Creating Your Own Waypoint System

Waypoint

This guest post was written by Todd HollowellFLW Tour Pro and Host of the WFN TV show the “Bass Dr.

Are you using your electronics’ GPS features to their full capabilities?  In other words, are you accumulating hundreds or even thousands of waypoints on the lakes you fish?  That’s great if you are, but even if you’re not, this Prescription of the Week from the Bass Dr. will help you create a system that utilizes the symbols and icons in your unit when saving waypoints to help you organize the data you’re accumulating.

LowranceFirst, creating a waypoint on your Lowrance unit is simple.  From the Chart screen, simply hit ENTER and you will see the waypoint menu come up.  From here you have a few options where you can select different colors for your waypoint, and different icons. For instance, one thing you can do is utilize the different colors to indicate when a spot is good throughout the season.  Maybe you mark spring waypoints in green, summer waypoints in red, fall waypoints in orange, and winter waypoints in white.

IconsNext, I like to use the different icons that Lowrance offers to help me identify different coordinates.  For instance, I like to use the cross symbol to represent where my boat should be positioned when casting towards a brushpile, which I have marked as a tree icon.  There’s no limit to how you can use these icons!  You can select icons to specify rock piles, logs, grass beds, navigation lineups, you name it….you can create it.

Last, did you know you can even change the name of a waypoint?  Once you’ve created your waypoint and selected your color and icon, you can always go back and edit it.  Simply hit the EDIT button on the bottom left hand of the screen on the shortcut menu and scroll up to the name of the waypoint.  Maybe you want to label this grass bed symbol, “hydrilla.”  Your Lowrance unit has great capabilities, so make sure you are taking advantage of them to make you more efficient while you’re on the water.

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