Guests - If You want access to member only forums on FM. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on Fishing Minnesota.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
mylineswet

GPS Info

18 posts in this topic

I am thinking about purchasing a hand held GPS unit with the lake maps chip. I was wondering peoples thoughts on what they have and how they like them. Any info would be great as I am a novice in the GPS world.

Thanks in advance.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have a magellan meridian color. One thing I would make sure you get is a color screen. The thing I don't like about mine is that the lake software is just loaded onto the chip, and you can't interact with the PC with lake contours and stuff, you are limited to viewing it on the GPS itself. But otherwise it is great, good detail, good color, very durrable and it Floats! I think that is a must have with a GPS on my boat.

If you plan on using it strictly for fishing, you may want to go with one designed for fish. Mine is desgined for multipurpose. I also have the softwear for turn by turn directions. Love that!

So it really depends how you plan on using it to better gage what you should purchase for a GPS. IMO

OH and check out all the stuff you can get for accessories before purchasing too. Make sure you can get enough cool stuff to keep you satisfied for a while. I think my next GPS will be a lowrance. Or maybe even a fish finder / gps combo. Then have my hand held for everything else. We will see...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have the Ifinder H20 with the Lakemaster chip and like it a lot. Once you use it a few times on some tricky structure, you'll feel lost without it. Seems like the general consensus on this site is to get this set up.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I bought a h2oc last winter, I like it but the only instructions you have are the manual. What I wish Lowrance had, was a cd version with demonstrations. Of course you can practice by using the gps, but the drawback with h2oc is you burn through the batts. in less than 2hrs. So you sit in the truck, which is boring and kind of looks wierd. So if a novice, I would suggest getting one with good operation instructions. CD versions would be a big seller. I don't know if this is the kind of help your looking for, but, just a thought.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Lowrance does have an H2O emulator on their website that you can download for free which allows you to play with the GPS without using batteries.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have the Lowrance ifinder Expedition with lakemaster MN chip. This unit so far is awesome, I originally bought an H20C but returned it next day for the expedition. I have had good luck with it and battery life seems to be no issue, I just replaced my first set of batteries after 10+ hours. The ifinders come with a vehicle plug in. I use my GPS for fishing, ATV'ing and always keep it in the truck when travelling.

I got mine at Cabela's in the bargain cave, saved $100 off of new. It was well worth the cash for the unit.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Don't get me wrong, I like mine. I also have the lakemaster chip, but I know there are many options to use that I probably won't learn, by trying to figure out myself.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have the Lowrance H2OC and the Navionics Premium North Chip. Being in Duluth/Superior Lakmeaster didnt cover a lot of our up north lakes. I like the unit a lot but hate that it eats batteries up like mad.

Very easy to use and if I have time to play around with it I use the cig lighter adaptor and mess with it in my truck.

I use it in the boat to store ice fishing spots.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

What was the reason for returning the H2OC?

To all- Is it an issue to talk about color vs. black and white?

After you buy the GPS what accessories besides the lakemaster chip should I think about getting?

My main use for this unit will be fishing, but I will also use it once in a while for navigation possibly.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I got the H2O. Not the color model. I get 10 hours on the batteries and 8 hours or rechargable batteries. Must be the color part that sucks the batteries down. I notice that on my new cell phone being color instead of black and white I have to use the back light to read it. With my H2O I only use back light when it is dark out. I have the navonics chip and I love it. Every lake I have fished has the map. I agree that it takes awhile to get used to it but I used mine for a couple of days while reading the manual and got pretty much used to it. The hardest part was figuring out the navonics chip but now it is a piece of cake.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

For all that want to play with the lowrance products go to the Lowrance web site and download the emulator like previously mentioned. this covers fishfinders as well as gps. They are just like using the real thing only you sit in front of the computer. granted you have to deal with the info they give you to play with, but when you get your own in your hand its a piece of cake to get started!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I must be in the minority because I'll be the first on this thread to have something other than a Lowrance product. Mine is a Garmin Rino120 with the Minnesota Lakemaster maps downloaded. I don't go fishing without it. The accuracy is uncanny and I really like it.

I have thought that maybe a color model would be nice and a little larger screen but for the price, I'll stay with my 120.

If money was no option and I was to upgrade I would go to a GPSMap76C which has a much larger screen and color.

Bob

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Your not alone Bobo, I have a magellan! I think I am more of a minority than you!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

fishing4life

Your not alone. I have had a magellan meridian marine for years. I'm just in the process of upgrading to the Lowrance Expedition! Mainly to use the lake maps chips i have purchased for my boat finder/gps lowrance LCX20c

they all will do the basics and necessities but the newer ones have more sat channels 12 versus 16 in this case.and some extra bells and whistles! I believe if you use a lowrance in the boat it makes things handier if your handheld is a lowrance. both will use the same mapping programs and that makes it easy to transfer from on too the other!!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

There was no real "reason" for returning the H20C, I picked it up one day in rogers in the bargain cave on my way to rochester for work and was playing with it and decided for the extra $30 I wanted the few extra features so i called the owatonna store and they had 2 expeditions in the bargain cave that were only $15 more than I paid o I used it for an excuse 2 go to a second cabelas in 2 days smile.gif

I liked the options on the expedition for the MP3, Electronic compass, and Barometer. I also liked the black housing rathr than the blue housing.

