articles have been published about tournament preparation and
most of them started with using a quality map of the lake, river
or impoundment. I too believe that a good map is invaluable to
every angler and is a necessary tool for success.
about TOPO+LOG, a CD ROM loaded with fishing maps that allow you
to do some of your preparation in the comfort of your home, on
your computer. As with every tool there are some negative
attributes, so lets get them out of the way, you have to have
a computer, monitor and printer. I take it that if your
reading this article that you have the equipment needed to get
the most out of TOPO+LOG.
last month I have studied several lakes using TOPO+LOG and have
found it to be easier to use than I expected, by no means have I
become an expert in using all of the functions available with
this system, but it is extremely user friendly.
selecting the desired map and then click on the zoom tool to
zero in on the portion of the lake that you want to study.
Donít try to study the entire map, just pick out an area of
the lake that you want to fish and focus only on that area.
selected Grand Lake as the map of choice.
Iím going to click on the zoom tool and highlight the Honey
Creek arm (click and drag the mouse to highlight the area
use the Pan Tool to move the map around on your monitor screen.
zoom in or out as needed to view the information by using your
mouse and clicking on the bold up or down arrows on the tool
offshore hump or ridge, how about a rock pile or house
Click on the GPS tool and get pinpoint accuracy. So you want to
print all of the information on your screen?
six, Click on the print review symbol on the tool bar and make
sure that the area youíve highlighted is within the boarders
of your paper, if so then just click on the ďPĒ in the upper
left hand corner.
other features about TOPO+LOG that are just as easy to use and
Iím sure, with a little practice that you will master them.
You wonít have to buy paper maps anymore, you can now make
your own. The only other item I can see a need for is a
laminating machine to protect the map pages that I make. Give
TOPO+LOG a try, without it you may just run around in circles.
time, practice catch and release and good fishing.