Mapping patented Features for Humminbird-Chartplotters

These chips show the contour lines of that lakes that we're fishing. Lake Master every year has updated the chips with new lakes as they as they go in and survey themselves the different lakes across the country.

This chip is the Southeast Version 2 and it just came out in February of this year and it's got Guntersville and Pickwick on it. By surveying themselves, they're done in 1 foot contour, so they give you the absolute best of contour lines and best mapping of that lake. For example: If you are in creek channel, - at the mouth of Bear Creek on Pickwick.

You can see the creek channel coming in off the river channel. You have all your bends coming in. Coming in, you have the shallow water bars coming here, so all this is 10 feet deep right here. This bar is coming out, but a very well defined creek channel coming into the lake and from the lake.

Some of the neat features the LakeMaster has that some other chips don't... you can go to the chart function under unit. You know, the Tennessee River lakes have a winter pool, a summer pool, so they are going to vary depending upon the season. You can actually go to the water level off set.

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Using Humminbird Depth Highlight to Your Fishing Advantage

Humminbird unit for Fishing

A little bit on the way I like to set my Humminbird unit up whenever I’m going to any lake, a new lake, or even a lake I live on all the time. Now, we’re starting to get into the late summer into early fall and here on the Tennessee River we have a draw down.

As the water falls, certain structures and objects and things of that nature become shallower and we don’t want to hit those. Even if I go to a new lake, if there’s a drought or the waters down, I’m going to show you how I set this unit up.

See, I go to chart right here and I go down, and I go down to depth highlight and you can see I’ve got my depth highlights every 5 feet, so every 5 feet that’s where I’ve got mine set.

Now, I can go down to less and if you look over here on the screen the green gets a little smaller, but I like to keep it on at about 5 feet. Then I go to depth highlight range at 3 feet.

Now, what I’ve done when I go to 3 feet, what that does is the really shallow part of that bar shows up in bright red, so if I see any bright red water, I know that’s a possibility of being very shallow-could be dangerous- but if I’m wanting to fish shallow it also highlights that for me. Into water level offset, I’ve got this set at -3 feet. Now here on Kentucky Lake, we’re at about 357- we're down about 3 feet- so that’s where I’ve got that set. If you look at that, what it does is it highlights this whole bar out here and shows me the shallow- the red the bright red and the green- and as the shades change,

I know that’s deeper water. What that does is I go out, it also puts it to where I can, it makes these bars and shallow water and things in that nature more visible. Now, it makes it easier for me to run but if I’m also trying to fish down this bar, it also highlights it for me on the screen and it shows me right where shallow areas might be- the ends, the little turns, little points, little high spots, and things like that. I can use that to help them stand out make them a lot easier to find.

How to Use Auto Chart Live

with Humminbird AutoChart Live™

How to create your own Humminbird recording.

You have the chartplotting and your AutoChart. Put it in here and then you press Menu. Go to AutoChart Live.

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There you will find Record. Just put it over to On. We are on a lake right now and there is no nautical chart. We will now create one live, in real time. The Onix handles all conversion of the sonar data. We will go out on deeper areas and we will see the chart changing.

You will get a totally different view of the lake you intend to fish in. We took some turns here in a completely new area. We follow the different colours. The blue area is a deeper one. and the colour turns into yellow. Yellow means in this case that we have a depth of about 6 feet. If we were to go in to an even more shallow area, it would be red. The red tracks you see here show where we have been with the boat.

Press Humminbird's Menu again and AutoChart Live to find Map Options. You can select your maxium range and change the colours.

A lake can have a depth down to 100 feet and you want to fish on a depth of 35 feet. The maximum range can be adjusted to 35 feet. You will get more colours between 0 to 35 feet. In this case, our maximum depth was 35 feet and the range is adjusted to that.

Here we have the contour intervals.

It is now on 1 foot, which means that it is 1 foot between every depth curve.

