June 03, 2013 at 9:33am
I just purchased a Humminbird 598ci si HD unit for my boat. This is my first gps unit. I quickly noticed that the built-in navigation charts are very basic. I am interested in obtaining upgraded maps/charts for this unit as well as adding some well known fishing waypoints. The areas I am going to focus on for local fishing are around New Orleans (e.g. Ponchatrain, MRGO, Shell Beach, Buras, Venice, etc.) but am a recent arrival to NOLA (just moved here in August 2012) so I don't have much actual experience. The GPS technology is new to me and I am looking for advice on what software to purchase to upgrade the unit. The Navionics gulf coast package I looked at is expensive and covers a much larger area than I will ever need but I haven't seen much else out there for our area. Any suggestions would be much appreciated. I noticed an EDGE waypoint package being offered through LA Sportman; would it be a good buy for someone new to the area.