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I need to replace my GPS, and the maps are more critical to me than than the unit. I'll likely purchase Garmin, Lowrance, or Humminbird, but want to base my purchase on the maps. I don't need special sonar imaging features. As you've pointed out many times, the base maps lack detail, and the best maps for the marsh are based on USGS topographical data. Some of the previous posted information appears to be no longer relevant due to changes from the vendors. Could you provide some guidance on current information as to which maps are top tier? (e.g. Garmin Lake Ultra Vs Lowrance maps versus standard maps vs whatever)

September 30, 2016 at 5:59pm

Thanks, Red Alert. It's also a map I'm highly considering. It seems to provide the detail I need. I couldn't find the scale on the ecard. The Garmin TOPO is 1:24k, so I was hoping for a comparison. I'll keep searching and hope someone replies, but the standard ecard may be my best solution.

October 01, 2016 at 8:01am

Thanks bayouboy.

I see that Captain Paul posted information about the Garmin TOPO US 24K Southeast. Is anyone using this software? Does it provide all the bayou and lake names? Does is show all the pipelines and routes you travel?

September 30, 2016 at 7:52pm
A comment titled: Test trawling speed in response to a report titled: Test Trawl Advice

I've used an 8 foot trawl in Lake P and been reasonably successful. I've been told you can't trawl too fast or the pressure will kill the shrimp. Is there a recommended speed you guys trawl?

May 23, 2009 at 8:21am
A comment titled: Big Red in response to a report titled: First big red

Awesome! He'll have some great memories from that one.

March 21, 2008 at 8:57am
A comment titled: Topo Maps in response to a report titled: Alan T.

Thanks, Cpatain Paul. I noticed the basemaps do not provide names for many bays and rivers in the marsh. I haven't seen any Topo maps that provide much additional identification. Does MapCreate identify more bays and bayous with names? If not, can you add the names and reload to your GPS? Are the Topo maps more recent than the basemaps? What additional information do you get from the Topo maps?

Sorry for so many questions. I'm obviously a novice and trying to investigate before I spend so much money on a GPS.



February 22, 2008 at 8:51am
A comment titled: aluminum boats questions in response to a report titled: Need input on AW Aluminum boats

I have a couple of questions on this topic.

First, what are the pros and cons of the flotation pontoons? Seems like a good idea, but there is always a downside.

Also, I haven't seen any comments about Alweld, SeaArk, or Southfork boats.....just curious.

November 18, 2007 at 7:05pm
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