Advanced Inshore Navigation

  • Shannon Gilmore says:

    How do you upload your google earth routes into a garmin gps?

    • Shannon, thanks for commenting!

      Continue through the curriculum and you’ll see the section titled “How to Create Routes and Fishing Spots for Your GPS”.

      Thanks and be sure to comment again if you need to.

  • Kenneth Whitener says:

    Just the GPS information, etc for making my own routes was worth every penny spent on this course! You sir, are a Daisy!

  • Kenneth Whitener says:

    Okay. Now you have earned a raise, and promotion. Outstanding! I have been so cautious venturing not very far from Campos or Hopedale!

    Can’t wait to get out there, but it is 8 hours away. Get out there once a year in October

    • For that far of a drive, I’d hope you venture farther!

      Why not? It’s part of the adventure. I understand any concerns you may have.

      When you do come down, be sure to let us know at LAFR:

      • Kenneth Whitener says:

        My 85 yeo uncle, my 78 yeo father and 5 of my friends will be at shell beach, staying with Frank the Kings place , arriving on the 21st of this month. We stay the entire week. We bring our bass boats down, and have a blast! I am so frikkin pumped with all my newly obtained information from your inshore 101 that I can hardly wait to get down there and “fish smarter”!

  • Michael Gonzales says:

    I bought my first boat this year. It has a humming gps. I’ve figured out the maps are old because sometimes it tells me I’m running over land. I thought this useful. Should I update or not?

  • Derek Corkran says:

    My biggest fear while fishing is running aground or hitting something in my boat.

    • Perfectly understandable. No one wants that to happen!

      I have been on fishing trips where hitting something was instantly catastrophic to the motor, or later ruined the lower unit due to a leaking seal. No good.

      With that said, I have hit all kinds of stuff and 9 times out of 10 the boat and motor will be fine. Sure, some paint will be gone from the lower unit and there may be a ding in the prop, but any angler who spends a lot of time on the water will have a lower unit and prop with a lot of “character” on it.

      Rocks. Hit ’em.
      Dolphins. Yup.
      Trees. Definitely.
      Gar. All day long.
      Crab Traps. Wrapped plenty around the lower unit.
      Cars. Long story.
      Houses. Another long story.
      Street signs. Google “Volunteer loses boat in Denham Springs rescue”.

      From bay boats to flat boats (and flats boats), airboats and tour boats I have hit nasty underwater obstructions. I have also run aground in all of them. I have even gotten airboats stuck.

      And after all that I will tell you “it’s not that bad” and that it’s definitely all in your head.

      So what if you hit something in the water? Well, what if a meteor hits your house?

      You hit something in the water, then you learn not to go there again. But before any of that happens you should know this:

      SLOW DOWN! Come off pane and idle through the area you are unsure of.

      If you’re not sure about the depth and safety of a body of water, why would you go full speed across it?

      That question right there completely and wholly addresses the entire issue. If you’re not sure, then slow down. Bumping into something isn’t nearly as bad as hitting it at full speed. If the water is too shallow, you can easily turn around and go back the way you came.

      But, as you spend time on the water (most important thing) you will learn what “safe” water looks like, even on a map. Main bayous are a great example. The odds of a bayou being shallower than a few feet are pretty slim. Since they serve as arteries of the marsh, water flows the most there and will scour the bottom out, keeping it deep enough to traverse.

      The outside of river bends follow this same principle and that is why they are deeper than the inside of river bends.

      Canals are dug to accommodate boat traffic, so they are deep enough. Flowing current will keep them that way.

      It’s totally ok and normal to be fear. Having fear means you are rationally thinking your fishing trips through! But, as you spend time on the water and apply the knowledge in this course you will replace that fear with confidence. Having that confidence is a whole ‘nother level and it is EXTREMELY REWARDING. I want you to get there. It feels great!

      • Derek Corkran says:

        That’s a great response bud! Thanks for the support. I’m 31 years old and I have my first “Adult” boat that cost more than my truck and I baby it. Confidence is the key though.

        • I don’t blame you. Slow is safe.

          I downsized to an aluminum flatboat in 2014 for a few different reasons, one of them being I need something that can withstand hitting stuff and getting scratched. I hate messing up pretty gelcoat, but aluminum seems to look better with a couple dings in it.

  • Charles Clark says:

    How do you find the maps to plot on goggle earth. I down loaded it and was unable to find the maps to areas that I fish. what did I do wrong

  • Tarek Tah says:

    Where can I learn how to plot a route on google earth and then how to upload it. I always look at google earth to plan my fishing trip but I try to memorize it since I cannot look at my phone with no signal.

  • Jeff Lacoste says:

    Does it matter if your using google earth pro or standard google earth? Since pro version is now free?

  • Tyler Botts says:

    Hey Devin! If I am running a LA standard mapping card on my lowrance, can I also view my routes uploaded from Google earth as well as the sat imagery from the card?