by Steve Lague

Garmin has started 2016 with a flurry of new releases including the latest generation Striker and echoMap CHIRP fishfinders.
The Striker will be the entry-level range for inland and near-shore fishing while the echoMap CHIRP is aimed solely at inland fishers.
The new Striker range will not only make it easier to identify fish and structures but enable anglers to mark them and return to them. All models come standard with a built-in GPS receiver and CHIRP sonar. All but the entry-level 4 and 4dv models will also come with and down view technology.
The addition of CHIRP to the Striker range now means that the technology is available across the entire Garmin fishfinder range.
While traditional fishfinders use a single frequency, CHIRP sonar sends a continuous sweep of frequencies and interprets them individually. This makes it easier to identify fish and produces better target separation. Even when fish are schooling it can show how many and even determine which one is the largest.
For anglers who want to see objects and structure below the boat the down view scanning sonar provides a detailed representation of objects, structure and fish in fresh and salt water.
Striker fishfinders are available with a choice of 3.5-, 5- or 7-inch colour displays that can easily be read in sunlight and have a new rugged design.
All models are equipped with a built-in GPS antenna and waypoint map so marking and navigating to favourite destination or fishing spot is quick and easy.
The top-of-the-range Striker 7sv fishfinder also adds side view technology that enables you to see targets and structure up to 750 feet (230m) away on either side of the boat. A split-screen feature shows various sonar options along with the waypoint map.
The five new models come with a flexible mounting bracket so they can be tilted and swiveled for optimum viewing. An optional flush-mount kit is available for in-dash installation.

echoMap CHIRP
THE echoMAP dv/sv series is aimed at freshwater, estuary and inshore anglers and combines sonar technology, detailed cartography and GPS.
Comprising four models – echoMap 45dv, 55dv, 75sv and 95sv – the sonar/chartplotter features full-colour display and intuitive keyed interface.
Garmin echoMAP CHIRP fishfinderAs with the Striker series, the down view technology provides an easy to distinguish view of what’s below the boat, as well as excellent target separation in both fresh and salt water.
The two larger models also have built-in side view scanning sonar, which scans the water up to 150m (500ft) either side of the boat. It is ideal for anglers casting lures in creeks and rivers, as well as those trolling the headlands or searching for baitballs offshore.
It comes pre-loaded with Australian and New Zealand coastal charts. An SD card slot enables the purchase of additional maps. This state-of-the-art charting system delivers exclusive Garmin auto guidance functionality. You simply enter a destination and the unit will create an on-screen path that you can follow to avoid shallow water and other charted obstructions.
All echoMAP CHIRP fishfinders come with with an all-in-one transducer and quick-release tilt/swivel mount. They also support 50/200kHz and 77/200kHz Minn Kota and MotorGuide trolling motor transducers.