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Dances with Walleye

GPS/Finder Reccomendations

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Over the course of the next 12 months a lot is going to be changing in my life... Getting married, buying an SUV, buying a home etc...

One thing that I really want to get is a GPS-Combo Depth finder... For next spring.

My boat is a 2006 Tracker ProGuide V-16.

I currently just have a simple Lowrance X-25, which isn't getting the job done.

So money is tight, but I'm bound and determined on this one, and I know if I start saving now, I should be able to buy something and have it installed in April.

I'm planning to put the X-25 upfront so the guy running the trolling motor knows the depth without the guy in the back having to read it off periodically etc...

Now my needs are pretty simple... I don't fish a lot of known waters... With the 6-7 lakes I currently fish, I pretty much know the hot spots. (With the exception of Mille Lacs... Where I'm a bit of a rookie.

However some of the lakes I fish at night have lowland slews, points, small islands, rock bars etc... And a couple of high powered flash lights aren't enough to give me confidence fishing them with the hammer down...

And it kind of sucks to just putter 3 miles in the dark.

Hence the need for the GPS...

I don't really know that I need the Lake Master chip...

I'm wondering if you guys have any reccommendations on a simple GPS unit, that also serves as an acurate fish finder.

One that I can detach from the boat pop batteries in and use as a hand held unit (If there is such a creature) would be a bonus.

I'm just looking for some "Barometer" info, so I don't go into a store and get "Sold On Something."

Thanks Bros!

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I have two Lowrance LCX 15mt's they are great units. Bigger screen so really easy to read especially if I am using the split screen (GPS/Fishfinder) mode. If you can find them they are realitively cheap. They take the LakeMaster Chip which once I used it I fell in love with it.

You said you are looking for something that you could use "hanheld." The 15 might be a little big for that but there is the LMS 480. It is a "normal" sized unit and has similar features. That might be a unit that would work for you.

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