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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Cocodrie / DuLarge in South Central Louisiana
Capt. Paul,

I am in the waiting process of my new bay boat. I have the new Lowrance HDS9 Gen2 touch being installed. I am thinking of adding the Standard Mapping map to it for a true life look. I was wondering if your fishing edge will work with both the Lowrance and the Standard mapping maps? Also will I need anything else to install them on my unit?
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Response by Captain Paul
April 26 at 7:38pm
Yes they will work in the unit as overlays
~ Captain Paul's response to: ~RIG MAGICIAN

The EDGE files are exclusively by The LOUISIANA SPORTSMAN in their OUTDOOR Store. They are delivered as an electronic download which is stored in your computer then transferred via a data transfer program to the GPS unit via a data card or connecting cables. They are stored in the internal memory of the unit and appear as waypoints overlays in what ever mapping program you may have in your unit.

You should get the Lowrance INSIGHT PLANNER from their web site to assist you in doing the transfer.

~ Captain Paul ~
April 23 at 5:40am
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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Myrtle Grove / Port Sulphur in Southeast Louisiana
Can you give a brief explanation of how the Edge product is obtained. I have a Garmin Etrex Legend CX, I'm not sure if it will work on this unit, I am interested in getting the Myrtle Grove version. It is only a collection of waypoints correct? Or does it contain routes as well? Any info will be appreciated.
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Response by Captain Paul
April 26 at 7:22pm
EDGE will work in the Legend
~ Captain Paul's response to: ~ IDLEWILDMAN ~

The Captain Paul’s Fishing Edge of GPS Waypoints is sold as an electronic download from the OUTDOOR STORE on the LA SPORTSMAN’S web site. It is a collection of waypoints that can be downloaded into your GPS unit via a connection cable or spare data card. The download also includes a .pdf of a general map of the area showing where the waypoints are located. This cannot be installed in your GPS unit, but offers a backup for the actual electronic waypoints.

The Garmin Etrex Legend CX unit uses a microSD card to add waypoints, tracks, routes and supplemental mapping for the unit. You should get a spare Micro SD card and the free Garmin data transfer program BASE CAMP, from their web site.

Then down load the EDGE files into a folder in your computer. Call it WAYPOINTS then Myrtle Grove, and any other areas you may be interested in.

Once in the folder open the BASE CAMP program find the Myrtle Grove .gdb or .gpx file and transfer the file into the program.

Place the memory in the GPS unit and turn it on. Complete any function in the unit. This will cause the unit to write a code to the spare card which will allow the Base Camp the ability to transfer the data to the card and ultimately to the GPS unit.

Contact me if you need any additional info or if you need assistance in loading the program.

~Captain Paul~
April 26 at 12:06am
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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Vermilion Bay in South Central Louisiana
Can you give me advise on type of Marine GPS only unit I should buy to download your maps. Medium priced unit. Do you sell any units with your maps installed?
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Response by Captain Paul
April 26 at 6:59pm
Best GPS ?
~ Captain Paul's response to: ~ Bayou Paper ~

Wow this hard answer.

First, the easy part of your question: I do not sell or stock GPS units. The CAPTAIN PAUL’S FISHING EDGE OF GPS WAYPOINTS will work with almost all leading GPS units. In order to do use these downloads, you must have a GPS unit that can accept downloads. These downloads are then accomplished via a spare memory card or connection cables to your PC. Most manufacturers also require a transfer program which is installed in your computer and can “read” the GPS unit and the data to be transferred. The Edge files will work with, DeLorme, Garmin, Humminbird, Lowrance, Magellan, Ray Marine, My Topo, Chart Navigator, Google Earth and any other unit that can use data from a .GPX file.

The EDGE files are exclusively by The LOUISIANA SPORTSMAN in their OUTDOOR Store. They are delivered as an electronic download which is stored in your computer then transferred via the transfer program to the GPS unit via the data cards or connecting cables. They are stored in the internal memory of the unit and appear as waypoints overlays in what ever mapping program you may have in your unit. They are NOT maps that can be installed in your GPS unit.

The Mapping Program leads me into the first part of your question.

I have seen many GPS users who are not satisfied with the mapping that is installed in their units. Most GPS units come with a base map installed in the internal memory. This is what the name implies, a basic map of the entire U.S.

