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Garmin Quickdraw Contours - Jetski Review with Chez Thackwray

I was recently told about the new software feature the Garmin combo plotter, called Garmin Quickdraw Contours.

At first, I was a little sceptical, but I had a new Garmin GPSMAP 527xs fitted to my Jetski, after rolling it in the surf a few weeks ago. I got Pierre from Ractech Yamaha to install the quick draw function to my Garmin before I collected my ski and left the same day for a fishing competition in Bilene Mozambique. I fished the first day just normally with the blue charts and didn’t even try the Quickdraw. On returning to the beach I was asked, by my mate, if I had tried it. He had also installed it and was raving at how well it worked. So I asked him to give me a brief rundown on how to use the software and was pleasantly surprised at the ease of use. Basically turn it on and fish. The magic happens while you are fishing, as per normal. Basically, it remaps the contours for you, giving you an exact feel for the topographic of the area you are fishing, giving you a real and more detailed map, LIVE ON YOUR GARMIN. What I found was the blue charts map was slightly out, due to old survey information on all brands of electronics, so when I thought I was fishing the edge of the reef I was in fact in the wrong area or way off the mark.

With the help of Garmin Quickdraw Contours, I soon found exactly where the drop offs were and managed to work along the length of the drop offs instead of criss-crossing the drop off, this kept my baits in the strike zone a lot longer and as a result I caught more fish which put my team into second place.

I feel that without the Garmin Quickdraw Contours I would have been at a much greater disadvantage, as I had never fished these waters before and was just following the contours on the charts.

The best thing about this is, it remaps as you are fishing, which can help you to change your direction and approach to a certain area of fishing. Greatly improving your chances at success, especially if you are fishing in new waters and at a competitive level, like I did.

I can confidently say I will never fish without Garmin Quickdraw Contours again and I strongly recommend to everyone that has a compatible Garmin Marine device, install Garmin Quickdraw Contours.


Yours in fishing
Chez Thackwray


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