The Simrad S5100 has three independent sonar channels that offer high-resolution sonar function throughout water column depths. With the S5100 boaters and anglers can link to either three single-channel transducers or an array including one dual-channel and one single-channel.
Furuno has increased the available power for its X-band recreational radar, and added to the available radar performance for users of the TZTouch and TZTouch2 displays. Anglers will flock to the bird mode feature, in which birds are readily marked without tuning the unit, and then tracked simply with an echo trails feature.
Airmar recently introduced a line of ultra-wide-beam transducers for sportfishing applications using CHIRP technology.
SonarChart Live is a Navionics feature add-on to a recent update of Raymarine’s Lighthouse II operating system that allows users to create bathymetric charts in real time.
The electronics available today have done nothing short of revolutionizing the way we use our boats to fish. But beyond the fishfinders and chartplotters that help target chosen species, there’s so much more to add to the advantage. See the upgrades here.
C-MAP’s new High Resolution Bathymetry fishing charts actually put contour-line data in a 3-D view.
The Vexilar SonarPhone T-Pod is a castable combination of fishfinder transducer and Wi-Fi hot spot that lets the user target data gathering and see what lurks below the surface on the screen on a compatible smartphone.
Pro anglers use every tool in their arsenal to improve their catch rate. Learn how they look at their helm to make the most of their fishing time. See their expert tips here.
Electronics manufacturer Humminbird has long served the freshwater angling market and kept an eye on the big picture. And now they’ve developed a radar-like sonar system that could change the game for all boaters, saltwater and fresh. Learn more about this category-killing development here.
Do your electronics help you catch more fish? Or are you spending more time turning the knobs on your helm than the crank on your reel? Learn how to use your electronics to optimize your time on the water this season—read all about it here.
Raymarine has just rolled out its Dragonfly combo unit and we’ve got to say, this is big functionality in a small package. Two kinds of CHIRP sounding and a chartplotter for under $700—in a bracket-mount standalone unit. Raymarine Dragonfly may be the buzz on the fishing docks this spring.
Linux Comes aboard with Digital Yacht
Worried about putting a personal computer on your boat? Use one that’s made to be there: Digital Yacht’s Aqua 50 marine PC works with a range of DC input levels and has a 64-gigabyte hard drive designed to work without a cooling fan. Learn more here.
Learn about the Lowrance Elite 7 Chartplotter and Fishfinder//Lowrance’s latest chartplotter, the Elite 7 HDI combines navigation and sounding functions in one easy-to-use unit with many interesting features, including NMEA 2000 compatibility. Need a new plotter? Have a look at this.
The Si-Tex SVS-750 is a dual-frequency digital echosounder with 600-watt output.
How To Double Down on Radar
When a CHIRP isn’t just for the birds: CHIRP transducers meet their match in sounder electronics, and the view below comes into sharp focus.
Know where the fishing is hot. XM WX Satellite Weather derives data for the images from multiple sources to ensure good resolution, it also updates the SST data four times each day.
Here’s how to know where the fishing is hot: Terrafin’s Web-based software service gives you Sea-surface temperature (SST) data for your cruising range and beyond at an affordable price.
Good data is key for anglers who want to capitalize on fishing conditions...
The FLS 2D is one of two newly introduced products from Echopilot, a company that has been producing sonars for nearly 20 years.
A commercial-grade bottom profiler for the serious sportfisherman or diver. The WASSP rolls seven fishing tools into one...
Garmin has introduced a complete new range of modestly priced fishfinders called the echo series. Priced at just $79.99, the echo 100 is the baby of the range. It has a 4-inch grayscale screen and a 100-watt
The Latest, But Is It The Greatest?
Side-scan sonar can find structure, but can it find fish?
Half a century ago, Carl Lowrance revolutionized fishing by producing the first
“Elite,” according to my dictionary, means “the most powerful, rich, gifted or educated members of a community,” which makes it rather an odd choice of name for a range of five-inch plotters and fishfinders whose list prices range from a very reasonable $449 for the Elite 5x fishfinder through $499 for the Elite 5m plotter to a far-from-bank-breaking $549 for the
What's the secret to piscatorial success?
Simple. Just follow the birds!
Terns and pelicans don't go fishing for fun. They do it because of their need to survive. And because they do it almost all day, every day, it stands to reason that they get pretty darn good at it.
Okay, I've never heard of a bird tackling a marlin or tuna—they're
Most of the time fishfinders work great on auto mode. But not always.
Fishfinders don’t just find fish; they also find the places fish are likely to be, like reefs, wrecks, and drop-offs where baitfish and predators gather. But sometimes they need a little help to do their job.
Fishfinders produce short pulses of high-frequency sound that