01-07-2003, 09:25 AM
I would like your comments on the Garmin 182C GPS.
Is the color screen worth the extra money?
In your opinion, is this unit easy of use?
Are the Bluecharts accurate? Do they show enough detail?
Thanks for your comments.
01-07-2003, 09:06 PM
Yes,yes,yes,and I can say another word awsome!!!They are top of the line.
01-08-2003, 02:35 PM
Rip Lips, where do you use your unit? I also am considering that unit and checked it out with the bluechart and it looked awsome! Was also told the fishing hot spots map now comes as a chip that will fit this unit. My question is this, which map is better for Lake Winnebago since it is on both maps(Bluechart or fishing hot spots)?
01-08-2003, 03:19 PM
I don't know about for Winne, but for Lake Erie I have the Garmin 2010 with the Bluechart and it is absolutely incredible the detail that is on it. Last year at the spring show in Cleveland I put the Bluechart chip and the FHS / Navionics chip in the units side by side at the Garmin booth and did a little test driving. There was no question in my mind that the Bluechart was FAR SUPERIOR than the FHS/Navionics chip. I'd recommend spending the money on the Bluechart chip.
01-09-2003, 01:50 PM
I've got a 232 that i bought last year about this time. I can't help you with the color ?, but as far as accuracy on winnebago, ITS GREAT. Any little hump or bump that is on the map can be located. I live in neenah. I've used it all over the lake, It's dead on.
It is a huge help when contour trolling a reef, you can easily anticipate any upcoming turns so you can stay in 9 feet of water and not end up in 4. Shoreline structure is also right on. Last year the week befor otterstreet i pre-fished winnebago point and it was very easy to stay in 10 feet.
It doesn't give you exact contours, It gives you spot soundings with depth contours that are in a wide range. The spot sounding depths are not exact because the lake level changes, however when it shows that your on the edge of a reef, you are on the edge. you have to use it in conjunction with your locator. Don't take any of this as a deterant to buy. I would buy the exact unit again. Once you put this in your boat, your going to wonder how you fished without it. I also use it on all of Green Bay and Bay De Nocs, and its a huge time saver. You look on a paper map, decide where you want to fish, and drive to the exact spot.
Another big benefit is knowing where you are on a piece of structure. Last summer my brother and I where in door county fishing a long 30 foot deep edge that dropped into 60 feet. We trolled the edge and caught a few big fish and when we were done with the hour long trolling pass we could see that each of the fish we caught were on very subtle points on this breakline, that on a map looks strait. after that we fished these little points and could finish a trolling pass in 15 minutes. we killed'em that day. As you can tell I like it.
If you have any more ?'s, I'll try to help. GO BUY IT YOU'LL LOVE IT.
01-09-2003, 04:45 PM
Cory,I have used the blue chart on bago and Lake Michigan.I would say the hot spots is a little better for bago,but as of right now nothing compares to the blue charts for the great lakes.As other post have stated there right on the money.Good luck in your choice and good fishing.Jamie Friebel.
01-09-2003, 09:39 PM
Are you referring to the Bluechart accuracy? I have the Bago hotspots am am not as please as you.
01-10-2003, 11:05 AM
Yes, I am referring to the blue charts. When I bought mine it was still relatively new. The limited amount ofn research that I could do on Blue charts indicated that they were much more accurate and detailed then the hot spots. I have not been able to personally view a hot spots program for winnebago, but from what I've heard, I'm glad I chose the blue charts.