2007 Fishing Gear Buyer’s Guide: Electronics

William Joseph Infrared Thermometer

William Joseph Infrared Thermometer
$40 · 801-978-2207 · williamjoseph.net Thermometers of this type read surface temperatures without touching the water. Just point and click to check the river or pond. Mine also comes in handy to measure the wheel-hub temperatures of my trailers when Iユm towing. If the hubs are much more than 30 degrees hotter than the ambient air temperature, then Iユve probably got a wheel-bearing problem that needs attention.

Bass Pro Prowler

Bass Pro Prowler
$100 · 800-227-7776 · basspro.com Itユs been a long time since Iユve seen an electric trolling motor at such a low price. The Prowler is a 12-volt, 30-pound-thrust, 30-inch-shaft model with a transom mount. Itユs perfect for fishing from a johnboat or canoe.

Lowrance iFinder Expedition C

Lowrance iFinder Expedition C
$300 · 800-324-1356 · lowrance.com Increasingly sophisticated handheld GPS units are useful for anglers whose boats are too small to carry major-league electronics. The Lowrance iFinder Expedition C has a sunlight-viewable color screen, an SD card slot for loading nautical charts and highway maps (not supplied), and an electronic compass and barometric altimeter.

Minn Kota Terrova

Minn Kota Terrova
$680-“$1,450 · 800-227-6433 · minnkotamotors.com A revamped mounting bracket makes for easier stowage and setup of Minn Kotaユs flagship trolling motor. The redesigned ¿¿foot-control unit is easier to use, and some models include a sonar transducer. A wireless CoPilot control is optional. Assorted shaft lengths, voltages, and thrust ratings are offered.