The holiday season is upon us, and that means customers are going to be on the hunt for special gifts that will make a difference for the anglers in their lives. But what can you sell a customer whose special someone has everything they already need to catch fish? You sell them something they haven’t seen before.

Luckily, Fall 2020 has been a bellwether year for fishing technology. We’ve seen new flagship MFDs from top manufacturers and groundbreaking countertop items from trusted brands. And this holiday season, we’ve teamed up with Garmin to break down some of the best gift ideas for anglers.

1. inReach Mini Marine

The inReach Mini Marine Bundle puts the rugged, compact inReach Mini satellite communicator on your boat for interactive SOS, two-way messaging and basic navigation via the global Iridium® network. The screw down mount and 12-volt power cable let you add peace of mind to your adventures without taking up space on your helm. Wireless connectivity lets you sync with compatible Garmin chartplotters, handhelds, wearables or compatible mobile devices2 to send and receive messages and remotely trigger an SOS. The Earthmate® app provides location tracking so you can share your whereabouts with friends or loved ones at home. It also syncs with your smartphone contacts to make staying in touch even easier. Optional weather forecasts help you prepare for what’s ahead. Pair with select smart devices and Garmin handheld units to access aerial imagery, U.S. NOAA charts and other advanced features.

2. STRIKER Cast (with GPS)

Your customer’s new secret weapon for catching more fish? It’s the GPS-enabled STRIKER Cast castable sonar. Just download the STRIKER Cast app, pair a mobile device with the sonar, and go fishing in minutes. Cast from shore, dock or watercraft, and reel back in to locate fish and display them on your smartphone or tablet. The sonar streams wirelessly from up to 200 feet away, working in freshwater or saltwater (and even below ice) to show you fish and structure in crisp detail. Select from easy-to-understand traditional 2-D sonar and ice fishing flasher modes, with setting adjustments for gain, range and more. Built-in GPS provides the ability to create your own maps with 1’ contours by using Quickdraw Contours software. Easily download new maps, or share yours with the Garmin Quickdraw Community.

3. quatix 6X Solar

Enjoy more time on the water with quatix® 6X Solar marine GPS smartwatch with solar charging. Its unique power-replenishing feature extends battery life on its big 1.4” display, so you’ll have more time to take advantage of its comprehensive connectivity. The device is compatible with Garmin chartplotters and other devices to offer autopilot control, data streaming, sail racing assistance, Fusion-Link™ entertainment control and much more. It supports optional BlueChart® g3 coastal charts and LakeVü™ g3 inland maps with improved chart presentation. It provides advanced fitness features and wrist-based heart rate monitoring. It also includes built-in activity profiles for paddle sports, land sports, performance metrics plus smart notifications, and access to Garmin Connect™ and music storage.

Bonus action: Garmin is running a $150 rebate for quatix customer this holiday season.

4. Panoptix LiveScope System

Clearly, Panoptix LiveScope™ is the most amazing sonar technology on the market to date. It is live, real-time scanning sonar that has garnered multiple industry awards for a reason. See easy-to-interpret live scanning sonar images of structure, bait and fish swimming all around your boat, even when your boat is stationary. You get both LiveScope™ Down and LiveScope™ Forward modes in one transducer. And you can easily adjust the transducer mode to fit your fishing techniques; use LiveScope Forward to see around your boat, and use LiveScope Down to see directly below your boat — up to 200’ for both modes. The view automatically changes on your compatible Garmin chartplotter1 screen. Attitude Heading Reference System (AHRS) stabilization keeps your sonar view steady, even in rough conditions. The scanning sonar system includes a compact black box with transducer and simple plug-and-play Garmin Marine Network connector, making it easy to install and seamlessly integrate with your compatible Garmin chartplotter. Panoptix LiveScope includes a choice of transom/trolling motor mount or thru-hull mount transducer options.

Bonus action: Panoptix LiveScope comes with a $200 customer rebate this holiday season.

5. Panoptix LiveScope Perspective Mode Mount

 

We covered this $99 accessory in August, and it remains a hot seller for Garmin. Within two days of launch, Garmin’s Perspective Mode Mount was backordered by 3,000 units. Garmin has their supply chain rolling now, and the little accessory that could is a no-brainer for any angler that owns or is planning to own Panoptix LiveScope. The official Garmin Panoptix LiveScope Perspective Mode Mount is built to precise specifications to give customers the best possible picture from the phenomenally captivating Perspective Mode. Chartplotters automatically detect whether or not the mount is activated or not, and pipe the proper image to their display without any work from the angler. The mount works in tandem with the Panoptix LVS32 Transducer, and at just under $100, it’s an easy sell.