As for extras I got the lakemaster chip an extra VPC and a RAM handlebar mount for my ATV.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I returned the H2OC because it is very difficult to view in direct or indirect sunlight. In low light the color is awesome, but I use it primarily in an open boat. I compared the H2OC to the H2O side-by-side and kept the black and white one.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Why not just turn the color off?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I didn't know it was an option!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0



  • Posts

    • pattikun
        The two pairs shown are the classic adidas originals yeezy boost 350 shoes sale and the adidas Superstar 80s. Both will come with a White upper along with nubuck material with a snakeskin texture overlay. The Superstar will use leather across the heel tab and Three Stripes down the side which is dipped in Black. The Stan Smith will have perforated Three Stripes branding along with Green on the heel and tongue. Look closer at this adidas nmd r1 uk womens they feature a White Primeknit across the uppers while Glitch Camouflage is used on the base. In addition you will notice that there is multiple shades of Grey on the Three Stripes branding along with Japanese writing. Other details include more Grey on the heel and EVA pod overlays while White covers the Boost midsole and outsole. adidas yeezy 350 v2 uk sale While we have seen sneakers from all the brands in the NBA 2K series along with customizing your own pair, this will be the first time the Yeezy Boost will be available in the game. As of now, it isn’t known which pair will be available, but more than likely it will be either the 350 or 750 Boost. The adidas stan smith primeknit sale has been one of adidas Originals biggest sellers through the years and in our opinion, only ranks second from the retro line. Over the past months, we have seen the model evolve while using different material mashups but now we have something completely new. Here we introduce to you the?adidas Stan Smith ’24K Gold’.
       
    • pattikun
        adidas originals campus 80s uk and size will debut two pairs of the adidas Superstar 80s while using a premium theme. The duo will feature tumbled leather along with tonal nubuck across the Three Stripes and heel. In addition, the trefoil logo seen on the leather tongue is laser engraved. One pair features White and Light Grey while the second comes in Black and White. The two are finished off with the traditional shell toe and White through the midsole. adidas samba adv uk sale My friend ended his story of Pablo with an event that took place at his high school and I think it really defines talent. Apparently Pablo had maneuvered around the defense brilliantly and was coming straight on to the goalie, and instead of trying to shoot the ball around the goalie - which would have been an easy shot - he just launched a rocket straight at him. The ball went off of the goalie's leg and into the net. That is how Red Pablo with his red Adidas sambas is remembered most. adidas zx flux primeknit black white So far two different colors have been introduced for the weather change, which comes in ‘Collegiate Navy’ and ‘Running White’. Both pairs are constructed with a mesh upper which allows for additional air flow while the midfoot strap is elastic to help the lockdown without the use of laces. The final touch is the addition to suede across the heel. Looking closer at this adidas nmd xr1 primeknit uk they feature a Utility Grey and Shock Pink color combination. Across the uppers is the use of Grey Primeknit while camouflage detailing runs throughout. White is used on the Boost midsole while the EVA pod overlays are done in Shock Pink and Grey. Completing the look is Black on the outsole.At the time of writing, a release date for the adidas NMD R1 Primeknit Utility Grey Camo isn’t available however they are expected to launch during Summer 2017. Once released, retail price will be $170. Once we have more information, we will make sure to update you. Below you can check out additional images which will give you a better look. This adidas nmd primeknit black white comes dressed in a Legion Ink, Trace Blue and Gum Light Brown color combination. Blue covers the stretch mesh uppers while also applied to the Three Stripes branding, eyelets and back heel. Following we have White which is used for the Boost midsole. Completing the look is Gum that is applied to one of the EVA pod overlays and across the outsole.
    • pattikun
        adidas originals extaball up trainers   is getting ready to launch a brand new model in 2016, but before they do that they will unveil the shoes on December 9th, 2015 which is Wednesday. Known as the ‘NMD’, this new pair will combine elements of some of their classic models like the 1984 Micro Pacer, 1986 Boston Super and the 1985 Rising Star. adidas gazelle og sale uk We are currently in the midst of a Gazelle renaissance. While more technical models in theadidas?arsenal might be hogging the limelight at present – namely the?Ultra Boost?and?NMD?– the time-tested Gazelle is holding its own and doing what the classic Three Stripe low-top does best, delivering lush materials and clean colourways. Keeping to this MO, the?Gazelle ‘Ostrich Pack’ delivers two tonal make-ups made of premium leather and nubuck. So why is this called the ‘Ostrich’ pack I’m sure you’re wondering? If you take a sneaky look at the medial-side branding, you’ll notice that it is made of exotic ostrich leather, with the bumpy hide adding a subtle textural pop. Following on from the mens adidas forum hi og casual shoes Wars Rebel Squadron Suprerstars we saw recently come this AT-AT walker inspired Forum Lo. Kind of like a mini version of the?AT-AT Pilot El Dorado?we saw last year, these feature a polar Hoth camo on the uppers and a ‘Hoth Blizzard Force’ AT-AT on the heel that harks back to the?Bill McMullen?AD-AT Shelltoe of a few years back. Available from?Sole Movement, thanks to?Nice Kicks?for the news. adidas adi ease premiere skate shoes This release of the Three Stripes’ UltraBOOST 3.0 sees the sneaker dressed down in a neutral ‘Trace Khaki’ colourway. The?Primeknit?upper wears the tan colour, with the typical mottled pattern flecked throughout the knitted build. The lacing system and heel counter feature a tonal variation of the same colour, giving the UltraBOOST a clean finish. Other than an understated aesthetic, these kicks are equipped with the full-length?BOOST?technology sole for a cushioned ride. adidas eqt running support 93 sale It looks like 2017 is shaping up to be the year of the EQT over at adidas. The recent?‘Turbo Red’ set?gave us plenty to look forward to and now, for those who aren’t inclined towards the many black options presented so far, they’re slipping?in a ‘Cargo Green’?EQT Support ADV?to bulk out the surplus. The shoe still features a few spots of ‘Turbo Red’, which sit comfortably alongside the olive green upper, while the black supports and white midsole tie the whole shoe together with precision.
       
