Fishing with the Garmin Marine Network


Clouds2Clouds1The morning started out quietly enough.  The Lone Star flag at the marina was hanging limp, but towering clouds on the horizon suggested that it might not stay that way.  We fired up the GPSMAP 3206 and soon after, the unit’s XM WX Weather capabilities gave us some great insight into where those storms were — and more importantly, where they were headed.

3206_weatherAfter analyzing the weather and consulting with our guide, Capt. Bruce Shuler, we decided we were safe to fish at some submerged rocks about 12 miles offshore.  The fishing was incredible (more on that in another post) and the weather was sunny — but without the benefit of XM WX, we probably would have never made the trip.  Within a couple of hours though, the wind picked up and the 3206 indicated that a particularly intense storm was heading our way.  Not wanting to tempt fate, we left our spot and moved inland.  We stayed high and dry, but within a half hour, we could see that our fishing spot had been inundated with high winds, high waves, and intense lightning.

Birds_and_cloudsThe moral of the story?  Near-real-time graphical weather takes a lot of the guesswork out of your time on the water.  It allowed us to fish a relatively small boat in open water because we could tell when storms were headed our way, and others that posed no danger.  Combined with prudence and common sense, XM WX weather is a valuable tool that no serious offshore or near-shore boater should be without.

Okay, now we’re off our soapbox.  Tomorrow we’ll show you some of the the fish we hauled in, so stay tuned!

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