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  1. Adding AIS to Your Electronics Package
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    Adding AIS to Your Electronics Package

    Adding AIS capabilities to your boat is a wise decision that can greatly enhance your boating experience. Whether you choose an AIS receiver or a transceiver, the benefits of AIS are numerous, ranging from safety and collision avoidance to improved navigation and monitoring fishing fleets. With AIS, you can stay informed about nearby vessels, their positions, and navigation status, ensuring a safer and more efficient journey on the water.

    If you're considering adding AIS to your boat, here are some common product choices to explore:

    AIS Receiver: Opt for a VHF radio with AIS receiver capabilities. This allows you to receive signals from other boats and ships in your vicinity, providing you with valuable situational awareness. By connecting the AIS receiver to your chartplotter, you can easily monitor other vessels on your display.

    AIS Transceiver: For enhanced functionality, consider investing in an AIS transceiver. This device not only allows you to receive AIS

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  2. Fishing with Radar
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    Fishing with Radar

    Fisherman and Radar

    Last week we talked about the importance of Radar. Today, we discuss the importance for fisherman to have radar on their vessels.

    Fishermen have relied on their skills and intuition to navigate the vast oceans and locate the best fishing waters for years.. However, with the advent of advanced technologies, one tool has proven to be a game-changer for modern fishermen: radar. Radar is an indispensable piece of equipment that has transformed the way fishermen approach their craft. In this article, we'll delve into the various reasons why radar is crucial for fishermen, particularly when it comes to finding birds, fish, and other essential information that enhances their fishing success.

    Bird Activity:

    One of the primary advantages of radar for fishermen is its ability to detect bird activity. Seabirds, such as gulls, terns, and pelicans, are excellent indicators of fish presence. They are skilled at spotting schools of fish from the air

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  3. Why Radar?
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    Why Radar?

    Whether you are exploring freshwater lakes or sailing in the open ocean, having radar on your boat is very important. Radar technology has revolutionized maritime navigation, enhancing safety and providing valuable situational awareness for boaters. There are some very significant reasons why you should consider adding radar to your current or future electronics set up.

    Navigating in Limited Visibility:

    One of the primary reasons radar is crucial for boaters is its ability to navigate effectively in conditions of limited visibility. Fog, rain, darkness, and other adverse weather conditions can significantly hinder a boater's ability to see obstacles, other vessels, and landmasses. Radar systems emit radio waves that bounce off objects, enabling them to detect and display their positions on a screen, even when they are not visible to the naked eye. By using radar, boaters can navigate safely, avoiding collisions and grounding hazards in both freshwater and saltwater environments.

    Collision Avoidance:

    Avoiding collisions is essential to maritime safety, and radar plays a pivotal role in this regard. By continuously scanning the surrounding area, radar systems detect the presence and track the movements of nearby vessels, including their speed, direction, and distance. This information empowers boaters to make informed decisions, take timely evasive actions, and maintain a safe distance from potential hazards. Whether you are sailing on a freshwater lake or navigating busy shipping lanes, radar provides an extra layer of security, enhancing your ability to avoid collisions.

    Obstacle Detection:

    In addition to tracking vessels, radar can also detect fixed and floating obstacles such as buoys, rocks, reefs, and other hazards that may not be visible on the water's surface. This capability is particularly beneficial when exploring unfamiliar freshwater or saltwater regions, where the presence of submerged objects or shallow areas can pose significant risks. Radar provides real-time information about the proximity and location of obstacles, allowing boaters to plan their routes accordingly and avoid potential damage to their vessels.

    Weather Monitoring:

    Weather conditions can change rapidly, particularly at sea, and having real-time information about approaching storms or adverse weather systems is crucial for boaters' safety. Modern radar systems are equipped with weather monitoring capabilities, enabling boaters to identify the intensity, direction, and speed of approaching weather systems. This allows them to make informed decisions, such as altering courses, seeking shelter, or preparing for rough conditions. In both freshwater and saltwater environments, radar's weather monitoring features contribute significantly to boating safety.

    Radar technology has transformed the boating experience, providing boaters with enhanced safety and situational awareness. In both freshwater and saltwater environments, radar systems enable boaters to navigate effectively, avoid collisions, detect obstacles, and monitor changing weather conditions. Whether you're a recreational boater or a professional, investing in a reliable radar system is a crucial step towards ensuring your safety and the safety of others on board. With radar, you can confidently explore the waters, knowing you have a valuable tool to guide you through any challenging situation.

    Start selcting the correct radar for your seup here.  If you are not sure, call in and talk to a professional or email [email protected]

    In this article, we did not discuss the importance of radar for fishermen. That will be discussed in a different blog.

     

     

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  4. Popular Fish Finder/ Chartplotter Selection for Kayak Anglers
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    Popular Fish Finder/ Chartplotter Selection for Kayak Anglers

    Kayak fishing has gained popularity over the last several years.  It has gained in popularity due to its accessibility, affordability, and health benefits. With lower costs and easy transportation, kayaks offer an accessible entry point into fishing for individuals of all ages and skill levels. The combination of paddling and fishing provides a unique outdoor experience that promotes physical activity and relaxation.

    When it comes to outfitting your kayak for the water, there are several popular fish finders designed fishing. Here are some of the most popular fish finders commonly purchased for kayak fishing.

