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This is basically a ongoing tutorial explaining my experience/learning curve with Humminbird Side imaging technology, starting with my initial purchase of a 997 in 2008. I have since moved to 1100 series units, with a trolling motor application for Side Imaging also, starting with pictures 110-118 on how to rig the transducer to the Terrova. 2015: I now run and Onix 10 at the console so you will see some different screen options, and recently upgrade my bow unit to a H12 SI.
While 2-3 mph may be optimum viewing speed, you can see fish at .01 and as high as 10 mph in Side Imaging.I try experiment and learn something new every trip out with my equipment. If you are ever going to get good with your equipment, you need to use it.
The key to getting good results, is to take the time to properly set up your transducer in the beginning. This will pay dividends down the road.. You cannot expect high performance out of your unit, if your transducer installation is not up to speed.
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Date(s): March 3, 2008. Album by Rollie Peschon. 1 - 180 of 180 Total. 36887 Visits.
1 Main channel below dam, showing that they are actual shale shelfs, instead of small sand riffles about 2 feet tall "Pretty awesome images Roll..." "Ryan, when you are running..." "Ok - how is the bottom of ..." "Ryan,
This particular..." ""Is the reservoir bot..." View Comments...
2 Fast water below dam, slightly below the 400 ft restriction. Note the swirl effect on the bottom right. This is the remains of a turn I needed to do to get straight. Side imaging, needs to be done in as straight of a line as possible, or the screen distorts the picture. When turning the side imaging, its alot like running plugs on a turn, the outside one runs faster, while the inside one slows down. Same thing with side imagery.
3 Fast water below dam, approx halfway to fast water ramp. Miscellaneous, scattered rock piles
4 Here is a great picture of 9 walleyes on the left and 4 on the right. Take note of the distance the shadow is behind the fish. This is a function of how high the fish is off the bottom. Note the appearance of the shadow of the fish on the right side across from the date. The shapes of these two fish are definitely walleyes. This is the screencapture that totally changed how I used SI. "I see you were travelling ..." "Caleb , my scroll speed ra..." "On the right side, center ..." View Comments...
5 Dredge hole south of interstate bridge. Not sure whats in there for fish, but they appear to be suspended at least 5 ft off of bottom (by the 2D view) and possibly more the way the shadows are projected in side imaging.
6 Bridge piling for the Oacoma bridge at Chamberlain
7 Pretty cool picture of some sand flats.
8 50 year old submerged trees in Lake Sharpe.
9 More submerged trees in Lake Sharpe.
10 Making an assumption that this is an old foundation on a submerged island/trees, Lake Sharpe
11 2X Zoom of foundation. Any other suggestions? "Looks like the foundation ..." "Salty dog. That has been b..." View Comments...
12 Scattered Walleyes.
13 Single fish
14 More scattered fish in American Creek Marina. Note the deep hole in bottom right of screen. "In the right side image ju..." "Tom,
This particular ar..." "Maybe some thermal image c..." "I'll guess if lower RH is ..." View Comments...
15 Nothing special, just thought it was a cool shot
16 Another neat picture from Lake Sharpe.
17 Single fish. "How far to the side of the..." "Ron, In this shot, I'm zo..." "Thank you rollie, I just l..." View Comments...
18 2 Smallmouth bass (Assumed, because thats what we are catching.) "I'm a rookie. I love your ..." "Bill,
My guess,is based..." "That must be so vindicatin..." View Comments...
19 Another interesting bottom feature that shows the power of Side Imaging. If you look at the "blip" in the 2D sonar just above the m in mph, you gtet a good idea of the information that Side Image technology can provide .
20 Here is a series of 3 consecutive pictures, all taken within about 4 boat lengths. Note the depth,rough texture on the right side and the smooth bottom texture in the left. In the next shot, I am turning the boat across the rough texture. With Side imaging, you and get a good iead how a piece of structure lays, and follow it alot better. "On the right side image ho..." "Hard or soft bottom return..." View Comments...
21 Crossing over the rough textured area, note depth change. Another great visual about why side imaging is such a powerful tool.
22 Now, I'm on the top side of the small ledge.
23 Old road bed on Lake Sharpe.
24 2D Down sonar of road
25 Si view of the same road bed. Being able to see how a piece of structure lays give incredible insight into the intricasies of the structure.