If you change it to a smaller interval, you can see how the curves get closer.

Just half a foot between every depth curve.

You can get really close depth curves.

One great thing with this system is, when we go back to the chartplotting, you can mark a depth curve and then press Go to.

Here you will find Follow the contour. You can now see a purple line and an orange line.

When activating this function, you want the iPilot Link to follow the contour. It does not know which direction to start in. It is up to you to tell it what to do. Follow the orange line for example. It will go here and then in this direction. Select purple and it follows that line. When trolling for pike in the autumn, you know that the fish is 15 feet down.

You constantly fish on an effective depth.


The advantage is also that the iPilot follows the 15 feet curve. It does all the work and you can just focus on fishing. As you can see, the iPilot together with the Onix opens a lot of possibilties.

If you run a track and see that the bottom is very hilly- -and you find it interesting to fish, after you have passed the spot, you can press Go To and select Reverse Route.

It will follow the route in reverse, just as the function says.

The default setting

The default setting is summer pool so if you're fishing in the fall you can go to that and change it so that you're down 6 feet which is the typical winter drawdown on Pickwick. What you've done is you have adjusted and it's showing you all the areas highlighted in green now that in winter pool, are going to be you're shallower area. When you go fishing there in the middle of a drawdown when it's up 3 feet, you can go back in and adjust that. What you're seeing is, you're not having to mentally make that adjustment in your head-you know change it.

Again, that changes that amount if green areas that shallower areas that you want to either avoid running in or that you want to key in fishing if you're fishing shallow water pattern.

Other things you can do is you can actually change your shade of depth like now, you can change it where it's from 15 - 20 feet to trying to keep on shallower water you can adjust it down to 5.

Really, really handy for both avoiding shallow water areas you'd run in with your boat or when you're trying to key a specific pattern you're looking for a certain right depth of range.

Other things you can do is if you're looking for certain fishing grass beds on a lake and the grass has stopping it say 12 feet, you can set your level at 12 and run around on the lake and it's going to take you to those areas and look for that depth range.

On the lakes that are HD you know the definition of the lakes in terms of 1 foot contours and actually seeing the channels-you zoom in-seeing these creek channels that are marked with a pink line as you move through the flats. A lot of detail and it's a survey they've done themselves so it's very very accurate.

Freshwater Onix Series

There are two display sizes for the Onix, a 10" and an 8". This product is a side image product with all technologies. Humminbird Onix Series have a wide side image on the top here, which is useful when searching sideways.

How to Use Humminbird Onix Series in the best way possible

We have chartplotting in the left corner and 2D sonar in the right.

Swipe right to change the view and choose one from the defaults. If you want down image instead of Freshwater 2D sonar, just change the view.

Or if you want bigger chartplotting. If you want to move from one spot to another without changing the view, a simple function is to use two fingers to get a full chartplotting view. Maybe to check out where you are going, and mark the route points.

When you are ready to go, just go back to the original view. Just use two fingers. And then two fingers to go back. If you want to use the keys, press this one to get the full view. Push once more to go back.

The active view - if you push a menu key, that is the controlled one. To change the active view, just push it to mark it with yellow. With the 2D sonar, You can turn the rotary dial and change the sensitivity. When doing the same thing with the side image, you change the width of the area. To go to the menu, there is a key here in the right corner. If you want to use the touch screen, you find it in the upper left corner on Humminbird Onix Series.

Here you can find all the settings, like sensitivity, contrast and chart speed.

Push the menu key once more, and you get to the main menu. Here are all the settings for sonar, chart, navigation, radar, general, your boat, network, simulation and restore defaults. All main settings are done in this menu. To go back in the menu system, push the exit key.

This is one kind of view.

If you want to create your own, push the home key Here you will find further settings for the product. There is also a menu called Views. Push it to see all default views and the ones you have saved.

You can also create a new view here. Choose which design you want, a full-screen, two panes on the side , or one on top of the other. If you like to put the side image on this wide image on top to get the full search area.

