Garmin has unveiled several new products in conjunction with the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show this week, and most are designed to help anglers land fish.
The Striker Cast allows anglers to turn their phones into a castable sonar, with or without a boat. The GPS version is $179.99 and the non-GPS version is $129.99.
“Now more than ever, consumers are finding ways to spend more time outside enjoying the great outdoors, and for so many, that includes fishing,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of global consumer sales, in a statement. “Whether you’re new to the sport or a seasoned angler fishing from shorelines, docks or piers, Striker Cast will help you identify structure and fish, right from the palm of your hand.”
The Striker Vivid fishfinder series brings an enhanced sonar experience to Garmin’s Striker fishfinder series with sonar that Garmin says offers the company’s most vibrant underwater imagery to date. The Vivid features seven new color palettes — making a total of 16 — that are designed to make it easier to distinguish fish and structure. Available with a 4-, 5-, 7- or 9-inch color display ranging in price from $179.99 to $599.99.
Garmin also unveiled GPSMAP 7x3, 9x3, and 12x3, which all feature higher-resolution displays and additional premium features.
Along with “strikingly increased resolution,” the new 7-, 9- and 12-inch GPSMAP x3 series offers almost twice the processing power of previous generations devices. Offered with and without built-in sonar, the prices for the new x3 series range from $999.99 to $2899.99.
“Building on the legacy of our flagship GPSMAP series, we’re excited to expand the premium look and feature set of our most-capable chartplotters across the full product line,” said Bartel in a separate statement. “Along with strikingly increased resolution, the mid-sized GPSMAP x3 series includes models that offer almost twice the processing power of previous-generation devices so users will benefit from increased performance across the boat’s entire network.”
The company also unveiled GT 56/36 transducers + ECHOMAP bundles, designed to help anglers spend less time finding fish. The new GT56/36 Ultra high-definition transducers that offer stunning clarity and improved performance with 20 percent greater SideVü range.
Garmin is also excited to offer new ECHOMAP UHD and ECHOMAP Ultras bundled with the all-in-one GT56 transducer. Transducers available individually for $399.99 (GT36) and $449.99 (GT56), and the new bundles range in price from $849.99 to $2899.99.
“We’re excited to add the GT56 and GT36 to our expansive line of transducers for anglers who want to take their fishing to the next level with the clearest and highest resolution data from a Garmin scanning sonar,” said Bartel in a statement. “With optimized SideVü performance and multiple sonar frequencies, these new transducers easily adapt to all fishing styles and bodies of water, so anglers can cover more area than ever before.”