26 Smallmouths on the side of the road.
27 2/25/09 Walleyes
28 More Walleyes
29 Using the split side as a "zoom". Anything you can do to increase the information supplied, allows you a better chance at deciphering what it is tell you.
31 Walleyes "Rollie,
Am I seeing a s..." "This is a reservoir situat..." View Comments...
32 Here I split this school of Walleyes, with some moving shallower as I went over them, and others moving down the slope.
33 Here is a slow speed, (stationary boat) snapshot of a small school of eyes off to the right side of the boat. The only fish that leaves a good "shadow" is the fish that probably is swimming thru the beam at a faster pace, hence a better scan(shadow) of it. The other fish are stationary and leave a long, drawn out image. "I would have missed that b..." View Comments...
35 Using the zoom box to look at this nice pod of fish.
36 School of Walleyes
37 Walleyes tucked back under the ice. Note the white line to the left which is the ice line in the basin.
38 "Is that faster moving wate..." "Yes, that is turbulence in..." View Comments...
39 Here's a school of walleyes on Kiowa Flatts. I was scanning and came across the first few fish (bottom of screen) at about 3.5 mph and pulled back the throttle to fish them. The picture was saved at 1.7 mph, and you can see how the slowing of the boat elongates the returns as I was slowing/stopping. "I am still missing how slo..." "Mike, The very top of the..." View Comments...
40 More scattered fish on Kiowa "What do you think the stru..." "Tree stump" View Comments...
41 Shaded depth rocks!
42 Cool shot in a shallow application.
46 Rock piles in Chamberlain.
47 Another view of the rock piles
48 And another
49 Another view of the rock piles in Chamberlain.
50 Here is a series of pictures from Gull Lake showing the power of using the shaded depth function! This is with Shaded depth turned off.
51 Shaded depth set at 5 ft.
52 Shaded depth set at 10 ft
53 Shaded depth set at 15 ft.
54 25 feet
55 Bottom of American Creek, after completion of dredging operation.
These were taken the day before they took the dredge out of the lake.
56 Heading west out of American Creek under the bridge.
57 Outside of the marina, they took a few swipes with the dredge out to the main channel. Side imaging would be an awesome tool for documentation of work being done.
58 Another view of the passes headed west to the main channel.
59 What side of the boat are you gonna fish out of? Myself, Ill take the right side!
61 My first attempt at a map with Dr Depth with data that I collected. I'm impressed if I say so myself.
62 The same map with Dr Depth only this time it is done with a bottom hardness scale.
63 My trails for gathering Dr Depth data "How long did that mapping ..." View Comments...
64 Marking a waypoint on a submerged point.
65 Who says you have to be going 3-4 mph to see fish?
67 Pod of walleyes, shallow (zooming out to 100 feet) How wide spread are they?
68 Got fish?
69 Walleyes and Buffalo. If you're seeing Buffalo, your in the right place.
70 Zoomed out to 150 feet
71 Zoomed in to 46 feet
73 Turning into a found school.
74 Walleyes and Buffs
76 walleyes and buffs
77 Transducer installation on my 2001 Crestliner 1750TS. The brown fiber material is a patch to repair the mounting bracket when I sheared it off while drifting. I drifted laterally into a tree stump and sheared off all three xducers. I have the new mounting bracket, but the repair is holding up well, so I dont think I will change it out until it is needed.
78 School of Eyes, called in by the "FishCall".
79 1197 Slow motioon walleyes.
81 Drifting with the trolling motor down.
82 Drifting with the trolling motor down.
83 Drifting with the trolling motor.
84 3 cars off to the side of the road.
85 Upon further review, there were 4 cars in the bottom of Lake Sharpe! Viewed with Humviewer software.
87 Old underwater intersection in original Lower Brule
88 Francis Case Walleyes.
89 Francis Case Walleyes
91 Large school of mainly rough fish, with a few walleyes mixed in. "How can you tell that????
..." "Rough fish and bass leave ..." View Comments...
94 If you have your SI/DI beam set to wide, it will show you everything from the surface down. This is a screencapture from the next photograph of the chunk of ice floating to the left of my boat
95 Ice from previous screencapture.
96 Again, a screencapture of the following picture with the SI beam set to wide.
97 photo of previous screencapture.
