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Old 05-14-2014, 11:49 PM   #21
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Often, when you are very near your target and moving very slowly, your GPS cannot tell you which direction your target is. It will say 20ft an 0 degree heading then suddenly swap to 40 ft to the 273 degree mark, then swap again. I've had this problem with 3 different GPS units on 3 different boats.

If you run at your target at about 5 knots, the GPS has enough track speed to be reasonably correct. When you reach the target, drop the buoy and then check it with your bottom machine. Then you dont have to deal with the finicky GPS if you are drifting or have dragged your anchor. If you anchor uncurrent, you know how far to let out rope to get on target.
Understand, I've got a GPS the updates pretty quick and never thought about a delay with the signal. Makes sense.
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Also I fish from time to time with a former offshore pro tournament fisherman who also does not drop an anchor and we always throw out a marker bouy that may be another reason I do it. Just the way I learned from him. The drift bouy for me made since.
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Often, when you are very near your target and moving very slowly, your GPS cannot tell you which direction your target is. It will say 20ft an 0 degree heading then suddenly swap to 40 ft to the 273 degree mark, then swap again. I've had this problem with 3 different GPS units on 3 different boats.

If you run at your target at about 5 knots, the GPS has enough track speed to be reasonably correct. When you reach the target, drop the buoy and then check it with your bottom machine. Then you dont have to deal with the finicky GPS if you are drifting or have dragged your anchor. If you anchor uncurrent, you know how far to let out rope to get on target.
Like! And yes that is another reason.
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Drop your anchor at the desired spot. Pee in the water and watch the bubble trail. Works almost every time.
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