Some things are just made to go together. Summer and cricket, beer and peanuts, fish and chips are just a few classic examples. The same can be said for marine electronics. You can certainly get a lot more out of your fish-finding unit if you use specific functions in conjunction with each other. Whilst they are certainly capable and do perform well by themselves, there is absolutely no denying the fact that better results come when using these tools in tandem.
Ask yourself, how would you target barramundi in an impoundment you had never been to before? Barra impoundments such as Monduran, Awoonga, Teemburra, Peter Faust and Tinaroo not only have a great reputation for producing big barramundi, but they are also massive and have structure as far as the eye can see. This can be a daunting experience for an angler as they may quickly become overwhelmed with where to concentrate their efforts. The whole damn place just looks fishy!
The way that many top anglers are tackling this is by spending a little bit of time at the start of the day covering ground with one eye glued to the sounder, looking around and identifying prominent fish holding structure. Whilst there are weed beds and standing timber available to the naked eye above the water, below the water is another “kettle of fish” (pardon the pun) entirely with old creek-lines, submerged weed bombies and laydown timber nestled firmly against the bottom. Let’s face fact. It’s the structure below the waterline that really matters and this is where top of the line sounders like the Lowrance HDS Live really come into their own giving a clearer differentiation of what lies beneath so that you, the angler, can make a better informed decision.
Old creek-lines are great spots to mark. Barramundi will use these creek lines as highways, moving along these depressions from the main basin back to the shallow feeding grounds at different times of the day. In-tune anglers will mark these locations (even if there are no fish visually present at that time) and will return to fish them during periods of enhanced fish activity such as a tide change, sunset/sunrise or moon set/rise knowing that the fish will move through around these times.