Anglers the world over attest to the success they experience when using electronic fish finders. Up until recently, the technology has largely been designed for use aboard water-based crafts. Now, castable fish hunters make it possible for anglers to enjoy the same benefits of the devices whether on land or
The Humminbird Helix 9 CHIRP Mega SI is the next high-end consumer-grade model of fish finder to come from the Humminbird company which specializes in fish finding and chart plotting equipment–though the company has slowly begun expanding within the past couple years into new departments of outdoor products. Regardless, Humminbird
Garmin may have initially made a name for themselves by providing one of the first and most reliable land-based GPS technologies available for the consumer at-large. Since that time, Garmin has pushed the boundaries of both GPS and sonar technology for use by normal consumers and certain professionals alike. In
While not the flagship model of the brand, the Lowrance Hook2 4X is definitely an intriguing fishfinder that offers plenty of value at an incredibly reasonable price point. That said, with increasingly stiff competition coming from Garmin, Helix, and Humminbird, Lowrance certainly has its work cut out for it to
For 2018, Garmin introduced the Echomap Plus 63cv, which is among the latest series of fishfinders offering updated technology. The 63cv replaces the echoMAP CHIRP 53cv. The upgrades include larger, higher resolution screen, ActiveCaptain compatibility, LakeVu charts and Wi-Fi. EchoMap Plus 63cv Basics The package contains the EchoMap fishfinder, one
Anglers who use the same reliable fishfinder over the course of many years might be amazed at the technology that newer models have to offer. The latest upgraded fishfinders blur the lines between the electronics found in personal devices and the marine technology that is available today. The Simrad GO9
As of December 2017, Lowrance introduced the Hook2 9 with TripleShot Transducer fishfinder. The upgraded device makes it easier for anglers to use by implementing a more basic menu. The Hook 2 also features more sonar options usually only available on fishfinders costing significantly more. In this way, amateur or
Garmin has released the Striker Plus series of fishfinders, with improved sonar technology and a new set of features that enable anglers to catch more fish, yet just as easy to use as the original Striker series. The Striker Plus 7cv introduces built-in GPS, Quickdraw Contours mapping, and wireless connectivity
Lowrance recently released its new series of fish finders, the HOOK2 models. This series is notably more refined and user-friendly in comparison to their prior HOOK units. Lowrance has put emphasis on providing an exciting range of navigation and sonar features at affordable prices. One of the most intriguing units
The Garmin Striker Plus 9sv is the latest addition to the long line of Garmin fishfinder products. It is the largest unit in the Striker Plus series. The 9sv increases your ability to catch not merely fish. The sturdily built unit was designed to function in a variety of environments.
Garmin echoMAP CHIRP 53cv has an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 based on 12 user reviews. Kayak fishing is increasingly popular. You can reach deep water but without the hassles of boat costs and maintenance. You can also fish shallow waters closer to shore than you can
We’ve run the new Garmin GHP10, Raymarine S1000, Simrad AP12H, and Coursemaster CM80i marine autopilots through their paces aboard our 25′ Contender test boat. A small boat autopilot is one piece of marine electronics we don’t know what we’d do without. It is simply a joy to have one of
You don’t need to spend a bundle of cash to get a first-class handheld VHF radio. A handheld VHF radio is a useful tool for a variety of tasks aboard any boat, be it big or small. On a kayak or skiff, these types of VHF radios serve well as
Garmin introduced the Striker Plus series as an upgrade to the older Striker series. It has new tech and features but is even more user-friendly to make catching fish even easier. The Striker Plus has features designed to take full advantage of the built-in GPS, including Quickdraw Contours and Wi-Fi
Our binocular review takes a hard look at a number of waterproof binoculars specifically suited to the rigors of the marine environment. A marine binocular is an expensive but essential piece of marine safety gear. Boatmen on all vessels should keep a pair close at hand whenever they are on
Choosing a handheld GPS for your boat, whether as a primary or back up navigation device, amounts to determining how you intend to use this tool and how much you are able and willing to spend to acquire hardware and software. Today’s handheld GPS units range from roughly $100 to
A marine GPS, whether a standalone navigator, chartplotter, or plotter fishfinder combo is going to be your favorite piece of marine electronics when you’re running the tight confines of a wily inlet at o’dark thirty or looking for your favorite fishing hole. Joining a chartplotter and a fishfinder into a
Fishing is a rewarding pastime, but ice fishing is a bit of an adventure. Not everyone is willing to brave the cold, but there’s something special about looking out over a frozen lake. The only thing that makes it better is coming back with a good catch of fish. That’s
A critical aspect of your boating experience is your onboard batteries. They need to hold a strong charge in order to run motors or electronics. If you don’t have a strong charge, you may not even be able to start your engine. Having a battery charger onboard is essential for both operability and your safety.
The proliferation of marine accessories has made choosing a battery more important. It’s crucial to understand your needs and your options. Starter batteries are made to deliver a big jolt to crank motors, but take more time to recharge, while deep-cycle batteries provide lower amperage over long periods for trolling or running appliances. Neither type will last long if it’s used for the wrong purposes.