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New Fishfinder-Chartplotter: Si-Tex SVS 460 and 560
There are always tons of new fishfinders and chartplotters hitting the market, but usually they come from a handful of big companies. If none of the offerings from those companies is exactly what you want, you’re out of luck. Not this time—there’s a pair of new units being introduced from Si-Tex,... Read more
Should You Have a Fishfinder at the Bow?
Many boats intended for freshwater fishing have a fishfinder at the bow, which comes in quite handy when you’re running the boat from a foredeck fishing seat and casting from the bowdeck. By “boats intended for freshwater fishing,” naturally, I’m talking mostly about bass boats. Today, models that lack... Read more
Well, it’s about time Garmin did it – this week at the METS (Marine Electronics Trade Show) show, they announced SideVu and DownVu, their version of the high-res down- and side-scanners we’ve all come to know and love.. SideVu and DownVu will be available on a new line of low-cost... Read more
With the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show now over, one of the big discoveries stands out: Lowrance is still red-hot, introducing a range of new units for next year. The biggest announcements are fishfinders, including the new SpotlightScan and SonarHub. Here’s the scoop. SpotlightScan - The SpotlightScan Sonar is a trolling-motor... Read more
I had the chance to spend a season with the Lowrance Elite 7x HDI fishfinder/chartplotter, and after some extended use, thought you might like to know the ins and outs of this extremely popular unit. For starters, remember that this is a mid-range DownScan Imaging unit operating on a... Read more
Electrical connections on boats present a never-ending battle. They corrode and corrupt, shake free from vibrations, and those that need to be constantly disconnected and reconnected, such as the plug-ends in the back of a removable fishfinder or chartplotter, are easily damaged with use. So, how’s a boater supposed to keep... Read more
When I’m at the helm of my boat staring at my fishfinder screen, I feel like a predator with the keen vision of an eagle – even though my old eyes can barely make out the print on a prescription bottle held at arm’s length. Luckily, modern fishfinders can give old salts... Read more
It’s hard enough to catch fish without having a boat issue that can scare the fish away. Spooking fish is actually a far more common problem than many people realize, and people often don’t even think about the factors that cause it. Electric trolling motors, for example, aren’t always as... Read more