The electronics that are on an angler’s boat today may look like a big screen TV when passing by boaters look at your fishing rig. Some may even say that today’s electronics is like playing a video game with the amount of detail and information they relay back to an angler.
When an angler selects a set of electronics to rig on their boat, they are getting much, much more than just a screen that will show the depth and if there are fish below the boat. They are getting a high powered and high priced electronics system that will provide them with in-depth knowledge of the underwater terrain that holds their sought after first.
For the amount of money that fisherman spend on their electronics, they will want to and insist that they get the maximum amount out of their electronics. Some of the helpful hints below will help you understand your units better and in turn help you get a better idea of what is going on underneath your boat.
Register Your Electronics with the company. What this will do is have your units on record with that company, should any warranty information is needed or a recall occurs. More importantly what this will do is, with Humminbird, you will be e-mailed when a new software update is available. These software updates help eliminate many common errors that happen in a person’s electronics. On select Humminbird units you are also enrolled into the Humminbird Select program for free, which has numerous customer service benefits.
Update Your Unit whenever a new update is available because this will solve many of the little issues that are arising with your unit. These updates will also ensure that your unit is working to its maximum performance and some updates will add new software features to your unit that will help increase your productivity with the unit when on the water.
Use a mapping chip, this will allow you to search out more productive areas on that body of water. Depending on the brand of chips, you can either get a chip for the specific state or for an entire region. With Lakemaster and Humminbird working together, I’m able to get the maximum performance and information out of my electronics.
Two helpful tips that I’ve found on my Humminbird are to select which card slot your mapping chip is in, this will help speed up the unit when it is reading that chip. You can also select what depth range is shaded on your map, this will allow you to quickly identify other key areas on that body of water that fall into the key depth you want to be fishing in.
Glenn Walker has been fishing tournaments for over ten years, spreading his passion and knowledge of the sport via articles and videos, for more information check out fishglenn.com.