Everything you need to know about Livescope
Whereas most Sonar system provides historical views of the fish species underneath the water, Garmin came up with advanced technology. Livescope gives you a real-time view underneath the water instead of letting your wait for the time to pass.
It makes fishing more convenient for the fishers. With the use of Livescope technology, one can also identify what species of fish are swimming below and around the boat. It saves the valuable time of the fisher and lets him find fish and baits conveniently.
The article will go through everything about Livescope and its functionalities. Even if you are a recreational fisher, you should continue reading.
What is Livescope
- Livescope gives real-time fish movements.
- It is possible to identify the fish species after few times.
- It is a sonar system from Garmin.
- This advanced device is compatible with Garmin fishing products.
Livescope is an advanced fishing sonar system that shows the real-time movement of the fish species under and around the boat. Garmin manufactured this sonar system, and it can only function with a Garmin transducer or transom mount.
The most attractive side of this fishing sonar system is the real-time working. Most sonar system in the market only shows the previous movement of the fishes, which makes it difficult to find out the right spot for fishing.
Instead of showing these slow, historical movements, Livescope deals with the present movement of the fishes and baits. This allows the user to find the fish whenever they are swimming near the boat. It eases the fishing a lot.
How to use Livescope
- Mount the Livescope on the fishing boat in front of your eyes.
- Set the forward, backward, and down beam angles.
- Now try locating the fish under the boat through the Livescope images.
- Drop your lure in front of the livescope beam.
- Wait until the fish bites the lure.
To use and get started with the Livescope sonar, you need to know that it isn't a similar sonar to the traditional sonar system. Although it is an advanced angling or fishing device, using it isn't that difficult.
Doesn't it seem easier than using a traditional sonar system? It seems easier indeed because you don't have to go back like traditional sonar systems. Here the boat moves forward, and the sonar gives the real-time movement of the fishes.
But with traditional sonar, you have to go over the fish and then move back to catch them. So with livescope, the process seems quite straightforward. Also, with the inclusion of a narrow beam, it provides much clarity in the live-action images.
What are the benefits of Livescope?
- Livescope gives real-time fish and baits movement.
- The angler doesn’t have to get the boat back to catch fish.
- The fishing process becomes much more time-saving.
- It provides a downward view, surrounded view, and perspective view.
- You can see up to 200 inches in all three views.
- The image underneath the water remains steady.
- It offers vivid color patterns.
- It is easy to connect with Garmin fishing devices.
If you have used both the traditional sonar system and the livescope sonar system, you might have already understood why livescope is better.
With the added clarity and vividness in the images, every angler will find the sonar system fancy for angling. There are seven vivid color options available here, which include aqua, Caribbean, lava, and many more.
The sonar system also lets the user get a customizable screen view. You can customize it in forwarding range compression, hiding all screen controls, grid angle, and new reverse range options.
With three different modes and higher ranging capacity, up to 200 inches provides a crystal clear image to the angler.
Panoptix vs. Livescope
Livescope is a new addition from Garmin to the fishing world, but panoptix came four or five years earlier. Both are useful devices for a professional angler, but both have some differences.
- Livescope gives a clearer resolution, whereas panoptix gives a video game-like feel.
- Livescope has a coverage area around 100 ft, whereas panoptix has up to 150 ft.
- Livescope comes with narrower beams compared to panoptix.
- Livescope gives a detailed image of the fish and baits than panoptix.
As both these sonar systems are from Garmin, you don't have to worry about the quality and functionalities. However, it seems livescope has a better advantage over panoptix after comparing these two devices.
The specialty of the livescope is the real-time result and the clarity of images, where panoptix slightly lags.
Necessary settings of the Livescope
Before you start fishing with a livescope sonar system there are some necessary settings you need to do.
- Noise reject setting to eliminate unwanted clutter.
- TVG setting to see deep inside the water.
- The color gain setting brings clarity.
- Color scheme setting gives proper viewing color.
- Depth setting informs about the fish size.
- Bottom fills and trails setting for the bottom.
Set up Livescope
You can set up Livescope, these settings conveniently by following the commands.
- To eliminate any sort of unwanted clutter from the water set up noise reject. Select Menu > sonar setup > Noise reject > high.
- TVG or Time Variable Gain set up lets the angler see deeper into the water. Select Menu > sonar setup > TVG > off.
- You can have a clear look at the fish and lures through a color gain setting. Select Menu > sonar setup > appearance > color gain.
- Find out the best view according to the weather with a color scheme option. Select Menu > sonar setup > appearance > color scheme.
- With the range setting, you can increase or decrease the fish sizes according to the needs. Go to Livescope screen > range setting at the top bottom left.
- To see the size of the fish, keep the depth consistent. Select Menu > depth range.
- For fishes underneath the boat, bottom fills and trails are the setting you need. Select Menu > sonar setup > appearance > bottom fills and trails.
What is the best screen size for Livescope
Most probably 10 inches and 12 inches screen is the best screen size for Livescope. The clarity and view of the fish images largely depend on the screen size. With a larger screen, you are supposed to get a clearer view.
However, you might need to spend a bit more dollars on a larger screen compared to a smaller one. But a professional angler won't mind this if the question is about clarity of the image.
How far one can see with Livescope
One can see up to 200 inches with a Livescope in different modes. Garmin has added three different modes in the sonar system for enhanced functionality. You need to change the direction of the transducer to have different viewing modes.
- See around the trolling boat by pointing forward.
- See underneath the boat by pointing down.
- Have a perspective view by adjusting the overhead angle.
How do you power off Livescope?
It is easy to connect the Livescope with a transducer, and it is also an easier task to power off after the job is done. The user needs to disable every power button from the power menu to turn the device off.
I have a Sea Ark ProCat 200 and I have the Livescope setup directly behind the drivers seat and in the down position. How far to the rear of my boat, will the scope read fish. I do 90% of my fishing in the back of my boat using dragon tails and also suspending rigs