by Dom Wiseman

Lowrance have announced the release of its new high-performance line of fishfinder/chartplotters, HDS LIVE. From what we have seen, this is a massive leap forward in fishfinding technology. The new units deliver powerful real-time sonar, charting and connectivity features including Active Imaging, LiveSight, Genesis Live and LiveCast smartphone integration.

Perhaps most of interest fishermen is the ability to see structure and cover with a new level of detail and at a range unmatched by any other structure imaging technology. Welcome to Active Imaging. The units are able through some complex algorithms and faster processing, able to deliver unmatched image quality of structure, fish and bottom composition. Active Imaging 3-in-1 sonar combines Lowrance CHIRP, with SideScan and DownScan Imaging allowing anglers to quickly search fish-holding structure, and enhances FishReveal with higher-level clarity and target separation.

Active Imaging 2-in-1 sonar includes Side and DownScan Imaging™ and is perfect for use with a separate traditional sonar transducer. Simple to use without the need to change frequencies while fishing in most conditions, Active Imaging 800 kHz provides crystal-clear detail with uncompromised range.

For anglers needing to see further than 120 feet, Active Imaging can also operate at 455 kHz. Overall the units are capable of providing greater resolution, a cleaner 3D view and a new Custom Depth Shading feature.

LiveSight Sonar delivers the most detailed views of fish as they swim in and around cover. You’ll be fishing in real-time as you watch fish react to your lure, see how they are relating to structure and gain insight on what will work, what won’t and what to do next. Perfect for drop-shotting, vertical-jigging or lure-tracking in front of your boat. The software helps you pinpoint fish locations and activity so you’ll know whether they are actively feeding. Mount the transducer in a front-facing position to cast toward the fish, or mount it in a down-facing position to do some vertical jigging below your boat.

When using LiveSight forward in conjunction with the Lowrance Point-1 GPS antenna, an innovative on-chart indicator shows the direction the transducer is pointed, allowing anglers to line up on a waypoint or pinpoint the structure they are trying to fish.

Genesis Live Charting delivers real-time, custom-mapping capabilities, HDS LIVE harnesses the power of Genesis Live charting, which uses digital depth to create depth-contour overlays on charts. Incredibly easy to use, users can control contour transparency, density of contours drawn on the screen up to unprecedented ½-foot intervals, depth and safety shading colour palettes, and more.

For anglers looking to interact with their units and their phones, LiveCast Smartphone Integration with the Lowrance HDS LIVE units allows anglers to display important fishing information and entertainment from their smartphones on their 12- and 16-inch sunlight viewable displays. Users can view their smartphone in full-screen or split-screen windows via a HDMI connection allowing them to stream video, view Google Maps and fishing data on the HDS LIVE touchscreen.

The units feature a stunning new low-profile design with edge-to-edge glass; a SolarMAX HD screen which is easy to read in all conditions and with polarised sunglasses on. There are bracket, flush and rear mounting options, user-programmable keys, and an optional fully-programmable Bluetooth remote. Units are available in 7-, 9-, 12- and 16-inch display sizes.