In my last blog I showed you a software program I used on
how I manage my waypoints and allows me to see where they are along with the
contour lines on a lake map. But as you may have noticed the contour lines were
listed in “Meters” instead of feet. But you are able to change it to feet if
you prefer to use them instead. You will need to be a little computer savvy to
make this change but you should be able to do it by following the following
First thing is to make sure the SAS Planet program is
closed. Now you will need to find the “Folder” where you installed the program.
Next, we need to “Open” the folder by double clicking on the folder. After you have the folder open you will now need to open the next folder. This will be labeled as “Maps” double click on this folder.
The next folder we need to open is the”_water”” folder. Move your mouse over the folder and double click to open the folder.
Then next folder that we need tot open is the “SAS.plus.maps” folder. Double click on this folder to open it.
Now we need to open the “navionics.layer.zmp” folder to make the changes required to change the meters to feet settings.
Now inside this folder you will find a file by the name of “GetUrlScript.txt” this is the text file we need to edit to change the program from “Meters” to “Feet”. Double click on the file and it will open in the Windows “Notepad” program.
Look at the line I have high-lighted and you will see a red circle with a number “1” in it. To make the change all we have to do is change the “1” to a “2”.
After you edit the number all we need to do is “Save” the file. DO NOT rename the file or “Save As” or move the file! Just select “Save” and close the “Notepad” program. See photo below.
Now that you have made the change to that file, we need to do the same thing to three more files. Just repeat the same steps in the three following folders.
After you have edited all four files then you can open the
SASPlanet program and you should see the depth contour lines are now in “Feet”
and not “Meters”.
Hope you enjoy the SAS Planet program as I do in managing
all your hundreds or thousands of waypoints.
Do you want to get the most out of your GPS units and
managing all your way points as I do? If you have thousands of way points and
have a hard time keeping them organized then you should take a look at
downloading a software program which is free by the way called “SASPlanet” or type in this link in
your browser where you can download the software. (http://www.sasgis.org/download/)
As of this blog the latest version released is 181221 but
they are continually releasing newer version but this is the one that I
personally use. Notice at the top of the web page that you will need to change
the translation from Russian to English. In the second red oval in the photo is
the link to download the software. By way you do NOT have to provide any
personal information to download the software.
From the download link just download and make sure you know
your download files location which is usually the “Download” folder on your
After you have downloaded the software you will need to
un-compress the file as it is in “.zip” format which should already be on your
computer. If not you should be able to find it on the web with a browser search
Now that you have downloaded and installed the software let
me show you how helpful it will be to you. When you first launch the software
program a screen should pop up similar to this one, if not just move your mouse
around and zoom in or out to your area or lake you fish.
In the photo below I have zoomed in and selected a lake at
random which I’ll use in this blog, at the present time I do not know where or
what lake this is. But as this is only an example you can simply zoom in on
your lake that you fish or want information about. Now we need to make a few
adjustments in the setting of the software.
When you zoom in on the map you should get a view like the
one below. But we need to change it since we want to use it for our GPS way
Now let’s make the necessary adjustments to may the software
do what we want to use it for. How we do this is to make a change in the type
of map we want to use. On the Menu bar you should see the option to change the
map as shown in the photo below. From the drop-down maps options you want to
select “Marine maps”, then select “Navionics Marine Charts” do not select
Now as you can see in the photo below the background as well
as the water has now changed to a map with depth contour lines. NOTE: The
depths are shown as “Meters” and not “Feet” in another blog I’ll show you how
to change the meters to feet settings.
Now if you Zoom in on the map you can see the contour lines
for the lake and areas of the lake you want to explore.
Now let’s play around with the map and create a few way
points by just looking at the map of the lake as we move around it. Okay let’s
say we see a spot we would like to create a way point on, then do the following
as in the photo below.
You can place your mouse cursor over say a point, hump, flat
and anywhere you want a way point. Select “Add Placemark” And once you do the
following menu box will pop up allowing you to make some adjustments to the waypoint
you will create.
Under the “Category” I rename this to the Lake or area of
the lake I want the way points on. Next under “Name” give the waypoint a name
up to eleven letters or numbers. (Any more than eleven you will get an error
message when you try to convert them in Humminbird PC). Under the “Geographic
Coordinates” you can make changes if necessary. In a few paragraph’s I’ll show
you how to change the coordinates types that we normally will use in our units.
Next under the “Descriptions” box you can write notes applying to the waypoints.
On the “Text color” option I select “Red” as it shows up better on the map
background. After you make these changes hit the “OK” button.
After you hit “OK” the next box that will pop up will be the
“Placement Manager” menu. Here you will see the Category and list of waypoints
you created. But you will have the option to Import your current way points or
share them from or with your buddies.
Okay let’s say we have way points that we want to “Edit”
your way points. Select the Way point from the list and we can make those edits,
lake name, way point name, coordinates and notes as we notes above.
Here you see I make the edits I wanted for this waypoint. Note: These are fictious way points as I have never fished Broken Bow and the notes are for example only.
Next I’ll show you how to change the coordinates to the type we normally use. Across the top Menu bar select “Settings” then “Options”.
From the Menu taps select “View” and the select the
drop-down options on the way point coordinates types.
Select the one I have the arrow on or “WS deg.min.” This
option will add an extra number on the last number for example “1234” just
change the “4” to a “0” so it will look like “1230”.
