FISHFINDER AND CHARTPLOTTER BASICS
WHAT'S THE BEST CHARTPLOTTER FOR YOU?
WHAT'S THE BEST CHARTPLOTTER FOR YOU?
There are many different types of fishfinders and Chartplotters available, so deciding which one is right for you, your boat and the type of fishing is not always easy. Here we have outlined a few of the basics to make it easier to know what to look out for and why.
DISPLAY SIZE AND TYPE
Lowrance fishfinder/chartplotters are available with screen sizes ranging from 5- to 16-inches. Displays are offered with multi-touch touchscreens or standard non-touch displays controlled by a keypad. Touchscreen models offer full operation via touchscreen, keypad or both.
Bigger isn’t always better as one of the primary considerations when choosing a screen size is the available mounting space at the desired mounting location. Bigger screens are easier to see, but check the fit at your mounting location first.
Screens with premium In-Plane Switching (IPS) technology offer extreme viewing angles, superior clarity and are visible through polarized sunglasses. Most Lowrance displays have non-IPS, high-resolution SolarMAX screens with superb clarity and color.
With Lowrance, setup is easy with high-powered sonar ready to go right out of the box and a preloaded map providing all the chart detail you need – with nothing more to buy. Just install your system and head to the water, or expand your system, choosing from a wide-range of networkable accessories.
Mapping is a key part of a display: some offer preloaded charts, others a basic chart with upgrade options from map suppliers. Either way, whether on a lake or on the sea they are imperative for navigation, locating and finding the right fishing locations and being able to get there safely.
There are also many charting features in themselves to look out for which can aid the navigation and fishing features - as an example depth shading can help easily identify key fishing locations.
Lowrance uses preloaded C-MAP charts that not only make navigation safer, but also make it easier for you to find areas to fish. Quickly pinpoint areas fish like to hide, like ditches, drops-offs, points, submerged roads, and spend less time looking for a fishing spot and more time fishing. If you encounter uncharted areas, use Genesis Live real-time mapping – available on all Lowrance displays – to create your own charts, down to 1/2-foot contours.
KEY SYSTEM EQUIPMENT TO CONSIDER
Chartplotters are compatible with a wide selection of Lowrance products
From detecting large ocean going vessels to picking out small, low-to-the-water kayaks, Lowrance offers radar that delivers clear and precise imaging of shorelines, navigation buoys, floating debris, current weather conditions, marinas and other structures along with boats.
Ghost Trolling Motor
One of the most common additions to a fishing system, trolling motors allow you to quietly move your boat into fishing areas without spooking the fish with the boat’s big motor. The Lowrance Ghost trolling motor delivers the quietest, most powerful performance delivering a full day of fishing.
You can reduce your risk of collision on the water by equipping your boat with Lowrance AIS (Automatic Identification System) capability and can always stay in contact with VHF radio.
Power-Pole® anchors give anglers the capability to quickly drop anchor in shallow areas using the touchscreen of Lowrance HDS LIVE and Elite FS displays.
Round out your boat’s system with Bluetooth® audio streaming, video and audio playback from the SonicHub2 or add a WM-4 Satellite Receiver with a SiriusXM® weather and audio subscription to stay weather aware and get discounted access to up to 140 audio channels.
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