FIND FISH FAST
Fish locators with integrated mapping capabilities are revolutionizing fishing strategy. Case in point: the Lowrance X-104C fish locator, with its enormous display (10.4 diagonal inches) and its ability to run in split-screen mode, with GPS mapping on one side, fishfinder on the other. You can coordinate a trolling pass on a contour line while simultaneously watching the locator for fish. With the color readout, the most stunning advance is the ability to spot orange and red hooks of suspended fish at high running speeds (25-30 mph) in open water that would otherwise go unnoticed in black-and-white surface clutter. Turn "ping" speed and chart speed to max, get on plane, punch in a way-point when you see fish, and go back and mop up. Suggested retail: $2,399-$2,499; 800-324-1356; www.lowrance.com --D.S.