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This is just a quick FYI about charts on your favorite lakes, rivers, ocean...whatever. Vexilar (of which I have no connection) has a fish finder that runs through your smartphone. Now, if you have an iPhone or iPad, you can attach this Vexilar unit to your boat/canoe/kayak/wooden raft/whatever and make your own charts, as you go, on your iPhone or iPad.

On a small lake you've never fished and want to find a hole or ledge? Plug it in and watch the bottom form on your phone or tablet. It's CRAZY. This video is just an example...

[video]https://www.dropbox.com/s/zd4cmc4l1ca5vyg/dynamic_update_test.avi?dl=0[/video]

Again, no connection to Vexilar at all. But I thought this was pretty cool.
 

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Lowrance has had this for a year or three now. Graph an area with side scan and you can load it into your computer or view it on your Lowrance unit.
 

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Neilslure is correct, but this is a little different in that a) you can do it on your iphone or ipad, which opens up the possibility of live charts to small boaters, canoers, kayakers, etc. And, at $150 (I think), it's waaaaay cheaper than an HDS-10! Plus, now there can be charts on that small lake in the middle of woods, if you're really enterprising...

Like I said, just thought it was cool.
 

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Here is something that really got my attention:

You don’t need cell phone coverage to use it, the SonarPhone will work anywhere in the world. SonarPhone creates its own WiFi hotspot and you can share your signal with as many people as you wish, the software App is downloaded for FREE from the App Store or Google Play and works with both Android and IOS systems.
How cool is that? If I understand all of this correctly, I could get one of the T-POD castable models, kayak with a couple of buddies on a lake that isn't mapped, stop at the mouth of a few coves casting and retrieving the T-POD a few times while we all have our phones on and then we would all have maps of the coves. "Hey, can you cast over toward me so I can see how it drops off from that bank?". Hmm... Soon "Bells will be ringing" and gears are turning. That might make my list.

EDIT - more specs...
[h=2]Features[/h]
  • Compatibility: iOS 4.3 (iPhone, iPad) and Android 2.0
  • Free App download
  • Automatic Ranging
  • Water Temperature & Depth Indicator
  • Audible Alarms for Fish, Shallow and Low Battery
  • Fish Icon
  • Zoom Bottom Track
  • Noise Rejection
  • Surface Clarity
  • Battery Indicator
  • One year warranty
  • Specifications
  • Usage: Impact resistant chassis. Cast it or troll it.
  • Transducer: Water activated transmitter
  • Max depth range: 120 feet (36 Meters)
 

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I'm fishing deep pools connected by very shallow and fast moving water on the Cape Fear. I'd love to find some charts or at least some low water aerial photos of the area around Raven Rock.
 
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