31 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 catches up (and then some)
147 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.
|New SpotlightScan side-looking sonar
285 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.
477 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.
278 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.
|Battery chargers with a pulse
421 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.
|A better shallow-water anchor
1389 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.
|X marks the spot
2431 Views - Posted: September 16, 2013 at 9:00 am
The new MotorGuide Xi5 wireless trolling motor is obviously designed to take on Minn Kota’s successful Terrova, and MotorGuide took the time and trouble to do it right.
|How to get the best cartography on your chart plotter’s screen
621 Views - Posted: August 21, 2013 at 9:00 am
Back when the earliest digital maps for freshwater lakes began to appear on chart plotter screens, I was struck by how different they were.
|Can we talk?
402 Views - Posted: July 22, 2013 at 9:00 am
The National Marine Electronics Association is the organization responsible for setting standards for marine electronics, including those for communication between units. The purpose for setting communication standards is to provide a common language and wiring procedure so units and sensors from all manufacturers can talk to each other.
|Keeping it clean
538 Views - Posted: June 20, 2013 at 9:00 am
LCD screen brightness, contrast and resolution improve with every new generation of marine electronics. Higher pixel counts, new sonar technologies, more-vibrant colors and improved visibility under adverse light conditions let us see tiny sonar and chart details that would have been invisible a decade ago without zooming to enlarge the screen picture.
|You dropped WHAT overboard?
729 Views - Posted: May 22, 2013 at 9:00 am
Shortly after handheld GPS units became small enough to fit in a pocket, I remember a fellow outdoor writer lamenting about losing his. He somehow dropped it as he stepped from a boat to a dock over water 30 feet deep.
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