I saved up my pennies and bought me an Ulterra with I-pilot link around 2 months ago. Let me just say this thing is incredible paired with my helix 12 mega. I have only just begun to scratch the surface with what this thing can do. Here is my list of ways I’ve used my ulterra so far for catfishing.
#1 Getting bait
Now 9 times out of 10 bait is usually pretty easy to get but on that 10th day is where the i-Pilot link saves my tail. Sometimes when bait is really scattered or in small pockets, quality bait can be hard to get. Throw after throw and 1 or 2 good gizzards here and there. With the ipilot link I can mark a small bait ball on side image and hit go to and ulterra will take me there and spotlock. Throw my net and bang!
#2 Fishing in Current
Went to the mouth of the Trinity and spotlocked up stream from a deeper pocket that was holding fish. Fan cast out the back and bumped my rigs into position. Engaged the clickers and stuck em in the rod holders. kicked back with a cold one and waited. Fish on! I was impressed with how strong the spot lock held in current.
#3 Pulling planer boards
I can scan a large area and pin the structure or specific features I want to drag across. I can then go back and have my ipilot drag me across my pins. Game changer for me.
Saturday I fished a long point in the main lake. I started up close to shore and put the nose of the boat into the wind. Used the copilot feature to pull me along the long point and keep me pointed into the wind. When I would start catching fish I would crank my speed on my ulterra down to where I was practically sitting still but still barely moving keeping me in the bite zone longer.
#4 contour mode
I found a smorgasbord of fish along a windswept shore line. I used the contour mode to pull me along the shoreline crosswind. I normally would have anchored up on these fish but not anymore.
It takes a looooong time to figure all this techno stuff out but once you do it will change the way you fish!