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Navionics vs Lakemaster

Discussion in 'IceFishingMichigan.com' started by Sturat, Feb 11, 2018.

  1. Navionics

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  2. Lakemaster

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  1. Sturat

    Sturat

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    Looking for advice on which brand of card to get. Using a Humminbird 698ci hd si and a Humminbird 899 ci hd si. We fish inland lakes in central Michigan mostly, for panfish, bass and pike. Will be using the 698 for ice fishing as well.
    All of the different options for the Navionics seem a little overwhelming.

    Wondering what other people are using and their experiences.

    Thanks
     
  2. WallyWorld

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    Lowrance Lake Insight Pro. Free99 on most lowrances and I've never had a problem with it. I've seen the comparison before between Navionics and Lakemaster and it is 50% one way a half the other. I would imagine both are good chips. The more you spend the more you will get, as in more contours, fishing hotspots, boating obstructions, and even bottom content.
     
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  3. sureshot006

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    Lakemaster / Humminbird are made for each other.
     
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  4. june bugger

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    humming bird owns lake master. not much difference between the two. depends one what your plugging it into. The phone app is not all that accurate compared to a designated gps unit and hard on the batteries too. With that said it's a good deal for the price for what you get
     
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  5. Sturat

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    Thank you, Good to know. I wondering about the phone app too. It sounds really tempting but I'm a little worried about having my phone out all the time, specially on the boat.....i tend to be accident prone when it comes to my phone.
     
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    I have found the navionics app to be pretty accurate on inland lakes. Rivers and great lakes... Not so much.

    Try their web app and see what you think.
     
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  7. Sturat

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    Exactly the kind of info i was hoping for, thank you.
     
  8. sureshot006

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    Avalon lake, wixom lake and lake Simcoe are examples of where i found the app to be pretty good. I thought it was terrible on Saginaw bay and its pretty bad on the Detroit river.

    I think you can try the Navionics app for free during a trial period.
     
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  9. WallyWorld

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    Another thing to realize is that certain units will only take a certain brand chip. I have used the phone app as well, I have found the contours are usually pretty spot on, but the depths to be way off on certain lakes. You can always still mark spots and trails on it which can be very helpful.
     
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    Navionics only work with Humminbird Onix/Ion units according to the Nav website.
     
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  11. Sturat

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    Thank you, sounds like i need to get my humminbird manuals out and figure out what my units will work with.
    That will probably make the selection a little less intimidating as well.
     
  12. WallyWorld

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    Well that's just not true nor do I see that on their website. As stated by SureShot Lakemaster is made for Hbird, in fact I believe Hbird owns Lakemaster, don't take my word for that though.
     
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    • Humminbird Mapping:Optional
    • Navionics+:Optional
    • Navionics Platinum+:Not Supported
    • Platinum Capable:Not Supported
    • C-Map 4D:Not Supported
    698 from the Humminbird website. Might work.
     
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    Discussing Which bird units are compatible with Nav chips.
     
  15. WallyWorld

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    Gotcha. Read it wrong.