Guests - If You want access to member only forums on HSO. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on HotSpotOutdoors.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

  • Announcements

    • Rick

      Members Only Fluid Forum View   08/08/2017

      Fluid forum view allows members only to get right to the meat of this community; the topics. You can toggle between your preferred forum view just below to the left on the main forum entrance. You will see three icons. Try them out and see what you prefer.   Fluid view allows you, if you are a signed up member, to see the newest topic posts in either all forums (select none or all) or in just your favorite forums (select the ones you want to see when you come to Fishing Minnesota). It keeps and in real time with respect to Topic posts and lets YOU SELECT YOUR FAVORITE FORUMS. It can make things fun and easy. This is especially true for less experienced visitors raised on social media. If you, as a members want more specific topics, you can even select a single forum to view. Let us take a look at fluid view in action. We will then break it down and explain how it works in more detail.   The video shows the topic list and the forum filter box. As you can see, it is easy to change the topic list by changing the selected forums. This view replaces the traditional list of categories and forums.   Of course, members only can change the view to better suit your way of browsing.   You will notice a “grid” option. We have moved the grid forum theme setting into the main forum settings. This makes it an option for members only to choose. This screenshot also shows the removal of the forum breadcrumb in fluid view mode. Fluid view remembers your last forum selection so you don’t lose your place when you go back to the listing. The benefit of this feature is easy to see. It removes a potential barrier of entry for members only. It puts the spotlight on topics themselves, and not the hierarchical forum structure. You as a member will enjoy viewing many forums at once and switching between them without leaving the page. We hope that fluid view, the new functionality is an asset that you enjoy .
Sign in to follow this  
vikingmeatwad

Portable GPS question

Recommended Posts

I have an H2OC right now that I like using with lakemaster for fishing but do you guys know of any of those other units with a bigger screen and traffic directions that would work like the H2O does?

I would rather just have one unit for driving/travelling and fishing.

thanks

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have an H2OC right now that I like using with lakemaster for fishing but do you guys know of any of those other units with a bigger screen and traffic directions that would work like the H2O does?

I would rather just have one unit for driving/travelling and fishing.

thanks

I don't know what Lowrance offers with regard to mapping software for the H2O but if they don't offer anything but lakemaps, I can then say that would be one edge the Garmin has.

I currently have not only the basemaps in my garmin but I can download Mapsource maps of all kinds. I currently use USTopo for land coutours, MNLakemaster for my Minnesota lake contours, and USRoads&Rec for highway mapping which includes a rather significant database of POI that can be useful such as locations of wayside rests, restraunts, hotels, fuel supply, etc.

Bob

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

What I have is a Garmin 176C. They don't make that model anymore, but you can buy the 276 and 376. The 276 is pretty much the same unit, only it has a better screen, and I think they changed a few things to make it more map and route friendly for over the road users. The 376 adds in the available XM radio and weather maps. All of them will take the Lakemaster Chips. I have the MN chip and love it!

I've had the 176C (176 is black and white. 176C is color) for many years now, and love the big screen. It's user friendly, easy to navigate and the screen is big enough to show all details clearly. I bought it for the hovercraft, needing a unit with a screen large enough to sit on the dash and still read what's on the map. Navigating small rivers at speed can be difficult when you're not sure which direction the river's going ahead. Being able to glance at the map and know what's going on is an asset.

Models, 278, 378, 478 have the same shell, but add the ability to plug in a ducer I believe.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Lowrance came out with the ZOG. I got one for my gf and I like it but I guess they are taking them off the market...or not making them anymore. It is compatible with lake chips, music, photos, and topo maps. I am going to try it for driving on ice with the lake chip this winter for sure.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

You're talking about the XOG. Still on the market, still going strong, still a very popular unit.

For driving, it talks to you giving you turn-by-turn driving directions. The screen size is average for those types of units. One nice thing about the XOG is it will use your LakeMaster chip.

You can see the XOG HERE at Pro Fishing Supply if you want.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The XOG may be exactly what I am looking for. When I use it for fishing will I be able to mark sites and track where I have been like the H2O?

I see the only downfall is it being more susceptible to breakage due to water.

Am I right on here?

I'm gonna look into the Garmins as well.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I found the XOG isn't WAAS compatible. I would that that it would not be accurate enough to justify using while ice fishing.

Looking at the Garmin 350 and 660 now to see how they work with lakemaps.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

What are the Pros/COns of the XOG

i have the H20 right now and with a ....???? Chip in it(cant remember) but i am looking to upgrade to a more street worthy unit

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I do not believe WAAS feature is an issue. I have an XOG and seldom see a position error greater than 30'. I also have an IFinder with WAAS capability and only occasionally get a a WAAS fix. The XOG is usually tracking many more satelites and seems to be much more receptive in sheltered areas than my IFinder. You must have an external power supply because the internal battery life is only good for a couple-three hours depending upon how bright you run the screen. I like the XOG for both on the road and in the field. The single negative I have, is that it does not give you a visible compass feature for steering a course

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I found the Garmin 750 (Consumer Reports #1) is $200 at costco. It gets high ratings for driving.

I just can't find any info on if it would work with my lakemaster chip for Lowrance and how it would work for lakemaps.

Still looking but the XOG was 35 spots below the 750.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Lowrance and Garmin both have proprietary map chips .... lowrance chips won't work in garmin and garmin chips won't work in lowrance, even though they both have lakemaster data on them. I think for a Garmin unit you could download LakeMaster maps to it if you wanted, but you would of course have to buy them first even though you already have a chip.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Zamb, I think any GPS would work fine for Geo-caching so try it with a used cheap one and it should work.

Can anyone post that they use A Lowrance XOG for fishing and does it work as good as the H2O?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this