Kaijo sonar “best of the bunch”

Ocean Quest Ocean Quest
Industry Database

Alex West and Michael Tait, owners of Ocean Quest, decided to install the fully stabilised Kaijo KCS-3885Z 94Khz to provide them with long range detection as well as high target definition, particularly when fishing mackerel.

The sonar was installed by Kaijo’s UK agent Woodsons Of Aberdeen Ltd in August, just prior to the vessel beginning its herring fishery. It replaced their old high frequency sonar, the Kaijo KCH1828, and was installed easily by Woodsons into the same seachest without the need to dry dock the vessel. After sea trials off Fraserburgh, during which both skippers commented on how sharp and clean the picture was, the Ocean Quest sailed to target herring.

The herring marks were small and close to hard bottom but the sonar detected these easily. Skipper Alex West was delighted with the performance and commented that sonar was working well and when compared to other sonars he has worked with it was “the best of the bunch.”

The mackerel season then got under way in October and Michael Tait starting fishing with the Ocean Quest close to Shetland. Initially the mackerel marks were quite light and high in the water. Using the Kaijo KCS 3885Z Mr Tait was able to detect mackerel at 800m close to surface. He commented on how impressed he was with the “definition of the mackerel marks he was fishing on” and also “how well the stabilisation worked in the sea conditions they were in.”

Steven Wood, managing director of Woodsons commented, “As this was the first sonar of its type to be installed into the Scottish fleet it was supplied on a three month trial. I’m delighted to say that the owners were so impressed with the performance that they decided to purchase the sonar within the first six weeks of the trial.”



Cordex maintains a permanent stable growth on its CordexAqua segment – Ropes and Yarns for Fishing &... Read more

The Australian Fisheries Management Authority chooses Trackwell VMS

The Icelandic tech company Trackwell recently won an open tender to provide Vessel Monitoring System... Read more

Wet weather gear for fishing – three things to consider before buying

Good quality wet weather gear is a must-have for any fishing professional. But finding the best gea... Read more

Introducing the 662 heavy duty wet weather gear flotation bib and pants from Stormline

Good quality wet weather gear is essential when your job involves exposure to the elements, but if y... Read more

Offshore Mariculture Asia highlights the need for sustainable growth

Future generations will need to produce more with less. Read more

Offshore Mariculture Asia 2018 programme announced

Actions for investment and financing opportunities together with the day to day practicalities of ru... Read more

View all