This mapping shows major rivers, lakes and bays but do not show the many intricate bayous, pipeline cuts, bayous, lagoons, bays and islands that are in our marshes. I believe that the map details in this type of mapping are not what can be used in the marshes of Louisiana. Most users have to purchase one of the manufacturers or an approved type of supplemental mapping program that offers more details in our marshes. These supplemental mapping programs are almost all a “For Sale” item. They can cost from 100 to 500 dollars

I believe that the manufacturers do not offer detailed maps as they would then have to stock and supply their units for different sections of the country which can be very costly. And of course have the purchaser avoid sticker shock when the unit is purchased.

Many users select their GPS unit by judging them on the type, availability and of cost of supplemental mapping programs.

With that in mind, you should first do your homework. Decide what you consider a medium coat GPS unit, WITH the necessary mapping you need.

Most of the manufacturers manufacture a GPS with basically the same type and accuracy in a GPS module. The cost is increased with the size of the screen, how it is encased, the ease of using the software, the available internal memory for tracks, waypoints and routes, how many different navigation and information screens are available, if it can accept accessories, such as temperature and remote antennae and mapping, how is the technical supported and if it is a depth finder combination unit. These features all add to the overall cost of the unit.

Some manufacturers have a 1- 800 telephone and email address for technical support, others have only an email address, and some do not offer any type of instant help. As I have said, all of these add to the user ability to use the unit and the cost. I prefer those that have a voice on the other end of my telephone line to whom I can speak to and get information.

Do your home work before you lay down a bunch of Benjamin’s for a unit that you will not be satisfied with. Most of the manufacturers have a web site that lists the features and costs of their units. Go to each of them and locate a unit that you will think meet your needs. Print out the features, available mapping software and the support they offer. If you have the time, or rather make the time to contact any of the manufactures for additional info. Make out a short list of these units.

Then, yes there is always a then, I suggest that you go to a stocking GPS dealer and view the short list of units you like and the actual mapping that is available for the unit.

Try the buttons and view the screens and note the ease of operating the unit. Try to visualize operating the unit while under way in you boat. Go to the mapping program and pick out an area that you are familiar with. Use the unit to “zoom in” on the area and see if the depiction of the area meets your recollection and needs. Look at the detail and the colors of the screens and mapping and determine if you can add aerial views to the unit program. Some of the manufactures offer a Sky View, satellite or Birds Eye, or a Vision version of their software.

These suggestions should give you what you will need to make an intelligent choice in purchasing the unit.

If needed, get back to me with your short list for comments.

~ Captain Paul ~
April 25 at 9:47am
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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Louisiana
I just purchased the Garmin 1040xs I am looking for a sd card that can be read in this unit for Toledo Bend that will show me major creeks and feeder creeks road beds bridges,pipelines that run under water and boat run markers hope you have some info on this thanks.
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Response by Captain Paul
April 21 at 9:14pm
Toledo Bend
Sorry, but I don't have an EDGE file for the Bend area.

I am working on one, but it is several months away.

Captain Paul
April 21 at 9:02am
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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Louisiana
Capt Paul,can the Edge .usr file for Lowrance be imported into apple iPad as you explained for a Garmin user in a similar fashion?Thanks

john
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Response by Captain Paul
April 18 at 1:03pm
Lowrance files to iPad
No you cannot transfer Lowrance Data (.usr) files from your compuer to your iPad, but you can transfer the data if you can get in a Google Earth format.

To convert the Lowarance file(s) (.usr) to a Google I have found a FREE converting program.

Go to http://www.gpsbabel.org/download.html

Once it is installed in your PC, follow the directions to make the conversion, then follow these instructions for installing the Google data into your iPad.

Google earth to iPad

First install Google earth in your iPad or iPhone. Then open the program.

Now

Open your Google Earth in your PC and save the waypoints to a file, preferably a Google KML file.

Once done send your self an email with the saved file as an attachment. Open the attachment file in your iPad then using the out source (the icon representing a document with an arrow pointing upward.

When the option opens select the open in Google Earth. Icon.

All of the waypoints should appear in the Google Eath program on your iPad.

By the way this will also work an any of the Google files I offer in the Captain Paul's Fishing of GPS Waypoints.

Simply substitute the Edge files opened in the PC Google program And them send as an attachment to your iPad.

