to read the book or just watch youtube and he will learn.

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Post Posted: 03:55pm - May 7,19 
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https://www.technologicalangler.com/und ... tdEoMnXDY4 This should help.

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Post Posted: 04:01pm - May 7,19 
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The technological angler offers Helix Guide, plus 2 DVD's for $50. Well worth the money-gives you start-up settings for side,down,2 D and a navigation guide.

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Post Posted: 06:42pm - May 7,19 
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Reno

100 foot is a good search width, but I prefer about 60' once I know an area. Also you mention no reading, this usually occurs when you are over a soft mud bottom. The soft bottom absorbed the signal and did not reflect back an echo. Side imaging should make you a 10X better fisherman once you learn how to use and interpret what you see. Find someone that has experience and have them show you how to fast track your learnings.
Side image is great for finding hard bottom edge details, structure and any form of breaks, brush logs, rocks and yes fish.
Spend time on the water deeper than 10' to around 30' and you should see the benefits.

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Post Posted: 07:17pm - May 7,19 
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Thanks for the input guys.

He has an annual trip booked with the crappie professor May 19th. I was going be a part of the group but I’ll be in Florida fishing the beach.

I feel like he will get some pretty good insight from Jim. :lol: :lol:

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