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Old 06-13-2022, 09:00 AM   #1
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Default Live scope. Is it worth it?

Always loved the idea of live scope. Not the cost. Just wondering if everyone who got it thinks itís a drastic change in their fishing?

Iím usually on the water every weekend so Iíd use it Iím sure but wondering yalls thoughts specially when itís to dang hot now to be out on the water all day.

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Old 06-13-2022, 09:13 AM   #2
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I do, I think it's awesome. IMO you don't need it if you are fishing a lot of shallow stuff. I really like it for Crappie. Will probably use it more this summer for some off shore bass. I will say though that at times I find myself glued to it trying to find my bait.
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Old 06-13-2022, 09:36 AM   #3
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I use mega 360 more than livescope, but they both have their advantages, and work great if you have both.
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Old 06-13-2022, 09:38 AM   #4
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I never had a chance to use it but I bet it would be a dream for targeting big cats and gar.
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Old 06-13-2022, 09:41 AM   #5
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If you are asking for positive advice you are getting ready to spend some money my friend. I’ve heard it is life changing.
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Old 06-13-2022, 09:44 AM   #6
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its addictive! i enjoy the heck out of mine
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Old 06-13-2022, 10:20 AM   #7
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My concern is I’ll be glued to it. Also saw a guy pull up stick a bait in a fishes face with it not get a bite for a bit and take his boat out saying fish arnt eating today.

Kinda takes the fun out of enjoying the outdoors doesn’t it?
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Old 06-13-2022, 10:21 AM   #8
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I never had a chance to use it but I bet it would be a dream for targeting big cats and gar.
My new boat comes in at the end of this month. Your welcome to come check out livescope and catch a few crappie. I've targeted some big cats with it on Conroe and dropped on big gar in the Trinity using it. Its a great tool.
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Old 06-13-2022, 11:04 AM   #9
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My concern is Iíll be glued to it. Also saw a guy pull up stick a bait in a fishes face with it not get a bite for a bit and take his boat out saying fish arnt eating today.

Kinda takes the fun out of enjoying the outdoors doesnít it?
Fish still gotta eat the bait even with livescope. There will be a learning curve, meaning learn how to really use it or its not worth your money.
Makes crappie fishing easy. More of a learning curve for bass.

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Old 06-13-2022, 11:49 AM   #10
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Kinda takes the fun out of enjoying the outdoors doesn’t it?[/QUOTE]

Maybe for some but not me. I’d be having a helluva lot of fun knowing I was sitting on top of 300 crappie. I would just wait for em to get hungry if they weren’t biting when I dropped on em.
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Old 06-13-2022, 11:49 AM   #11
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Best for crappie and white bass for sure. They just came out with new model so old lvs32 models are getting easy to find in the used market (around $800 -$900 I've seen for tranducer and black box). Graph could run $600 to $3k depending on what size you want. I have the garmin 1022 and it's great.
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Old 06-13-2022, 11:59 AM   #12
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I’m running the Lowrance Active Target (fished the LiveScope with guide). I did some homework and AT was the better option for me but I think it’s splitting hairs. I’m a Lowrance guy so went with what I know. YouTube has some great videos to gain some knowledge.

Ultimately I’m in both camps, throwing a line in therapeutic but also learning to leverage the technology is pretty cool as well…

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Old 06-13-2022, 12:10 PM   #13
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Go and fish with Slew and see what you think. If you like to crappie fish it is a no brainer.
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Old 06-13-2022, 01:50 PM   #14
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I don't have it, but fished with a top notch guru with it. It is the real deal! If I freshwater fished more I would own it.
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Old 06-13-2022, 02:32 PM   #15
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Yes.

But,

It's not an end all be all. It's not going to make the fish bite, especially when they're being finicky.

You'll end up spending more time running the lake slow with sidescan on, marking, then going back to see it those structures hold fish.

For efficiency, it's a game changer.

