Have you ever been on the lake and seen that guy driving a bass boat with so many electronics it looks like the space shuttle cockpit? In one extreme case I literally saw 5 full-size units fired up on a guy’s boat, and all he was doing was casting a spinnerbait down the bank. Don’t misunderstand, I’m all for new technology, but I often question whether or not the anglers that jump on the latest electronics actually know how to use them. People ask for my advice on electronics fairly often, and here’s what I tell them: Take one good unit (or maybe just one feature of that unit, such as side-imaging), learn it thoroughly, and mesh it into your fishing repertoire. Once you’ve mastered that unit or feature and figured out how to use it to catch more fish, then move on to another feature or second unit. People also ask me about the electronics set-up on my boat. Well, here’s how it breaks down.
First, I’m pretty particular about how my electronics are mounted. My graphs are integrated into the console and the front panel on my boat, not RAM mounted. Console mounting might be more of a pain, but it helps you avoid problems if you stuff a wave, which is often inevitable if you fish places like the Great Lakes. I don’t need my units shifting in rough conditions.