Maybe you want the 2D sonar in your right corner. And the down image in the left one. Push save to get the view among your favourites. It is valuable to create your own views, if you are navigating etc.

Or if you are fishing, it is all up to you. If you push the exit key and go back to the home screen- the last created view can be found to the far right. To move it to another position, push it to mark it with yellow. Push the arrows to move it, Jjust place it wherever you like., preferrably in the beginning of the system.

Learn How to Set up older Humminbird® Products

Below you will read "how to set up some older Humminbird core products".

A simple thing, like changing the view, is just to press the VIEW key once.

It can be found in the upper right corner.

When you come to or pass the view you want, just press the EXIT key to get back to it.

This is how you go back and forward. A quick function is to press the VIEW-KEY for a longer time. Then you will find the sonar. Press if you want a whole side image view.

You will go there right away.

To go to the X-press Menu to adjust the sensitivity for example, just press the MENU key once and use the left and right cursor keys. It can vary from lake to lake depending on how much bait fish there is, what kind of fishing there is as well as the water quality.

Then press the small arrow to see more menus.

Press the down arrow to go to Upper Range, where you can remove the upper depth if you want to.

You can get rid of possible surface clutter.

If you press MENU once more, you are in the X-press menu- you will get to the Main Menu.

Here you will find the alarms, like Depth Alarm and others. This is the Sonar Menu, where you can adjust frequency or beam.

You can also adjust the set up for surface clutter. The RTS Window, the Real Time Sonar Window,-is the window here, which shows all in real time.

Everything back here is history.

You can alter the RTS Window, this narrow one with a lot of colours, and then there is a wider one, which is built from left to right.

The depth of the sonar return is indicated by the vertical placement on the display.

We have gone through some of the functions and settings. Let's move on. We can also change the Sonar Colors. This is the palette. The first pallette has a yellow color, when the sonar return is as strongest.

If you change to a standard pallette, the Humminbird pallette, the color of the strongest sonar return is red.

There is a built-in Noise Filter that also controls how much information you get.

If you are out trolling and want to see the thermocline, it is a good thing to change it to High to get more information on the display.

Water Type

If you are fishing in fresh water, it is great to change that setting as it adjusts the Humminbird settings depending on the water type.

It is easier for a sonar to pass through fresh water. If you fish in salt water, you can choose between shallow and deep.

We can also adjust the Color Bar, whether you want it ON or OFF. The black line up here is the Temperature Graph.

Especially when you are out trolling,keep it on, and you are looking for warm water.

the graph sinks or rises

You can see if the graph sinks or rises, if the water is warmer or colder. To go to the X-Press Menu to adjust these sonar functions, here we have a Side Image and a 2D Sonar on the left,just press the MENU key once on the X-press Menu, you will find Active Side Right and the functions are controlling Side Image.

the sensitivity of the 2D Sonar

If you want to change the sensitivity of the 2D Sonar, just change the Active Side from Right to Left. All the functions are now for the 2D Sonar, like Chart Speed, Upper and Lower Range.

We will move on to another setting, which is very valuable. But, how to change the information down here on the display.

Press the MENU key twice to go to the Main Menu. In this menu you can find Set-ups. Further down in this menu, you will find Select Readouts. You can change the depth on Readout 1. Maybe we want to see our speed there instead. Change it to anything you like or remove that window. Same thing goes for all windows, just change them to what you want.

To leave the menu, press the "EXIT" key once. Let's take a look at the chartplotting. If you want to mark a position, just press the MARK key once. To create a route, move the marker to where you want to go and then press "GO TO". To cancel the navigation that has started, press the "MENU" key once to go to X-press.

Here you will find Cancel Navigation, just press the right cursor key. There are all kinds of functions in this machine. But you normally use about a tenth of all menus.

You do not have to make it difficult, just adjust it to how you want it. You can learn the sonar step by step.