As a fishing tackle retailer, you always need to be thinking down the road and be one step ahead of your customer’s needs. It doesn’t make good business sense to try to start buying for a fishery or season once it is upon us, and this goes double for ice fishing. With that in mind, while anglers are busy hitting the late fall bite across the country, retailers are already thinking about hard water. Fortunately for us all, the folks at Garmin are always looking well ahead and have us covered for the 2022-23 ice fishing season with these great new products!
Hot off a win in the ICAST 2022 New Product Showcase – Ice Fishing category, Garmin brings LiveScope Plus to its lithium-powered ice fishing bundle with the LiveScope™ Plus Ice Fishing Bundle LI packs a chartplotter and transducer bundle with the latest live-scanning sonar technology. The ultimate portable solution for anglers on and off the ice, LiveScope Plus delivers brilliantly clear scanning sonar returns and 35% improved target separation over the existing system. And thanks to the included lightweight lithium battery that weighs one-third of comparable lead acid batteries, anglers can cover more ground on the ice with up to 65% more battery life.
More than just a one-season tool, when the ice thaws, the versatile LiveScope Plus Ice Fishing Bundle LI can easily transition to the boat in the summer months thanks to the LiveScope Plus Boat Kit. The kit includes a trolling motor mount and the necessary power and network cables to take advantage of LiveScope Plus technology year-round.
The newest 5” bundle in the Garmin Ice Fishing Lineup, the ECHOMAP UHD2 53cv Ice Fishing Bundle was designed for the passionate angler and provides detailed maps and sonar to transform their fishing experience. For the high-contrast imagery and mapping you need to locate the best fishing spots on ice, this affordable, portable 5” keyed chartplotter/sonar combo is just the ticket. It’s bundled with a dual-beam ice fishing transducer that shows crisp, clear fish arches with excellent target separation. The built-in flasher lets you see your jig and detects the depth of fish as they swim into the sonar beam. There’s also support for ClearVü scanning sonar and its nearly photographic images of what’s below the ice (transducer sold separately). You can create custom combination pages that show sonar, flasher, and map views simultaneously on your display. Plus, you get preloaded LakeVü g3 maps with integrated Navionics® data covering more than 18,000 lakes. There’s also support for optional Garmin Navionics+™ and Garmin Navionics Vision+™ cartography. And the included Quickdraw Contours map drawing software that lets you save your own fishing maps with 1’ contours. In addition to the ECHOMAP UHD2 53cv chartplotter and ice fishing transducer, this bundle comes with a 7Ah battery, charger, power cable, grommet, and foam float — all in a convenient, glove-friendly carrying case.
For your customers who already own a compatible Garmin plotter on their boat and want to take it on the ice, the LiveScope Plus Ice Fishing Kit perfectly fits the bill. Anglers can pair their device with the LiveScope Plus system and see clearer live sonar images with reduced noise and improved target separation. The rugged, portable carrying case fits ECHOMAP™ 7” or 9” units or GPSMAP® 7” and 9” units. The kit includes a swivel pole mount for the LiveScope Plus transducer, a lead acid battery with charger and power cable, all with a rugged, glove-friendly carrying case.
Last but certainly not least, the LVS34-IF transducer was designed for your customers who already own a LiveScope Bundle and want to upgrade their transducer to fully take advantage of all the great benefits afforded by LiveScope Plus. Pair it with your compatible Garmin chartplotter via your GLS™ 10 sonar black box to get improved resolution, reduced noise, clearer images, and better target separation in LiveScope™ Forward and LiveScope™ Down modes. With a durable, flexible cold-weather transducer cable, you’re set for a day on the ice.
All the new Ice Fishing Bundles and accessories from Garmin are available to retailers now. To learn more and see Garmin’s full ice fishing product lineup, visit www.Garmin.com.