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What is the best overall map card for inshore coastal fishing (Louisiana)

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Old 11-07-2018, 02:02 PM
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Default What is the best overall map card for inshore coastal fishing (Louisiana)

I’m new to fishing down here So I was looking for a map card that would help me navigate through local waterways. Lowrance elite ti FYI
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Thanks! I’ll look into it
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Standard Mapping, Navionics, or you can even make your own maps using Google Earth.
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Standard Mapping, Navionics, or you can even make your own maps using Google Earth.
I think Navionics at LA is nearly useless because most of the photos in key areas of interest are so dark you can't see what is happening. Some of the darkest images I have ever seen and much worse than other States covered by Navionics. If you zoom in the images are relatively clean and adequate clarity but they are so dark it can't be used for much of anything in practical application. Standard is not true color imagery and is lower resolution but it seems most people historically preferred that to Navionics because it is brighter and you can see much better where the water and where the land is and they provided some main tracks to follow. But beyond that from what I have seen I don't think it holds a candle to the ISLA LA chart in any respect and particularly when it comes to the clarity of the imagery or the map details provided including tracks to run. If you haven't seen ISLA, you should look into it if you run LA or FL. As far as Google Earth that is great to check out on your pc at home but that is not going to work on any chart plotter and unless you are running at night, trying to see it in the sun on a tablet is not going to work.
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I think Navionics at LA is nearly useless because most of the photos in key areas of interest are so dark you can't see what is happening. Some of the darkest images I have ever seen and much worse than other States covered by Navionics. If you zoom in the images are relatively clean and adequate clarity but they are so dark it can't be used for much of anything in practical application. Standard is not true color imagery and is lower resolution but it seems most people historically preferred that to Navionics because it is brighter and you can see much better where the water and where the land is and they provided some main tracks to follow. But beyond that from what I have seen I don't think it holds a candle to the ISLA LA chart in any respect and particularly when it comes to the clarity of the imagery or the map details provided including tracks to run. If you haven't seen ISLA, you should look into it if you run LA or FL. As far as Google Earth that is great to check out on your pc at home but that is not going to work on any chart plotter and unless you are running at night, trying to see it in the sun on a tablet is not going to work.
actually you probably think that because you are in the business competing against navionics, no?
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Also looking into this myself. I've been leaning towards the standard mapping LA one premium card. Specifically looking for ones with safe routes already mapped in
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Also looking into this myself. I've been leaning towards the standard mapping LA one premium card. Specifically looking for ones with safe routes already mapped in
Who makes cards with safe routes already in? That would be ideal for marsh. I always fear running into a 6” mud flat while rollin.
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Standard Mapping's Louisiana One Premium content card
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There is a lot of user preference when it comes to electronics. I can only give you my opinion on what I've used and rely on. I run the navionics platinum+ card in my units and prefer it largely due to the fact that it is a great all in one card for me and for what I do. Not only does it have satellite imagery overlay, but also nautical chart, sonar chart 1ft contours, 3D views, port pics, additional map options like auto routing...... The satellite imagery is great inshore and in my opinion they have done well with the imagery on the latest cards and I have not problem. When it comes to fishing deeper in the passes, river, ocean using the contours, especially the 1ft contour sonar chart comes in handy. Again, just my .02 and what I like. Take all of our advice and make sure you try and demo as many as you can from friends that might have the different cards, do your homework and make the best decision for you.


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Who makes cards with safe routes already in? That would be ideal for marsh. I always fear running into a 6” mud flat while rollin.
How about a chart with as many as all of these?
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Which one is that?
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Louisiana Marine Tracks by ISLA > Runs on the Navico Product Line.

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Our customers with Navionics GOM cards have been completely satisfied. Most buy one card and swap it out between their offshore center console and bay boat. I turn the overlay option to land only in order to keep the depth contours visible. Great choice for a complete card for the entire Gulf or just certain sections.

Those that have the Standard Mapping cards are happy as well. The inshore guys like the safe routes. Others like being able to choose their section of the state and not pay for the entire coast if they only fish one area.

Egret&Lab: if you want to send us a card to check out, I’ll give my 100% unbiased opinion on it. From what I see here, they look a little light and I can see that being an issue on a unit in direct sunlight. I’m always up for giving our customers the most options available and your card just adds one more to the list.
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I'd be interested in seeing the ISLA chip but I agree it does look a little light in those screenshots
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