Fish finders have become more and more popular for kayak anglers. And why not? Having the means to use electronics to help locate and stay on the fish is a no-brainer for any angler. We checked out some of the top fish finders at the ICAST 2016 show, as well as some great new action cams to get that next epic fishing trip on video.
Fish Finders & Cameras
Electronics have become an integral part of a kayak angler’s fishing trips. Whether it be from the action cams set up to capture that epic trophy fish being caught and landed or using fish finders to locate structure and depths, electronics can be a game changer. Here’s an in-depth look at some of the hottest fish finders and action cams coming to retailers soon.
For over 40 years we’ve been America’s favorite Fishfinder – the leading innovator of Side Imaging technology – providing recreational and professional anglers difference-making days out on the water, day after day, year after year. Humminbird introduced fishfinders, depth sounders, marine radios and GPS systems to anglers.
Helix 10 SI GPS
The HELIX 10 SI GPS features a super bright LED backlit 10.1″ display. This wide screen 1024H x 600V color display provides bright, crystal-clear images for easy viewing in harsh sunlight. The Side Imaging/Down Imaging Sonar with DualBeam PLUS and SwitchFire has up to 8000 watts PTP power output, GPS Chartplotting with built-in Humminbird ContourXD map and Ethernet Networking capabilties. Includes a unit cover, dual card reader and Instant Access Preset buttons. MSRP $1499.99
Raymarine is a world leader in high performance marine electronics for the recreational boating and light commercial marine markets. Our products are engineered to deliver the very best in visual navigation information and with a legacy of marine navigation technology spanning over 80 years, Raymarine products are renowned today for their ease-of-use, rugged design, and reliability. We are constantly innovating to deliver best-in-class sensors and intelligent navigation systems – making your time on the water safer and fun.
Dragonfly 7 Pro
Dragonfly’s all-weather, high-definition color LCD display looks sharp from every angle. A leap into the future of sonar, Dragonfly sonars employ true wide spectrum CHIRP technology. With wide spectrum CHIRP more sonar signals are transmitted into the water, allowing Dragonfly to interpret more detail, target more fish, and image structure with unmatched clarity. Each Dragonfly is engineered with optical bonding LCD display technology. Once only available on high end marine displays, Dragonfly’s all weather optically bonded displays deliver brighter colors, sharper contrast, and are guaranteed to never fog up.
Lowrance has been a leader in marine electronics since it invented the first consumer sonar device in 1957 — The Little Green Box. In the years since, Lowrance has never wavered from its purpose to push the envelope of innovative performance to help anglers find and catch more fish. More recently since the introduction of the first High Definition System (HDS) Multifunction Display in 2008, Lowrance has launched a staggering number of new products and features that truly redefine marine electronics — such as StructureScan® HD with SideScan and DownScan Imaging™ picture-like views, Broadband Sonar, Trackback™ review for scrolling back in live sonar history, low-power and high-definition Broadband 4G Radar for navigating in any and all conditions, StructureMap to develop your own map data, and a wide range of fresh and saltwater mapping products. Extremely easy to use, yet packed with the features anglers the world over know and love, Lowrance marine electronics continue to set the bar for the best recreational fishing technology. MSRP $649
The Lowrance® Elite-7Ti is a touchscreen fishfinder/chartplotter that matches high-end functions and features with powerful performance ─ all at an affordable price. Sporting a seven-inch, high-resolution touchscreen display, the Elite-7 Ti has your sonar needs covered with StructureScan® HD compatibility and support for Low/Mid/High CHIRP and 83/200 /455/800kHz frequencies. It has a built-in GPS antenna and reliable Lowrance navigation technology, allowing you to navigate with ease. The Elite-7 Ti also features integrated Bluetooth® and wireless connectivity that not only allows you to download software updates directly to the unit, but gives you the capability to download Insight Genesis custom maps to the unit ─ for immediate use ─ directly from the water.
Eposeidon Outdoor Adventure
Eposeidon brings a fresh, innovative approach to anglers by offering quality fishing tackle products at the best prices. Eposeidon is continually expanding its product lines, which include KastKing fishing line, fishing reels, fishing rods and fishing accessories, MadBite fishing lures and tools, electronics, and other fishing tackle products, to meet individual fishing equipment needs.
