Using Garmin Electronics offshore in Tropical North Queensland

If you’re lucky enough to be fishing in Tropical North Queensland — or anywhere for that matter — you’ll want to make the very most of your precious time… and that’s where Garmin electronics can be your best friend!

But even if you’ve got the latest and greatest gear, if you’re not interpreting it properly, you may not be getting the most out of it.

Well we’ve gone and made it easy with a brief list of dos and don’ts when it comes to your electronics.


Garmin’s latest sounder has a scroll-back feature where you can go back on your journey and mark any significant spots. This information can then be marked, edited and even named – then transferred onto your map! That means next time, you’ll know exactly where to go!


Gordy from Garmin says set-up is paramount.

“You’ve got to make sure it’s in nice, clean water and not getting air bubbles underneath it,” he said. “Air is the number one thing that’ll stop your transducer from working and the biggest tell-tale sign is it’ll stop reading at speed.”


The beauty of Garmin gear is that you don’t need to keep constantly tuning it.

“They run on automatic settings and they’re not pre-set autos, so they actually do bounce around,” Gordy said. “They take into account the depth of water, the temperature — all that sort of stuff — so the processor is churning out all the time. As I say to everybody, the processor’s way smarter than me… I’ll let it do it.”

Garmin has a range of gear to suit any boatie — whether you’re after the full kit and caboodle or just something simple for your tinnie! Head to your local BCF store for all your Garmin gear! Be sure to ask if you need a hand to decide which gear will suit you best or for any tips on set-up.

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