When I purchased my boat some 4 years ago the Lowrance Structure scan was all the rage so I added it to my HDS-8. To this point it has been the worst $600.00 I ever spent. I have watched countless hours of Vid’s and read that manual 100 times cover to cover and im still lost. I seem to have it figured out for inshore but as far as offshore im stumped. Does anyone use one offshore (100ft or deeper) with any sucess? Dont know if im looking for something that isnt there or what?
A wise man once said “Do as I say not as I do” Good advice when I tell you that.
I have the lss-2 on a gen2 HDS and it works pretty good in deeper water, but only on 455khz. Downscan at that frequency is much more reliable than sidescan. Once you get much past 100’ it’s not going to penetrate the water column good enough to give good images. I prefer to use it to find structure or bait schools and not to find fish.
Just to let you know, the Gen 1 structure was only good up to about 90-100ft and you have to be going about 4-5kt or less. Gen 2 on Lowrance and SIMRAD are good up to 300ft depending on the frequency you are using. With the age of your unit you have the Gen 1. I have it the Gen 2 in my SIMRAD evo2 and it works great, but it does take some practice to learn how to read it.