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    As a beginning crappie chaser, is it important to have electronics on the bow with a transducer on the trolling motor? I have a lowrance hds 9 on the console and will be fishing mostly brush piles. I also have a Garmin 93sv with transducer that I could mount on the trolling motor, but was thinking about just keeping it until I could add livescope later.
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    I mainly use my console unit Si/Di to find and mark fish. But I had a smaller unit on the bow mainly for depth and to keep and eye depth and presence of bait.

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    Keep the Low HDS9 on the console (assuming the tdx is on the transom). Mount the Garmin 93sv at the bow .... and you may want to look into a mounting system for the 93sv to bring it up off the floor some. Go ahead and put the 93sv's tdx on the bottom of your trolling motor. You'll have time to get used to using it while waiting to add LS, and you'll have the potential to mark waypoints while using the Down & Side View capabilities. Once you get a LS setup added, the tdx can go on the trolling motor shaft.
    I say get a raised mount for the Garmin 93sv "specifically" for use with Livescope, because you don't want your eyes trained on the screen alone. You'll want to see the arrow on top of the TM, and your line, at the same time as viewing the screen ... well, with only a minor amount of eye movement, anyway.
    BUT .... be aware, that once you do add LS to your Garmin 93sv, the Down & Side view capability will take a backseat to the forward view of the Livescope. You may not even want to use a split screen for "forward" and down or side view at the same time. You can program the 93sv to show you a map screen (w/waypoints) with one of the 4 option selector buttons. And the remaining 3 buttons can be programmed for whatever single or combo screens you might want.

    Just my opinion, but based on my LS setup and the one my buddy has on his boat. My Garmin 93sv is dedicated to LS completely. I have a Hook 7 that's mounted under the Garmin, but it's primary function is maps/waypoints. It does have 2d & DI capabilities, but since adding the LS system I rarely use it for those functions.

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    If you don't want or can't afford livescope . Look at getting a second unit on the bow linked to back unit to share waypoints . I use big Humminbirds with heading sensor with built in compass . That way moving or not I know where my brush piles are . But I used to run a side imager on trolling motor before livescope .
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    as long as you have a buoy or 3 to mark the piles as you see them , you should be fine to pass slowly over them and drop a marker and turn around and hit them . it is important to drop the buoy right when they appear on the screen at the source of the feed , ie , transducer area . many a zillion crappie are put in box without the use of extra fancy electronics, dont ask me how I know .....
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    Quote Originally Posted by CrappiePappy View Post
    Keep the Low HDS9 on the console (assuming the tdx is on the transom). Mount the Garmin 93sv at the bow .... and you may want to look into a mounting system for the 93sv to bring it up off the floor some. Go ahead and put the 93sv's tdx on the bottom of your trolling motor. You'll have time to get used to using it while waiting to add LS, and you'll have the potential to mark waypoints while using the Down & Side View capabilities. Once you get a LS setup added, the tdx can go on the trolling motor shaft.
    I say get a raised mount for the Garmin 93sv "specifically" for use with Livescope, because you don't want your eyes trained on the screen alone. You'll want to see the arrow on top of the TM, and your line, at the same time as viewing the screen ... well, with only a minor amount of eye movement, anyway.
    BUT .... be aware, that once you do add LS to your Garmin 93sv, the Down & Side view capability will take a backseat to the forward view of the Livescope. You may not even want to use a split screen for "forward" and down or side view at the same time. You can program the 93sv to show you a map screen (w/waypoints) with one of the 4 option selector buttons. And the remaining 3 buttons can be programmed for whatever single or combo screens you might want.

    Just my opinion, but based on my LS setup and the one my buddy has on his boat. My Garmin 93sv is dedicated to LS completely. I have a Hook 7 that's mounted under the Garmin, but it's primary function is maps/waypoints. It does have 2d & DI capabilities, but since adding the LS system I rarely use it for those functions.

    Respectfully speaking Midnighthoudini does not specify which Garmin 93sv he has. Since I run the Echomap Chirp 93sv units on the bow of all my boats with a Panoptix TR-22 transducers I happen to know it will not run Livescope. It is a Legacy Unit. You have to have a "Plus" 93sv before Livescope will work. That being said I will never switch from the 2D Color TR-22 Panoptix to Livescope. I use it to measure distance to structure and don't want to get sucked in to the live video gaming Livescope fishing becomes. Maybe our original poster will clarify which unit he has as if using a Legacy unit then buys a Livescope it won't work.
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