The FishTrax™ Series adaptive sonar really comes in handy while fishing on the ice. Here are a few tips and tricks to maximize your catch rate:
- Batteries: Cold temperatures are really hard on batteries. The colder it gets, the less power traditional alkaline batteries will put out. Lithium batteries do not have this problem. Therefore, for maximum battery life, we suggest Energizer Ultimate Lithium Batteries. If you're going to use alkaline batteries, put a spare set in your pocket and keep them warm. That way you can swap the batteries throughout the day to keep your FishTrax running smoothly.
- Manually Set The Range (1C & 1X only): To maximize the display area, set the range to the smallest setting, then adjust the Lower Limit setting to move the sea floor readout to the bottom of the screen.
- Play Around with Frequencies (1C Only): Depending upon the type of jig you're using, 83 khz may be better than 200 khz, or vice versa. Switch between frequencies and choose the frequency that gives you the best readout.
- Manually Set the Sensitivity: Adjust the sensitivity setting to filter out debris and thermoclines and dial in the exact depth of your jig.
- Remove Surface Clutter (1C & 1X Only): Set the surface clutter setting to high to remove noise created by the sonar signals bouncing off the ice.
- Set Noise Rejection to Dial In Your Jig (1C & 1X Only): The lower the setting, the smaller the jig that can be detected. The higher the setting, the less you'll see on the screen.
- Flutter Your Jig On the Way Down: By letting your jig flutter while it sinks, you'll create a great echo which will allow you to set your jig at the exact depth you want it.