MadBite FX 3000
The MadBite FX 3000 has a remote floating transducer pod that can be cast from shore or set out from a boat or kayak. Its wireless transmitter technology transmits fish finding and water info including depth and temperature up to 400 feet. MadBite’s FX 3000 portable fish finder’s circuits have up to 15 times a second sonar signal (wave) detection providing best-in-class real time fish finding info and the fastest response. It features improve electronics and includes 2.8″, 512-color full color LCD front lit screen that is readable in full sunlight. Like the remote transducer, the hand-held receiver floats and is waterproof. FX 3000 available display languages include English, Spanish, and 15 other languages.
At Deeper, innovation is the core of everything we do. The new extended product line is delivering a collection of innovative technologies, including extended casting distance and depth range, internal GPS receiver and other valuable features that are essential for productive fishing. Introduced at ICAST 2016 are an updated line up including the Smart Fishfinder 3.0, Smart Sonar PRO, & Smart Sonar 3.0+.
Smart Fishfinder 3.0
Deeper Smart Fishfinder 3.0 is a wireless, castable echo-sounder compatible with iOS and Android smartphones or tablets. Bluetooth connection secures the distance between Deeper Smart Fishfinder 3.0 and the device user up to 130ft/40 m. Deeper Smart Fishfinder 3.0 is an invaluable edition to your fishing gear. It is designed to scan the bottom and entire water column and mark fish, measure depth, temperature, bottom structure and other valuable data points that are essential for productive fishing – then stream that information instantaneously to your smartphone or tablet. The Deeper App offers advanced features such as Real Time Mapping, Unlimited Data History and Ice Fishing Mode to make your Deeper Smart Fishfinder 3.0 useful for all fishing conditions.
Smart Sonar PRO
Deeper Smart Sonar PRO is a wireless, castable echo-sounder compatible with iOS and Android smartphones and tablets. Wi-Fi connection enabled to maximize both the distance between the Deeper Smart Sonar PRO and the device holder up to 330ft/100 m and the depth range up to 260ft/80 m. Advanced high-frequency technology enables the Deeper Smart Sonar PRO to quickly transfer more accurate data. The higher scanning frequency allows the device to capture faster moving objects and the scanning resolution measures smallest of objects – all to deliver the highest quality echo-sounder data available in a single, compact wireless unit. The Deeper Smart Sonar PRO is the most valuable addition to your fishing gear. It is designed to scan the entire water column and mark fish, measure depth, temperature, bottom structure and other valuable data points that are essential for productive fishing – then stream that information instantaneously to your smartphone or tablet. The Deeper App offers advanced features such as Real Time Mapping, Unlimited Data History and Ice Fishing Mode to make your Deeper Smart Sonar PRO useful for all fishing conditions.
Smart Sonar PRO+
Deeper Smart Sonar PRO+ is a wireless, castable echo-sounder compatible with iOS and Android smartphones and tablets. Wi-Fi connection enabled to maximize both the distance between the Deeper Smart Sonar PRO+ and the device holder up to 330ft/100 m and the depth range up to 260ft/80 m. Advanced high-frequency technology enables the Deeper Smart Sonar PRO+ to quickly transfer more accurate data. The higher scanning frequency allows the device to capture faster moving objects and the scanning resolution measures smallest of objects – all to deliver the highest quality echo-sounder data available in a single, compact wireless unit. The Onshore GPS Mode enables Deeper Smart Sonar PRO+ to produce bathymetric – bottom contour maps, while onshore or offshore. This advanced bathymetric technology allows users to gather and process bottom contour data while fishing from the dock, bridge, shore, kayak, boat tube, boat – and even while wading in the stream – all at a distance of up to 330ft/100 m away from the Deeper Smart Sonar PRO+. This breakthrough technology enables users to gain a complete knowledge of the entire bottom contour of the water body in any fishing condition. The Deeper Smart Sonar PRO+ is the most valuable addition to your fishing gear. It is designed to scan the entire water column and mark fish, measure depth, temperature, bottom structure and other valuable data points that are essential for productive fishing – then stream that information instantaneously to your smartphone or tablet. The Deeper App offers advanced features such as Real Time Mapping, Unlimited Data History and Ice Fishing Mode to make your Deeper Smart Sonar PRO+ useful for all fishing conditions.
