by Dom Wiseman

Garmin Australasia Pty Ltd, Sydney have released the new STRIKER Plus series of fish finders packed with tonnes of technology to help anglers catch more fish.

“The new STRIKER Plus series has the features that will bring the benefit of built-in GPS, Quickdraw Contours and Wi-Fi® to first-time users, and will convince existing STRIKER customers to upgrade,” said Adam Howarth, General Manager, Garmin Australasia.

“These new fishfinders are the perfect entry-level solution for anglers who want the best sonar available plus the ability to create and store their own contour maps.”

Just like the first generation of STRIKER series fish finders, the STIKER Plus includes built-in CHIRP traditional sonar plus CHIRP ClearVü and SideVü scanning sonar technology. According to Garmin, the new sounder show clear fish arches and provides exceptional target separation with CHIRP sonar. Garmin’s ClearVü shows a nearly photographic wide image of what is directly below the boat. And SideVü technology gives shows accurately what lies off to each side of the boat.

STRIKER Plus users can also create HD fishing maps of the places they’ve been thanks to the built-in Quickdraw Contours mapping software down to 1 foot contours. You can create and store up to 2 million acres of maps. This technology shows anglers contours as soon as the feature is turned on making it an excellent way of immediately mapping frequently fished areas. You can view the contours in real time or create them in the background and view them later. For the most comprehensive coverage, Quickdraw Contours clearly shows where usable depth information has been collected and where gaps exist, so users can easily see what still needs to be collected.

Built-in Wi-Fi allows users to take advantage of the free Garmin ActiveCaptain mobile app that creates a connection between a compatible mobile device and a STRIKER Plus unit. Waypoints and routes can be transferred directly to a STRIKER Plus unit from a mobile device making it easier than ever for anglers to pre-fish a body of water. Smart notifications are also delivered right on the screen. Over-the-air software updates also allow users to always have access to the latest improvements from Garmin. ActiveCaptain also makes it possible to quickly and easily access the Quickdraw Contours Community to share or download new user-collected data.

The Plus series come standard with a built-in GPS receiver so fishermen have the ability to not only see fish and structure below the boat, but also to quickly and easily interesting features below the water and find them again easily. You can also share waypoint data across multiple STRIKER Plus units, as well as the new ECHOMAP Plus series devices.

Available with a 5- or 7-inch display, the Plus series also adds a larger 4.3- and 9-inch model to the line-up. With a rugged design and keyed interface that’s built to withstand the harsh marine environment, the STRIKER Plus series comes with transom and trolling-motor transducer and mounting hardware. The six new models offer flexible mounting so the devices can be tilted for an optimum-viewing angle. or an optional flush-mount kit is available for in-dash installation.

The new STRIKER Plus fishfinders will be available in late 2017.