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High-Tech Gadgets to Help Scope Out the Best Bass Fishing Spot

If there is anything better than finding a perfect new fishing spot for bass angling, it’s being able to scope it out in a way that lets you find out exactly where your prized fish are hanging out. Bass typically live in shallow water that is less than 8 feet deep, but in the hot summer months you will find them further out in deeper, cooler water, making them harder to spot. Thanks to advancements in technology, GPS navigators and depth sounders now allow you to effectively scope out a spot in order to help you make the biggest catch. Here’s a rundown of some of the best gadgets for your next bass angling fishing trip. Technologically Advanced Fish Finders One of the most popular underwater navigation gadgets currently on the market is the Garmin echoMap 50s. This high-tech GPS navigator is special in that it is designed for smaller spaces such as fishing boats that aren’t located out on the open waters of the sea. Weighing in at just under two pounds and featuring a screen that is five inches, it is the perfect size for a hand-held trip in a small fishing boat in a pond, lake or even large river. While not necessarily a tool for scoping out the underwater lay of the land, scoping out your terrain in general can prove to be beneficial while fishing for bass. Investing in smart technology that will allow you to map out your above-water terrain will help you understand ideal water temperature conditions as well as spots to avoid. Last but certainly not least, if you really want to up your game, you can invest in a high-tech fish call. This innovative system  tailors sounds and volume to the type of fish you’re trying to lure in, and coming in at just $100, is worth a try if you are new and need a little help catching bass. What to Look for in a Device Regardless of the device you choose, you should make sure you don’t compromise on a few key aspects. A simple, easy-to-use interface is priceless when you are out on the water and need to scope out your spot quickly and efficiently. As well, you will want to go for one that shows underwater features with absolute clarity. Features that minimize on-screen clutter and allow you to effectively see through obstacles to find out where the bass are hiding are both well worth your investment if you are serious about bass angling and fishing in general. Not only will you be able to find fish, you will gain a better understanding of the locale and underwater layout to better maneuver yourselves next time around. It is also important to mention that any device that offers wireless technology and the ability for you to remotely access marine-specific apps via a smartphone or tablet is a great investment in your bass fishing adventures. Keeping Your Eye on the Prize While some might argue that introducing technology into your fishing practices is a little bit of a cheat, it is actually a great way to integrate yourself more into the environment you are in and learn more about the way bass behave underwater. Taking advantage of the technology available to you in order to enhance your skills is a great way to stay focused on the prize at hand, and if it makes it easier to attain that prize, well, then it sounds like a win-win for everybody involved.

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