    • nmitchell17
      No idea the brand, it's an 8 inch, it's in good shape needs a sharpening I would imagine.  Haven't used it for a couple years
    • otterman91105
      Hey guys heading up to the canadian side in a few weeks just wondering when fishing over rocks what works better 1/4 or 3/8 for jigs to stay out of the rocks?
    • ANYFISH2
      7/20 day 6 Today was was the feast day. Spending most of the day hanging on shore visiting and eating the weeks catch of fish for lunch and burgers and salads for supper.  Some water time for the kids and the wife.  Avas' parents also drive up to spend the evening around the fire.  It was quite the family affair.   Fishing today was targeted towards finding the big panfish for my folks to catch.  This plan was an utter failure.  Both boats out this evening and no one could find the panfish!  Frustrating to say the least. I decided late in the evening to go back after walleyes to try and put the folks on some fish.  I ended up boating only 1 northern 20", Dad landed a 18", 17", and 14" walleye, while mom boated a 14" walleye, and 2, 8" bluegills.  Not bad for a fall back plan the last hour and a half.   7/21 day 7   Today was a day to say goodby to My folks and the borther and sister inlaw.  As well as to start to sad action of packing up and being ready for our trip back home early the next morning. Our late afternoon was interupted by a nice strong thunderstorm that would rattle cabins, dump a ton rain, and light a couple of trees on fire around the lake from lightning strikes!  Also leaving us without power for 7 hrs.  It was a good storm. With the kids off to a movie, and the in laws on shore with boat.  It was just me off to lake for one last fishing outing after the storm.  With only a little over an hour fish i hit our standard walleye spot.  With old faithful providing me with two small walleyes 12" and 14".  The darkness came and fishing for the week was over.    
    • curt quesnell
      I was to Graceton a couple of times and saw the boats but never saw the fish. I really like that are but missed it this year. Bouncers in reeftops is hot as heck right now. Lemms was loaded with big biters yesterday. Good plan. I have been jigging out in the mud, more and more fish out deep every day. Good luck
    • srj
      Hey Curt, not me. But I might get over that way tomorrow as I'm coming up this afternoon. Depending on the wind, I hope to go reef hopping pulling bouncers rather than trolling. I'm curious if the big school is still sitting over east of LP, more or less in front of the Graceton cut. It was a big bunch of fish. A week or so of stable weather would sure be nice. The only  time the wind seems to blow from the same direction for more than a day is if it is somewhere out of the north.
    • curt quesnell
      Nice fish and plenty of them is what has been happening this week. Almost as many slots as keepers.  We have been jigging but pulling spinners or cranks works great too. One of the attached pics is what is showing up in the deep mud, mostly Saugers now but more Walleyes and tons more fish piling in the next few weeks. Joe Paradis from Plummer Mn out with me this morning behind the fish board and, from Thursday fishing buddy Mike Lindholm with the biggest, fattest, best looking 25 incher I have seen in a while. Having plenty of fun fishing in the wind
    • curt quesnell
      Thanks for the reports. Steve, were you at Long Point today? I saw a Stratos