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NEED HELP CHOOSING GPS 4 FRESH WATER FISHING

Old 08-02-2004, 08:29 AM
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Default NEED HELP CHOOSING GPS 4 FRESH WATER FISHING

I am buying my first set of eletronics for my new 21' Triton TX bass boat with a 225 Vmax. I fish river deltas and the Mobile AL bay areas not very deep (60' max). I thinking about a Garmin 182C ($799), or 172C ($509) + $150 map program. This weekend I found the Lowrance M68C ($343) for about half the price. Out of the garmin I was leaning toward the 172C B/C of price. After looking at the lowrance it has it all the maps at no cost, fishfinder and transducer at no cost. for the money I'm leaning toward the Lowrance. What do you think is best for the Mobile River delta and Bays? Thanks for your help.
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Old 08-02-2004, 02:08 PM
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I'm not familiar with the Lowrance but if I were you I'd check to just what you get when it says "all the maps at no cost". Seems more likely it has the 'basemap' which has very little detail.

I was looking at the 172C (ended up with the Navman 5500 instead) and it's a very nice unit. The map cartridge adds a lot of detail. BTW - the 182C also needs the map cartridge so you'd need to figure that in to your costs as well.

So, bottom line - check on which maps you're getting. A LOT of guys on this forum love their Garmins. And I'm very happy with the Navman.
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Old 08-02-2004, 02:09 PM
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I don't know jack about Garmins. I have Lowrance LMS-320 GPS/Sonar unit and ordered a detailed Navionics chip. It was like 500+150 roughly. Does great for me.
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Old 08-02-2004, 06:19 PM
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My strong preference is for Garmin because I've had much better reliability with Garmin products, and I think they are a lot more intuitive to use than anybody else's GPS. That said, I can't imagine that the Lowrance came with the charts you need for fishing. Lowrance stuff generally uses Navionics maps, this is the link to the freshwater maps of your area for Navionics: http://www.navionics.com/HotMaps/region3.asp

and for Garmin: http://www.garmin.com/cartography/ma...clakesEast.jsp#
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