Does anybody here have a portable unit ? I just bought the Helix 5 for Canada and had no luck with the battery's. Seemed to drain battery's in less than 2 Days. Is there a way to turn off certain screens to save battery power ?
To those who have Helix 5s, what have you replaced the transducer bracket with? I replaced with a new one, only to have it crack in the same spot. I epoxy it back, held up for awhile til yesterday it was water skiing out the back of the boat full plane! Can't believe it didn't get wrapped or chopped off
most folks will tell you to turn off the fish id function, and learn to read the actual sonar imaging
there's a bunch of youtube's on how to read sonars and how to tweak them... worth looking into
here's some samples from HumminbirdTV
Not sure what you mean by "seeing lines". When it picks up on a fish, it beeps and shows as a blue fish icon, which is difficult to pick out on the sonar view. Especially with sensitivity turned up. Down imaging view shows bottom well, guess just not a whole lot of weeds down there, even on the Black River in Onalaska. I do believe I have the sonar on lower power to shoot a bigger cone. I've had used a Hummingbird 597 before, and Vexilar for ice fishing. Thanks for the respones, guess need to play with settings more ; )
Are you running it in 2d sonar and not marking fish? I had a 597 with down imaging and gps and I do remember those units had a smaller cone than say a regular 597 sonar gps and the side imaging units. I didn't think I marked much on that unit either. I run a helix 7 si gps now and have no problem marking fish it's the catching part that can be a problem sometimes. I usually run my chart speed about in the middle and sensitivity high enough so the screen is somewhat peppered.
I have a similar unit, I have the Helix 5 with SI. I've never noticed that I am not marking something that should be there. Tim may be on to something. I ran Lowrance up until last fall. I prefer the birds now and the straight lines, though they dont stay like that, they become the hooks if you are moving. This morning I watched fish come into the cone and inspect my lure while vertical jigging from the kayak. Another possibility, where is your chart speed/sensitivity set? I spent some time tweaking settings until I found a happy medium.
Charipar Bros with the Helix 5. I have a number of birds including a Helix 7 that I primarily use as a GPS for ice fishing. Did you just switch from a Lowrance to a Bird? I ask, because when I did that, the birds took some getting used to. The Lowrance shows real nice hooks when marking fish. Those hooks are software enhanced. The birds show more of a straight line than a hook, and that takes some getting used to. Are you seeing straight lines or no lines at all?