Lowrance provided Serious Excitement on and off the Water at the Bassmaster Classic

 

Lowrance provided Serious Excitement on and off the Water at the Bassmaster Classic

Lowrance® continued its domination of America’s tournament-fishing circuit late last month as Lowrance Pro Jordan Lee won the 2017 Bassmaster Classic Championship on Lake Conroe in Houston, Texas. A 25-year-old professional angler from Guntersville, Alabama, Lee became the sixth consecutive Lowrance angler to win the Classic when he finished with a three-day total of 56 pounds, 10 ounces, taking home $300,000 and the most coveted trophy in the sport. Steve Kennedy, who also competed in the event with Lowrance marine electronics, finished second with a total weight of 55 pounds, 1 ounce.

On the final day of the Classic, 15 of the top 25 competitors — including seven of the top 12 anglers – were using Lowrance HDS fishfinder/chart-plotters to navigate and find key fish-holding areas. For Lee, 2017 was his second appearance at the Bassmaster Classic. He finished 6th in the 2014 Classic at Lake Guntersville in Alabama.

During practice at Lake Conroe, Lee used his HDS-12 Gen3 with StructureScan® 3D imaging to identify an underwater “point” with a hard-bottom area that he thought would hold fish. He returned to the spot on the final day, where he was limited by mechanical issues on his boat, which held him in the same spot all day. Staying in that spot proved to be the difference as Lee jumped from 15th to first place with a 27-pound, 4-ounce, five-fish limit, the biggest single-day catch of the tournament.

At the tournament, there was plenty of excitement off the water as well. Lowrance announced the production of the HDS CarbonTM 16, a new high-performance fishfinder/chart plotter with a 16-inch screen – the largest ever produced by Lowrance.  

The massive 16-inch high-definition screen on HDS Carbon 16 displays provides an even bigger stage to showcase the clarity, high resolution and superior target separation of SolarMAX™ HD technology, exclusive to the HDS Carbon series. Setting up a four-panel split on the HDS Carbon 16 gives anglers the equivalent of four seven-inch screens on a single display.

Anglers in the market for a do-it-all, integrated system need a processor that can smoothly drive high-tech features like StructureScan® 3D with SideScan and DownScan Imaging™, StructureMap™, Broadband Radar™ and SiriusXM® Weather Chart Overlay. HDS Carbon 16 delivers on that front, taking processing power to the next level with a dual-core processor that allows anglers to switch between applications and simultaneously view independent sonar feeds with ease.

Lowrance SolarMAX HD display technology features high-definition views and clear visibility in all conditions with the widest available range of viewing angles – even when wearing polarized sunglasses. The new displays feature 1920×1080 HD resolution and are engineered to withstand higher temperatures than conventional units, offering enhanced reliability in warmer climates. The secret behind the new SolarMAX HD displays come from the implementation of the most advanced IPS (in-plane switching) screens in fishing electronics. With superior color accuracy and boosted high-definition reproduction, IPS screens are perfectly designed for viewing picture-like sonar images. Whether viewing menu panels or onscreen fish targets, the improved clarity and sharpness of SolarMAX HD displays are clearly evident from any viewing angle.

With Live Network Sonar, HDS Carbon 16 gives anglers the capability to view and control two independent, live sonar sources at different locations — like the front and the back of the boat — from a single display. This powerful feature provides anglers with a comprehensive picture of underwater activity with convenient and complete control. 

In addition to integrated wireless connectivity, HDS Carbon 16 features Bluetooth® control of multiple Power-Pole® shallow water anchors and Bluetooth audio streaming from the SonicHub®2 marine entertainment system. Anglers can navigate with ease behind proven Lowrance navigation technology, high-resolution mapping with enhanced coverage of coastal and inland waters, a 10 Hz internal GPS antenna, and a multitude of mapping options accessible from the unit’s dual microSD card slots. HDS Carbon 16 is compatible with the most expansive selection of optional cartography on the market, including Insight Genesis™ custom mapping, C-MAP Insight PRO, C-MAP Lake Insight HD, C-MAP MAX-N+, Navionics® and more.

