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#11074874 - 08/31/15 02:02 PM just asking
Reddy310 Offline
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Registered: 12/05/14
Posts: 7
Which one is more important to have on your depth finder a map chip for your GPS or down imaging

#11074902 - 08/31/15 02:16 PM Re: just asking [Re: Reddy310]
bigcat85 Online   content
Extreme Angler

Registered: 07/19/10
Posts: 1880
Loc: dallas, tx
i would choose down imaging

#11074906 - 08/31/15 02:17 PM Re: just asking [Re: Reddy310]
Clark Reehm Offline

Registered: 11/18/09
Posts: 455
Loc: East Texas/West Louisiana
IMO, Map chips are way more important than Down Imaging. I use the 2D sonar way more than I have ever used the Down Imaging anyway. Map Chips are a neutralizer that eliminates the learning curve and makes up for lots of time on the water. A lot of tour guys are now adding extra conflicting electronics brands onto their consoles for the sole purpose of having every available digital map at their finger tips. If all you did were fish the same lakes constantly and weren't concerned with getting better and finding new places to fish then I could see where someone might think DI would be more important. I know Sam Rayburn pretty darn well and still use my map chips in conjunction with Side Imaging to find new fishing spots as well as schools of fish every day.

Edited by Clark Reehm (08/31/15 02:23 PM)
Edit Reason: Better clarification

#11074909 - 08/31/15 02:17 PM Re: just asking [Re: Reddy310]
Drop_shot_king Offline

Registered: 07/04/15
Posts: 91
Loc: Irving tx
Down imaging any day most of the time I know where I'm fishing anyways just need help finding the drops and humps an brush piles.

#11074912 - 08/31/15 02:19 PM Re: just asking [Re: Reddy310]
JacksonBean Offline
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Registered: 06/23/10
Posts: 3207
Loc: Greenville, TX
Originally Posted By: Reddy310
Which one is more important to have on your depth finder a map chip for your GPS or down imaging

Both are important.... Which is MORE important? I guess a good map. But I'd sure hate to give up down imaging.

#11075001 - 08/31/15 03:10 PM Re: just asking [Re: Reddy310]
bogey♂ Offline
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Registered: 02/21/08
Posts: 15544
Loc: plano
My opinion only: The map is more important to me. Especially on a new lake in the dark. I use SI plenty of the time, but I wouldn't feel comfortable without a map chip. I have one up front and one on the bow.

I use DI very little, but use SI a lot.

#11075086 - 08/31/15 03:52 PM Re: just asking [Re: Reddy310]
the skipper Online   content
TFF Team Angler

Registered: 07/04/11
Posts: 3542
Loc: nederland, TX
Put this way, go out in the middle of Sam rayburn. Now idle around without a map and find all those underwater points and drains. Now switch to a map and 2d, you will find them a LOT faster. I found plenty of brush piles and fish with 2d and a map.


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