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new sonar user looking for advice on how to understand what I am looking at

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My boat came with a humminbird matrix 67 sonar and I would like to learn more about what I am looking at on the screen when I am fishing (bottom composition,fish, baitfish,....) Anyone know of a good book or guide?

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I think you can download the manual from the Humminbird website.

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Not sure about humminbirds but the one that came with my Eagle is terrible. They mostly just keep repeating "until you learn how to understand what you are seeing".

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About 2 years ago I received a sonar manual that describes how they work. It is pretty technical and very informative and is based on lowrance fish finders. The file was sent to me from a guy on Iboats. The file is about 3 megs and if anyone is interested I can send it to you if you email me at ralgoetz@comcast.net.

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I sent you my e-mail address and would very much appreciate you sending me the file Thank You

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I just sent an email too. Thanks.

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I sent three out. One requested a return receipt for the email which for some reason kept erroring out when I sent it. If you did not get a response from me please send another email and I will re send.

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I got mine but what kind of a file is it and what program do I need to open it with?

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microsoft word however microsoft works or any word processor should open it. I just tried word pad and that will convert it and open it as well.

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Thanks, I got it to work now and will read it later when I have some time.

Scott

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Thanks for sending it. Euro, I glanced at it real fast yesterday and it looks like there is a ton of good info in there.

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Even though you don't have a Lowrance, there is a sonar tutorial on their website that can help you understand the settings (which are common on all locators such as gain, gray scale, etc). It's very good.

First tip: Turn of the "Fish ID" option......the one that shows all the little fishies on your screen.

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