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Hummin Bird Map Chip ???
« on: March 16, 2011, 12:49:24 PM »

What are you guys running in your birds ? Like and Dislikes   Navionics HotMaps,  lakemaster ? and witch version

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Re: Hummin Bird Map Chip ???
« Reply #1 on: March 16, 2011, 04:42:10 PM »

 At least on the West side of the state the Lakemaster chip is by far the superior product. These maps are very detailed and very very accurate.
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Re: Hummin Bird Map Chip ???
« Reply #2 on: March 16, 2011, 06:12:35 PM »

I am curious as to whether anyone is using the Fish N Chips from Navionics and what they think about them. Supposed to be highly detailed. I don't want to buy the wrong one, though I think you can't go wrong with either of them.

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Re: Hummin Bird Map Chip ???
« Reply #3 on: March 16, 2011, 07:38:39 PM »

I have the newest Lakemaster chip.  I've only gotten to look at it in my garage so far, but it is VERY detailed, and it has a lot of nice features.  Can't wait to use it outdoors!
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Re: Hummin Bird Map Chip ???
« Reply #4 on: March 16, 2011, 07:43:34 PM »

Another  Lakemaster vote.
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« Reply #5 on: March 16, 2011, 08:37:18 PM »

Lakemaster just announced yesterday they have a new Michigan Humminbird chip that has Erie and Detroit River in 1' contours and St Clair in 3' contours.  I haven't seen the maps yet so I can't comment other than that it's available.  I've always used Navionics Premium on St Clair/Erie because I felt the maps were better, so it'll be interesting to see how the new Lakemaster looks.  It could be awesome with then Humminbird exclusive shaded depth range feature.
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Re: Hummin Bird Map Chip ???
« Reply #6 on: March 16, 2011, 09:43:38 PM »

I'm using the Lakemaster chip too...
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Re: Hummin Bird Map Chip ???
« Reply #7 on: March 30, 2011, 07:57:20 AM »

You guys that use lakemaster, have you tried navionics before? My hot maps seems pretty detailed but am I missing out on extra details?
Are you u guys mainly talking great lakes and big water or small lakes as well?

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Re: Hummin Bird Map Chip ???
« Reply #8 on: March 30, 2011, 12:50:01 PM »

HotMaps has LSC and Erie in 1' increments.

Never seen Lakemaster - it would be cool to compare them side by side.
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Re: Hummin Bird Map Chip ???
« Reply #9 on: March 30, 2011, 08:57:55 PM »

I've got Navionics East from a few years ago and not going to change every year to keep up with the jones. I don't know for sure but when I purchased my first chip, within a year, it needed upgrading and this  practice by all those companies is still the same. They would add this or that and want you to trade it in for the better one. I didn't want to upgrade my electronics, but it due. I've spent  almost $ 2400.00 already on electronics, battery, livewell covers and bunks and the money pit  hasn't even touched water. Gas is $3.50 and you know it's going to be $4.00. My wife better not hear about this either........... whew
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Re: Hummin Bird Map Chip ???
« Reply #10 on: March 30, 2011, 11:09:13 PM »

Seth, which HotMaps has Lake St Clair in 1' increments?  I've been using a Hot Maps Premium East that's a few years old, but I hadn't heard they'd updated anything on St Clair.  I know they did a few reefs on Erie in 1' contours.
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Re: Hummin Bird Map Chip ???
« Reply #11 on: March 31, 2011, 07:17:20 AM »

I use a lakemaster on the bow unit and a Navionics on the dash.  The lakemaster is much more detailed, but it is way to slow to use for navagating as I am driving.  Not enough HP in my Humminbird I guess.
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Re: Hummin Bird Map Chip ???
« Reply #12 on: March 31, 2011, 08:22:11 AM »

Navionics Platinum Plus for Erie and St. Clair is number 649P+

I believe this is the specific chip Seth is referring to.
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Re: Hummin Bird Map Chip ???
« Reply #13 on: March 31, 2011, 12:16:19 PM »

Navionics Platinum Plus for Erie and St. Clair is number 649P+

I believe this is the specific chip Seth is referring to.

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Re: Hummin Bird Map Chip ???
« Reply #14 on: April 22, 2011, 08:40:10 AM »

Both of my units are pre-loaded with the Navionics software.   As a bass guide, (Traverse City Bass Guide Service) I have a lot of customers asking about the Humminbird units.   Here's what I know.   I've used Navionics forever, and have never had a problem with them.    I also have used the LakeMaster chip.   It takes a LONG time to load as the boat is moving--slow enough that I switched back to the pre-loaded Navionics.   Also with the LakeMaster, it is a must to set the unit correctly with the chip--make sure the depth off-set is correct; make sure the water level off-set is correct, make sure the unit's software is up to date...  The LakeMaster chip is incredibly detailed, but probably better for slow-speed use than moving from one spot to the next when up on plane.
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