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Bass Crash Course: An Intro to Fishing Sonar

There's no denying that sonar in its many forms is an invaluable tool for all anglers. But in order for it to work for you, you first need to know how to use it.

One of the appeals fishing has always held for me is the attempt to solve a puzzle for which we don’t have all the pieces. Unlike hunting, where we’re looking directly at our quarry and the cover it inhabits, bass and other gamefish can seldom be seen as we look into the water from above. Fishing is a game of educated guesses as to where the fish "should be" and making casts to determine if our theory is valid.

While sonar has always been the primary means of getting a mental picture of what lies beneath the water, the technology has come a long way in the past few years. When I was learning to bass fish in the 1980s and ’90s, we had two technologies to...

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