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Old 03-25-2003, 07:13 PM
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I am dissapointed big time with the blue chart for Texas, it does not have the fishing spots that my old G chip had. For instance the East Breaks, Dutra rock, southern rock don't exist. I know you can go manualy put them in but what is the point of the chart. I guess I am to picky but with the amount of money I have spent on GPS in the last month I expect more than I am getting. Am I the only guy that has noticed this.
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Wow, Well since I live in Texas and I'm in the market for a GPS Mapping/Chartplotter this post obviously concerns me. I have the Garmin 182C and 232 on my short list. What unit did you buy?

Is it possible that you don't have your setting for detail set correctly?

What unit did you run the G-Chip in?

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Maybe they did for texas what they did to florida. A lot of info has moved to yet another cd you need to buy. fishing hot spots.
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It is my understanding that the blue charts are faithful reproductions of actual noaa charts. They do not include fishing spots, were not designed to. They do show wrecks that concern navigation. I have found that the blue chart that I use in the panhandle of florida to be very accurate.

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I agree with both Sea Dad and ovenman. Garmin is creating an additional source of revenue by producing a separate CD for popular hot spots. The Blue Charts are designed to reproduce the actual cherts for navigatioal purposes. They will faithfully and very accurately depict all hazards to navigation such as wrecks, reefs, shoals, cable crossings, navguides, etc. But they do not name them as fisherman would refer to them.

The Blue Chart for my area here in the Northeast does not have most of the hundreds of real popular spots identified.

If you still have your old unit, I would contact GARMIN to see if there is a way to transfer the data from that G chip. It might involve some 3rd paty software and a cable, but it might be well worth it. Having an interface cable and some softawre has been invaluable to "backup" my waypoints and routes as well as do plotting at home before a trip.

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While I have never seen the Bluechart for Texas or Florida, I'm surprised at what I've read here. For Lake Erie the BlueChart is by far the best map chip I've seen - period. It is very accurate, including bottom contours, spot soundings, reefs identified, etc. I looked for a long time before going with a standalone monochrome Garmin 2010 with the bluechart chip preprogrammed. I've looked at them side by side at West Marine / Boat US comparing them to the Navionics Fishing HotSpots, C-Map, regular Gmaps, and the Lowrance version of the Navionics maps. The Bluechart was better in all cases for Lake Erie. There is a setting you go into via the menus to turn on the most detail. For what it's worth the electronic versions of the Fishing Hot Spots maps have gotten very poor reviews on the message boards at least the maps for the midwest lakes. Maybe they are better in Texas and Florida?
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Old 03-26-2003, 08:56 AM
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I am disapoined in the fact that I am looking for the fishing spots that were on my Old G chart, specific spots and they are not there so I have to manually input them which is not what I bought a chip for. I have been running out of Port A for 25 years so I could care less about the navigational end of the map and sad to say I am a creature of habit for the most part and do not go anywhere else so I guess I am different than most in that aspect. I have been told by the guys at boaters world that a lot of people are finding the same thing, the Fishing hot spots cd for Texas is more dedicated to inland that it is offshore so it does not have the spots either. I guess I am just want to much.
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Fishing Hot Spots is a company separate from Garmin and Navionics. Garmin and Navionics just market their CD as I understand it. They have large areas of the country with no coverage at all. You can go to Garmins website a check the maps in the area you need, to see the coverage.....Fishing Hot Spots
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Flieman,
I go out of Port A too and am looking for a new GPS. You’re absolutely right; there isn’t much navigation danger in our area. We need fishing spots. The Fishing Hot Spot CD for Texas is only fresh water.

My old Humbird with Navionics shows the main rock formations very nice. Randzal rock for instance is over a mile wide and it would be very hard to tell what part of the rock you are on by just a GPS point and watching your depth finder. Same with Southern and several others. Now I know why my friend has such a hard time finding them.

Did the folks at boater world or anybody else tell you what GPS’s and mapping charters did show these spots? Maybe one with C-Map NT?
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