By Louie Stout

If you want to become a more efficient boat angler but haven’t utilized modern technology, you might want to take a closer look at what’s available.

Sonar electronics and electric trolling motors are improving angler efficiency at a rapid pace.

Sure they’re expensive add-ons. But if you fish often, you’re going to appreciate what they can do for you.

Sonar units are no longer bottom finders or fish finders. When incorporated with mapping chips, GPS, high-powered imaging and a basic understanding of the kind of areas that hold your favorite sportfish, these electronics can literally put you on top of a hotspot.

And when you get there, GPS enabled electric motors can hold you on the spot without you manipulating controls.

I’ve spent the past few years testing some of the new equipment and can assure you that these improvements are very applicable for our waters.