One thing that all the top tournament angers have in common is having high quality electronics on their boats and knowing how to use them. No other p
One thing that all the top tournament angers have in common is having high quality electronics on their boats and knowing how to use them. No other piece of equipment used in fishing has improved so much in such a short period of time. Over the last 30 years electronics have gone from ” little green box portable flasher depth finders” to multi-function high speed computers. On the dash of my 2017 Ranger you will find a Garmin GPSMAP 7612xvs Combo. This Garmin unit is a Fishfinder preloaded with LakeVü HD and BlueChart g2 maps and features a 12″ SVGA color display and keyed chartplotter/sonar combo. This high-tech unit combines an advanced 8 pin all-in-one 77/200 kHz HD-ID and Garmin CHIRP technology for a virtual photographic view. This unit also has a built-in 10 Hz GPS/GLONASS receiver position which updates and heading 10 times per second! I don’t know how I was able to catch anything before I got them; I can’t imagine trying to do without them! Let’s start with the GPS map function…This unit has every body of water you could think of preloaded on it and with one foot intervals you won’t miss any fish holding structure! Even on a body of water I have never been on I can venture out with confidence that I have at my fingertips all the knowledge I could have gained in a month of studying the best contour map (all those expensive waterproof maps I purchased over the years are now obsolete). I can also mark spots where I located fish in practice and return to the exact same spot in the tournament. On water like Okeechobee or Lake Erie my unit will guide me from the take-off location straight to my starting spot and then tell me how much time I need to allow to make it back for check-in. It also tells me the water temperature and time of day. I haven’t even scratched the surface on all the capabilities of the Garmin GPSMAP 7612xvs and how it can improve your fish-catching abilities. Go to http://www.garmin.com/marine to learn more.