Now that you have access to the latest in fish finder technology you can put your best efforts into landing that wall hanger instead of bumbling around hunting for the best fishing spots. Today's fish finders have advanced video displays and additional features that will leave you wondering how you ever fished without them. Read on to find out how the latest in fish finder technology packed into the modern fish finder can help you catch more and better fish today.

Of course the transducer is the most integral component in all fish finders. It is the transducer that sends out the signals into the water that help identify what is in the water near your boat. In general, the higher frequency sonar units will give you the most detailed information about the structure of the area and any potential targets within range. An individual transducer's cone angle is the factor that has the most bearing on the area of coverage. If you want to read well in shallow or moderately deep waters you need a wide angle cone transducer while a narrow angle transducer is more well suited to deep water. The depth at which your sonar unit will work best relies on the power of the individual transmitter, the sensitivity of the receiver, the frequency of the transducer and how it is installed. The condition of the water and bottom as well as the type of water will all have an effect on the performance of your depth finder or fish finder unit.

The newest fish finders are pretty fool-proof, even for first timers. Each unit will come with a kit which provides everything you need to mount the unit on your boat. Just follow the installation instructions and you'll be ready in no time. You may want to mount your new fish finder in one of three places that will be most accessible to you, the bow, near the steering wheel or at the stern of the boat. The portion of the fish finder that sends out the sonar signal into the water and sends information back to the display is the transducer unit. Some fish finders come complete with transducer while you may have to buy one separately for others. You will mount the transducer to the rear of your boat so that it will be under water and connect the transducer lead to the fish finder.

Proper installation of your transducer is essential to the proper operation of your fish finder. In most cases a permanently mounted transducer setup will be used for high speed applications. In order to work properly you need to mount your transducer in such a way that it gets an even steady flow of water across its face at any speed.

The technology put into fish finders is always improving. Today's fish finders can get continuous updates from a satellite to a GPS receiver and available electronic probes can be bought that have stand alone microprocessors that can provide you with even more information. Most fish finders now come with 200 kHz transducers and thermal scanners and you can get big monochrome monitors for them too. You'll have to keep aware of your own budget, because technology can be pricey. It's best to read some fish finder reviews before you shop. When you find the right unit for your needs you'll consider it your best fishing buddy from that day forward.