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Columbus Lake Crappie report 9-27-08 and 9-28-08

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By Ray - Posted on 29 September 2008

I fished the Tenn-Tom Columbus Lake Sat and Sun. Only fished half days both days, starting at daylight and ending by noon. Saturday I hand fished and caught about 12 with most most of my fish in 8 feet of water. Then I trolled and caught only one small crappiei. The 7 best fish weighed about 8 lbs. Sun I caught several crappie but nothing over a pound.

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Considering a Humminbird 797. I understand you have one and wanted to ask about transducer installation.

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I do have a 797 and I can tell you first hand, transducer installation is very important to performance. I will try my best to answer your question so fire away.


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Sorry for the delay getting back with you. I would mount the transducer on the transom of my aluminum boat and was wondering if it would need a special bracket to get it lower in the water than normal installs. I saw one today mounted on the jack plate 2-3 inches above the bottom of the boat. I'm sold on the technology. The pictures posted today are sharp. Thanks

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I mounted my transducer on an aluminum boat and didn't need anything special. There are pictures in the pictures section that shows the mount. Make sure the transducer is at least a 1/4 of an inch below the surface of the boat not in line with one of the bottom ridges and as perfectly level as possible. Also make sure there is no obstruction to the left or right of the transducer. For example another transducer beside the side finder transducer will cause issues. After you get it mounted there will be a little adjustment up and down. Likely you will get a bit of a rooster tail and adjusting the transducer up a little or down a little will fix it. Another thing I learned is when you are side scanning at about 5 mph you might need to trim your motor up a little to reduce interference. Thanks for participating on the site and feel free to ask anything you like. I do not know everything about the Humminbird side scan technology but I have learned a lot the hard way over the past year and a half. I would say the 797 is the best technology investment I have ever made.


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submitted by bigdan on Thu, 10/02/2008 - 21:15.

Thanks Ray for the pics. Somehow I missed the transducer pics when I looked at the map pics. I'm going forward and may need more expertise down the road. Thank you for this site and info on the 797


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