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Minn Kota’s Ulterra offers auto stowing and power trim functions, as well as the ability to virtually anchor a boat in a specific location. Hot new electronics are coming
367 Views - Posted: September 15 at 9:00 am

Here is a look at a cross section of the new electronics coming our way:


High-tech smart chargers are smaller, lighter and take better care of our batteries, but sometimes it takes a boost from an old-tech transformer charger to save the day. Old tech to the rescue
217 Views - Posted: August 15 at 9:00 am

My town doesn’t allow people to talk on a hand-held cell phone while driving, but hands-free talking is OK so I keep our phones paired through Bluetooth to our two vehicles.


Are you ready for an on-the-water emergency? A floating ditch bag can hold everything you need to call and wait for help. EPIRB plus PLB equals SOS
1478 Views - Posted: July 17 at 9:00 am

Standing in ankle-deep water on deck while too far from the shore to see it? Congratulations: You are behind a marine-grade 8 ball.


Side- and down-scanning units are amazing scouting tools for anglers. Get the picture?
385 Views - Posted: June 16 at 9:00 am

Strangely enough, the reservoirs on our nation’s river systems were not originally constructed to give us places to fish; they were built to control traditional spring floods that destroyed crops and homes.


There are so many choices in boat batteries — which one is right for you? Marine batteries 101
1166 Views - Posted: May 19 at 9:00 am

Learning that all batteries are not created equal can be an expensive lesson. Power your trolling motor with batteries designed to start your engine and they will last for weeks rather than years. Buy full-maintenance batteries and treat them like maintenance-free versions and you will be lucky to get a single season out of them.


New Humminbird ONIX and ION units equipped with certain LakeMaster maps can use a plug-in SmartStrike program to help you pattern a lake. Manufacturing luck
505 Views - Posted: April 17 at 9:00 am

The Dallas Fire Fighters Bass Club was formed in the 1970s and as a casual angler just turned serious fisherman I was a charter member.


Garmin’s GPSMAP 1000 series units offer the company’s best technologies in a keypad-controlled design for those who aren’t ready for touchscreens. Garmin catches up (and then some)
600 Views - Posted: March 17 at 9:00 am

Garmin is bringing its down- and side-scanning sonar technology to the marine electronics market, calling them DownVü and SideVü. You can expect near-picture-quality views of the fresh- or saltwater world beneath and off to both sides of your boat like those you’ve been seeing on the screens of other manufacturers’ units.


SpotlightScan Sonar from Lowrance lets you pinpoint fish and see structure around your boat after a do-it-yourself installation. New SpotlightScan side-looking sonar
829 Views - Posted: February 18 at 9:00 am

Classic bass-fishing destinations like Toledo Bend Reservoir and Lake Sam Rayburn had a lot more standing timber in them back in the 1970s. In fact, once you got above their lower basins the only way to get around was to follow the many boat lanes cut through the trees.

Schools of bass used these boat lanes, too, as cover-free areas where they drove schools of shad to the surface in feeding frenzies.

The sight would raise the hair on the back of my neck, and I wasn’t alone; chasing these “schooling” bass in the boat lanes became a popular way to fish. The fish crashed to the surface, and then almost before you could cast they went deep again, leaving you wondering which direction to fire your lure until they popped back up.


Humminbird’s ONIX unit is perfect for freshwater applications, offering myriad options. Humminbird touchscreens
1152 Views - Posted: January 20 at 9:00 am

Two years in development, Humminbird’s new ONIX and ION models offer anglers something different in marine electronics. The two models are the most-powerful Humminbird has ever offered, and were introduced at Florida’s Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show in October.


The old days of having to buy new units to take advantages of new functionality are long gone, since modern electronics are fully upgradable. Software updates
428 Views - Posted: December 13, 2013 at 9:00 am

Brand-new, highly desirable sonar and GPS features are announced at least once each product year by the makers of marine and outdoor electronics.


ProMariner chargers can be set to charge either flooded/standard AGM batteries or gel batteries. Battery chargers with a pulse
716 Views - Posted: November 14, 2013 at 9:00 am

The chemical process that produces electrical power in a battery can also damage it without human intervention.


The soon-to-be-released Power-Pole Mini is designed to work with any small boat. A better shallow-water anchor
2288 Views - Posted: October 17, 2013 at 4:00 pm

My club tournament partner and I were running out of time. We had barely 15 minutes of fishing left before we had to leave to make weigh-in, and we had just located our first concentration of decent bass.


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