WASPcam offers a family of rugged, high-quality HD cameras and accessories which cater to the bold, free-spirited mobile lifestyle of its customers who want to constantly film, edit, share and live the PROVE IT lifestyle. Its bold and feature-rich product lineup delivers advanced capabilities at highly competitive prices.
WASPcam 9905 Wi-Fi
The “9905 Wi-Fi” is WASPcam’s newest camera model, with the same great specs you expect from WASPcam, but with a few new features. The new WASPcam 9905 Wi-Fi gives users the freedom to Film, Edit and Share every moment, no matter where they are filming. The WASPcam 9905 Wi-Fi Camera allows users to go from land to water without a waterproof case. mSRP $229.99
The ‘WASPcam 9907 4K’ is one of WASPcam’s newest camera models, with new 4K video resolution capabilities, and 20MP photo quality. The new WASPcam 9907 4K is WASPcam’s most technically advanced camera to date, and allows users to shoot in stunning 4K, shoot a time-lapse video and shoot crystal clear still photos.
GoPro makes the world’s most versatile cameras. Think it. See it. Do it. We dream. We have passionate ideas about what’s possible in this world. Our passions lead us to create experiences and realities that expand our world and inspire those around us. GoPro helps people capture and share their lives’ most meaningful experiences with others—to celebrate them together. Like how a day on the mountain with friends is more meaningful than one spent alone, the sharing of our collective experiences makes our lives more fun. The world’s most versatile cameras are what we make. Enabling you to share your life through incredible photos and videos is what we do. This is your life…GoPro.
Quik & Splice Apps
In February of this year, GoPro, Inc. announced the acquisition of two leading mobile video editing apps, Replay and Splice, to deliver ultra-convenient and powerful mobile editing solutions to GoPro and smartphone users worldwide. Today, GoPro is excited to present the new mobile creative suite of Quik™ and Splice, the merger of these solutions into the GoPro ecosystem. Quik™, the fastest and easiest way to create awesome videos from your GoPro or smartphone footage, offers automated simplicity, while Splice brings desktop editing software power that is perfected for your mobile or tablet. No matter your skill level, Quik™ and Splice enable you to edit like a pro. In just seconds, you can turn your photos and clips into incredible videos perfectly edited to your chosen soundtrack with Quik™, as it automatically analyzes your footage to find the best moments, adds beautiful transitions and effects, and syncs it all to the beat of the music. Choose from 28 unique video styles, each with unique filters, transitions, graphics and fonts. Add another layer to your story with custom text overlays and title slides. You can even add emojis. Set the tone for your video from a diverse library of great music, or use a song from your own library. Whatever soundtrack you choose, Quik™ syncs your video to match the beat and emotion of the music. MSRP: FREE
In 2014, two brothers came up with an idea for an underwater fishing camera while on a fishing trip in Trinidad. After securing funds from friends and family, and investing more than a year of time, GoFish Cam was born. GoFish Cam is a patent pending, wireless action-adventure camera, designed to sit on a fishing line for trolling, cast-and-retrieve and bottom fishing. Together with the GoFish Camera, we provide users with a mobile application to edit action-captured videos easily and quickly with the ability to share their fishing experience on social media outlets.
GoFish Cam is a patent pending, wireless action-adventure camera designed to sit on a fishing line to capture all the action underwater. It communicates with the GoFish Cam mobile application so that you can easily review, edit, and share your videos! Full action HD camera equipped with a 1080p color video and 170 degree wide-angle lens to catch all the action. GoFish is built to brave the toughest conditions with its tough armor casing. Whether you’re in low-light or no-light, GoFish’s infrared technology can see it all. The GoFish locking system helps your GoFish stay on your line , no matter how tough the catch. MSRP $169.99