CROSMAN® FULL AUTO AK1 Best and newest is going to cost you by Brad Wiegmann | Muck Boots: Free Shipping on orders over $50! Best and newest is going to cost you by Brad Wiegmann | Shop gifts for any angler at Rapala.com! Best and newest is going to cost you by Brad Wiegmann
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 11

Thread: Best and newest is going to cost you by Brad Wiegmann

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr 1996
    Location
    Central Florida
    Posts
    24,038
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Best and newest is going to cost you by Brad Wiegmann


    This year’s International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades (ICAST) turned out to be a successful one for marine electronics companies. All of the major marine electronics released new products at the show. One company even won best Best of Show in the electronics category.


    For electronic marine companies that’s a good thing, however, for anglers that want the best and newest electronics for their boat it’s going to cost you. No matter what brand electronics there’s an update or new product.



    There also seems to be trend towards integrating a boats fish finder or fish finders if the boat has multiple units and the trolling motor or accessories. In addition to no crossover of products between the different companies. While the one boat network is a great theory and even better profit wise for the marine electronics companies it’s not realistic because each company has certain products that anglers believe perform better.

    First let’s start with Lowrance and its release of the Lowrance Ghost 360. Ghost 360 rolled out at the start of the year and was followed up with something you rarely see from any company. An upgrade of product for free. That’s right, Lowrance actually sent out new upgraded Active Imaging 3-in-1 nose cones out to replace the outdated nose cones.


    Name:  New Garmin LVS 34 transducer was an upgrade released at ICAST..jpg
Views: 315
Size:  42.5 KB

    Next up Garmin released yet 2 new transducers for existing LiveScope compatible Garmin fish finders. The first new Garmin transducer is the Garmin LiveScope Plus. Garmin boast about the clearer images, reduce noise and better separation with the LiveScope Plus System. Priced at $1,699.99 the system comes with GLS 10 and LVS34 transducer, however, anglers can just purchase the LVS34 transducer at $1,199.99 and hook it up to the GLS 10 sonar module to upgrade.


    The word on the water is many crappie anglers don’t like the look of the newer LiveScope Plus System. They explained that the transducer even with a clutter screen showed crappie echos better and brighter. In addition to many of the crappie anglers reluctant and unwilling to spend $1,666.99 when their unit works great already.


    The Garmin LiveScope XR aka Extend Range is boasted as having a range of up to 500 feet in fresh water and 350 feet in saltwater below and further around the boat. It offers a Compress Range setting to display a live look in sharp detail up close while allowing an angler to keep an eye on targets further away at the same time. It’s possible that this could be the next “hot” feature, but as of right now no one is boasting the ability to use it for crappie fishing.


    Name:  New upgrade for Lowrance the Ghost 360. .jpg
Views: 317
Size:  68.6 KB

    That takes us to Humminbird and the release of the the Humminbird MEGA Live Imaging TargetLock retailing at $2,999.99. This product when revealed in July at ICAST 2022 won the Best in Show for the electronics category.


    The ability of a separate a transducer pole is not a new concept, however, this is the first for a product to be introduced by a major marine electronics company.

    Name:  New Humminbird MEGA Live Imaging targetlock was award Best of Show in the Electronic category..jpg
Views: 317
Size:  59.4 KB

    Mega LIVE Imaging TargetLock attaches to the bracket on a Minn Kota Ultrex trolling motor similar to the Humminbird MEGA 360 Imaging, however, it’s the ability to lock in independently of the trolling motor that anglers are impressed with. In addition to TargetLock that can function even if your boat is moving or anchored using Minn Kota Spot-Lock; Mega Live Imaging TargetLock has MEGA LIVE SWEEP that can automatically do a 120 degree sweep no matter where your trolling motor is point, Minn Kota STEER that controls both your trolling motor and MEGA Live transducer at the same time using the foot pedal of your i-Pilot Ultrex and ONE-BOAT Network.


