Electronics from ICAST 2015

by • July 26, 2015 • Electronics Reviews, Product ReviewsComments (0)2961

Electronics have increasingly become a mainstay for kayak anglers. Whether it be action cams or depth finders, electronics are part of our everyday kayak fishing trips. ICAST is a great venue to learn about new electronics from the more well known vendors, but also to learn about up and coming new companies.

Electronics from ICAST

As expected, companies like GoPro and Hummingbird brought out new electronic devices to aid the angler in their fishing, but newer companies also had gear to show off as well, and improvements to already known electronics gear.



GoPro had already unveiled their new Hero4 Session action cam a couple weeks before ICAST, but we finally got the opportunity to see it firsthand. The HERO4 Session packs the power of GoPro into our smallest, lightest, most convenient camera yet, featuring a rugged and waterproof design.


GoPro Hero4 Session

  • Easy one button control
  • 1080p60 video
  • 8MP photos
  • ProTune for video
  • Dual microphones
  • Built in Battery – 2 hrs of recording
  • MSRP: $399.99




One of the interesting finds while at ICAST was the Shimano Sport Camera. Small and compact, this camera looks to be very well equipped for your next kayak fishing trip.


CM-1000 Sport Camera

  • Lightweight & HD Compatible
  • ANT+ Connectivity
  • back-lit CMOS sensor
  • 950-mAh Li-ion battery
  • 10m IPX8 waterproof rating
  • Recording Modes: 1920 x 1080 at 30fps, 1280 x 720 at 120fps or 640 x 360 at 240fps
  • MSP: $299






The iON SnapCAM Lite camera features a wearable style that makes it easy to capture point-of-view shots. The splash-resistant design guards against moisture.

iON Snapcam


  • Sensor – OV8865, 8MP, 1/3.2″
  • HD Video – 720p: 1280×720 (16:9), 30fps
  • Photo – 8 Megapixel; Single, Timelapse – 30s
  • Audio – Built-in Microphone; AAC Compression, Auto gain control
  • MSRP: $79.99




FishHunter is a completely portable fish finder that packs the power of 5 transducers working at a dual frequency into a sonar that fits in your pocket. With FishHunter Directional 3D you can see picture quality renderings, up to 160 feet(5o m) below the surface with 3D Bottom Contouring technology.


FishHunter Directional 3D

  • 3D Bottom Contouring
  • 3D Bottom Mapping
  • Directional Casting
  • Depth Range: up to 160ft.
  • WiFi Range: up to 200ft.
  • 5 Transducers
  • Battery: up to 8hrs.
  • MSRP: $199



Hawkeye Electronics

Hawkeye fish finders have top of the line technology, with the WeedID® programming, four custom selectable sensitivity settings, a compact design that fits right in your tackle box or glove compartment, and shoot-thru sonar technology allows you to use it in your kayak.


FishTrax  1C

  • VirtuView HD color display
  • Dual-Frequency FishTrax Intelligent Sonar
  • Water Depth Detection
  • Fish Depth Indentifier
  • HD Bottom Landscape Painting
  • Variable Zone Water Temperature
  • Portable or Boat Mountable



Hummingbird dropped jaws with the unveiling of their new Helix 7 series of marine electronics and won the award for “Best Electronics of ICAST 2015”.


Helix 7

  • 480 x 800 HD Resolution
  • 1500 NIT Brightness
  • Glass-bonded display
  • Ultra-wide 16:9 ratio screen
  • X-Press Menu System keypad control
  • 480V x 800H 7-inch 256-color TFT display
  • 5 Models in the Helix 7 Series


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