View Full Version : Live scope vs long lining and pulling cranks

03-05-2019, 10:17 AM
There has been a lot of hype about the live scope, I've watched videos of it in action and don't see where it would be helpful if your main technique is trolling, long lining or pulling cranks. I would think SI or 360 would serve trolling fisherman better locating moving fish to adjust the trolling patterns. Don't get me wrong I think the technology is awesome, but it seems to be more specific to the spider rigging and pushing methods of fishing. Would like some feed back, I'm looking at upgrading and have to make the budget go as far as possible.

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03-05-2019, 10:31 AM
Would the field of view be wide enough to see all baits while spider rigging?

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03-05-2019, 10:53 AM
Spider rigging w/LiveScope

YouTube (https://youtu.be/20aDP1hH9Is?t=92)

03-05-2019, 11:11 AM
Actually, I think its use would be far superior to 2d, DI, SI, or 360 ... for letting you know what was several yards ahead of you. Its forward looking range is far greater than 2d, DI, or SI, and the screen image would be more easily interpreted than the 360 image.

Now, I'm saying all that with only limited knowledge and a limited amount of viewing of the video ads. But, even so, it would seem to be very useful in ALL trolling methods (SR, LL, P/P) by simply being able to know what was ahead of you as far as cover obstacles, depth, so as to avoid running all your lures into them. Being able to see a school of fish in open water, well ahead of the boat, and possibly being able to identify the species & size of those fish, would also be a plus factor by allowing you to run your lures at the proper depth and direction ... or avoid the school all together, should they happen to be a specie you really don't want your lures to encounter.

03-05-2019, 03:56 PM
That video was very informative, thanks

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03-05-2019, 05:38 PM
The Livescope beam is very narrow. Several tournament fishermen are using TWO Livescope units mounted beside each other to scan a wider area.

To answer the OP, Iíve looked at the Livescope and Panoptics and donít see where it would help me when longlining or pulling cranks. Rickie and others agree.

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03-05-2019, 05:53 PM
I appreciate the feed back so far, I was looking at putting an upgrade in the front, I have a Helix 9 mega with SI DI GPS at the wheel, I find I can stay with the fish watching the side scan, see brush with the DI and follow the contour with the GPS, I cant do that with the old 597 on the front now. Down the road I want to upgrade the trolling motor so I can connect it to the Helix and put it in auto pilot following a depth/contour I choose, I have a ways to go to have the green for that upgrade. Next I'll upgrade my rods with auto hook sets and auto reels. Then all I have to do is count how many are in the boat LOL.....

03-06-2019, 01:09 AM
The Livescope beam is very narrow. Several tournament fishermen are using TWO Livescope units mounted beside each other to scan a wider area.

I was wondering what the next upgrades might be, in addition to a clearer picture a double or triple wide beams will get a few years worth of upgrades for the new models.