99 Paddlefish using 800 khz, Inverse color pallete. "I want to fish in your wat..." View Comments...
100 Paddlefish, 800 khz, using grey pallete.
101 Just had to catch one to make sure what I was seeing.
104 Yea BABY!
106 The following series of pictures will show how to mount a HDSI 180T side imaging transducer to a MinnKota Terrova with a slick approach to the cabling issue. This picture shows the IPilot head removed and the three wires diconnected for removal of the head.
107 Remove the thru bolt that attaches the head to the shaft
108 Remove the head from the shaft. you should have a red, black and smal brown wire and the US2 cord coming out of the shaft
109 Thread the HDSI cable thru the steering drive.
110 Wire tie the cable to the motor mount in a position to line up with the slot in the shaft.
111 Slide the shaft back into the steering assembly.
112 Thread the drive collet onto the shaft with all 5 cables.
113 I then took dabs of silicone caulk and attached the cable in about 6 spots going up the shaft. I taped them with electrical tape, and left it overnight.
114 Mount the head back onto the unit like it was before. Wire tie the cable to the top of the shaft and thread it back down the coiled cord feeding the Terrova power, which will place it near the Humminbird unit when in use. I also have a Ram mount assembly to tie the shaft down when trailering or rough water.
115 I like Humminbirds!
116 Storm recovery of a boat peeking out under a large tree that blew into the water on Okoboji.
117 From another angle..
119 cloudy image because of the proximity to the dam, and the air in the water.
120 Just below the dam, the current and entrained air, clouds the image a little. Lots of new riffles in the bottom after the high water last year.
124 "What do you suppose it up ..." "Some kind of electrical in..." View Comments...
126 Here is my first attempt at setting my unit up for verticle jigging. You can clearly see the jig in both types of sonar, 2D (83/200 khz combo) and Down Imaging. Because the 2D sonar cone is larger, the fish (big red arc) shows up well in DI also. Because of the small beam of DI, it is hard to get the jig to show up, as it has to be in near perfect position to print out. I was pretty impressed with this application. Enough to make me go deeper more often... Not a chance!
127 Here is a combination shot of 2D and Down imaging. There is considerable difference in what a fish looks like between the two options. On the DI screen the white vertical lines are when my trolling motor was running, and the clear area is where it was shut off. I'm ok with a little interference, as long as I can see thru it.
128 Here is another 2D/Di image where you see the jig (1/4 oz) fading in and out of the DI screen. On the 2D side,you can see where I set the hook on a fish and missed it(above the 6 in 36.9) and then settled the jig back down on the right.
129 Another image at 7 mph of walleyes.
130 High speed imaging of walleyes at7.1 mph
131 Here is an image of what walleyes look like in Side Imaging at 10.1 miles per hour.
132 Here is an abrupt point that is 2 feet deep on top, surrounded be 25 feet. The crosshairs show how you can accurately mark the tip of a point like this.
133 Nothing special, just another nice picture showing the power of Side Imaging!
139 I have come to the conclusion that there is nothing 2D sonar can tell me that you cannot see in SI when you gain the confidence to understand what your unit is telling you..
143 This is the only image on this page that I did not personally take. This belongs to TNPerry from the BBC boards.
144 "did you completely remove ..." "Yes, I removed the US2, a..." View Comments...
