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.