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Put a 12-volt meteorologist in your boat

Weather can kill people in boats, and be downright sneaky while doing it. When fishing Lake Tawakoni in East Texas, for instance, I remember how blue northers would slide by just clear of the west side of the lake, like they were going to miss us, and then circle around to come north right over the dam and hit the lake.Read More...
May 26, 2010 at 7:21 pm

Is your inattention killing your battery?

My truck pulls a travel trailer or a boat much of the year, but there are weeks when it just sits in the garage. Thinking it had been two weeks or so since I’d driven it, I figured I’d give it some exercise while running a few errands.Read More...
March 29, 2010 at 3:11 pm

Sonar operation is really pretty basic

Fish finders change their appearance and add new features each year, but the principles of sonar haven’t changed since World War II. A simple sonar system consists of a control head with a display and controls, a transducer and a power source.Read More...
October 21, 2008 at 10:58 am

Not all batteries are created equal

Many fishermen and boaters call any sealed, maintenance-free marine battery a gel battery, and that is not correct. We discovered in the charging column that the differences between types become more than just semantics if you destroy a battery by using the wrong charger on it.
August 25, 2008 at 2:18 pm

GPS: Quest for the bullseye

GPS units navigate by satellites that circle the earth twice a day at an altitude of almost 11,000 miles, yet the system can take you back to within a boat length of a location you saved in memory. Thinking about that makes my head hurt, so like most other fishermen, I prefer to just take the system for granted.Read More...
July 22, 2008 at 3:08 pm

Side-imaging opens new worlds

The basic principles of sonar are tied to the laws of physics and can’t change much, but Humminbird’s Side Imaging feature proves that sonar’s application to sportfishing is still evolving.Read More...
June 24, 2008 at 10:20 am

Dying batteries give warning signs

When you fire up your computer and get a warning message reading, “Hard Drive Failure Imminent”, you pretty well know what is about to happen. I called the local geek squad and was told that new smart drives perform a self diagnostic when a computer boots up and let you know if something is wrong. It was time to replace the hard drive.Read More...
May 15, 2008 at 2:29 pm

One size definitely does not fit all

Have you ever wondered why your trolling motor doesn’t run as long as you think it should between battery charges, or why your batteries don’t last as long as you expected?Read More...
April 21, 2008 at 3:26 pm

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