Boat show high­lights

Some ex­cit­ing new launches from this year’s big event

Sea Angler (UK) - - Contents - Words and pho­tog­ra­phy by Dave Barham

Ex­cit­ing new launches from this year’s big event.


Marine elec­tron­ics gi­ant, Garmin, launched its new range of Striker fish-fin­ders at Jan­uary’s show, and I par­tic­u­larly liked the 5in ver­sion.

These new fish-fin­ders are GPS en­abled, which al­lows you to mark and re­turn to your hotspots, slip­ways and docks. You can also share your favourite way­points and routes with other Striker and echoMAP com­bos.

The 5in ver­sion, the Striker 5dv, pack­age in­cludes a Garmin CHIRP (77/200 kHz) trans­ducer, which pro­vides a vis­i­bly higher level of clar­ity and de­tail for fish and struc­ture than tra­di­tional 77/200 kHz trans­duc­ers.

In­stead of send­ing just one sin­gle fre­quency, CHIRP sends a con­tin­u­ous sweep of fre­quen­cies, then in­ter­prets them in­di­vid­u­ally upon their re­turn. Since the fre­quen­cies pro­vide a wider range of in­for­ma­tion, CHIRP sonar tech­nol­ogy can cre­ate crisper fish arches with greater tar­get sepa­ra­tion.

You can up­grade to high-per­for­mance Garmin CHIRP tech­nol­ogy, which pro­vides crys­tal-clear sonar images with even more re­mark­able tar­get sepa­ra­tion and res­o­lu­tion from shal­low to deeper depths. For bet­ter fish­ing, bot­tom con­tours are more vis­i­ble, even at higher speeds, and sig­nal noise can be sup­pressed at greater depths to pro­vide a more timely in­ter­pre­ta­tion of what’s below.

Garmin DownVü scan­ning sonar gives you a nearly pho­to­graphic im­age of what passes 750ft (228m) below your boat. You clearly see struc­ture, sub­merged ob­jects and fish.

Since the Striker fish-finder se­ries in­cludes high-sen­si­tiv­ity GPS, you can see your po­si­tion in re­la­tion to way­points you have marked. Use the way­point map to eas­ily view, mark and nav­i­gate to lo­ca­tions such as wrecks and banks.

You can quickly see your boat’s speed on the screen. It’s a great tool to make sure you are trolling at the right speed for the lure you’re us­ing, and for a par­tic­u­lar fish species. It’s also a good way to tell if you are go­ing the right speed in wake-con­trolled ar­eas.


£269.99 (in­cludes GT20-TM trans­ducer). For more de­tails, visit:

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