Google luck, contact me if you need any specific help.

Captain Paul
April 16 at 9:57am
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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Southeast Louisiana
Where do I go to purchase the Edge(Grand Isle/Leeville) programs for the Lowrance Elite 5 DSI? I have looked on the Outdoor Store and do not see where it can be purchased?
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Response by Captain Paul
April 18 at 12:49pm
CAPTAIN PAUL'S FISHING EDGE PROGRAMS
I am gald you brought this to my attention.

I relayed the deficency to the web site.

In the meantime, go the the Outdoor Store, then search for EDGE. The list will appear and you can order the EDGE from there.

Captain Paul
April 16 at 11:27am
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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Cocodrie / DuLarge in South Central Louisiana
Capt. Paul,

Like so many I just purchased a new Garmin 1040XS Chart Plotter/Sonar unit. I find the g2 mapping terrible to say the least. I have seen in previous conversations yousuggested Navionics and Nautic Insight SD cards. Is there anything you can suggest to fix this mapping problem for me with this unit.
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Response by Captain Paul
April 01 at 2:34pm
Garmine Marine mapping
~ Captain Paul's response to: ~RRKE~

First, you have a very, very good GPS unit. It will serve you well with the proper mapping.

Yes, I have mentioned different mapping programs, but not for your particular unit. Garmin offers a Garmin g2 which is based on NOAA Marine Charts, which are not the best type mapping for the Louisiana coastal marshes. I personally prefer a mapping system based on USGS Topographic maps for our marshes. Garmine offers this type of mapping but not for your marine unit. I suggest you contact Garmin at 1-800-800-1020 and verify this info.

But now back to your dilemma, Garmin also offers a Garmin g2 VISION for your particular unit. It is a combo of Marine Charts and Ortho Corrected aerial photo map that can be installed in your unit. It, when installed, offers the user the ability to switch between the Chart mode and the Aerial Photo choices.

Go to a stocking Garmin dealer and ask to see the g2 Vision mapping. They are sold by different areas. View the Vision mapping and zoom in on a particular area you know and go to the aerial view mode. If the program meets your requirements, then your problem is solved.

This is one of the most accurate mapping that is currently available for your unit.

Captain Paul
March 25 at 3:08pm
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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Louisiana
Capt Paul - or anyone else with an opinion

I am not sure if you can say one way or the other but I was hoping you can point me in a specific direction. I am about to purchase a GPS/Sonar unit for my console and a sonar unit for the front of my boat. I am looking at the Humminbird 859ci HD (front) and Humminbird 678c HD (bow). I also am looking at the Lowrance Elite 7x HDI (bow) and.... Read More
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Response by Captain Paul
March 08 at 8:52pm
The way to go!
Either should suit tour GPS and sonar needs. But I suggest that you first check what internal maps are available and their prices.

Then go to a stocking dealer and actually view the unit with the maps/charts you need.

Do your home work before you actually purchase the system.

Captain Paul
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February 28 at 1:15pm
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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Louisiana
How do I download to a iPad with google earth
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Response by Captain Paul
March 05 at 5:33pm
Google earth to iPad
First install Google earth in your iPad or iPhone. Then open the program.

Now

Open your Google Earth in your PC and save the waypoints to a file, preferably a Google KML file.

Once done send your self an email with the saved file as an attachment. Open the attachment file in your iPad then using the out source (the icon representing a document with an arrow pointing upward.

When the option opens select the open in Google Earth. Icon.

All of the waypoints should appear in the Google Eath program on your iPad.

By the way this will also work an any of the Google files I offer in the Captain Paul's Fishing of GPS Waypoints.

Simply substitute the Edge files opened in the PC Google program And them send as an attachment to your iPad.

Google luck, contact me if you need any specific help.

Captain Paul
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February 26 at 9:03pm
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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Louisiana
I have a Humminbird 587 ci di it was working perfect but got stuck in mud once.. now the depth reading is going haywire.. showed 99 feet in only 2 feet of water.. do you have a solution to this problem?
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January 26 at 1:50pm
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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Southeast Louisiana
I have a Lowrance LCX 15mt. Is the edge file Barataria Bay compatible. I saw a list of GPS units as Lowrance-Eagle, I assume this would include my unit. Thanks
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Response by Captain Paul
January 19 at 10:34pm
Yes it DOES!
The Captain Paul Fishing Edge will certainly work in your Lowrance unit. You should use their GDM-6 data exchange program or their Mapping program that has the ability to write and read waypoint, track and route data.

