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Anyone out there tried using a castable depth finder (Hummingbird?) I've seen one where the monitor is attached to your fishing pole. Sounds kind of crazy! What do you think?

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I heard about one at Dicks sporting goods, but haven't really tried it.

depending on responses here, I might invest in one since I can only bank fish...

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well boys quit wondering and know that they do work.  

we have one that we use in the river all the time.  since we don't have room for anything added to the boat for fear of the rocks knocking it off we had to invest in one of these.  it does a decent job at depth, fish location, and know they have one that has a themometer on it.   but they do work

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ah, their expensive.  will take soem time to gather money like that.  (although I manage to buy too many lures as it is)

and u know riverhawg, ur quote...  I have to say its a good one.  as I think about it, I think I do fear the fish.  not like I'm scared of them, but in the sense that they wont bite.

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I think the transducer is cast out with a fishing rod and sends a wireless signal to the wrist watch or the unit mounted on the fishing rod.  There's a little more detail in the BPS catalogue.

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The transducer is like a bobber.  You attach it to your line and cast it out and then it sends a signal back to you and is displayed on a normal depth finder screen.  They have been on the market for quite a while now.  I think it'd be perfect for the bank angler.  I've never used one though.

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I think it'd be perfect for the bank angler.

True, but the "bank angler" is a bank angler for a reason. What's he going to do if the depth sux? Move?

:D

j/k. It is interesting, but who uses a bobber unless your shiner fishing?

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hey guys ease up now these aren't just any bobbers these transducer/bobbers are shaped like a little tug boat.   isn't that cute.  but i don't know what happens if for some reason you loose the trans. on the end of the line.  i guess then it becoames an ebay item ;D

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Gobbledog, you read my mind.  What's a bank angler to do about the depth?  If it can help him figure out what kind of structure is there maybe it would have some value but he could just look around for that too.

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First off, if the bank angler doesn't like the depth he's fishing he can move!  Say a guy wants to find a place to fish that has a steep drop off, he can cast out the transducer and slowly reel it back to get a feel for the lake contour below.  And No, you don't have to "fish with a bobber".  You can use this device to see what your fishing and then take it off once you know what the bottoms like.

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as a bank angler, I think I'm offended by these cruel comments.    :-/

I need to know the dropoff level, if there is a dropoff, and what the structure is on the bottom.  and not just at the edge of the bank, but 5 feet out and so on...

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Castable depth finders sound like something a little ahead of its time.  Good theory, but I would have to see it to believe it.  Maybe it works great, but I'm not sure.  If you are a shore fisherman, what do you have to lose?  Anything can help.  Picture what the slope of the terrain in front of you does in conjunction with what it looks like on land.  Most likely, it mirrors what you see in front of you.  I have always tried to visualize what's in front of me from what I saw on land.  Just a thoughts.  I use a fishing buddy now in my boat, it' portable and battery operated.  

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I think this product could come in great use to the "bank angler".  Like noluckfishin said, you need to know whats out there and yes, many times it may resemble what's on land but many times not.  I county lake I fish alot has brushpiles placed off the dam.  It'd be a breeze to find these with a castable depth finder but if you don't have one you just have to guess.  There's tons of stuff down there that you would miss if you just assumed the bottom terrain matched that of the land.

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Try it out.  Who knows what you can see down there.  You have to figure out what works for you and where you are and what you want to see down there.  Everyone has there own opinions, but you have to figure out what you need it for.  If poeple give you advise here, you have to weed thru what you need to hear and someone sounding off for their own benefit.   I didn't have one for years and I can tell you that I caught just as many fish as now, only now...I know where to go right away and can eliminate water by reading my depth finder.  

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rumz3- So do you have a castable depth finder or not?

Personally I think that time you cut down by knowing where to go adds up to more time fishing which in return can give you more fish.

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too many of you are thing about this idea way too much.  its a easy concept. a transducer in the water by way of your line and a moniter attached to your rod or somewhere else.  why wouldn't it work?  what is so scary about this contraption.  i have seen it work and it is not something you will see on the FLW but it still works.

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I agree with riverhawg.  It's something that if you so choose, it can help you locate good fishing spots easily and get an idea of whats below.  Nothing more complicated than that.  

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