Step 2: What's going on the boat
The sophistication of today's electronics has changed fishing. In the information age, the one the that is changing the fastest is the rate that everything is changing. There are some incredible advances in today's fishing electronics that are undoubtedly game changers. In this blog, I am going to talk about my set-up.
I am running two Garmin and one Humminbird units on my boat in 2020. The image above diagrams the location I am planning to put the units. The ECHOMAP Plus 7 inch at the console is going to be hooked up to the side image transducer (hull), the high speed transducer (hull) and the Panoptix PS22 at the side rail of the rear angler fishing area. This way,my son (partner) has the ability to scan his casting area for fish and cover using the fishing innovation transducer mount that is made for the Crestliner integrated bracket. This unit will also have the Garmin Side Imaging transducer hooked up. This transducer will allow me to see fish and cover on both sides of the boat. I will be able to mark places to fish while slowly graphing around the areas I want to take a closer look at.
I will be running two graphs at the bow. One will be utilizing the integrated transducer in the Minn Kota trolling motor. I'll use a Humminbird Helix 7 DI GPS, hooked up to the trolling motor. This unit will be primarily for having access to down imaging at the bow. Down imaging allows you to identify the cover that you are encountering. The image below demonstrates the difference between standard sonar and down imaging.
Lastly, at the bow, I will be running a 9 inch Garmin unit that I will use for mapping and Panoptix LiveScope in the NEW perspective mode. This is the view that is an absolute game changer, in my opinion. Not only can you see what's in a 135 degree area in front of you, you can identify the cover, AND see the moving fish that are relating to the cover. Incredible. You can see the fish on the screen and cast to them. I am super excited to use this new technology this upcoming tournament season. I felt pretty good about my chances when I couldn't see exactly what they were doing. This is incredible technology.
Garmin's bluetooth enabled smartphone app (ActiveCaptain) and wireless network that is integrated allows me to upgrade each units software, and share information between all my units and my phone. Any waypoint I collect on one unit is saved and displayed on each unit. I can be sitting on my couch, doing research on a lake and save waypoints that I want to fish right on the mapping on my phone. When I get to the boat and connect the Garmin WiFi network with my phone, all my units sync. This is a great feature that eliminates the need for running networking cables around the boat for each unit. Awesome technology!