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About dane

  • Birthday 02/13/1955

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  • Gender
  • Location
    St Inigoes, MD
  • Interests
    Fishing, Hunting, lacrosse
  • Home Port
    St Inigoes, Chesapeake Bay
  • Boat Name
    Captain's Pleasure
  1. Great information! Thank you- looks like Garmin will be on my boat too.
  2. Good to know Tim, Thanks!
  3. What about performance and reliability? Have you experienced more problems with Lowrance?
  4. Thanks - helpful to know what you all think. What is it about the Garmin products that puts them above Lowrance in your experience? Reliability ? Thanks again - boat electronics are expensive and I don't want to make a choice I'm going to regret.
  5. I need to replace my old chartplotter/fishfinder and I'm looking at the Lowrance HDS7 Gen II with Downscan or the Garmin 741 with CHIRP. Most of my fishing is on the Chesapeake Bay for strippers and Lakes Ontario and Erie for walleye, salmon, and steelhead. It seems the debate between Lowrance and Garmin is like the Ford-Chevy debate -- depends on what you have used in the past. Any thoughts or recommendations would be much appreciated. Lowrance Garmin Thanks in advance--
  6. Okay, you all have my attention. I am getting ready to purchase either the Lowrance HDS7 Gen II touch screen or the Garmin 741xs. My fishing in mostly in the Chesapeake Bay and Lakes Ontario and Erie. Don't know which offers the best capability for my fishing or which will be the most reliable. CHIRP or Downscan? From what I'm reading, it seems the debate between Lowrance v. Garmin is like the Ford-Chevy debate -- depends on what you have used in the past. Any thoughts or recommendations on which way to go would be much appreciated! thanks in advance-
  7. Saw the mention of "black box" and am interested if anyone has experience with Pro Troll's back box that is supposed to allow you to control the charge on your rigger cable to attract the species fish you're after. Went with a charter out of Oswego and he had one. Any thoughts?
  8. Does anyone have experience with the Fish Hawk TD? Looks like you attach it to your rigger or line and it will record temp and depth- you have to reel it in to see what it recorded on the way down but for the price it seems like a good option. It retails for around $150. I don't have a temp depth probe but am considering it. The TD price looks attractive. I'm interested in what you all with experience think. Thanks in advance.
  9. After all I've been reading about wire line, I want to rig a Penn GTi320 with it. I bought 30# Malin at Cabelas but it only came in 450' spools. I thought I would back it with 30# mono. Will that work? I'm a novice at Lake Ontario and only make it up from Maryland once or twice a year- so trying to learn from what I read here to make the trips productive. Thanks in advance!
  10. Check out the Garmin units. I have heard nothing but good about the GPS, the fish finder, ease of use and reliability. I have a Lowrance LX19c that after 8 seasons is starting to go bad. ... Screen comes on blank, sometimes upside down, and sometimes unreadable. Have to cycle on off several times before it starts working. I think I am going to go with the Garmin 741xs with CHIRP.
  11. Tim, I am going to rig a Penn GTi320 with wire for dipsy. Bought 30# Malin but it only came in 450' spool. I was going to back the Malin with 30# mono. Will that work? Thanks
  12. Great info! In your opinion, apart from CHIRP or Structure Scan, do you consider the Garmin fish finders equal to the Lowrance for great lakes fishing?
  13. Thanks for the info BigBlue- very helpful. I'm curious though why you don't think the CHIRP is worth it for great lakes fishing? No argument- just curious. I'm too new to the technology to know. Would be great to save the $$$ and not get it if not needed. Thanks again
  14. I'm looking to upgrade my chartplotter/fishfinder and am considering the Garmin 741xs with CHIRP or the Lowrance HDS7 with structure scan. A dealer of both advised the CHIRP better for deep water and Structure Scan better if fishing the shallows. Because most of my fishing is in the deeper water, the Garmin seems attractive. But, the Garmin dealer tells me the transducer for the CHIRP is about $1000.00 more than the transducer that includes speed and temp. That makes the system almost double what the HDS7 with Structure Scan costs including the Structure Scan transducer. Seems there must be less expensive transducer for Garmin to be competitive with the HDS7. Any thoughts, recommendations would be helpful. Thanks in advance.
  15. Any thoughts or recommendations on most productive scent for salmon? What about foe walleye in Lake Erie?
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