    The trend seems to be making existing products better not cheaper. At the current pricing live sonar imaging is still out of the reach of a number of anglers. For anglers with the money to spend it’s not an issue, but that does drive a wedge between anglers with and without; in addition to some anglers that just don’t want to look at a fish finder screen all day. There was also a rumor of a new trolling motor company at the show, but no releases yet.
    Owner
    "Wear your PFD" "No texting n driving" slab
    Crappie.com members are the best
    Likes jholl2277, ~Joe~ LIKED above post
    Thanks RogerA, crp4570, rojoguio thanked you for this post

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jun 2019
    Location
    Rutland, OH
    Posts
    21,299
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Thanks for providing your knowledge from the show!
    “If your too busy to fish, you’re too busy!” Buddy Ebsen
    PROUD MEMBER OF TEAM GEEZER
    (Billbob and “G” approved!)
    Proud member of Tekeum’s Jigs Pro Staff

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Oct 2013
    Location
    TEXAS
    Posts
    17,196
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    man is the tech rampant these days , just wow is the word , cool gadgets abound , nice read
    sum kawl me tha outlaw ketchn whales

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jul 2018
    Location
    North Carolina
    Posts
    24,162
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    That seemed like an honest and good review. Yes technology is good, yes it helps but I also don't think you need every new thing that comes along.
    Likes crp4570, rojoguio, ClearCreek LIKED above post

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Nov 2017
    Location
    SC
    Posts
    315
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    I have the LS34 and sometimes I wish I couldn't see the fish so well. I now know more ways fish don't want to bite than ways they do!

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Aug 2022
    Location
    San Antonio Texas
    Posts
    98
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    My latest toy, not cheap...............
    Garmin ECHOMAP Ultra 106sv with GT56UHD-TM Transducer, 10"" Touchscreen Combo with BlueChart g3 Charts and LakeVu g3 Maps and Added High Def
    Scanning Sonar" (010-02527-01)


    PS, I havent heard of the GT56UHD Transducer is it new ?
    Best/joe
    Last edited by ~Joe~; 08-22-2022 at 09:23 AM. Reason: add text

  7. #7
    tlefire's Avatar
    tlefire is offline Crappie.com Legend * Crappie.com Supporter
    Join Date
    Mar 2016
    Location
    Alabama
    Posts
    6,266
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    The 56 replaced the 54 about 8 or 9 months ago.
    2018 G3 Sportsman 17
    2018 Yamaha F90 four stroke
    Ultra 106sv bow/console LVS 12 Terrova 80lb
    Ionic lithium batteries
    Likes ~Joe~ LIKED above post

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    louisville ky
    Posts
    5,558
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by SuperDave336 View Post
    That seemed like an honest and good review. Yes technology is good, yes it helps but I also don't think you need every new thing that comes along.
    agreed, and it's getting to cost WAAAAAY to much for just the average fisherman.
    smiles are contagious, spread them around
    Proud Member of the ZIPPER Club
    & Team Geezer
    Likes SuperDave336, Tom 513 LIKED above post

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Jan 2021
    Location
    KY
    Posts
    1,445
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    I'm wondering about that new trolling motor. That thing has been rumored for the last two years.lol It has become a unicorn of sorts causing a lot of hard feelings on other sites. Some guys who are dealers, pro anglers, and industry insiders say it's a game changer. Usually when any of those adjectives are used it is really expensive. Last thing that I read about it was supply and parts issues were the delay in releasing. I don't know how much it can improve on what the existing TMs do, so I guess that's why I'm so curious.

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Location
    Grahams Forge, VA
    Posts
    7,444
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default



    Well, for years I have kept up with the latest & greatest from all 3 major companies. At the present I have the Garmin LVS34 with new Black Box. I have seen trolling motors with so much attached that it takes a fork lift or equivalent to raise and lower the TM.

    I still love crappie fishing and continue to do so. However, I started smallmouth fishing in the New River which is close by. I enjoy the scenery while fishing and have no electronics on my river boat. It is very calming & I am looking around for nature things and not staring at a screen.

    Smallmouths are a fighting fish and a lot of fun to catch.

    I also like crappie fishing with Gene C and Roy T.. They both have the latest & greatest and KNOW HOW to use them. It's nice to hear, "Don cast to 2 o'clock about 40' out".

    I have been a member of this board for a long long time and have really enjoyed the interaction of the members. Ed has provided a great place for us fishermen & fisherwomen to enjoy.

    Looking forward to my next trip with Gene & Roy.
    USS Intrepid CVS-11 Helicopter Squadron-3 1960-1964



    "I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them."
    -- Thomas Jefferson
    Likes SuperDave336, Tom 513 LIKED above post
    Thanks funfishers thanked you for this post

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

BACK TO TOP