    1. Lowrance Hook Reveal: The Lowrance Hook Reveal series is well-regarded among kayak anglers. These fish finders offer a variety of screen sizes, CHIRP sonar technology for clear imaging, GPS mapping capabilities, and DownScan Imaging to provide detailed

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  5. Ultimate Clarity with Lowrance Active Imaging HD
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    Ultimate Clarity with Lowrance Active Imaging HD

    Lowrance, has introduced a groundbreaking product for anglers seeking unrivaled fishfinding capabilities. The Lowrance Active Imaging HD Fish Reveal Transducer sets a new standard for clarity, providing fishermen with the clearest images of fish and underwater structures. Combining the power of Lowrance CHIRP sonar, high-frequency
    SideScan/DownScan Imaging, and innovative FishReveal technology, this transducer makes fish identification effortless and enhances the fishing experience.

    With the Active Imaging HD Fish Reveal Transducer, anglers can expect the highest- definition views of Lowrance CHIRP, SideScan, and DownScan Imaging. The CHIRP technology delivers exceptional views of individual fish targets, while DownScan Imaging provides photo-like images of rocks, trees, bottom composition, and other underwater structures beneath the boat. This clarity enables anglers to understand how fish relate to the structure,

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  6. Active Target 2 Software Update
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    Active Target 2 Software Update

    Lowrance just released an update for the Active Target 2.  So far the new active target has been a great addition to many boats across the country. The new system has made it easy to keep up in the competitive market of forward facing sonar.  

    With the new technology, there have been a few hiccups that anglers have noticed when pairing the new Active Target 2 with their older chartplotters (Live, Carbon and Elite FS). The new update will fix this glitch. Issues like sticking images, network dropping (NO SOURCE) are the most common issues that have been addressed. 

    Other cool updates include : greater bottom representation, range lines are smaller and more visually appealing, added range settings and selections, more color pallets 6, 7, & 8.

    Download the new software update here

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  7. Safety Devices to consider before hitting the lakes, rivers, and sea this Summer
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    Safety Devices to consider before hitting the lakes, rivers, and sea this Summer

    As the weather warms, more and more people will be headed to the water to enjoy time on their boat. It is important to remember a few key safety items to keep in the boat.  Boating can be a fun and enjoyable activity, but it is important to prioritize safety while on the water. Accidents can happen quickly and unexpectedly, and having the right safety devices on board can mean the difference between life and death. Lets discuss the importance of four safety devices that all boats should have on board: life vests, life rafts, EPIRBS, and navigational lights.

    1. Life Vests: Life vests, also known as personal flotation devices (PFDs), are one of the most important safety devices that all boaters should have on board. They are designed to keep the wearer afloat and help them stay alive until rescue arrives. Life vests come in different styles and sizes, including inflatable and non-inflatable, and they are required by law to be on board for every person on the boat. It is important

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  8. The New Power-Pole Move
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    The New Power-Pole Move

    The New Power-Pole Move


    For the last 5 years, it has been rumored that Power-Pole would eventually launch a trolling motor that would change the game. Earlier this year Power-Pole launched the Move. The Move Pivot (MOVE PT) and Move Scissor (MOVE ZR).


    The greatness of this trolling motor has already been exemplified in the first Major League Fishing event on the Kissimmee Chain of lakes in Florida. Chris Lane, long time Power Pole sponsored angler was using the new Move and won over $100,000 in early February. Lane as well as several other professional bass anglers are already sporting this new motor, giving them an edge in competition. Professional angler and Bassmaster Elite Series professional, Drew Benton has had the Move on his boat for a few months. Benton says, “The Power-Pole Move is, hands down the fastest, most quiet, and solidly built trolling motor I have ever run. In every category, they raised the bar and without question is
    the best trolling m

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  9. GPSMAP 8600/8700 vs GPSMAP 7x3/9x3/12x3
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    GPSMAP 8600/8700 vs GPSMAP 7x3/9x3/12x3

    Both the Garmin GPSMAP 8600/8700 series and the Garmin GPSMAP 7x3,9x3,x12x3 are high-end marine GPS Chartplotters with advanced features, but there are some differences between them:


    1. Screen size:
    ● GPSMAP 8600/8700 series are offered in medium and large sizes:10, 12, 16, 17, 22 & 24.
    ● GPSMAP 7,9,12 x3’s are offered in the small and medium sizes: 7, 9 and 12


    2. Screen resolution: 
    ● GPSMAP 8600/8700 series have significantly better resolution.
    ● For example the 8612xsv (8600 series) has a resolution of 1912x1080 where the 1223/1243 has a resolution of 1280x800 

    3. Sonar capabilities:
    ● The 8600/8700 series offers Dual Channel Chirp, 70/83/200kHz, L, M, H Chirp
    ● The 7, 9, 12 x3 series offer Single Channel Chirp,70/83/200kHz, L, M,H Chirp
    ● The 8600/8700 series have an 8 and 12 pin transducer port for multiple transducers while the 7,9,12x3 have a single 12 pin port.
    ● NOTE: Only the XSV models offer sonar suppo

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  10. Serious Anglers and Forward-Facing Sonar
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    Serious Anglers and Forward-Facing Sonar

    Live sonar has been the most common topic in the world of bass fishing for several years. In 2015 Garmin released Panoptix, the first of its kind.  Three years later Garmin released LiveScope. The incredible screenshots that anglers were capturing from LiveScope went viral.  Being able to distinguish different fish species in real time with the use of sonar was something special.  Not only identifying fish, but watching your lure being pulled through the water while fish chase is exciting!  

    Since then major fishing trails have been dominated with the use of this new technology on nearly all bodies of water. Not only bass fisherman, but anglers of all species; most notably, Crappie anglers desire the opportunity to fish with forward facing sonar.  Saltwater anglers are also utilizing this technology to target all different species offshore such as Cobia, Redfish, Flounder,

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