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Saturday, January 5, 2019

Sealed Lead Acid Battery (SLA) VS. Lithium for Ice Fishing


Sealed Lead Acid (SLA) batteries or Lithium batteries to power your ice fishing electronics? Surprisingly both have advantages so which do you choose? This video shows a SLA vs. Lithium on a Lowrance HDS Ice Machine. We compare run time, weight, voltage drop, and some other things you probably didn't know.


Thursday, January 3, 2019

Garmin Panoptix LiveScope - Everything You Need to Know

This video takes a look deeper into Garmin's new sonar technology Panoptix LiveScope!



Use the table of contents below to skip ahead to the features you are interested in.

0:15 What is Panoptix LiveScope
1:03 Screen Orientation
2:28 How to Read Panoptix LiveScope
2:46 How to Set the Gain
3:14 Depth Range Settings
3:45 Sonar Transmit
4:06 Color Scheme Options
4:22 Color Gain Settings
4:48 What is Bottom Fill?
5:05 Grid Overlay
5:25 Scroll History
5:55 Sonar Trails
7:42 Noise Rejection and TVG Settings
7:59 Overlay Data
8:13 Installation
8:37 What is Garmin AHRS?
9:32 Panoptix Compass Calibration
9:45 Focus
10:31 Restore Defaults 
10:52 Basic Panoptix Settings
11:32 Basic Down Settings
12:30 Watch Fish Swim with LiveScope
12:49 LiveScope Installation Info
13:36 LiveScope Trolling Motor Compatibility  


Dock to Dock AutoRouting on Lowrance and Simrad

A feature that has been available for over a year but never worked is now working! Navionics Dock to Dock AutoRouting is now working on Navico products like Lowrance HDS Gen3 & Carbon, Elite Ti, Simrad NSS evo3, GO units, and B&G Vulcan and Zeus.

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Introduction to AXIOM and Lighthouse III by Raymarine

Let's take a look at the AXIOM from Raymarine and see why this is the best unit on the market today.  In this introduction video I take a look at the new Lighthouse III operating system from Raymarine.  This is the best OS Raymarine have ever had in their products and certainly one of the best among any brand out there!


The new AXIOM from Raymarine is one of the best sonar/GPS units on the market today.  With wide spectrum CHIRP Sidevision, Downvision, Realvision 3D and High CHIRP sonar it has everything a fishermen could need.  The Android based units with Lighthouse 3 are the easiest units to use on the market in 2017.  The quad-core processor makes these the fastest and most responsive units today.


Saturday, March 18, 2017

Humminbird SOLIX 15

Humminbird has just release the new SOLIX 12 and SOLIX 15 models for 2017 and I got a chance to take a look at the SOLIX 15 recently.  No doubt you have seen Gerald Swindle unveil this new unit back in February and while they covered a lot of the features I wanted to show a little bit more of what the unit has to offer.


The screen is extremely bright and easy to see, but at 1280x800 across 15.4" diagonal it is a little low in the resolution.  The menu system is just like an ONIX unit and with the lack of success of those units I was hoping for a completely new operating system.  I did find this unit much easier to use than an ONIX though.  They keypad is simplified and the touchscreen menu's make for easy access.

These units are going to be worth it for guys who run dual units at the dash and want to go back to one.  The split screen info is easy to see on a 4 panel split!  Humminbird has entered that large screen fishing market with the SOLIX that Garmin and Raymarine are in and looks like there will be some more competition coming in the next week...

Friday, March 17, 2017

Lowrance HDS Gen 3 4.5 Update GPS Changes

I cover the GPS changes Lowrance has made in this major update to the HDS Gen 3 models in version 4.5.  We now have Navionics SonarCharts Live, PlotterSync, and a few other updates to the operating system.

I hope to have a final video up soon when somebody from Lowrance or Navionics can tell me how to transfer markers, routes, and tracks from the app to the unit.


Lowrance has given you all the software changes on this update that can be found on the new Carbon units.  HDS Gen 3 models are going to  be a great buy this year!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Lowrance HDS Gen 3 4.5 Update

Lowrance has released a major update for the HDS Gen 3 units that essentially give them all the software improvements that you'll find on the new HDS Carbon units.  In this video we take a look at the sonar features that have been added/improved.


Lowrance has given you all the software changes on this update that can be found on the new Carbon units.  HDS Gen 3 models are going to  be a great buy this year!