Seeing Both Sides

Recreational side-scan sonar images, videos and links from Humminbird, Lowrance and Simrad

In the September/October issue of Sport Fishing, my electronics column focused on side-viewing sonar. I reported that I'm giving both Humminbird and Navico side-scan units a trial run in my home waters of Georgia, aboard my 2200 Pathfinder TE.

Here we commonly fish marsh areas for redfish and trout; we fish the beaches for bull reds and we target tripletail around structure. As I am able to use each unit, I will add to the photo gallery at the top of this page.

My first trial involves Humminbird’s 998c SI Combo; my second will look at the Lowrance StructureScan HD unit. I recorded a video of the Humminbird installation, which I’ve pasted below this text.

In addition, please check out the following links:

Humminbird

This link takes you to Humminbird's side-scan introduction page. Scroll through panels under the introduction and features sections, using the right and left arrows on the page to find images and this tutorial video.

Also check out the video gallery on Humminbird's website. Use the drop down next to "Change Playlist" to select Side Imaging, and you will see a selection of videos, including several from saltwater-fishing captains Ed Zyak and Rick Murphy. Also, check out this moderated video recording from the California delta.

Navico (Lowrance and Simrad)

This link goes to Lowrance's main side-imaging page with a gallery on the right of images and this video.

Also, check out the features page that expands on what the StructureScan HD unit shows.

For Simrad, check out that brand's main SS HD page and scroll through the screenshot photos.

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Humminbird 998c SI Combo

To the right of the boat, we can clearly see the four legs of a channel marker. At least three of the white streaks in the image are tripletail. I know because we promptly caught all three.Chris Woodward
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Humminbird 998c SI Combo

As we ventured into the shallows, we could definitely see the oyster reef to either side of our boat and beneath our keel. The structure is unmistakable.Chris Woodward
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Humminbird 998c SI Combo

I only got one shot of this buoy and chain. A few fish seem to be hovering near the chain, but we didn't hook up.