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StrikeLines Fishing Charts Review

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StrikeLines Fishing Charts Review

Locating less frequented patch bottom over heavily pressured Florida Keys lobster grounds is a benefit of learning how structure lays out with the StrikeLines chart.

If you haven’t seen the latest 3-D bathymetric charts from StrikeLines and you love to fish, you’re missing out on an invaluable tool for not only understanding terrain features where fishing is productive, but one to be used as a guide to locate new spots based on your past success. If you’re unfamiliar with the technology, these are 3-D high resolution ocean floor maps loaded onto a microSD card that you plug into your Navico compatible MFD unit. (see Florida Sportsman Oct-21)

After having a few months to put these charts to work, I’ve discovered what might be the most useful component of the technology was something I hadn’t originally considered even though it was right before my eyes.  Initially I imagined that seeing the bottom from a 3-D perspective would reveal remote structure in areas I might have overlooked while also painting a better picture of deep water structure for bottom fishing or swordfish that wasn’t very well documented on common navigation charts. Both of these points proved to be accurate but there was more to it after I became familiar with the use of the information.

What ultimately became the most valuable technique for me was putting information already in my arsenal to work in conjunction with the StrikeLines imagery. As an angler who already has a collection of coordinates for bottom fishing- the ability to view a known productive section of snapper or grouper habitat and compare it to other locations for similarities was a light bulb moment. Finding similar or identical features much like looking at pieces of a jigsaw puzzle in areas where I hadn’t previously spent any time exploring opened up a new world of possibilities that produced consistent results. Before too long, locating and identifying similar terrain features was opening up a lot of new doors and my GPS logbook was multiplying exponentially.

Although the 3-D charts are compatible with primarily Navico friendly equipment, there are workarounds to employ this technique with non-compatible brands. First, StrikeLines offers an Android tablet with built-in GPS that you can have them load separately purchased charts of your choice into and take with you anywhere. This also makes it easier to study the charts in your home without the need to be looking at your boat’s electronics display. They also offer downloadable charts to use in conjunction with the FREE OsmAnd Maps app compatible with both Android and IOS devices. Either option alone or combined with the cards plugged into your boat’s system provides anglers many more options when the common reef spots get too crowded.

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StrikeLines chart coverage for the lower east coast of Florida is comprehensive enough to give anglers a competitive edge over old school chart data.
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4K resolution is available on many chart screens  which are Navico compatible for highest resolution available.
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The ability to cross reference high-res 3-D imagery with actual sounder screens allows a better understanding of bottom topography features.

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Coverage isn’t limited to offshore fisherman and locating structure on near coastal water will flatten the learning curve.
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StrikeLines also offers GPS waypoint charts for known structure and hard bottom charts for bottom anglers and wreck hopping.
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Locating subtle terrain features over obscure underutilized bottom puts trophy fish like this hogfish within reach.


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StrikeLines charts are also available throughout the Gulf of Mexico outside of Florida.
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The resolution and detail available with the StrikeLines enhanced cartography far exceeds the quality of publicly available data.
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The NOAA chart available seen here before enhancement  shows very limited detail.

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A host of available public and privately surveyed reef and wreck location waypoints are available from StrikeLines in addition to 3-D bathymetric imagery.
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Deep wreck numbers subjected to less pressure are ther for the taking if you spend the time to study the bottom features before heading offshore.
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The StrikeLines cartography can be viewed on your Navico compatible MFD unit as well as on a tablet or smartphone via web-based downloads for ultimate convenience.

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