Testing Garmin’s game-changing new Panoptix fishfinder
OC hits the water to check out phased array sonar, and get bassin’ tips from some elite U.S. pros
Another Panoptix mode, RealVü 3D Forward, digitally scans the area in front of the boat, creating a forward-looking 3D view of the bottom, structure and fish. The screen above shows fish targets at fish at 10’ and 20’.
To me, Panoptix is most powerful as a fish-catching tool when used along with either traditional or side-scan sonar, as a way to get a fuller view of what’s going on below and around you. Side-scan can give you a view of cover and structure, while Panoptix shows exactly where you bait is and, crucially, how fish are reacting to it. For example, if you see a fish follow your crankbait in real time, but not commit, you can vary your retrieve or try a jig or worm.