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Domino Dave
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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 04:59 PM 02/20/12 (CST)
The new rule on taking out your boats plug was an expensive rule for me this last year. No ticket from a CO, I just forgot to put it in and lets say that my hand held model took a bit of a bath and never recovered! I'm not too shook up over it though, I got my moneys worth out of it, and great fishing too! It was over 20 years old and needed to be updated anyway. So I'm hoping that some peeps out there have some great advice for me. I would love to load lake maps and geographical maps. Color, no color? Any namebrands that are better than others, Garmin, Magellan, others? It's been a long time since I had to educate myself on what's out there, so some help would be great! Thanks.
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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 07:25 AM 02/21/12 (CST)
This is a great question Dave and I am still running my old H20 B&W with hopes it doesnt die! Seems to be the alot of chater out there on the web about the same thing! Pier is usually up on things like this. Also keep in mind that Lakemaster is no longer supported by Lowrance so keep your old chips.



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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 09:28 AM 02/21/12 (CST)
The point is that I have never even had to buy a chip yet! When I bought mine years ago it was brand new technology back then. Most of the fisherman were pretty skeptical about this kind of stuff as well. Mine only showed waypoints and an arrow, no map at all. I had to enter all the flats manually and then actually found them on mille lacs, I was truly impressed in the beginning. Now I have to start all over with so many options. And I need to get the info to my wify soon because she is itching to buy me a b-day present, hehehe!

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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 02:25 PM 02/21/12 (CST)
Was that way back when all they used was whole numbers and toes? wink smiley



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Daily Subscription Msg 5 Posted: 03:25 PM 02/21/12 (CST)
Yep, and my grandpa used dynamite and a net for fishing as well. I'm not quite in the stone age still, but it kinda feels like it at times, especially when I head into the store these days to look at all the new equipment. The days of simplicity are way over.

But nothing beats a good ole boys intuition and experience!!!!

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Daily Subscription Msg 6 Posted: 12:55 AM 02/22/12 (CST)
I also am a big fan of my Lowrance ifinder h2o color. I have a RAM mount in the boat and on snowmobile. I didn't realize that Lowrance doesn't support Lake Master any more tho shocked smiley


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Daily Subscription Msg 7 Posted: 09:31 PM 02/22/12 (CST)
I spent some time at the store today trying to educate myself on the new technolgy. So a few thoughts that I have to share:

#1. I will be using this handheld for both fishing and hunting. But mainly fishing, and hunting will be secondary.

#2. Lakemaster maps are now only compatible with Hummingbird. And Hummingbird does not make a handheld that I know of. Which is kind of a bummer because they have the most lakes mapped and available in the MN area on their chips. I think over 1700.

#3. The good news is that the other lake map providers are catching up fast, and they make chips for both Garmin and Lowrance. And they seem to be more national than local, not that I travel around the country to fish a lot...but I thought some guys would like to know that. I think it's over 600 now in MN.

#4. Chips made for a Garmin won't work with a Lowrance and visaversa. So it's a one way ticket and they run roughly $100.00 each! Ouch, but I can live with that.

#5. Both Garmin and Lowrance can also be loaded with a topographical chip for hunting purposes, which is good. Depending on how much you want to invest up front, you can purchase models that are preloaded with some mapping data already installed. But be ready to spend $200-$400+ on the unit itself, and then add the price of any mapping chips that you need for lake maps, mountains out west, etc.

#6. How easy can I use these new units? Garmin have switched to touch screens. And they seem real small. But are lite weight, and seem to be made for a hiker I believe. Lowrance units seem a little bit bigger, and the low end model has real buttons and arrows to use that seem to work for my big hands. Both brands claim a certain amount of waterproofness, I'm sure I will be testing those limits by either choice or accident!

Conclusion: I'm thinking that the Lowrance would be the best choice for me for a couple reasons. Mainly it's dual purpose flexibilty. I would be able to pull out my lake map chip and apply it to a mounted Lowrance unit in my boat as well with a split screen graph and GPS unit. Since Garmin is not in the graph business, and Hummingbird is not in the handheld business, Lowrance seems to win the battle for the multi purpose sportsman that I am, or claim to be I guess. This way, I have to invest the least amount of money to get the most bang for my buck. Lowrance also has some larger controls for a guy with big hands that don't work real well in the cold weather of MN. And those controls seem to be pretty easy to use. I'm not sure how a touch screen will work when it's -20 or bouncing around Mille Lacs in rough water or a driving rain storm.

The plan: Buy the $200 Lowrance unit, and add a lake map chip for a $100. And then get the topographical chip later this year before scouting begins in the fall.

Am I missing anything?
I'm not in the mood to make a $300-$400 mistake!
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Daily Subscription Msg 8 Posted: 10:33 AM 02/23/12 (CST)
Get on craigs list and find a Lowrance H20 either color or Black and White. You will spend between 80 and 150 and if your checking often you will find them with a chip. Go look at them and as long as they find satelites your good to go. Use that unit until it breaks allowing the other manufactures to catch up with the mapping technoligy. My 2 cents worth.



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Daily Subscription Msg 9 Posted: 12:32 PM 02/23/12 (CST)
I have no experience in buying anything off craig's list. But that's a good idea. I might be a little leary in buying used electronics though. Anyone else have a good results going down this path?
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Daily Subscription Msg 10 Posted: 12:38 PM 02/23/12 (CST)
Do you have a smartphone?

If so you also have the option of buying the Navionics app for your phone. Its all the same data and functionality of the chip and handheld gps but the app only costs $10.

I believe there are also similar hunting apps that give then location off all public hunting land in Mn. I belive its call MNtrax or something like that.

I used the Navionics app on my phone this winter and it worked great. You can see the contours of the lake and see your exact location in relation to a drop off or other piece of structure. YOu can save way points or routes. It basically does it all. I also used the gps and satalitte maps on my phone during the last deer hunting season. I was able to track my location once I got off the beaten path and started bushwacking. It made it a piece of cake to get back to the car.

Some people prefer the handheld GPS unit beucase they are worried about taking the phone out in the field because of possible damage. But I can replace my phone for $100 with the insurance I have on the phone if for some reason I drop it in the lake. If you drop the GPS in the lake you're out $300 (gps plus map chip).


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