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GPS units once a luxury, now becoming a necessity for anglers on the water (continued)
 

This ability to return to an identical location allows bass anglers to hit the same hot spot they pre-fished the day before the tournament, or saltwater fisherman to effortlessly locate their soaking crab pots. Along with the ability to adapt quickly in the field anglers that make use of GPS/Sonar combo units also benefit from instant updating. Unlike paper maps that can become outdated anglers can always update their units with the latest digital charts and mapping.

 

The 987c SI delivers it all with breakthrough Side Imaging sonar for picture-like images of the bottom, precision GPS Chartplotting, and a ultra wide screen

 

Being able to find the fish isn’t the only the plus of employing a GPS combo, staying safe is another key benefit. Today’s compact units not only provide detailed mapping but also a wealth of information including heading, speed, bearing, as well as trip calculators.

 

The Magellan® eXplorist™ 600 is packed with features. You get a 3-axis electronic compass, a barometric pressure altimeter, barometer, and thermometer, plus the ability to expand your GPS mapping via a high-speed USB data port and unlimited secure digital (SD) card storage. The perfect handheld or backup for your watercraft.

 
Your investment becomes priceless the very first time you find yourself lost or caught in poor weather conditions. The ability to track exact positioning allows anglers to convey their precise location to other fellow fishermen, or even radio in their position to the Coast Guard in times of distress. When it comes to safety this is one tool that serious anglers should absolutely consider.

 

The waterproof and ruggedized GPSMAP 60C is packed with extra features, including rapid automatic route calculation, an integrated outdoor calendar, a dedicated geocaching mode. It doesn't get much better than this for a handheld GPS

 

Today’s GPS/mapping combo units really are a small miracle for fisherman, and no other tool has changed fishing to the same extent when it comes to improving angling success and practicing safe boating.

 

What happens when GPS meets iPod. With the Lowrance iFinder you can you can record/play GPS trip details, load optional higher-detailed mapping, or play MP3/Ogg Vorbis music files. The unit uses MMC/SD memory cards to store all your music

 
Conclusion: This once exclusive and expensive technology is now within reach of all anglers. There are plenty of choices out there, and with so many options anglers are sure to find the right unit at the right price point for their particular application. No longer just a luxury product the GPS combo not only helps anglers become better fisherman, but also aids in keeping us safe…now that’s what I consider an essential piece of tackle!

 

 

                             

 

 

 

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