March 24th, 2010  |   ( Leave a comment )

Humminbird Side-Imaging Demo and Training Videos

Here are some nice Demo / Training / Tips / How To videos I found recently on Humminbird Side-Imaging and Down-Imaging (SI/DI). These would be great to check out before you buy a Humminbird, and also great to check out after you buy one. You’ll learn a lot and see some real experts showing you how to use some of the key features.

These aren’t in any particular order, so just play the ones that look interesting. For a few of the videos I have included an index of the highlights with the time they occur, so you can skip through parts of the video if you aren’t interested. I would suggest that you watch every second though, because sometimes these guys will make a very simple little remark that can flip the switch in your head and turn on the lights. At least that’s how it works for me :) .

Humminbird SI Startup Tips / How to Use Side-Imaging

Humminbird SI Startup Tips

  • 0:15 – Scan boat ramp (sunken boat at end of ramp)
  • 1:02 – Scan bridge pilings and check horizontal level of transducer
  • 2:20 – Use 2D and SI to get better understanding of what you see
  • 4:05 – Rip rap point

Here’s a great tip for getting started with Side-Imaging – scan objects that are both above and below the water. This makes it easier to understand what you see on the SI unit. Make multiple passes to scan the same object several times. This helps you learn how speed, course and the fishfinder settings affect the display on the Humminbird SI unit.


Tour of the Humminbird 1197c SI Fishfinder/GPS

Humminbird 1197c SI Unit (this video was made before Down-Imaging/DI was available)

  • 1:05 – Freeze screen and orient yourself to the screen
    • Cursor to object using arrow keys – mark target as GPS waypoint
  • 2:15 – Zoom in on object (up to 6 times)
  • 2:40 – Shadows and what they tell you
  • 2:58 – Brighten or darken image (sensitivity)
  • 3:25 – Change colors
  • 4:08 – Setting up when you first turn the unit on
    • Look right, left or both
    • Sensitivity (higher for deeper water)
    • Range (drop from 150 feet to 100
    • Set beam select to 200/83khz
    • Set User Mode from Normal to Advanced
    • Split screen to show both 2D and side imaging
  • 5:35 – Rocky shelf point with brush underneath a dock
  • 6:00 – Left side is a ledge – shadow length indicates 6-8 foot ledge


How to Make Side-Imaging Sonar Recordings

from Doug Vahrenberg

Doug Vahrenberg’s Website (more Humminbird SI/DI greatness!)


Splitscreen Views of Side-Imaging and Down-Imaging

from Doug Vahrenberg

Split-Screen SI and DI Views – No Discussion

  • 0:23 – See a rock on side-imaging and on down-imaging view
  • 0:37 – See baitfish on side and down
  • 1:15 – Add 3-way split showing SwitchFire 2D
  • 1:45 – Get into some trees

This video shows how nice the wider Humminbird screens are. The wide screens let you split the screen better and see more. If you can afford the wide-screen you should seriously consider it (but if not, get what you can afford – it’s worth it!)


Humminbird SwitchFire 2D Showing Various Color Pallettes

from Doug Vahrenberg

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