After you have finished editing or creating your waypoints
you now have the option to export them to a “GPX” file which you can convert
them to any “GPS” coordinates you need. You can convert them in Humminbird PC
to work in your Helix, Onyx or Solix units. You can convert them to use in
Lowrance or Garmin units with GPS Babel for example. You export them by selecting the “Category”
name the press your Right Mouse button. The Export Placemarks menu will pop up.
The program will try to save them as a “.kmz” format but you
need to select the drop-down menu and select “.gpx” instead.
Now let me show you how to “Import” your current waypoints you
may already have. If they are on your unit or units you will need to get them
on an SD card and then copy them to your computer. If they are from Helix,
Garmin or Lowrance units you can convert them to “GPX” format with Humminbird
PC. From the “Operations” Menu select “Open” and then you will be prompted for
the waypoint file location which could be the SD card if they are in “GPX”
Select the waypoint file and select “Open” to import them
into the program.
Note if you already have the “Placemark Manager” open you
can “Import” them by selecting the “Import” button at the bottom right on the
When you select the “Open” then the file you will get the following
menu options in the photo below. Here you can rename the waypoint file to
anything you want. For an example let’s say you have two units on your boat and
have waypoints on both of them that are not linked. Save one file as say “Rear
Unit” and the other one as “Bow Unit”. That way you know which waypoints are on
which unit. You can compare the waypoints on both units and add or delete the
ones that are duplicates, bad ones, old ones or anything else you might want to
do with them. One thing I do is change the “Icons” for each file so I know
which file is on which unit. When finished with your “Edits” select “Start” on
After you make your edits and select “Start” the next screen
will look like this now just select “Yes” to import the waypoints.
Now to see the waypoints you imported you must select the “Placemark
Manager”. In the top menu bar select it, the one in the red circle in the photo
Now we can view our waypoints by placing a “Check” mark in
the “Categories” waypoint list.
Now you can see all your waypoints on the map.
Hope you found this helpful and hope this helps you manage
all your waypoints.
I seen a post on Facebook the
other day about “Do You Really Use Your Depth Finder To Help You Catch Fish”? That
is a really good question, as I have seen a buddy that I fished with that had a
new Garmin Depth Finder on his boat but never turned it on while we were
fishing. In his case I think it was all about having the “Newest Thing” on his
boat. It’s the same as having Power Poles® on your boat but never put them
down. If you’re going to pay out the money for the newest technology then you
need to take the time to learn to use them. I personally have six units on my
boat but actually only use three or four of them at a time. Two of the units
were small in-dash depth finders that came with the boat.
One thing I had a hard time
understanding when I first got my first depth finder an old “Super Sixty”
flasher that I used to catch a lot of fish watching it. I could watch my jigging
spoon go up and down as I lifted and lowered my rod and see the fish signals
come to the spoon while watching the flasher. Now that we have the choices of
Side Imaging, Down Imaging and Sonar all in the same units they have really
become a big help in catching fish whether it be bass, crappie, bluegill or
As we ride around the lake or
body of water you are fishing looking at things that pop up on the screen and
wonder what they are. To learn this, we must both spend the time on the water
learning our units and to actually know what they are that we’re looking for.
Here is a screen shot of something on the bottom that my boat passed over. One
what is it and second where is it in relation to the boat and where do I need
to make my cast to make contact with the structure?
Okay take a look at the photo
above and see if you can tell, first what is it, and second where is it and
third where do I cast to so I can try and catch any fish that may be located in
the structure. Just by looking at the photo above, I first thought it was
directly under the boat which in this case part of it is but most is not. If it
is under the boat where under the boat is it located? I would in the past make
a cast straight behind the boat to try and make contact with the structure.
Sometimes I would make contact with the structure but most of the time I did
not. The one way we can tell that part of the structure is partially under the
boat is the red coloring in the screen shot in the brush top. This red color tells
me that the strongest signals are in the very center of the sonar cone. Take a
look at the photo below to get a better understanding of what this means.
Now let’s take a look at the same
piece of structure with our Down Image unit and see if we can see what it is
and where it is.
Okay we can tell that it looks to
be a brush top someone placed in the lake and there looks to be one fish on the
right side of the brush top on the right at the edge of the screen. By looking
at the fish and the shape it could possibly be a crappie as it is tall as it is
long. But this is only a guess and we have no way of knowing unless we actually
catch the fish.
Okay so now we know it is
possibly a brush top but where is it. Well again since I thought I drove over
the structure you’d think it is behind the boat. But again, it could be but
also could not be under and behind the boat.
Now let’s see what the structure
actually is and where it is in relationship to the boat. We can determine all
this by using our Side Image unit. Not only will it tell us what it is but
where it is located and where we need to make our cast to try and catch that
fish that we are after.
Okay from the side image view we
can tell that it is actually a brush top under the boat and also a bucket with
what looks to be canes by seeing the shadows of the canes. And last a huge
stump to the right of the boat about 20 feet to the right of the boat. By the
way can you find the fish in this screen shot? Hint look for the shadows they
give the fish away.
In this last screen shot I did with third party software available to you the angler you can see the location of the structure.
So, to get the best out of your new or current units you
have to use the tools you have and learn to use them to help you catch more
fish. After all this is the reason, we spent the hundreds of dollars if not
thousands of dollars on the “Newest Thing” for our boats.