28 Jun 2011

Even the best electronic equipment is of no value if you don’t know how to use it properly which is why Boating World’s staff makes every effort to keep up-to-date with the latest in technology.

Sales Consultant Greg Alice joined Lowrance South Africa’s (Cape Town) James Wreyford and two other anglers for a morning of on-water training on select units – to learn how to maximise their potential.

The party left from the Cape Grace hotel moorings at 9am on a 28ft Sport Fisher skippered by Willie- setting off for Whale Rock near Robben Island. While the weather was perfect - the swells were quite big at 2.5m but the Lowrance units performed very well in these conditions.

At their fingertips were two advanced Lowrance units – the HDS-8 and the HDS-8M - networked to form a fishfinder/GPS/chartplotter/radar and structure scan combination,

Circling around Robben Island, the group soon learned how to identify other vessels, distinguished the difference between structure, fish and rocks and they programmed in many waypoints for future reference.

Greg says that learning how to operate these units to their full advantage was an eye opening and exciting experience. “One’s chances of finding the best fishing grounds and most importantly big fish are vastly increased thanks to the very clear visuals - even at speeds of up to 26-knots!”

After about 2.5 hours of testing the capabilities and function of each unit the group made their way back to shore – all the more confident for getting to know their Lowrance fish finding products.

Greg also then went on to sell the first set of Underwater lights currently being imported into South Africa by Lowrance.