Jump to content
  • GUESTS

    If You  want access  to member only forums on FM, You will need to Sign-in or  Sign-Up now .

    This box will disappear once you are signed in as a member.

  • 0

x510C losing bottom/depth reading


mrjigger

Question

I just purchased a lowrance x510C. I have read many posts regarding lowrance units losing bottom/depth reading in shallow water. But never heard anything bad about the 510C.

This past weekend, I was in about 8ft of water, the bottom must have been pretty soft because the sonar could barely pick up the bottom. I tried increasing the sensitivity and that did seem to help, but did not completely solve the problem. Many times the depth reading would just blink for a few seconds and then eventually start reading again. Everything seemed to work great on hard bottoms, with no weeds.

I hooked the transducer to my 20C, which I primarily use for GPS, and my 20C would read the depth just fine. Since the bottom was soft, it still had a hard time picking up the bottom, but at least it worked.

anyone else have this problem with the 510C? How do I fix it?

Link to comment
Share on other sites

12 answers to this question

Recommended Posts

  • 0

I dont know if this will fix it.. but it has worked on very similar problems on many different models...

go into the sonar menu where it allows you to select SHALLOW WATER mode.. put it in that mode and see how it works..

Don't let the shallow water thing scare you.. i think it will work fine to 100+ ft.

Has fixed many of problems on newer lowrance sonars that I've played with.

You can also try and update the software then do the same thing again if it doesnt work....

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 0

not sure, but I looked at pretty much every menu on the 510C and I don't see anywhere that you can switch to shallow water mode.

I know it can be done on other models, but it does not appear that the 510C has that capability.

Maybe updating the software would give us that capability?

Does anyone know if updating the software would give us the shallow water mode?

thanks.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 0

the only way to upgrade a 510c would be to send it in and let them upgrade it...because the 510c doesnt have a place to put the upgrade chip...i have a 27 and have yet to find a spot for shallow water mode on it either..i was just curious to where this area might be in the graphs..i know the new Hd models have it built in for that mode..

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 0

thanks for all the help everyone, but I checked again, and unless I am missing something, the 510c does not have a sonar setup category or shallow water mode.

I am going to try mine one more time on the water, if it does not work, its going back. Sucks, because I really like the sonar picture in deeper water, but I just won't put up with [PoorWordUsage] that won't work properly when I paid for it with my hard earned money. I mean it won't work in 10ft or less. I don't know about you, but I fish those depths alot.

I really like the looks of the Lowrance HDS units, but just am very hesistant to pull the trigger because of these same types of issues.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 0
  • 'we have more fun' FishingMN Creators

With any sounder running depth and gain range in auto can produce hiccups. So will manually setting gain but leaving depth range in auto. Your asking a piece of software to do something that you can do better.

I tend to start out with both in manual. I might leave it there all day long but for sure I'll keep the gain in manual and adjust it. Sounders are not a set it and forget it deal. Depth, bottom content, and suspended particles will dictate gain settings. If I know my ducer is installed correctly and I can't read bottom its a simple matter or either turning up the gain or set the depth range deeper. The brain can do that every time. I piece of software can do that most of the time. Do it manually, it doesn't matter which you try first, gain or depth, eventually you'll figure it out. Software on the other hand can get confused, now throw in interference reduction and what might be soft bottom the sounder dismisses as clutter and continues searching for bottom.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 0

Thanks Surface Tension.

Actually last night I did some reading on the support pages of the lowrance website. Much of what you explained was also stated on the lowrance website. Lowrance also stated to set your depth settings in shallow water to 0 to 20ft.

Next time on the water, I will try these setting in manual mode and report back.

The thing is though, I have had several lowrance graphs in the past, and never had this problem with losing bottom, and I have never had to manually adjust these settings to make it read. So why the problem now?

I will give the manual settings a shot though, because I really like the sonar output when it works correctly.

thanks.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 0

I just bought a 510C this spring and for whatever it's worth, I'm very happy with it so far. I had the boat out on Saturday for a hours and never lost bottom. I had the sensitivity in manual mode and I believe the depth was in auto. The only thing I noticed was that going from deep to shallow water, I would need to turn the sensitivity down or the screen would be extreemely cluttered. As far as I know, this is normal, and along the same lines as what Surface Tension was saying.

Just my 2 cents.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

Guest
Answer this question...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Restore formatting

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.



  • Your Responses - Share & Have Fun :)

    • smurfy
      Heard that too. Also heard 38 was closed for a but north of rapids due to flooding.    I know the water really came up when I was up last week compared to when I was there in April. 
    • Kettle
      Someone said 4 inches in the past week, more expected this weekend. A few roads, including county roads that are asphalt ended up with sink holes. Lakes are the highest I've ever seen in the 30+ years coming to the area and now living here. Several people lost trees Tues night
    • smurfy
      Dang Kettle  that bites. Great to hear fishing was good though.   How much rain you get up that way?
    • Dash 1
      50 in 6 hours is great. Boat issues really put a damper on a great day though. Hope you get it fixed quickly.  
    • Kettle
      Well boat finally got "fixed" and I picked it up Saturday. Last week worked 96 hrs so Sunday wanted the day to fish alone. Boat ran great out to the spot, 4 miles or so. Fishing was great boated over 50 walleye in about 6 hrs. Caught them lindy rigging, jigging and bobber fishing watching them on the live scope. Kept 6 between 18-20 inches. After using the trolling motor for the entire time fishing, go to fire up the tiller and it bogs down and dies. Another 4 hours running the trolling motor back to the launch. Fortunate it's under warranty. Bummer of a day but fishing was great landed one about 7 lbs too  
    • Dash 1
      Terrible news for that area especially this being such a prime time for tourism. We can only hope for dryer days ahead so they can get back to normal.
    • SkunkedAgain
      For those not in the area, the Lake Vermilion area got anywhere from 5-10" of rain the other day (depending on your source). The lake is rising rapidly affecting docks, shorelines, and cabins. The Littlefork River that runs through Cook overran its banks and flooded the town. It's not expected to crest until at least Saturday, which means things will get worse. Places such as the Comet, the Muni, the library, and many other businesses are flooded. Many roads in the area have been destroyed by flooding as well. There's lots of damage. Below are two quick links.   https://www.northernnewsnow.com/2024/06/20/floodwaters-inundate-city-cook-evacuation-location-open/   https://www.mprnews.org/story/2024/06/20/cleanup-continues-flooding-in-northeast-minnesota-southern-minnesota-rivers-rising
    • delcecchi
      Apparently just the motorized portage.   If you paddle you are good to go.
    • CigarGuy
      The only way I could do it is running parallel to the shoreline on the "L", but with the wake from the boats and my rocky shoreline, the waves just bounce it around too much, even with bumpers tied off. My neighbors dock is recessed off the main channel, I'm going to sweet talk him into letting me dock it there.
    • partyonpine
      They closed the Trout Lake Portage down washed out.
×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. We have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. You can adjust your cookie settings, otherwise we'll assume you're okay to continue.