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Buttons bells and whistles, how can anglers ever learn to use all the new technology? I agree, at first glance the electronics rigged on new bass boats can be very intimidating. But I can testify it’s not as complicated as it seems. Surprisingly it’s also not very difficult to use. After a couple of hours of on-the-water usage anglers can start to feel comfortable with the new products, as well as all the amazing capabilities.
my travels and time on the water I’m constantly coming in contact
with anglers that know very little, or have a limited understanding,
of the basic functions and advantages of a good GPS/depth-finder unit.
With technology advancing at a rapid speed, and so many different
makes and models to choose from, it’s easy to get confused.
this article I’m going to simplify the decision making process and
explain the differences and usages for anglers that may not have an
in-depth knowledge of on-board electronics.
would like to start by stating that if I can use a GPS/depth-finder
unit, anyone can learn. I’m
not computer savvy, so it was a little intimidating for me at first as
well. Fortunately Lowrance
makes purchasing a GPS unit simple with their “all-in-one”
package, which offers a preloaded hard drive full of electronic
satellite signals a global positioning unit (GPS) can help anglers
accomplish several things. It
allows anglers to mark and save key locations on a particular body of
water, which shows fishing potential. The marked areas on the Lowrance
unit are referred to as “way point” icons. Way points are marked
by anglers with a quick-save feature on the unit. This
function saves current location with longitude and latitude
coordinates. An example of
areas that anglers might “way point” are off shore structure, or
even an area in a cove that has potential. This
feature easily allows anglers to return to the exact position at a
a GPS unit also performs a unique navigational function that allows
anglers to travel to and from certain points in the same track. This
feature is an important navigational tool.
Especially if encountering hazardous conditions such as shallow
water or stump fields while boating.
depth-sounder, or also called a depth-finder, in its most basic
function reads the depth of the water at any given location. The
background and science of sonar is a simple concept.
The unit sends out an electrical impulse. When the impulse hits
an object it bounces back to the unit, transmitting a detailed image
of what the “underwater” looks like. Having a depth-finder in my
line of work is extremely important because I have to know what type
of structures lay beneath the water.
most important feature that I look for in a depth-finder is the amount
of pixels the unit offers. Keep in mind the more pixels the better
detail of underwater structure. Next, I personally like a full color
screen (as opposed to a grayscale screen) because the full color unit
reveals details by highlighting the color difference. For example, if
there is a very hard bottom the unit will read a thin, deep red line.
If fishing in grass, the unit will show the grass in a lighter shade
of color compared to the bottom as well as give a very detailed look
at the edges of the grass.
fishing I always have the most basic function of my Lowrance LCX
111C-HD unit on at all times. The basic function allows anglers to
view their position on the lake or river system on screen. This
function really helps cut down on navigational time. I also use the
split screen feature a lot. With the GPS/depth-finder unit anglers can
choose what features they want to show on screen. The split screen map
and depth-finder is a feature that I use 90% of the time. In this
mode, the lake map is displayed on one side of the screen and the
depth-finder information is displayed on the other side of the screen.
If needed, the unit will also display water temperature, compass
information and even ground speed.
are a few things to keep in mind when preparing to purchase a new
Lowrance unit. Prices vary dramatically between the units and not
every angler needs the most expensive unit on the market. First, ask
yourself “Is a GPS unit something that I need”?
If you fish large bodies of water, or in tournament
competition, the answer should automatically be “Yes”. I
think all serious anglers’ boats should at least be equipped with a
depth-finder for safety. Knowing your depth on unknown bodies of
water, or in unfamiliar areas of the lake is very important. If you
are a recreational angler and you do not often fish where precise
navigation is a necessity, then a high pixel depth-finder is a good
though intimidating at first, these products are very easy to use and
are extremely helpful. I believe Lowrance Electronics has the
best products on the market. They’re simple to use, and they provide
the best quality available. In order to find the best product
for you, log onto
through the tutorials, or simply visit a local dealer.
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