View Full Version : Whats the #1 thing you use your GPS for?

07-23-2007, 08:42 PM
If you could pick only 1 thing, what would you say is the most benifical part of your GPS?

Storing waypoints?

Locating lake depths and drop offs?

Just curious...

07-23-2007, 08:52 PM
Locating my vehicle after going squirrel or mushroom hunting. Just kidding, I would have to say saving waypoints.

07-23-2007, 09:00 PM
Going back to my crappie beds and getting very close time after time.

07-23-2007, 09:06 PM
Bait fish

07-23-2007, 09:18 PM
Two things equally benificial: Speedometer and finding all of them underwater hotspots;)

07-23-2007, 09:29 PM
waypoints of condos.

07-23-2007, 09:55 PM
Even before waypoints for me it's the HD Navionics Map features like the 1' Elevations lines and creeks. It also will get me home at night even if I can't see the water well or if the spot light goes out

07-24-2007, 05:32 AM
Finding my waypoints/fishing spots even in the fog like this morning and giving my speed/tracks when CB trolling.

07-24-2007, 05:33 AM
Being able to make the EXACT same trolling path every time!Priceless. possum1

07-24-2007, 06:08 AM

07-24-2007, 06:15 AM
2.speed while trolling
Being able to get on spots quick is the single greatest advancement in crappie fishin to come along in a good many years.

Darrell Baker
07-24-2007, 06:19 AM
I use my GPS for two reasons, to find my waypoints and also for my speed when trolling jigs!

Darrell Baker
Weiss Lake Crappie Guides
PO Box 778
Centre, Alabama 35960
Tele/ 256-927-2232
Cell/ 256-557-0129

07-24-2007, 07:47 AM
If I had to pick one thing, I would have to say traveling saved tracks. This way, I would navigate at night, through the fog, and I could at least travel over known brush piles and find them with my sonar unit without having an actual way point.

07-24-2007, 07:57 AM
My wife calls them stupid finders! :eek: I have 2 of them so I guess I know how she feels about me. :eek: lol

Seriously though, (although the other is true) I use mine mostly for plotting my course. Works great for new lakes that I am not familiar with. Able to run wherever I want and not worry about getting lost.:D

David Waters
07-24-2007, 08:50 AM
speed, and bottom contours now with my hotmaps. I have alot of brush marked, but I am trolling over them not verticle jigging. But, come cooler water I will be tightlining over these brush piles I found this spring and summer.

07-24-2007, 10:05 AM
Waypoints and trolling speed for me.

07-24-2007, 02:26 PM
Charting a safe path to run so I can move around the lake with confidence. Kentucky Lake can be a tough place to navigate at winter pool, and anyplace I fish has a route that keeps me in deep water all the way stored on my GPS. Saves me a bunch of time.

07-24-2007, 02:28 PM
My top 5 uses are:

1. Navigation
2. Saving and finding Waypoints
3. Speed (trolling and running up the lake)
4. Travel...mine shows the distance to the next exit and what type of facilities are at the next exit.
5. Paperweight after the battery dies.

07-24-2007, 06:37 PM
Finding my way home on a dark cloudy night!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Finding my way home when the fog rolls in!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

If you have never experienced either one without a GPS it will make you get one!

07-24-2007, 07:42 PM
Waypoints (to make those rock piles you wreck a prop on so you don't loose another one in the same spot :D )

Speed (my humminbird 580 has a HUGE mph and Depth display screen for running at speed)

Navigation, works great for fog and nighttime but TAKE IT SLOW (been a few boating deaths this year in Minnesota due to people running WOT at night navigating on GPS alone!)

Carl Palmer
07-24-2007, 08:54 PM
I have to agree with Tarheel. It is important to me to get back to the landing late at night especially when its so dark you can't see very far and your spotlight just shows water and also during those fogs that roll in late at night. It has guided me safely more times then I can think about. Absolutly great on "new Lakes" Carl

Cane Pole
07-24-2007, 09:06 PM
I like the buttons. I can push a button and drive that little arrow anywhere I wanna go. Better than PacMan.

07-25-2007, 12:01 AM
track log (getting back in the dark)

07-25-2007, 01:16 AM
Finding babes.... LOL. I wish I had a GPS, and a boat lol.

07-25-2007, 06:54 AM
On a scary / timber lake navigation.
On well know lakes waypoints.

drill instructor
07-25-2007, 07:11 AM
speed while trolling, then finding brushpiles

07-25-2007, 10:27 AM
Y'all, I've never owned one before... but am enjoying this thread. Coincidentally, our 11 year old(next week) munchkin #1 is going to a 5-day "GPS camp/class" this week at a museum nearby. Maybe he can teach me..... Maybe I just figured out his birthday present!...LOL!


07-25-2007, 10:34 AM
I use mine for waypoints, then for speed, then for tracks.

Really only use tracks for following river channels.

07-25-2007, 11:28 AM
Hmmmmm just one thing. I can think of several but the best would have to be making sure I dont exceed the speed limit after dark. That Water PoPo sure do like runnin radar after dark so my GPS helps me keep it under 30MPH so I dont get pinched!

Darryl Morris
07-25-2007, 12:37 PM
I'd have to say the number one things is waypointing the crappie condos for sure. However, my gps has been very helpful with other things at other times. I use it for identifying my speed when trolling crankbaits. The compass and track logs have got me where I need to be when the fog is too thick. Of course I use the map screen when going to waypoints but I would use an enhanced map for trolling and locating spots to sink condos if HotSpots had one for the lake I fish. As I stated before in other posts, a gps will definitely increase the possibility of you catching "more" fish. A gps will put you on the spot faster thus putting you in the strike zone faster and longer.

07-25-2007, 02:48 PM

07-25-2007, 06:00 PM
For you guys that talk about checking speed with your GPS while trolling with Cranks, .... what speed do you run?

Darryl Morris
07-25-2007, 07:02 PM
For you guys that talk about checking speed with your GPS while trolling with Cranks, .... what speed do you run?

Depending on what you are seeking and depending on the day, the speeds are anywhere from 1mph to 2.5mph.

07-25-2007, 07:13 PM
In the plane.Just incase I forget how to read the VOR,:D

Glowgood Jigster
07-26-2007, 05:41 AM
I have 4 GPS units, and besides using them to tell trolling speed and cruising speed, they are all mostly for geocaching. ( www.geocaching.com ) I usually always have one with me in the boat, in case I find a spot in open water I'll need to come right back to. Most of our fishin spots we can find again by landmarks.

07-26-2007, 11:16 AM
Waypoints and finding crappie sets.

07-26-2007, 11:31 AM
I use mine for finding my brush piles and trolling speed.

07-26-2007, 12:03 PM
mostley waypoints.

07-26-2007, 07:58 PM
I use mine when i go with a guide to mark his spots so my buddies and i xan find them easier.