Side scan and down scan sonar systems.

I am wondering if anybody owns or has used a Lowrance or Bird with this technology.  It seems awfully expensive for a sonar, but does look pretty neat.  Does it work like they claim it does? 

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I have seen both the humminbird and lowrance in use.  It is AWESOME.  If I had to choose I would go with lowrance, the quality seems a little bit better.  Its really nice for finding fish in the trees, telling the difference between weeds, trees and bait.  I still don't have a great understanding on how to use the side imaging to find fish but it is fun to play with.


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I have a humminbird 997 with the software update to add side scan. It was a free update and about the only difference between the 997 and 998 is a video out on the 998 and the 998 has a bit faster processor. (Read it to say find a 997 for around 600 dollars less and get the free software update).  That being said, I don't anything about Lowrance. I really like the the HB. The screen is large, clear and easy to configure. The Down and Side scan show more details than I could imagine. Use this link to see some of the customer screen shots.   http://www.xumba.scholleco.com/viewforum.php?f=6

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Thanks FBO friends.  Any other comments??

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Just finishing up my second season with the Humminbird 997 (with updates).  I have been impressed enough that I am getting a second unit to put in my other boat.  It took many hours to figure out how to truly understand the side image but once it happened it is the best learning tool out there. 

For river fishing I don't even bother with my regular sonar any more I just side image everything because it is more accurate to show where cats actually lay.  Where I like it the most is I can decipher a river hole and how it is laid out in about 10 minutes.  With sonar it would take me 20-30 runs over it and probably a few hours of fishing to get it totally figured out.

I have not run the unit on Devils Lake but I know it would lay out exactly how wood is laid in spots, how fish relate to drop offs and break lines and it will help figure out week lines more accurately. 

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i have it in the HDS 10 and the HDS 8 up front i use it so much i like to see all the structure and fish in structure best side and down scan system out

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slowdeath Said:
i have it in the HDS 10 and the HDS 8 up front i use it so much i like to see all the structure and fish in structure best side and down scan system out

So you have used both Humminbird and Lowrance? Whats the differences between them? Advantages, disadvantages, easy of use etc?

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these things are dangerous, you end up watching the screen all the time and not where you're going.  Might run into something .

I'm going to stop this procrastinating, just you wait and see!