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By Big Oil
#111771
I am looking at purchasing a GPS/Depth Finder for my boat (Yes I am keeping it; those of you that fish with me!! Reef where you at??), and was wondering if you guys that play in the salt had any recommendations. I have a flats boat, so will never run to far offshore, but want to be able to find my way back to the boat ramp when I am exploring the Texas and Louisiana coasts. Just curious about any experience you all might have with these devices, and any possible reccomendations you might have.

Also, what more are you getting if the device also has a Chartplotter. Not particularly interested in a handheld either. Everyone at the boat show keeps talking about RayMarine, but they seem to be awfully pricey.

Yes Txfly, the "tourists" will be back on the water in full force this summer!!
By Cal_Delta
#111777
the lms522 with the built in gps transducer is money if it's to be a stand alone unit. killer graph and good detail on the maps out of the box. here is shot of the same unit.
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By TokenGirl
#111805
The new Garmin units are light years ahead of anything else out there, especially when you add the XM Weather. The touch screen is the bomb. The 5212 unit also makes a nice windshield on small skiffs. The only downside is that it will cost more than the $1500 you were going to sell your boat for.
By floodtide
#111899
I have the Garmin 540. I'm happy with it and would buy it again. Mine is a chartplotter only, but Garmin make the same unit in a combo chartplotter/sounder.
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By Reef Runner
#111962
Big Oil wrote:I am looking at purchasing a GPS/Depth Finder for my boat (Yes I am keeping it; those of you that fish with me!! Reef where you at??),

Sweet- now I don't have to worry about that scooter floating anymore. Glad you are keeping her Big Erl. You know that Potlicker is headed to Mexico manana? Boca Paila. That fucker.
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By Big Oil
#112069
Reef Runner wrote:
Big Oil wrote:I am looking at purchasing a GPS/Depth Finder for my boat (Yes I am keeping it; those of you that fish with me!! Reef where you at??),

You know that Potlicker is headed to Mexico manana? Boca Paila. That fucker.
Numb nuts bought the wrong tickets (he got the dates wrong), so I donated some of my frequent flier miles to his cause so he wouldn't be out the $800 dollars it costs to by plane tickets two days before you are leaving. I hope he gets some decent photos.

Pretty psyched about keeping the boat. Hopefully, we won't have ridiculous amounts of rainfall this year.
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By Reef Runner
#112070
Are you fucking serious? That dipshit gave me the wrong dates- I booked that first flight for him with my miles- that bald headed chicken fucker. Potlicker has sunk to a new low.


:gun POTLICKER
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By Big Oil
#112072
Reef Runner wrote:Are you fucking serious? That dipshit gave me the wrong dates- I booked that first flight for him with my miles- that bald headed chicken fucker. Potlicker has sunk to a new low.


:gun POTLICKER
That is too funny. Yeah he realized he had the dates wrong, Saturday to Saturday, when the trip is actually Sunday to Sunday. So I told him I would give him the miles if he needed them. He came over last night, and I got the ticket for him. He is flying out tomorrow at 10:30 in the morning.
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By m.b.
#114601
Tall Mexican Bump.

You're back now. Time to post up the fish porn Potlicker, if you caught anything. Heard rumors of a permit...
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By Yard Sale
#114609
Big Oil wrote:I am looking at purchasing a GPS/Depth Finder for my boat (Yes I am keeping it; those of you that fish with me!! Reef where you at??), and was wondering if you guys that play in the salt had any recommendations. I have a flats boat, so will never run to far offshore, but want to be able to find my way back to the boat ramp when I am exploring the Texas and Louisiana coasts. Just curious about any experience you all might have with these devices, and any possible reccomendations you might have.

Also, what more are you getting if the device also has a Chartplotter. Not particularly interested in a handheld either. Everyone at the boat show keeps talking about RayMarine, but they seem to be awfully pricey.

Yes Txfly, the "tourists" will be back on the water in full force this summer!!
Sorry to bump the bump(sounds like an 80s rap song)

But, if ya want a GPS unit with a fishfinder go Garmin. If ya want a fishfinder with gps then hate to say it but Humminbird makes a pretty good one. And if ya want something to do a little of everything look at Raymarine. I can put you in touch with a tech advisor with West Marine who does a lot of bass and near shore fishing if ya want.
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By JRH
#114621
Get one of the new Garmins. I recently got the 440 and love it. On top of that, Garmin's customer service is great.

Save yourself some $$$$...order your gps from this website:

http://www.scubasteve.biz/


You will save $100 or more. Call and talk to the guy (Neal) if you have any questions.
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By mwk
#114687
I have a garmin 498..........don't make em any more but the loaded maps are great....... sounder is good.

I can run the skiff like I stole it in the dark
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