by Dom Wiseman

Humminbird have been guiding anglers for over 40 years with their superior fish-finding technology. The Humminbird HELIX units have once again had their range revamped, with the release of the next generation HELIX series. Now available, is some seriously supercharged technology including, MEGA Imaging with CHIRP digital sonar, AUTOCHART Live vegetation and bottom hardness mapping, and Bluetooth connectivity.

The MEGA Imaging with CHIRP digital sonar has seen Humminbird become the first in the industry to take fish-finding sonar to the precision that can only be obtained through megahertz frequency. The imaging projected back to your Helix unit is the sharpest and richest display available by a long shot, nearly 3-times greater than traditional 455 kHz frequencies, giving you superb views under the surface.

 The AUTOCHART Live option allows you to project and provide mapping for vegetation and bottom density. In addition to allowing anglers to map the depth of their prized fishing position, Humminbird have developed this technology to give anglers the ability to map aquatic vegetation and changing bottom hardness. The brains behind this innovative Humminbird technology understand the behaviour of fish and the needs of anglers and with the AUTOCHART Live option, you can understand where fish are in relation to weed lines and transition points.

The new Bluetooth technology allows you to co-exist with all of your latest technology in perfect, harmonious, connectivity. Syncing everything, from your smartphone and other devices, to the signal strength and battery life on the Humminbird display. All of the new Humminbird Helix units can be mounted gimbal or in-dash, with an optional kit. International models support 200/50kHz. Optional 50 kHz transducers are available for extreme deep-water use. ­­

The HELIX second generation networking G2N,is the cream of the crop. There are four different screen sizes to choose from, including, 7-inch, 9-inch, 10-inch and 12-inch, all available with the MEGA Imaging with CHIRP digital sonar. Exclusive to the G2N models, each includes AUTOCHART Live vegetation/bottom hardness and Bluetooth capability. The MEGA Side Imaging and MEGA Down Imaging can only be found on the GPS 2D sonar/Side Imaging HELIX 9, 10 and 12 G2N models.
The HELIX second generation G2 family is equally equipped with the MEGA Imaging with CHIRP digital sonar, available in two different screen sizes, 5-inch and 7-inch, and the AUTOCHART Live capability. The G2 family models are not networkable and do not include the new MEGA imaging or Bluetooth technologies.