Monthly Archives: April 2017

Grilled Crappie – My Favorite

If you love to catch and eat crappie you might want to try this way of cooking them. there is very little mess and my favorite way to cook them now. I love fried crappie by I seldom fry them now unless I’m cooking them for my friends or family gatherings.

Ingredients you will need:

  1.  Aluminum Foil
  2. Cajun Injector: Lemon Pepper Seasoning
  3. Cajun Injector: Cajun Shake
  4. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  5. Morton’s Lite Salt

Go ahead and pre-heat your gas grill to 400*.

Take your crappie fillets and pat them dry with a paper towel and lay them on  piece of aluminum oil as in the photo below.

Take the Cajun Shake seasoning and coat the fillets with a very heavy coat of seasoning.

Turn over the fillets and sprinkle on a little of Morton’s Lite salt. Then dribble on the Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Now cover the fillets with a very heavy coat of Cajun Injector Lemon Pepper seasoning. I don’t think you could add too much.

Now take a second piece of aluminum foil and place on top of fillets and double fold the sides to form a sealed pouch.

Place on grill for 5 minutes then flip over and grill on other side for 3 minutes. The pouch will swell up as the cooking steams and grills the fish. Take off grill and carefully unfold the aluminum foil be careful as it will be hot. The crappie fillets will fall apart as the fish of a crappie is very delicate.

Serve with the condiments you like and enjoy. I usually only eat the crappie but you could do fries, Tater Tot’s or sometimes I roast potatoes in the oven to serve with them. The only mess is the aluminum foil just throw it away.


Down Images – Narrow or Wide Beam?

When you’re out on the water scanning with your down image you have the options of using the 455 kHz or 800 kHz setting on my Humminbird Onix. In the photos I’ll show you what you are missing if you are not using the correct setting. When you are in deep water you need different setting than when you are in shallow water. With the Humminbird Onix the 455 kHz setting is using two 86 kHz beams at once which covers 172 degrees. While the 800 kHz setting use two 55 degree beams that only cover 110 degrees total. So you can see that the narrower beam does not reach out as far as the wider 455 kHz setting.

With the 2D or sonar beam you have a choice of either the 20 degree or the 83 degree cone or a combination of both. You need to remember that with the 2D sonar cone set to 20 degrees you are only scanning 1/3 the depth of the water. In other words if you are in say 9 feet of water you are only looking at a 3 foot circle under your boat. With the 83 degree setting you are covering an equal area to your depth. If you are still in the 9 foot of water you are scanning a 9 foot circle under your boat. For the best scanning I’d suggest you a combination of both the 20 cone and the 83 degree cone.

Now let’s look at the photos a second. The photo above I have the setting set to 455 kHz with a wide beam selected. In this can I am in water that is less than 10 feet deep and you can see I can scan a very wide area out from my boat.

Now in this photo I have my unit set to 800 kHz with a beam wide setting which only covers 110 degrees out from both sides of the boat. I’m still in about 10 feet of water or less. As you can see you can’t see nearly as much detail as in the photo above set to 455 kHz.

Now let’s look at the down image scan while I’m scanning in water around 30 feet deep in the photo above. I have the unit set to 455 kHz and I’m covering 172 degrees under the boat. The fish by the way are stripe and shad. As you can see there are rocks close to the shore line.

Finally in the above photo I have the unit set to 800 kHz in 30 feet of water and scanning the exact same water and since I have a narrow 110 degree of coverage I can’t see the shoreline or the rocks near the shore. I can still see the stripe and the shad but in this case the 455  kHz gave me more detail than the 800 kHz setting.

Let’s wrap it up, the setting are really up to you and what depth water you are in. If you only have a Down Image unit the beams are different in that your choices are 455 kHz using a 75 degree cone angle and 800 kHz which only gives you a 45 degree cone angle which will not give you as much coverage as the side Image units. One recommendation I suggest is to set the Down Image to 800 kHz and the Side Image to 455 kHz while scanning so you don’t get the cross-talk if the transducer trying to pick them both up at once id you have them set to the same 455 or 800 kHz setting.

Hope this helps you better understand your unit better….

Tight lines….

Side Imaging – Objects Found While Scanning

In this series of Side Image and Down Image scans I’m scanning an original creek channel in the back of Bear Creek on Pickwick Lake. While scanning I found an interesting object on the lake bottom.

This one will be of Objects Found.

Take a look at this side scan and see what you can find before looking at the photo below. As I showed you in the last Blog on Bottom Composition you can see the darker colors are a soft bottom in this case the original creek channel. And the brighter color is of the harder bottom  composition. The shadows next to the objects lets you determine the height of the object on the lake bottom.

Photo 2 below…….

Now that you’ve had a chance to find the objects I’ll point out what you should have found. (1) is a false return as I was making a sharp turn with my boat so disregard it. (2) is a sunken tree top that either was placed there by another fisherman or washed into the creek and sank on its on. (3) is a very large stump that you can tell by the shadow it casts. (4) Finally as you can tell this is an old sunken boat. It looks to be a flat bottom boat without an outboard engine attached. The GPS coordinates of the area if you want to look at the objects to learn your unit is as follows.

GPS: N 34 48.113 – W088 05.365 

Hope this helps you understand units.

Side and Down Image Screen Shot – Bottom Composition

In this series of Side Image and Down Image scans on my Blog I’m trying and teach you what you are looking at while scanning with your Side Image and Down Image. This one will be of bottom composition.

If you notice the dark color in the screen shot is a mud or muck bottom. The sonar signal is absorbed in the soft material where the hard bottom in this case gravel and rock is hard and the sonar signal returns very quickly thus a brighter color on your screen.

Bottom Composition

Hope this helps you understand units.

Humminbird – Side Imaging – Flats

I started a series of Side Image and Down Image scans on my Blog to try and teach you what you should be looking for while scanning with your Side Image and Down Image. This one will be of a Flat in the back of a major creek. Hope this help your understand these expensive units.


Take a look at this photo before you scan down to the image below and see what you can find in this Side Image screen shot.

This screen shot side image was scanned in the fall of the year and as you can see there is a lot to be found in the image.


As you can see there is a lot to be seen in this photo look at the colored circles to see what is inside them.

Hope you find these photos useful.

Tight lines…….

Humminbird Down Image – Stumps, Piers and Bass

In this screen shot from my Humminbird Onix I did a Down Image of a pier along a deep cove. In the photo you can clearly see the pier post, a couple of stumps and bass suspended under the pier and  few bluegill hugging the bottom. When I scan using my Down Image I always use the 800 kHz settings to get a clearer detail image then I get with the 455 kHz setting.

Humminbird Onix – Side Imaging – Trotlines and Ropes

How accurate is the Humminbird Onix Side Image units? Here is a photo of a recording I did with mine.

I’ve noticed that a lot of the stumps on my local lake “Pickwick” are dissolving. As you can see in the image above the “smoking” from the stump. I’d say that this is probably methane gas being released in the decaying process as I see this a lot from the stumps on the lake bottom. I can remember from years ago huge stump fields that are not longer there. I am by no means a scientist so this is only my assumption.