Captain Paul
January 19 at 5:35pm
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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Louisiana
I recently bought a Garmin 740s and used it fishing out of Venice for six days last week. The mapping detail was horrendous even with the settings set to most detail. Very large bodies of water that have been around for a long time show up as land like pole lake near south pass. The main entrance to the wagon wheel off of red pass does not show. I thought these units came with the G2 coastal.... Read More
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September 01, 2013 at 3:09pm
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I want to wish you all a very HAPPY NEW YEAR.

And I hope you all had a very MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Captain Paul
December 31, 2013 at 8:57pm
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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Cocodrie / DuLarge in South Central Louisiana
I just purchased the Lowrance HDS7 model GPS plotter. What's the most detailed software I can get for Lower Terrebonne Parish & adjacent offshore waters? Navionics? Which package?

HELP!!
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Response by Captain Paul
December 21, 2013 at 4:28pm
What is the BEST MAPS
Captain Paul’s Response ~

For inshore navigation in the Louisiana marshes, I prefer a map based on USGS Topographic maps. Lowrance offers their INSIGHT series of mapping which would fill the bill for most of what you want.

Their Nautic Insight HD 2013 East,

FOR HDS, HDS GEN2, HDS GEN2 TOUCH, ELITE-7 AT $149.00 FOR COASTAL AND OFFSHORE USE.

And their Topo Insight PRO 2013 East

FOR HDS, HDS GEN2, HDS GEN2 TOUCH, ELITE, MARK #000-11066-001 FOR LAND USE AWAY FROM THE COASTAL SHORELINE.

NAVIONICS Offers their #907 P+ (PLATINUM)of the northern part of the GULF OF MEXICO at $399.00.

It will cover the offshore areas as well as going about 25 to 50 miles inshore. These charts are based on NOAA marine Charts. The detail is not going to be as sharp and the coverage not as broad as the Insight type of maps.

Go to a stocking dealer that handles Lowrance AND Navionics and actually view the detail and coverage of the aforementioned mapping programs. Select a location that you are familiar with and zoom in to a particular location. Compare one to another and make up your own mind.

Whatever mapping program, be sure to get the Lowrance INSIGHT PLANNER. This program allows you to transfer data such as Routes, tracks and WAYPOINTS between your GPS unit and a PC computer. It is an invaluable tool for archiving your data and in planning a trip.

Get back in touch and let me know what program you decided on.

Thanks,

Captain Paul
December 21, 2013 at 9:37am
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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Morgan City in South Central Louisiana
Capt. Paul, I'm looking into buying a Garmin GPSMAP 421 and was wanting to know which map should I buy to use in the lower Atchafalaya Basin. I hunt and fish from the Grand Lake/Bayou Pigeon area south to the Duck Lake/Flat lake area.
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Response by Captain Paul
December 18, 2013 at 3:32pm
maps for a Garmin for the Basin
~ Captain Paul's response to: ~ Coubie ~

I am sorry about the delay; I am recovering from surgery and could not get to my desk top to respond to your inquiry.

Although the Garmin GPSMAP 421 is a Marine unit, I recommend that you first look at the Garmin TOPO US 24K Southeast DVD, Part Number: 010-11319-50 at a list cost of $129.99 USD. Get the program in a DVD program.

This program is based on USGS Topographical maps. These type of maps are designed to show land features, but I believe that unless if you are going offshore, then these types of maps better depict the Louisiana marshlands.

Go to a stocking Garmin dealer and ask to see the images of the 24K topo on a device. Then zoom in on the image to a particular location that you are familiar with. Doing this will give you a chance to evaluate the mapping program for your self.

If you prefer other type of mapping, look at the g2 and g2Vision as you would for the 24K mapping.

