I fished with a guide on the Detroit River two weeks ago who had the new Panoptix unit ($4000 to get setup). Incredible what you could see as it is a live image. Have to say it can frustrate the hell out of you sometime, you see the fish just looking at your bait and then swimming away. Very cool tech! You could actually see the fins on the fish in the image and truly judge the size somewhat.
7-10 days the lake will be ice free. Which will be almost right on average ice out (April 30). Pike bay is open up to Duffy island working up the bay. Paddled from the Pike river up the bay to the ice line tonight.
Fake chirp as marketing gimmick. They need something to convince folks to buy their unit and dump their unit from two years ago.
I am reserving judgement on the new higher frequency units. "mega" and equiv. Side scan actually seems like it could be useful. Lots of stuff is changing these days in electronics.
I think what would be cool is an underwater drone with several transducers that communicates back to the boat wirelessly with sonar and video..... Fresh water doesn't block radio waves too much so probably could use radio communication at least for a limited distance. Some sort of modulated acoustic waves would work too.
Can't you just see, sitting in the boat, driving the mini-sub around looking for fish, with sonar to help? I bet the open water musky guys would pay big bucks for one....😂