Garmin brings sonar to a mobile device so anglers can find and catch more fish – with or without a boat
In late October, Garmin® International, Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ:GRMN), the world’s leading marine electronics manufacturer, introduced STRIKER™ Cast— a castable fishfinder that delivers sonar wirelessly to a smartphone or tablet.
No boat? No problem.
In an October press release, Garmin touted STRIKER Cast as a versatile sonar device that anglers can take with them wherever they go. The unit can be cast out from the bank, a dock, or even a kayak allowing anglers to view fish and structure in crisp detail on the free STRIKER Cast app, compatible with both Apple® and Android™ devices. STRIKER Cast also allows anglers to create their own fishing maps for an even more detailed look at the area they’re fishing.
“Now more than ever, consumers are finding ways to spend more time outside enjoying the great outdoors, and for so many, that includes fishing,” Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of global consumer sales said in the company's press release. “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 and saltwater (and even for ice fishing), STRIKER Cast delivers excellent sonar performance in both shallow water and deep water – from less than 2 ft. to 150 ft. – and will wirelessly stream sonar and water temperature data from up to 200 feet away. It delivers easy-to-understand traditional 2-D 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, so it’s easy to know exactly where to drop the line.
Easily find and catch more fish with the durable STRIKER Cast GPS sonar device. Just cast it out, and reel it back in to view sonar with a 200’ castable range via an app display on your smartphone or tablet.
Available with built-in GPS, anglers can instantly create their own maps with 1-foot contours – and remember that great spot they found – by using Quickdraw Contours software, a free, easy-to-use tool that lets users instantly create personalized HD maps on any body of water. The data collected can be stored within the STRIKER Cast app, and anglers can upload, download or browse collected Quickdraw Contours data from other users from Garmin’s Quickdraw™ Community.
Easy to cast and built to last.
STRIKER Cast is durable and lightweight, and should be used with a 20 lb. test weight or higher fishing line. The power-savvy STRIKER Cast automatically powers on when it’s floating in water and turns off when it’s not. Rugged by design, it boasts an internal, USB-rechargeable battery that can go for more than 10 hours between charges3, and it’s water-resistant to IPX6 and IPX7 standards4.
STRIKER Cast is available now in two versions: STRIKER Cast GPS with a suggested retail price of $179.99 and STRIKER Cast without GPS, which has a suggested retail price of $129.99. To learn more, visit garmin.com/marine.