|Battery chargers with a pulse
1938 Views - Posted: November 27 at 9:00 am
The chemical process that produces electrical power in a battery can also damage it without human intervention.
|A better shallow-water anchor
4077 Views - Posted: October 28 at 9:00 am
My club tournament partner and I were running out of time. We had barely 15 minutes of fishing left before we had to leave to make weigh-in, and we had just located our first concentration of decent bass.
|X marks the spot
3119 Views - Posted: September 26 at 9:00 am
The new MotorGuide Xi5 wireless trolling motor is obviously designed to take on Minn Kota’s successful Terrova, and MotorGuide took the time and trouble to do it right.
|How to get the best cartography on your chart plotter’s screen
1442 Views - Posted: August 27 at 9:00 am
Back when the earliest digital maps for freshwater lakes began to appear on chart plotter screens, I was struck by how different they were.
|Can we talk?
1597 Views - Posted: July 29 at 9:00 am
The National Marine Electronics Association is the organization responsible for setting standards for marine electronics, including those for communication between units. The purpose for setting communication standards is to provide a common language and wiring procedure so units and sensors from all manufacturers can talk to each other.
|Keeping it clean
847 Views - Posted: June 25 at 9:00 am
LCD screen brightness, contrast and resolution improve with every new generation of marine electronics. Higher pixel counts, new sonar technologies, more-vibrant colors and improved visibility under adverse light conditions let us see tiny sonar and chart details that would have been invisible a decade ago without zooming to enlarge the screen picture.
|You dropped WHAT overboard?
1430 Views - Posted: May 27 at 9:00 am
Shortly after handheld GPS units became small enough to fit in a pocket, I remember a fellow outdoor writer lamenting about losing his. He somehow dropped it as he stepped from a boat to a dock over water 30 feet deep.
|Vacuum sealer systems aren’t just for the kitchen anymore
1143 Views - Posted: April 26 at 9:00 am
Eating dinner at a friend’s house almost 20 years ago, I mentioned how good fresh fish tastes compared to fish that was frozen. He told me with a grin that the fish we were eating had been cooling in his freezer for two years.
|Super portable GPS
1571 Views - Posted: March 25 at 9:00 am
When the press release about Garmin’s new marine-oriented Quatix sport watch hit my inbox, I opened it with lukewarm enthusiasm — but the more I read about it the more excited I got.
Two basic advantages of a watch with built-in GPS are that you don’t have to set it manually when you cross into another time zone and it can be accurate to within about a billionth of a second or, say, within one second every 30,000 years.
|Is there an electric outboard in your future?
2121 Views - Posted: February 25 at 9:00 am
We fishermen have seen all-electric boats come and go, but most of these vessels have been small, slow and had limited carrying capacity that make them best suited to ponds or protected lakes.
Electric outboard motors with from five to 10 horsepower are available from several makers, and electric primary propulsion outboard motor systems for open utility and pontoon boats have long been available from manufacturers like Minn Kota and Torqeedo.
|Semiautomatic fish finder operation
1794 Views - Posted: January 28 at 9:00 am
In the early days of automatic fish finder operation, I advised serious anglers to switch to manual mode where they could tune in a much better look at the underwater world. I think that has changed, and I now suggest that fishermen run their units in auto mode and just tweak the settings where they see problems.
You can now go into a unit’s menu and set parameters that help its computer meet your personal preferences and better handle your recreational waters.
|Lowrance introduces new touchscreen unit, custom contour mapping service
2149 Views - Posted: December 31, 2012 at 9:00 am
Do you have a favorite fishing area that isn’t mapped as accurately as you’d like? Now you can do it yourself with any Lowrance HDS multifunction unit, including new models with touchscreen control.
|Locating those pesky breakers and fuses
1336 Views - Posted: November 26, 2012 at 9:00 am
The first thing that springs to mind when an electrical accessory stops working is a blown fuse or popped circuit breaker. In a new boat this usually means pressing the circuit breaker button next to the accessory’s switch or popping the cover off a box near the console and checking the fuse or breaker that protects the now powerless accessory.
|The most important electrical impulses are between your ears
2333 Views - Posted: October 29, 2012 at 9:00 am
Floating around for three hours with nothing but a Coleman cooler between you and drowning is enough to make a guy and his friends renew the commonsense boating habits they’ve let slide.
|What the heck is trolling motor navigation?
3388 Views - Posted: September 24, 2012 at 8:00 am
A July press release from Johnson Outdoors Marine Electronics begins, “Continuing the evolution of GPS trolling-motor navigation, Minn Kota’s i-Pilot Link utilizes GPS technology and ethernet connectivity to achieve new levels of boat control.”
Having attended a webinar on this new system, I was already thinking about how much that opening sentence is going to mean to fishermen.
|Preventing engine cancer
2799 Views - Posted: August 27, 2012 at 10:00 am
Galvanic corrosion can make your boat engine’s lower unit look like you ordered the special zombie edition. Here’s why it happens and how you can prevent it.
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