How To Read a Hummingbird Fish Finder Screen

Hummingbird fish finders are quite popular among anglers. With so many features on the budget segment, it makes sense that they are famous. But one complaint that often rises is, Hummingbird fish finder screen is complicated to read. In my opinion, this assumption is based on false rumors. Hummingbird fish finders indeed have a lot of buttons to work with. But that doesn’t make it hard to use. Sure, you need a couple of days to get familiar. 

We will try to help you to get familiar with the product in this guide.

Press On button to turn on the fish finder:

When you turn on the fish finders the digital screen will greet you with tons of texts. It may seem overwhelming but take your time and read through them. Depending on the model you have on your hand, it will vary between the depth of the water, water temperature level, boat speed, etc. 

When you look at the bottom of the screen you will notice there are two lines. The thicker line indicates the bottom of the boat is solid and the thinner line indicates the bottom is soft.

On some designs, the design includes fish icons to indicate fishes. But on most of the fish finders, the screen will show fishes as small dots. 

Exactly How to Interpret a Fish Finder Display:

When you first check a Hummingbird fish finder display it can be intimidating. But it is really important to learn about using your fishfinder. If you don’t learn it what was the point of buying it?

If you are waiting to learn everything automatically once you are in the water, you may be the next person in the review section giving a review because you didn’t understand anything. 

Temperature, Rate, and Depth of the Water Sensors:

Almost all of the Hummingbird fish finder has these sensors. They are kind of mandatory to make a fish finder good.

As the name suggests, the temperature sensor will show the temperature of the water. 

Usually, the temperature marking is right below the depth analysis. The depth sensor is helpful to find particular kinds of fishes. Some fishes love the deep water and some love the surface warmth. That’s why the combination of temperature sensor and depth sensor being close by makes total sense. 

By analyzing the contents on the screen you can easily find groups of fishes and make your fishing session a massive success. Now might be the time to learn what fishes love what temperature. 

Almost all of the Hummingbird fish finders have depth sensors in their transducer. The job of the depth sensor is to provide the exact depth of the water below you. Most products will show the depth in meters instead of feet. But if you prefer that you may able to change that in the setting. Of course, the setting will vary on the fish finder model.

Information display sequence:

The information will always read from right to left. This is the reverse of how we usually read English. But those who have experience reading Japanese mangas are already familiar with this form. The current result will be shown on the top right of the display. Previous results will be shown on the far top left. 

When you are moving with your boat the fish finder will always show the live feed of what is underneath you. They are quite fast so you don’t need to worry about them catching up. The sonar signal from the transducer will locate the fishes and it will be shown in the middle of the screen. When you close into the location the markings will slowly come close to the center of the display.

You have nothing to be scared of. It’s hard but not impossible. 

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