Apart from Kayaking and traditional canoe sailing, sport fishing in the ink blue waters surrounding the Yap Island is unparalleled. It is one of the world’s largest destinations for sport fishing, whether you are a beginner or fervent angler. From deep sea fishing, shore casting, mangrove crab catching, and trolling, every fishing method will leave the juices flowing. The season will get longer this year due to the anticipated infinite fishing tournaments for the visitors.
You will find both half and full day fishing charters for different species including wahoo, skipjack tuna, yellowfin, barracuda, rainbow runner, red snapper, and trevally. It is more of fun when viewing fish swimming more than 100 feet below the water. Everything is made easy with the availability of fishfinders. Finding fish is no longer an issue. Probably, you are on that boat several yards from the reef edge looking across the lagoon to the green island. It is a matter of casting your tempt and luckily a huge trevally emerges from the line and tries to attack the wooden bait. Literally, it is just like a fight between you and the giant trevally!
The entertainment begins when the fish struggles to get into the coral. You don’t want to break your line if the fish pushes its way to the sharp coral, and therefore you will fight to turn its head and bring it to the boat. Don’t worry! The boat driver will roll away from the reefs, but be rest assured of a tight fight that may last for even 20 minutes. This is the enjoyment to experience in the Yap Island. It is a must visit place during this year’s fishing season.
Like in Zante Island, the angling activity in Yap Island has actually improved remarkably due to the availability of fishfinders. It is more than ever for fishing enthusiasts since the fishing experience is have been enhanced. It is easier to locate a fish and cast a sure lure without guess work.
Fishfinders and Usage in Yap Island
Fishfinders also referred to as sounders, shoot sound waves into the water and then measure their strength and speed once they bounce back. The wavy lines you see on the screen are echoes. The bottom of the water source comes in form of slow echoes, while anything in between is considered to be fish or an object.
Using Fishfinders with Traditional Transducers
If you are using an entry level fishfinder with basic features, it is the right choice for any novice angler out there. Once you switch on, you will see two numbers at the right top of the screen. These show the depth and current temperature of the waters. Note that, the temperature will only show on the readings if the device’s transducer has a built-in temperature sensor. Some models will also have speed reading, displayed in kph or mph.
Now your device is mounted on the boat. The thick wavy line (red line) on the screen indicates the bottom o the water. If there is light green below the red line, it shows that the bottom is soft and sonar waves hitting the bottom are a little bit penetrating its surface. This means there are weaker echoes bouncing back. In case it was a hard bottom, you will see just the thick red line and nothing else below it. Above the red line, you may see some things sticking out of it. These might be structures or objects, and remember fish likes hanging around objects. So, the things around the structures could be some fish.
Using High-Frequency Imaging Fishfinders
For the high-frequency imaging fish finders, they use transom mount transducers. On the top right, you will see the depth of the water displayed, while at the bottom are speed and temperature readings. They use a higher frequency to show a clearer picture almost similar to what you would see if you looked with your own eyes. The line going through the middle of the screen is the water surface, while the dark color just after the middle line is the water level. The lighter color on either side is the bottom of the water.
The structures you will see probably are trees at the bottom, while the dots are small fish hanging around the green plants. The small fish are typically known as bait fish. Therefore, large fish are probably around and you can cast your line to that region to attract the target fish.
Using a fish finder may not be that easy because there is a learning curve before getting used to them. You need to understand how to interpret images displayed on the screen. Some folks get pissed off for the first time since they don’t see real fish on the screen. Actually, the technology used in these devices is more about image interpretation and analysis. However, you can acquire skills from an experienced angler that has been using them for a while.