Knowledge is power. This adage is usually mentioned in military or business scenarios, but any angler will tell you that it applies in the fishing world, too.
Anglers these days can get a big knowledge edge with modern electronics. In the same way that smartphones have advanced rapidly with more features, more memory and better cameras, today’s boat electronics pack a more powerful punch than similar units from even just a couple of years ago.
A striking example of how much electronics have advanced is how they’ve changed the game for offshore anglers. Typically, anglers were guided by such old-school methods as glassing for bird activity, jumping fish, or porpoise schools. Those methods still work, but today’s savvy anglers can get an edge with the new-school boat electronics. Find out how in this article from BD Outdoors.
One of the best tools coastal and offshore anglers can use to catch more fish might be literally staring them in the face. That is, the chart plotter portion of their boat’s multifunction navigation system.
Many sport fishermen use their charts to navigate from Point A to Point B, and their echo sounder to find fish without benefitting from the true power of the two systems working together. And with today’s latest crop of advanced chart plotter/sounder combos and new-generation electronic charts, there are many ways savvy anglers can use this combined technology to get an edge over the fish and other fishermen.
Some strong examples of this latest technology can be found in the Lowrance and Simrad product line, together with new C-MAP MAX-N/MAX-N+ cartography developed exclusively for use with select MFDs in the Lowrance, Simrad and B&G family. Units like the Lowrance HDS Gen2 and Gen2 Touch family, Lowrance Elite 7 and Simrad NSS evo2 and NSO evo2 combine advanced charting/navigation features with powerful sounder capabilities, including HD Structure Scan and CHIRP (Compressed High Intensity Radar Pulse)-enabled broadband sounding for detailed, almost photo-like detail of fish and bottom structure.
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