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Garmin is rid­ing high af­ter tak­ing away “Best of Show” hon­ors at the an­nual ICAST fish­ing con­fer­ence in Or­lando, Florida. The com­pany’s lat­est re­lease, Panop­tix LiveS­cope, bested 973 other prod­ucts from 331 com­pa­nies all vy­ing for the same brag­ging rights. This win was not en­tirely un­ex­pected. Ear­lier in the event, LiveS­cope had taken top hon­ors for ICAST’s New Prod­uct Show­case, which was awarded by mem­bers of the fish­ing me­dia.

LiveS­cope in­cludes a sonar black box and a two-way trans­ducer that pro­vides real-time scan­ning sonar. You can point it for­ward to see around your boat or straight down to see what’s be­neath. In ei­ther case, LiveS­cope will re­solve to a dis­tance of 200 feet. What’s truly amaz­ing about the tech­nol­ogy, is the clar­ity with which you can make out struc­ture or fish.

What­ever your pre­ferred mode of fish­ing, the trans­ducer and soft­ware combo re­solves crys­tal-clear im­ages on your com­pat­i­ble Garmin chart­plot­ter and even in­cludes AHRS sta­bi­liza­tion so that your sonar view is steady in rough con­di­tions. What’s more, the func­tion­al­ity works just as well when your boat is in mo­tion as it does at an­chor. Garmin says that the clar­ity is so pow­er­ful that, in some cases, not only can ac­tu­ally see your own lure, you can of­ten even iden­tify dif­fer­ent species of fish.

Even if you are not an avid sport­fisher, it is not hard to see how LiveS­cope changes the game for fish-find­ing tech­nol­ogy and sets the bar high for Garmin’s com­peti­tors.

$1,500 Garmin.com

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