Even though it’s only April, it feels a lot like Christmas at my house. I’ve just ordered the new boat, so I’m getting all sorts of new stuff from UPS. Right now I’m sitting here, waiting on the big brown truck to bring the box from Lowrance, singing a song that goes something like “all I want for Christmas are my two new HDS units”. Fortunately for everyone around me, I’m only singing in my head.
While I’m waiting, I’m decided to spend a little time looking over the manuals online. It’s amazing how far we’ve come with our electronics in my lifetime.
When I started out fishing, we all measured the depth by sticking your fishing rod into the lake. Once the water got over 6 feet, you just knew it was over your head. I still remember the first boat that my Dad got with a flasher on it. Those of you born in the computer age probably don’t remember the noisy, bulky green box that was state-of-the-art at the time. But for those of us who used the original units, they were magic.
Now I’m sitting here looking at the current units. What these things can do is truly amazing.
The new Insight mapping is the coolest part. No more having to read contour lines and try to figure out exactly which line is which. When there is a creek channel there, you can see laid out right in front of you, in 3D relief. Looking for a point or submerged lake, it’s on the screen.
You can also add grid lines to figure latitude and longitude or add range rings to figure distances. Other settings let you go to a “look ahead” mode, where your current position is kept at the bottom of the screen. This way, you can see farther ahead without having to zoom out and lose detail. If you want to see how far away something is, just move the cursor on the screen and it instantly gives you the distance.
On the sonar side, there are tons of new features. You can change the colors on the screen to one of 14 different options to match conditions and your personal preferences. There are automatic settings for deep and shallow water, fresh and saltwater and clear or brackish water. These setting automatically adjust the ping speed, transducer frequency and color palette to the best settings. You can even put a graph on the screen that shows the changes in water temperature.
With the units networked together, I’ll be able to select between the built in GPS receiver in either unit or the external one on the back of the boat. I can also run either unit off of either transducer and share all of the waypoints automatically.
And the neatest feature is the Structure Scan. Not only does it give images to either side of the boat, it has a 3D look down feature that will probably be the only mode I run it in. No excuses now; if I don’t catch them, it’s entirely my fault.
But the thing I’m looking forward to the most is the Sirius Weather Radar/radio option. Believe me, if you fish with B.A.S.S., you’re going to get to fish in some nasty stuff. Rain, snow, sleet, hail, cold fronts, etc., we get to see it all. If you live in a part of the country that needs some rain, no problem, just get B.A.S.S. to bring a tournament there. So being able to see that stuff coming, while on the water, will be a huge plus and just COOL besides.
You might suspect that I’m a true gadget lover. I always have to have the latest and greatest. So, these things will keep me busy for weeks learning all of the new stuff.
COME ON BIG BROWN TRUCK, HOW LONG CAN IT TAKE TO GET HERE FROM TULSA!!!!
Now, if I can just talk the Easter Bunny into leaving those two Power Poles in my Easter basket.