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CarpQuest S5E3 - Deeper Sonar and new PB Mirror Carp

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Well carp fans, though it's been a while, hopefully the wait will be worth it. Time to grab a bucket of coffee sit back and enjoy our latest episode, a single cup just won't be enough ! 

In this week’s episode of CarpQuest we only had time for a very short afternoon session. Aided by a Deeper Smart Sonar Plus we quickly found the fish. The next four hours were incredible, with a dozen carp landed, including four twenties, five mirror carp and a new PB mirror carp for me. 

Hope you enjoy ! 


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43 minutes ago, Cannonball said:

That is a nice mirror!  Congrats on the PB.  Five gallon bucket and a half gallon of International Delight Almond Joy creamer would be good.


I recall last year when I did that "live" show on the Local Fishing Knowledge out of BPS. The guys hosting it kept bringing me 20oz coffee's from the coffee bar. After about 5 in a couple of hours I started to get the DT"s. I still had a coffee with my dinner later that night !  I suppose there could be too much of a good thing, though i've yet to find it ! 

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23 hours ago, Jerome said:

Wonderful catch, John! What a beautiful fish!


Thanks Jerome ! 


13 hours ago, Cannonball said:

May your coffee be strong and your Mondays be short!


Now that's a brilliant quote ! 

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On 5/22/2017 at 4:46 PM, JohnFinney said:

Aided by a Deeper Smart Sonar Plus we quickly found the fish. . 

I'm curious, for the fish you found, was there any way you could determine that they were carp? I'm wondering if you could write a review of the Deeper sometime. I note that, for the Deeper Smart Sonar PRO+, about 5% of the reviews on Amazon are only 1-star. 

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The sonar doesn't tell you exactly what species the fish are. Earlier versions of the device tried to show you the relative size of the fish, however, given that this readout can greatly depend upon the angle of the fish to the beam, the time the fish spends in the beam, etc, I believe this feature was removed.

Often what I find myself doing is using the "fish icon" feature, to locate fish, then going back and reviewing the playback on the history function, turning off the "fish" icons to show me the actual arcs. What would show you the actual fish more accurately would be a sidescan sonar feature; alas i doubt we will see a castable sidescan sonar anytime soon.

Saying all this, what I am doing is using the sonar as an aid in my fishing, rather than allowing it to dictate how I fish. The only caveat would be, if you are looking for fish with zigs, then the sonar would be hugely beneficial in locating what depth the fish are at. Knowing the venue, what species of fish are in there, where they typically congregate, especially for depth of water and any features, helps in determining what species the fish are likely to be.

In this particular video/session, I was fishing an area of the reservoir I knew pretty well, having fished there dozens of times before. Any fish spotted just off the bottom were highly likely to be carp, closer to the bottom, potentially catfish or suckers. If I had been casting a lot further off the shore, walleye would have been another fish to add to the probably list - though they have a very distinctive arc with their swim bladders. So, given the fish we marked were a little ways off the bottom, were at a transitional shelf, where we had caught carp from before, we banked on them being carp. In this instance, it proved to be true, and them some!

I will certainly write a detailed review once I have used the sonar a lot more. I prefer to give a product a good season, or at least many sessions of use, before forming a verdict. I can say, the things I like about it so far, the GPS Mapping, History Playback, plethora of free functions, including calendar, moon phase, custom locations, private maps, local maps. It has been accurate so far for me in topography, water temperature, and wireless range is excellent. I have not outcast it yet, but i'm sure someone with a better casting range than myself could do so. It was quick to setup and I have encountered few issues with it's use. The main problem I have encountered is how fast I burn down my cellphone batter when using it, < 45 mins, with wireless and GPS enabled on the phone, screen brightness at 100% so I can see it. I do carry a portable charger for the phone, both a power pack 15000mah and I also have a Goal Zero Yeti 150. If i wanted to map a large place, i'd likely hook the phone directly up to an alternate power source, though this can be a little unwieldy.

I have previously used both an iBobber and a SonarPhone castable sonars, so have a fair comparison. I would certainly spend a few extra $ and get the Pro version, if for nothing else, the mapping function. 



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