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My wife and i moved to a new area of the bay than i am used to fishing. There are several artificial reefs within miles of our creek but i can only find the little yellow cans about 50% of the time (when the sun hits them right and its not hazy). I dont have a very large budget but i was wondering what is the bst GPS for the money. I just want something that i can save pionts on and maybe a few paths to certain fishing spots. Are the hand held gps's accurate. Some depth indications would be nice. My experience with gps is limited to my garmin i have in the truck so any info or suggestions would be greatly apperciated. Thanks.

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I downloaded a gps app for my Droid for free, which works well. If you have a Droid phone just download the app.

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I have Navionics ApP for I phone works great ($5.99) but I wouldn't try to navigate my boat blind with just the app. Major difference is between a GPS & Chartplotter. Chartplotter overlays your location on a chart of the body of H20 you're on. I was looking into a Chartplotter / fishfinder combo last year and Lowrance was the only company that released new technology in 2009. Everyone else was just a refresh of their 2008 models. was about $499 - not too expensive - some are upwards of $2500. Sign of a bad economy. I opted to get the I phone app instead. They also make handheld chartplotters too. I have a handheld GPS about 10 years old and use it as your describing religiously. Gets me there and back has a nice display - water resistant / unlike the Iphone... also keeps track of my total distance / moving time etc for my log and service purposes it's handy to have.

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Thanks for the advice. I think i may try the hand held. I found a couple garmins that look pretty good.

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Check the VMRC web site there are many artificial reef sites listed there with the corordinates that might be in your area.

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The Garmin 76CSX is a good all-around unit and can be had for under $200.

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I have a garmin gps map on my grady white,and i like it.also has the sounder option.hard to find a boat mounted gps under $500.used my brothers handheld one time going out of quimby va. Did'nt really try to locate a position but it helped me get back thru the maze of island and shoal areas.good flounder fishing spot,with a great ramp for$5.00 fee.5852a597785ec_fridayeveningwhittlings036

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The seaside can be pretty tricky if you're not familiar with it. I don't live far from Quinby. How much was your Garmin? Still looking for the best option before i spend the money.

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When i bought the 1989 gw 22 seafarer,gps was included.the previous owner said he paid $600 for it including the sending unit for the sounder,and the gps antenna.that was 4 years back.the numbers change every year,mine has the preloaded us shoreline,and i used it in key west last winter,all the reefs were on there.i think it's similar to the garmin gpsmp 541s that west has for $740 plus the transducer.before you buy check tigergps.com they have pretty good prices.

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