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Put your hitch ball on TV

When hooking up to your boat trailer, how many times do you have to get out of your tow vehicle and walk back to check on the stormy relationship between its hitch ball and the trailer’s coupler?

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April 19 at 9:00 am
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Phone-in boat control

There seems to be no end to the number of ways smartphones and tablets can help us. Just about the time I thought I couldn’t be surprised by another smart-electronics revelation, I discovered that they can now operate a bow-mounted trolling motor.

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March 19 at 9:00 am
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Understanding Navspeak

Looking through an owner’s manual for a new GPS navigation unit, I was surprised at how much the manual assumed I already knew. Some of the terminology was so poorly explained I don’t know how a newcomer to GPS navigation would figure it all out.

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February 19 at 9:00 am
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New Garmin combo units CHIRP and draw their own maps

Garmin bills its new echoMAP CHIRP models as a series of “entry-level” combination sonar/GPS units with built-in CHIRP sonar technology, but I think the term “affordable” fits better.

We covered CHIRP here a while back, but let’s take another look at it and review why it’s important to our boating and fishing.

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January 19 at 9:00 am
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Sometimes bigger and better are separate improvements - Big-screen GPS units allow for greater fishing flexibility

Back when big-screen LCD fish finders started appearing on professional tournament anglers’ boats I discussed them with walleye pros Scott and Marty Glorvigen.

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December 19, 2015 at 9:00 am
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‘Marine-grade’ means more than you might think

Owning a boat long enough to pay it off has a dark side. I usually own a fishing boat about 15 years — long enough to get it set up just right for me and, unfortunately, long enough to see electrical problems develop.

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November 19, 2015 at 9:00 am
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High-tech developments haven’t changed sonar basics

Current-generation sonar units show the underwater world with a level of realism fishermen could only dream of 30 or 40 years ago.

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October 19, 2015 at 9:00 am
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New trolling motors solve old boat-handling problems

One of fishing’s truths is that more casts mean more fish in the boat. And anything that eliminates distractions and saves time helps you make more casts and lets you pay more attention to your fishing.

Minn Kota’s new Ulterra motor was designed to do just exactly this.

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September 21, 2015 at 9:00 am
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