Garmin strikes with new fishfinders

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New Striker fishfinders offer high-end technology at entry-level prices.

Garmin has introduced a new range of Striker fishfinders which promise to bring CHIRP sonar technology to the entry-level market.

Combining CHIRP traditional sonar, CHIRP DownVü and SideVü technology with a built-in GPS receiver, the units are targeted at freshwater, estuary and inshore anglers fishing from kayaks and smaller boats up to around 5m in length.

The fishfinders come in three screen sizes - 3.5”, 5” and 7” - with colour displays that feature a new rugged design and keyed interface that’s built to withstand the harsh marine environment.

Bringing Garmin’s true CHIRP sonar to the entry-level market, the technology is designed to deliver crisper fish arches with better target separation than traditional sonar by sending a continuous sweep of frequencies that are interpreted individually on their return. Even when fish are stacked up, CHIRP sonar helps anglers better determine how many fish there are and which are the largest.

The Striker dv units feature built-in CHIRP DownVü scanning sonar for detailed representation of objects, structure and fish in both freshwater and saltwater, while the larger Striker 7sv also adds SideVü scanning sonar for those who want to see fish and structure up to 200m each side of the boat.

As well as the built-in GPS antenna, all models incorporate a waypoint map, so marking fish or bait and navigating to favourite fishing spots and other areas of interest is quick and easy. When trolling, the GPS provides an update once per second, giving anglers the precision needed to dial in the exact trolling speed and optimise lure presentation. Users can also share waypoint data across multiple Striker units, as well as Garmin echoMAP series units.

The fishfinders are supplied with transducer and transom-mount and trolling motor mounting brackets as well as flexible mounting options with tilt and swivel. An optional flush-mount kit is also available for in-dash installation, as is an in-hull transducer mount for kayaks.

The Striker series is also compatible with a wide-range of optional Garmin scanning transducers to customise sonar performance and installation options.

The Striker series starts with a RRP from AU$199/NZ$229 for the Striker 4 up to AU$799/NZ$899 for the Striker 7sv.

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