Lowrance goes Live with flag­ship fish-fin­ders

Ma­rine elec­tron­ics com­pany Lowrance brings live sonar, chart­ing and smart­phone con­nec­tiv­ity to an­glers

Sea Angler (UK) - - TACKLE SEAANGLER -

De­scribed as a sig­nif­i­cant leap for­ward in fish-find­ing tech­nol­ogy, HDS Live has been launched by Lowrance.

It de­liv­ers real-time sonar, chart­ing and con­nec­tiv­ity fea­tures, in­clud­ing Ac­tive Imag­ing, LiveSight, Ge­n­e­sis Live and LiveCast smart­phone in­te­gra­tion. Here’s a break­down of what it all means…

AC­TIVE IMAG­ING SONAR

With Ac­tive Imag­ing, you see struc­ture and cover with a new level of re­fined de­tail, and at a range un­matched by any other struc­ture-imag­ing tech­nol­ogy.

Of­fer­ing in­dus­try-lead­ing clar­ity with­out sac­ri­fic­ing range, it de­liv­ers un­matched im­age qual­ity of struc­ture, fish and bot­tom com­po­si­tion. Ac­tive Imag­ing 3-in-1 sonar com­bines Lowrance CHIRP, with SideS­can and DownS­can Imag­ing, al­low­ing an­glers to quickly search fish-hold­ing struc­ture, and en­hances FishRe­veal with higher-level clar­ity and tar­get sep­a­ra­tion.

Ac­tive Imag­ing 2-in-1 sonar in­cludes Side and DownS­can Imag­ing and is per­fect for use with a sep­a­rate tra­di­tional sonar trans­ducer.

Sim­ple to use with­out the need to change fre­quen­cies while fish­ing in most con­di­tions, Ac­tive Imag­ing 800 kHz pro­vides crys­tal-clear de­tail. For an­glers need­ing to see fur­ther than 120ft, Ac­tive Imag­ing can also op­er­ate at 455 kHz.

Ac­tive Imag­ing en­hance­ments, in­clud­ing greater res­o­lu­tion, a cleaner 3D view and a new Cus­tom Depth Shad­ing fea­ture, are avail­able to ex­ist­ing Struc­tureS­can 3D mod­ules through a free soft­ware up­date.

LIVESIGHT SONAR

Billed as sonar in­ter­pre­ta­tion made sim­ple, LiveSight sonar de­liv­ers the most de­tailed views of fish, down to ev­ery turn and flip of the tail as they swim in and around cover.

You’ll be fish­ing in real-time as you watch fish re­act to your lure, see how they are re­lat­ing to struc­ture and gain in­sight on what will work, what won’t and what to do next.

Per­fect for drop-shot­ting, ver­ti­cal-jig­ging or lure-track­ing in front of your boat, LiveSight helps you pin­point fish lo­ca­tions, so you’ll know whether they are ac­tively feed­ing. Mount the trans­ducer in a front­fac­ing po­si­tion to cast to­ward the fish, or mount it in a down-fac­ing po­si­tion for ver­ti­cal-jig­ging below your boat.

When us­ing LiveSight for­ward in con­junc­tion with the Lowrance Point-1 GPS an­tenna, an in­no­va­tive on-chart in­di­ca­tor shows the di­rec­tion the trans­ducer is point­ing, al­low­ing an­glers to line up on a way­point or pin­point the struc­ture they are try­ing to fish.

GE­N­E­SIS LIVE CHART­ING

De­liv­er­ing real-time, cus­tom-map­ping ca­pa­bil­i­ties, HDS Live uses the power of Ge­n­e­sis Live chart­ing to cre­ate depth-con­tour over­lays on charts.

In­cred­i­bly easy to use, you can con­trol con­tour trans­parency, den­sity of con­tours drawn on the screen up to un­prece­dented six-inch in­ter­vals, depth and safety shad­ing colour pal­ettes and more. Charts can quickly and eas­ily be saved to an SD card for con­tin­u­ous use.

LIVECAST SMART­PHONE IN­TE­GRA­TION

HDS Live al­lows an­glers to dis­play im­por­tant fish­ing in­for­ma­tion and en­ter­tain­ment from their smart­phones on their 12-inch and 16-inch sun­light view­able dis­plays.

Users can view their smart­phone in full-screen or split-screen win­dows via HDMI con­nec­tion, al­low­ing them to stream video, view Google Maps and fish­ing data on the HDS Live touch­screen — all while their phone is safely stowed.

HDS Live fea­tures a low-pro­file de­sign with edge-to-edge glass; a So­larMAX HD screen; bracket, flush and rear mount­ing op­tions; user-pro­gram­mable keys; and an op­tional fully-pro­gram­mable Blue­tooth re­mote.

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