155 Helix 12 SI on the bow,Terrova updated easily, ready to get wet!
I got lucky and found someone willing to coach an old guy. Yay me. As soon as the ice is gone I will be in my boat trying out my 999 to see what it really can show me. Thank you Rollie, you are changing my fishing. - Danny Hahn, Fri, 9 Mar 2018 5:46AM
Great site to learn about DI,2d and SI. Great job!! Bill - Bill Smith, Thu, 10 Aug 2017 8:48PM
Great knowledge in here! I'll definitely be coming back and looking at this alot! - Jeff Heinze , Tue, 9 May 2017 8:13PM
I'll be putting a Lowrance Elite 7 Ti on my new ThunderJet with the TotalScan transducer which will give me the SI as well as the DI. I've never had that before. Boy, do I have a lot to learn. I'm excited about this new to me technology. Thank you ever so much for the tutorial. - DUBOB, Sun, 2 Apr 2017 3:53PM
Bob. I sent you an email. The plug of the Onix is too large to fit inside the shafts of the Terrova and the cable is too large for the slot on the shafts. Not many good options for the Onix up front unfortunately. - Rollie, Thu, 17 Nov 2016 9:08AM
Enjoyed the photos, mainly was looking at how you ran cable on Terrova. I am looking to do same with Onix SI. Do you know if it can work as well re cable diameter? Thanks - Bob R, Wed, 16 Nov 2016 11:55AM
Just happened to run across this site.most screenshots are clearer than my Onix! Ur time and effort is greatly appreciated!! Greg - Greg Harrison, Thu, 28 Apr 2016 2:31PM
great picture would like to buy instruction on how to work and adjust setting - stephen, Thu, 21 Apr 2016 7:46PM
Great pics and analysis. - John E, Thu, 7 Apr 2016 8:48PM
Very interesting. Thanks. Not sure if I am going to buy one or not, but I plan on keeping this infor for future use. - Terry, Thu, 6 Feb 2014 6:30AM
My first so unit, much to learn, but learning fast because of your efforts. Thanks X3. - dave r aka crc, Thu, 6 Feb 2014 6:04AM
Thanks for the great info - Justin, Sat, 25 Jan 2014 10:23PM
I found this trying to determine which unit would be best for me. Basically looking for optimum speed for down scanner vs side scanner. - Doug Gillikin | http://imageevent.com, Thu, 16 Jan 2014 8:41AM
Thank you for the great sight, I found this sight trying to find a good way to mount my SI tanducer to a Terrova motor. - John Peterson, Fri, 18 Oct 2013 11:19AM
Looking good Rollie! - Gary Isom, Mon, 14 Oct 2013 9:15AM
basso Great site - Dean Staley, Mon, 30 Sep 2013 3:25AM
Curious about your trolling motor transducer wire routing idea - Daryl Dyck, Wed, 21 Aug 2013 4:59PM
See install on transducer on a Terova. - Chuck, Sat, 17 Aug 2013 9:38AM
Found your link during a Google search to run transducer cable on a Terrova...sent me to link, idofishing.com Thank you! - Brian Wishwanick, Fri, 26 Apr 2013 5:13PM
Great site and very informational! thanks you for taking the time to post the information and pictures. - Dan, Sat, 16 Mar 2013 9:48AM
Thanks so much for such a beautifully detailed work thru. I have a Terrova 55 Ipilot US2 sonar and have disconnected the US2 as I have added a bracket to hold a LSS-2 transduer with a 80/200 puck combination. I was thinking about how to run the wires because of the Terrova design. Absolutely great job and creative thinking. Rich K - Rich K, Sun, 10 Mar 2013 5:33PM
Super job. Gives me more confidence to get out there. Thanks - James Buza, Tue, 7 Aug 2012 10:12PM
Currently shopping for a DI/SI setup. Your pics gave me the best feel for the capabilities of this technology in a HB that I could hope for without buying and trying. Probably better because of your the experience and knowledge you shared in your captions.
Thanks for the effort!! (I found your link on HotspotOutdoors.com) - John Mathweg, Sat, 14 Jul 2012 12:17PM
Thanks for connecting me to the site; it will definitely help me fine tune my 998c si to get more out of it than I have been! - Tom Anderson, Mon, 25 Jun 2012 2:35PM
Great pics. Thanks. I have an 898 and it is the best sounder I have ever used. It's better than my old trusty Sitex 106 ever was and even better than the big Furuno's on the gillnetters I used to run. - John Rice | http://capecodfisherman.net, Tue, 29 May 2012 4:21PM
Rollie. Thanks for sharing. You brought this page up on my computer. - Scott, Mon, 16 Apr 2012 12:46PM
Was looking through the Unofficial Humminbird Side Imaging Forums and found your pics. Thanks for the info really helpful. Randy. - Randy, Fri, 23 Mar 2012 6:15PM
Found a link on outdoorsfirst.com while researching mounting a transducer on a Terrova. Thanks for the pics. - Bob Aldea, Sun, 11 Mar 2012 2:08PM
I recieved your e-mail and did as you asked. Your pics are interesting. I will try to view them better another time, Thanks for the link. - Denny O, Sun, 11 Mar 2012 12:27PM
thanks for the info - nick, Wed, 7 Mar 2012 9:55PM
I hope you get commission from HB because you sold one to me. - Scott, Tue, 28 Feb 2012 10:48AM
Just checking it out per our chat! Thanks! - Brandon Prasnicki, Mon, 27 Feb 2012 6:12PM
Sweet shots ... you just spent some money for me. - Doug S, Thu, 23 Feb 2012 5:27AM
Just logged in, looks like a great website!!!! Thanks for the education today!!! - Scott Bormann, Sun, 5 Feb 2012 3:37PM
Hi Rollie, got here via Walleye Central and IDO. Nice. - Tim Roberts, Thu, 2 Feb 2012 10:54AM
Great stuff keep up the good work! - Bear, Wed, 1 Feb 2012 7:43PM
I followed the link from your post on IDO. Extremely helpful...thanks a ton! - Michael Winther, Wed, 1 Feb 2012 5:06PM
Followed link from IDO outdoors thread. Very cools shots. I fish up in the Chamberlain area a lot. Just go a new 998c SI, can't wait for spring to check some of this stuff out too! - Lee, Wed, 1 Feb 2012 2:15PM
Very interesting shots. I followed your link from an IDO post.