Captain Paul
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December 08, 2013 at 8:26am
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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Morgan City in South Central Louisiana
Want to start hunting the Atchafalaya delta. What is a good GPS for navigational purposes only?
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Response by Captain Paul
December 18, 2013 at 3:39pm
the Garmin GPSMAP 62CST would do nicely
~ Captain Paul's response to: ~ DRAKEO ~

GARMIN has been offering their GPSMAP 62CST at a really good price. It tempted me so much that I just purchased one. It is an improved hand based on the GPSMAP 60. The CST means that it has a camera, barometer/altimeter and is preloaded with USGS 100,000 scale topo maps of the entire US.

It is a fantastic unit. I suggest that you check it out.

Captain Paul
December 03, 2013 at 2:25pm
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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Louisiana
just a follow up and thank you capt paul on your concise instructions on converting my old garmin edge data to new lowrance.usr files.the conversion worked perfectly.

john
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Response by Captain Paul
December 18, 2013 at 3:33pm
Glad to be of some help.
I am glad that you got the system working.

Keep those lines tight.

Captain Paul
December 12, 2013 at 5:13pm
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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Henderson Lake in South Central Louisiana
Captain Paul I installed a couple of the Elite 5's on my boat and having trouble seeing fish and also it does not track where I have been. I have the X's checked for tracking and both of them are not tracking so I must be doing something wrong... I have the software updated, any help would be greatly appreciated

Thanks

Terry
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Response by Captain Paul
November 18, 2013 at 3:47pm
Check the menu for configuration settings
Captain Paul's response~

If you can see your position on the map screen and it changes as you move, the unit should be working.

Check the settings for the TRACKBACK feature, it may be turned off. Page 10 of the owners manual describes how to set the TRACKBACK feature.

I can't help you with the sonar part of the system, as a variety of problems could be causing the lack of your unit showing fish.

One of which is the sonar settings. Read your manual to see if the unit has the proper settings for the display of sonar images. There are settings which can diminish the size and clutter of item shown on the screens. If the sonar is showing the bottom and other underwater features, it may be a menu setting issue.

Specifications for the unit indicate that the sonar should work up to 50 mph.

Captain Paul
November 13, 2013 at 7:57am
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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Southeast Louisiana
Captain Paul I have a Lowrance Elite- 5 DSI and was wanting to know if your chips work on that unit. I am looking to purchase the chip for Leeville area. I would assume if it does any and all the rest of your chips work also?\\r\\nPlease respond to Buckmaster73@ hotmail.com
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Response by Captain Paul
November 18, 2013 at 3:19pm
Edge files will work in your GPS Unit
Captain Paul's response ~

First, the CAPTAIN PAUL'S FISHING EDGE OF GPS WAYPOINTS is NOT sold as or on a memory card or 'chip'. The Edge files are sent as an email attachment to your email account. They will work in your GPS unit.

The files are saved in your computer, opened in a manufacturer's data transfer program, viewed and edited, if necessary, and transferred to a spare memory card. This card is then inserted in the GPS Unit where, using the MENU feature, they are loaded into the internal waypoint file in your unit. The Edge waypoints appear as overlays on whatever mapping program you may have.

The files are designed in the required format protocol for your system. A GARMIN or other brand file will not work in your Lowrance unit, so you must order the correct Edge for your brand of GPS system.

The Edge programs are sold exclusively on the LOUISIANA SPORTSMAN Web site. They are in the OUTDOOR STORE link in the white banner on the home page.

Captain Paul
November 13, 2013 at 5:27am
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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Southeast Louisiana
Hello. I have the Lowrance Elite-5 (not the DSI). It has the standard base maps, and I'm wondering if any of the map upgrades (Navionics or Nautic Insight) provide better detail for this unit. If so, which is better? Thanks in advance.
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Response by Captain Paul
November 18, 2013 at 2:58pm
Base maps are only a basic map
Either of the mapping programs should provide you with maps that have greater details than the BASEMAP.

I believe that In order to avoid sticker shock on the price of a new GPS unit that the manufacturers include a basic mapping program. Yes, it is enough to get you out on the water, but it usually does not show all of the small cuts and bayous that make up the Louisiana coastal marshes.

I suggest that you go to a stocking Lowrance dealer and ask to see the mapping programs you mentioned in a GPS unit.

Pick out an area you know and zoom in to your fishing spots..

That will give you an actual view of what you will have in your unit..

Pick the one that best suits your needs.

Be sure to get it in the proper type of memory card for your unit.

Captain Paul
November 13, 2013 at 10:12am

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