Garmin launches castable sonar for anglers

Garmin has released details of Striker Cast which, it says, will turn phones into fish finders.

Striker Cast is a versatile sonar device that anglers can cast out from a bank, a dock, or even from a kayak to view fish and structure in detail with images sent to phones or tablets (suitable for Apple and Android devices). Anglers can even create their own fishing maps for an even more detailed look at the area they’re fishing in.

“Now more than ever, consumers are finding ways to spend more time outside enjoying the great outdoors, and for so many, that includes fishing,” says Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of global consumer sales. “Whether you’re new to the sport or a seasoned angler fishing from shorelines, docks or piers, Striker Cast will help you identify structure and fish, right from the palm of your hand.”

Designed for use in freshwater or saltwater (and even for ice fishing), the device is said to deliver excellent sonar performance in both shallow and deep water – from less than 2ft. to 150ft. – and will wirelessly stream sonar and water temperature data from up to 200 feet away.

It delivers traditional 2D sonar and ice fishing flasher modes, with setting adjustments for gain, range and more. Anglers can even turn on fish icons to view more realistic images of the fish targets and their depth readings directly in the app.

Striker Cast GPS has a suggested retail price of £169.99 and Striker Cast without GPS has a suggested retail price of £129.99.

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