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Old 06-13-2022, 02:40 PM   #16
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i'm a bass fisherman first, but do love catching crappie. It's definitely a game changer. i pulled up on 3 different spots to fish for crappie on saturday. first 2 spots, they would come up to my bait and check it out but wouldn't eat it so i knew not to waist my time there. got to the 3rd spot and they were eating. probably had 200-300 crappie stacked up on a rock pile. had a limit of 12"-16" fish in less than an hour.
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Old 06-13-2022, 02:46 PM   #17
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I bought my boat with Livescope on it from Drycreek on here, and can tell you as a crappie fisherman it is life changing. There is a small learning curve to it, but once you get it down it is amazing.
It definitely has not taken the fun out of it for me and I have already learned a lot about fish behavior and patterns just by watching their reaction to different baits, and even their likelihood to bite by how they are positioned on structure.
Definite game changer if you like to crappie or panfish and well worth it.
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Old 06-13-2022, 03:02 PM   #18
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Man I want one of these bad. Our time on the water is somewhat limited so any help with efficiency would be nice.
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Old 06-13-2022, 03:07 PM   #19
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I have active target similar itís a game changer and allows you to eliminate marks found with side scan quickly. But it vacant be frustrating to see fish swim up and then reject you bait.


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Old 06-13-2022, 03:45 PM   #20
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There must be something too it. I've had white bass fisherman dang near troll over me chasing schools. Reminded me of teenagers with their faces burried in cell phones. They were catching the heck out of them though.
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Old 06-13-2022, 04:35 PM   #21
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Default Live scope. Is it worth it?

I have a new lvs 34 but yet to get out on the water with it yet. Gonna chase crappie locally. But Iím mostly curious if Livescope can be an effective tool for the salt. My first thought was that it might be really cool in summer when itís hot the fish are deep, to go bounce around the rigs looking for fish to catch. Anyone use it this way?
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Old 06-13-2022, 04:37 PM   #22
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Kinda what i figured. Ive spent alot of time trying to find em on pilons and such. Also finding the right depth and feel this would help a ton!


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Old 06-13-2022, 09:45 PM   #23
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I have 2! Iíd say itís worth it. Just get a 12Ē to begin with. Or donít look at a 12Ē screen ever!
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Old 06-13-2022, 10:34 PM   #24
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Donít have the funds. Feel the 9Ē is on sale and would work for me. Also could get normal livescope or go livescope plus for a bit more


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Old 06-13-2022, 10:38 PM   #25
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Donít have the funds. Feel the 9Ē is on sale and would work for me. Also could get normal livescope or go livescope plus for a bit more
Save up for the 12Ē trust us
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Old 06-14-2022, 02:27 AM   #26
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I bought the 9 to be easier on my budget. 2 months in I bought a 12. If I could get a 16 I would. The screen size really makes a difference. 9 to 12 is a huge difference.

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Old 06-14-2022, 06:31 AM   #27
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They have the old Transducer on sale vs the livescope plus. Seems the livescope plus with a smaller screen would be ok vs the old. It seems to really give you more separation and clarity. Im also a weekend fisher and do alot of fly fishing it probably wont get used for.


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I bought the 9 to be easier on my budget. 2 months in I bought a 12. If I could get a 16 I would. The screen size really makes a difference. 9 to 12 is a huge difference.

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Old 06-14-2022, 07:39 AM   #28
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Seems the 9” right now is $699 vs a 10” is double that if not more
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Old 06-14-2022, 07:41 AM   #29
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It wouldnít be worth it for my fishing application, but if it were I **** sure would have it.


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Old 06-14-2022, 08:24 AM   #30
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Caught my PB bass first day out with it out of an offshore brush pile that I never knew was there 9.96 lbs...it hooked me.

Best advice that I got before purchase from the guy that showed me how to use the unit was...."Go ahead and buy the 12" unit to start with, you will end up buying it in a few months anyway." Great advice I have learned
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Can some of you that have livescope or active target post some pics of the way you have mounted? I am wanting to pull the trigger on this for our boat, but don't want to mount transducer on trolling motor and want to see independent mounting options..
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Can some of you that have livescope or active target post some pics of the way you have mounted? I am wanting to pull the trigger on this for our boat, but don't want to mount transducer on trolling motor and want to see independent mounting options..

