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    Anyone have one that they carry on them when fishing ? I'm looking for a small, portable barometer that I can carry on me. I want to start seeing how barometric pressure affects my catch rates. Anyone know where I can get one or can recommend something decent for thus purpose ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShaunF View Post
    Anyone have one that they carry on them when fishing ? I'm looking for a small, portable barometer that I can carry on me. I want to start seeing how barometric pressure affects my catch rates. Anyone know where I can get one or can recommend something decent for thus purpose ?
    I have a wristwatch that has barometer, altimeter, compass, thermomenter, the works. It is a Suunto. You will find them at Cape Union Mart or Cape Storm. It chews batteries though and as a result has been in a drawer at home for the past two years. Paid about R6000 for it
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    A friend of mine has a wristwatch one that shows a graph of the change in barometric pressure, so you can see if it's rising, falling, or stable. I'm not sure if it shows the actual pressure values though, but I think it's the change in pressure that you wanna measure anyway, ie how are the fish affected with a rising or falling barometric pressure?
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    Quote Originally Posted by gkieser View Post
    A friend of mine has a wristwatch one that shows a graph of the change in barometric pressure, so you can see if it's rising, falling, or stable. I'm not sure if it shows the actual pressure values though, but I think it's the change in pressure that you wanna measure anyway, ie how are the fish affected with a rising or falling barometric pressure?
    The Suunto gives the actual atmospheric pressure readout and the effects of change in pressure are reflected immediately. It is a precision instrument, but like I said, very hungry on power. Battery life is about a month.
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    Eish !

    I'm just looking for a simple barometer, not a R6k watch thingy. For that price it better do a hell of a lot more than tell the time and read barometric pressure !

    Seriously, just a small barometer. I hate wearing a watch when I fish, its normally the first thing I leave behind. I'm looking for something I can just stick in my pocket.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShaunF View Post
    Eish !

    I'm just looking for a simple barometer, not a R6k watch thingy. For that price it better do a hell of a lot more than tell the time and read barometric pressure !

    Seriously, just a small barometer. I hate wearing a watch when I fish, its normally the first thing I leave behind. I'm looking for something I can just stick in my pocket.
    I know what you mean Shaun, I searched long and hard for just such a thing, and just short of dangling one of the larger ones around my neck I was infatuated when i discovered the wristwatch version. It wasn't one of my better buys, I must admit.
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    I have also been looking for one for some time. I just look at the weather to see if a cold front is comming. Then I still go fishing and catch nothing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by izak View Post
    I have also been looking for one for some time. I just look at the weather to see if a cold front is comming. Then I still go fishing and catch nothing.
    hehe, the secret is to not know what the barometer is saying, because then you could have a legitimate excuse when you get home. 'Must be the weather!'
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Shelton View Post
    The Suunto gives the actual atmospheric pressure readout and the effects of change in pressure are reflected immediately. It is a precision instrument, but like I said, very hungry on power. Battery life is about a month.
    Chris,

    I have had a Suunto Xlander for about 4 - 5 years. I bought mine for R1200 when Manex Marine first started importing them. It has a barometer, digital compass, thermometer and altimeter. I use mine extensively and change the battery about once every 18 months or so. I suspect that yours has a problem to be using a battery in a month. Take it back to Manex and see what they say.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dlampert View Post
    Chris,

    I have had a Suunto Xlander for about 4 - 5 years. I bought mine for R1200 when Manex Marine first started importing them. It has a barometer, digital compass, thermometer and altimeter. I use mine extensively and change the battery about once every 18 months or so. I suspect that yours has a problem to be using a battery in a month. Take it back to Manex and see what they say.

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    Thanks Darryl, I'll do that. I thought it was a bit ridiculious to be so heavy on power. Mine is the one with the pc interface cable, which allows you to download data onto your pc. I think it is the X9 or T9 or something like that. It has been in my drawer for so long, I have forgotten
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