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Whether you are fishing for fun, for a tournament or for a living, you all have one thing in common, you want to find more fish. We get it and we will continue to invent more ways for you to achieve that goal!

Reviving your Loran C TD's with the GP33 GPS/WAAS Navigator
Here's the situation: You fished for years navigating with your trusty Loran C unit, which faithfully led you back to your favorite spots every time. Then, one morning you wake and Loran C has been shut down, but you haven't yet converted all of the treasured TD's you've collected over the years into useable GPS coordinates! Well, Furuno has a solution for you that will allow you to get back to those spots faithfully and accurately.

Allow us introduce you to the GP33 GPS/WAAS Navigator, capable of taking all of your Loran C TD's and bringing you straight back to your favorite secret spots. It's a good thing you kept that old logbook, isn't it? You did keep that logbook, right?

Targeting birds with your Furuno Radar to find more fish
It’s a well known fact that if you want to catch fish you need to know how to find them, and in order to find the fish, you need to locate the birds - the undisputed masters of fish finding technology. What is less clear is exactly how to go about targeting birds with radar, a tool normally reserved for collision avoidance. This issue of Waypoints will remove some of the mystery surrounding the subject.

The first thing to think of when considering bird-tracking radar is antenna beamwidth. Remember that the narrower the beamwidth, the greater target discrimination you will have. For this reason, dome antennas are not as adept at tracking birds as a comparable open array antenna. As the length of the antenna radiator increases, beamwidth becomes narrower, so a larger antenna will invariably offer better target discrimination.

Experience and practice will make you a bird-finding machine, but to get there you need to start with the basics. For the novice, it is best to practice these techniques on a clear day with calm seas. It is easiest to first visually locate a flock of birds that you want to target.

To target the birds, set the radar to a mid- or long-range. Next, increase the Gain control until you see noise on the display. This will appear as a blanket of small specks. You will need to leave the Gain turned all the way up, thus setting the receiver for maximum sensitivity in order to detect birds. Resist the temptation to turn up the AC/Sea or AC/Rain to drop out the noise. Flocks of birds may look like dense, recurring noise rather than a solid target, but you should be able to see them clearly. This is what you will be looking for when you don’t have a visual cue as to where the birds are feeding.

If your radar is capable of operating in True Motion, do so. You will be stabilizing the display, and you will be able to tell if the flock is travelling in a straight line looking for bait pods or if they have found their target school andare feeding.

When operating in Head Up or True Motion, be sure to turn on your target trail function and set it for long trails to help track travelling flocks.

Practice these techniques and soon you will be scouting your fishing spots just like the pros.

Bottom Fishing Made Simpler
“Anglers who only use chart plotters to find spots like a reef or wreck are really missing the boat,” says Capt. George Mitchell. “So many anglers just pull up to a wreck and drop their lines. Whether you’re going to drift fish or anchor up on a piece of structure, you should test drift the spot first using your electronics. My NavNet 3D charts give me a graphic picture of my boat’s set and drift in relation to the spot. With the accuracy of the GPS and bottom detail, you can track your boat’s movement and speed over the wreck and/or suspended fish, and verify what you’re seeing with the Fish Finder. Then you can adjust your drift to put your bait or lures into the strike zone. If you’re going to fish on the anchor, you’ll have the knowledge to position the boat properly. That’s bottom fishing made simpler.”

Bathymetric Fishing Charts Available
for NavNet 3D and NavNet TZtouch
Furuno is pleased to offer highly detailed fishing charts for the most popular fishing locations on the U.S. East Coast, West Coast and Gulf of Mexico. These charts show incredible bathymetric contour detail that can make the difference when it comes to locating more fish. The best part is these fishing charts are FREE!

To start using the fishing charts, you will need to have downloaded and installed the latest software revision. You will see a new menu item under Charts when you turn the RotoKey. You can now select from Raster, Vector and Fishing charts.