I'll try to get some pics tonight of my transducer mount. I made the pole out of 1.25" PVC and 1" PVC inside of it so I could turn it. Bought some Ram mounts and ubolts to mount it all to boat. There are several pics online, that's how I got the idea. There are also poles made specifically for this but they are pricey. Mine works surprisingly well, plus I can take it off anytime easily.
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Old 06-16-2022, 04:21 PM   #33
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Seems the 9Ē right now is $699 vs a 10Ē is double that if not more
You could get the 10 inch on Facebook for used for $800 to $900 or go Russell marine has one for $1k. https://www.russellmarineproducts.co.../6-g1022-u.htm

Key is to get that smaller graph way high closer to your eyes! See my mount on the bow.
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Can some of you that have livescope or active target post some pics of the way you have mounted? I am wanting to pull the trigger on this for our boat, but don't want to mount transducer on trolling motor and want to see independent mounting options..
First pics are mine and I made the adjustable graph mount and the pole is a pole ducer from shut up and fish. The second boat is my father in laws and I made his pole out of pvc and also the adjustable mount.

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Old 06-16-2022, 06:11 PM   #35
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As my son in law hogslayer78 said it is worth it. Still learning with mine. Gettin that graph up higher makes a BIG difference!. He did a great job riggin mine up for me.
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As my son in law hogslayer78 said it is worth it. Still learning with mine. Gettin that graph up higher makes a BIG difference!. He did a great job riggin mine up for me.
Boy you got cha good one

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Old 06-16-2022, 06:32 PM   #37
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It depends on the person but for me it was. Helps me tremendously and a lot of fun watching the fish. I doubt you'd find anyone anywhere say....."nah, it sucks... sending it back".

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Old 06-16-2022, 06:32 PM   #38
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Like hunting high fence. ��
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Old 06-16-2022, 06:44 PM   #39
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Nah.... high fence waaay more expensive.

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Old 06-16-2022, 08:02 PM   #41
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If thatís the case then I want to hunt high fence with live scope. Donít have a lot of years left.
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Old 06-16-2022, 08:51 PM   #42
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We have Active Target. It's pretty cool! Still working through the learning curve. And right now it's mounted on the trolling motor shaft. Definitely need to change that set-up. We almost exclusively fish for bass but have stumbled onto some dang good crappie spots!
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Old 06-27-2022, 12:20 PM   #43
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Well I bought one and wow itís fun. I so far donít regret the smaller screen. I just zoom in to the pilons or brush piles and itís all good. Definitely have learned a lot about crappie and how they act.




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Old 06-27-2022, 01:36 PM   #44
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Does anyone reckon they will reduce crappie limits in the coming years? Sure seems like everyone is whackin on em pretty good.
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Old 06-28-2022, 11:20 AM   #45
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They need to start stocking them like they do bass. Seems that would be helpful. As we stock bass but no one keeps them. Seems unsustainable for the other fish.


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Old 06-28-2022, 12:08 PM   #46
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Does anyone reckon they will reduce crappie limits in the coming years? Sure seems like everyone is whackin on em pretty good.
I think so. And hope so

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Old 06-28-2022, 04:50 PM   #47
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They need to start stocking them like they do bass. Seems that would be helpful. As we stock bass but no one keeps them. Seems unsustainable for the other fish.
Last I heard from TPWD was they didnít care about crappie. If a lake gets depleted folks will move to another lake and then they can recover. That said the crappie spawn plays a bigger part IMO for crappie numbers but folks eating out big fish is going to take its toll on the older age class fish eventually. It would be neat to see some lakes in Texas go to 15 fish 12Ē minimum like some MS lakes.
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Old 08-07-2022, 09:52 AM   #48
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Last I heard from TPWD was they didnít care about crappie. If a lake gets depleted folks will move to another lake and then they can recover. That said the crappie spawn plays a bigger part IMO for crappie numbers but folks eating out big fish is going to take its toll on the older age class fish eventually. It would be neat to see some lakes in Texas go to 15 fish 12Ē minimum like some MS lakes.
I'd have to fish for a week to find a 12 inch crappie on RC!
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