Rollie you have some great looking images from your 997. Haven't had a chance to look at all of them yet, but I'll get to them. Thanks for the invite over. - David Richards, Sun, 27 Mar 2011 3:47PM
Thanks Rollie for you help. After running lowrance products for 20 yrs, you made the switch an even easier decision. I'm buying a humminbird. - James Hubbard, Fri, 25 Mar 2011 5:51AM
Looks Good, thanks for taking the time to post all of this. - Greg Grooms, Thu, 3 Mar 2011 7:34AM
Can you please email or call me about your Humminbird unit we are very frustrated trying to get the settings correct. I would really appreciate it. Thanks Ethan 585-703-4832 - Ethan Sleeman , Sat, 26 Feb 2011 6:15PM
Great shots....I think youv'e got it figured out. - Matt, Sat, 26 Feb 2011 9:33AM
Great shots and very good info....As a new SI owner, I am always looking for good info.. Thanks - G Sims, Thu, 24 Feb 2011 10:55AM
Great pic. #88 is of real interest. I must have my transducer mounted wrong as it sits at the same angle as you speedo How did you arrive at that angle and what is the brown material. I don't believe I'm getting as good of a signal as you show. Any help would be great. I have a 997 mounted on a 1900 Pro V. Love em both. Thanks - Ron, Tue, 18 May 2010 8:47PM
Leroy stop by and checked out your page. Looks good, I hope I can get my 898 going with your godd results. - Douglas Bristol, Fri, 2 Apr 2010 5:37AM
Just installed a 798c si combo. I'm running the web, getting familiar with side scan. enjoyed this site. - Tim McCoy, Tue, 11 Aug 2009 9:55PM
thanks for the pictures best ive seen yet - dave, Sun, 24 May 2009 8:30PM
Man you have some awesome images! I love Image #24! That truely shows the power of Humminbird Side Imaging versus any 2D sonar. If others want to learn more I recommend joining the Side Imaging Group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/sideimaging/ - Doug Vahrenberg | http://www.dougvahrenberg.com, Mon, 23 Feb 2009 1:38PM
Great Pictures, i just purchased a 797 and i love it. i get awesome pictures of humps, creeks etc.. Im not really seeing the fish like you do, but the lake im on is packed with structure, do you have to make ant special changes to see fish? or do you figure all this structure is covering up the fish. I would like to send you some of my shots if i could? - Michael Suggs, Fri, 23 Jan 2009 6:03PM
jUST BOUGHT THE 1197. ARE THERE SETTINGS ON THE SIDE SCANNERS TO DETAIL THE OBJECTS CLEARER? mAYBE A WAY TO GET RID OF THE CLUTTER?
Thanks for showing me the side scan sonar!!! Just ordered the 1197c SAR model for search and rescue operations for the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe. Great images!! Thanks again Sheldon - Sheldon Fletcher, Tue, 27 May 2008 11:54AM
I am from Humminbird. If you would please contact me about the pictures you have posted. I would like to use some of our pictures in our presentations. You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org . - Joby Smith | www.humminbird.com, Fri, 9 May 2008 8:36AM
Leaning toward a 797. Want to learn a little more before buying one. - Norm Dowler, Wed, 7 May 2008 9:45PM