April 15th, 2011  |  

Humminbird Setup How-To Videos

Here are a couple excellent videos by Doug Vahrenberg. The first video takes you through the most important settings that you’ll need to understand when you’re setting up and adjusting your Humminbird side imaging fishfinder. I’ve added my timeline notes so you can skip ahead or return to something you want to see again. I suggest that you don’t skip over anything in these videos! There might be a few seconds that you could skip but there’s not many. And you sure don’t want to skip over a few words that could mean all the difference for you.

How to Set Up and Adjust Your Humminbird Side-Imaging Fishfinder

Video Highlight Timeline (humminbird side-imaging settings and adjustments)
Time Topic
0:30 Set side-imaging view Left/ Right/ Both
1:10 Range – lower the range to around 100 feet to get bigger objects (700 series 50-75 feet)
2:40 Chart Speed
set chart speed to be close to your boat speed (moving 3 mph – set chart speed around 3)
slower speed increases the detail
set chart speed to 10 and the picture can get blurry
set chart speed to 1 when using the trolling motor for best detail at slow speed
if you’re looking for major structure you can set the chart speed up to 4 or 5 to find the big objects – then turn it down to get the fine detail
setting chart speed too fast is the #1 mistake people make
5:10 Sensitivity
don’t set too high or all will be white
when you see something interesting, stop the screen and play with sensitivity to get the detail you want
sensitivity setting also depend on bottom hardness
– hard rocky bottom 8-10
– soft bottom 10-12
8:00 Side Imaging Enhance
8:50 Sharpness
– off is normal
– low makes the strong returns (fish, etc.) more clear so they jump out at you
– medium and high show even more intensity
– Doug likes to run low and medium – Helps You Catch More Fish!
10:50 Sonar / Side Imaging Frequency
– 455 khz is 180 degree total coverage – best detail out and down
– 800 khz is 110 degree (55 each side) – sometimes need to increase sensitivity a little
– 800 shows more detail and lets you see things like fish and logs within a brush pile
– normal use is 455, but when you need even higher detail go to 800
13:00 Summary – sensitivity / side imaging enhance / range / chart speed

Humminbird Page Views and Presets

The second video shows how to use the view and exit buttons to toggle between all the available view options. Doug also explains how to hide views that you don’t use, and how to set your 3 favorite presets. These Humminbird SI / DI units are not cheap, but when you see and think about all they can do you really have to appreciate how much work went into them. These views are outstanding and the preset favorites buttons are genius.

Video Highlight Timeline (humminbird screen views and favorite presets)
Time Topic
0:20 View and Exit Buttons
Quick run through all the views
Note: some of these are normally hidden but can be exposed (how-to at 3:20)
– full screen down imaging
– down imaging / side imaging
– down imaging / 2d sonar
– 3 way split – side / down / 2d
– full screen side
– full screen 2d
– 2d sonar / 2d zoomed
– 200 khz / 83 khz
– side imaging / 2d
– view screen for snapshots and recordings
– system status
– gps diagnostics
– bird’s eye gps view (navionics platinum)
– bird’s eye / standard gps contour
– gps zoomed / zoomed out
– full contour line gps mode
– down imaging / mapping
– 2d / mapping
– side imaging / mapping
2:45 3 Favorites Preset Buttons
3:10 How to set and change a favorite
3:20 How to expose or hide page views (the ones listed above)

Doug makes a lot of wonderful informative videos and we really appreciate him. You can catch more here on topfishfinders.com or go over to his website at dougvahrenberg.com

Thanks for these great videos Doug!