HDS Carbon 16 supports radar, SmartSteer™ control of Motorguide® Xi5 trolling motors and the Lowrance Outboard Pilot and full engine data integration highlighted by compatibility with Mercury® VesselView® Link.

Congratulations to Jordan Lee and all the anglers competing in the tournament. And look for more exciting developments from Lowrance in the near future.

Catch more fish, learn more at Lowrance.com  Today!

Original Source: Sportsmans Lifestyle.com

Lowrance Continues to Dominate After 60 Years

 

Lowrance Continues to Dominate After 60 Years 

For six decades, the iconic brand Lowrance has led the fishing and boating industries in product innovation and customer service, supported professional anglers around the globe and dominated the tournament trail. But how did it all begin?

Founded by Darrell J. Lowrance, the company revolutionized the fishing industry with the design and manufacture of the original FISH LO-K-TOR – the first transistorized sonar product to display individual fish and show their depths. The FISH LO-K-TOR is one of the most prolific sonar devices ever produced, with over 1 million sold from 1959 to 1984. Throughout its long and successful history, Lowrance continued to break new ground in marine electronics and is credited with introducing the first sonar unit to include a micro-processor; patenting a low-profile Skimmer® transducer capable of high-performance at boat speeds up to 70 mph; introducing the world’s first hand-held GPS for under $500; developing the world’s first liquid-crystal display (LCD) product with integrated GPS, mapping and sonar capabilities; and patenting a sonar system with an interactive display.

Timeline of Notable Events:

1959 – Lowrance introduces the first FISH-LO-K-TOR portable sonar unit, also known as the “Little Green Box.” It quickly becomes the most popular sonar in the world – with more than 1 million produced between 1959 and 1984.

1974 – Lowrance produces its first graph recorder, the LRG-600, combining a flasher and a paper chart in one box.

1979 – Lowrance introduces the LDD-1800, one of the first digital depth sounders to be controlled by a tiny, built-in computer. It shows only the bottom depth in large digital numbers and requires no controls. This is Lowrance’s first completely automatic depth sounder.

1982 – Lowrance Unveils the X-15. This computerized chart uses a 10-key keypad instead of a range knob. Another innovative feature is its capability to show separate targets that are as little as one-inch apart — something no other sonar unit of any kind could accomplish.

1985 – Lowrance introduces the legendary X-16 paper graph recorder, which is selected by a team of scientists to be the sonar used in Operation Deepscan – an expedition to explore Scotland’s, Loch Ness.

1988 – Lowrance diversifies into the navigation market and introduces its first Loran-C products, the LMS-200 and LMS-300. Boasting wide LCD screens, these dual-purpose units have both a Loran-C receiver and sonar capabilities. These are also the first units with menus, making it easy to fine-tune the device.

1995 – Lowrance introduces the GlobalMap 2000, the world’s first LCD product to offer integrated GPS, mapping and sonar capabilities.

2006 – Lowrance is purchased by Simrad Yachting. This merger creates Navico, now the largest recreational marine electronics manufacturer in the world.

2008 – Lowrance announces a complete overhaul to its line of GPS and sonar devices with the introduction of the Lowrance High Definition Systems (HDS). These multifunction displays mark the first use of the renowned Navico Operating System (NOS), and greatly extend the functionality of the Lowrance line to include radar, AIS, real-time weather, integrated audio and advanced sonar imaging options.

2009 – Lowrance makes sonar history with the introduction of its game-changing DownScan Imaging™, giving anglers a photo-like image of what is directly beneath their boat. Rocks look like rocks, trees look like trees and fish look like fish.

 

Today, Lowrance continues to push the envelope. Recent innovations include the award-winning StructureScan® 3D, SideScan, and DownScan Imaging, independent dual channel CHIRP sonar, StructureMap™, Broadband Radar™ and SiriusXM® Weather Chart Overlay. The company’s current line of multifunction displays and fishfinders range from the affordable and reliable Hook series, to the standalone Elite-Ti series, to the full-feature HDS series. Light years away from the days of the FISH-LO-K-TOR, the company’s latest release, the revolutionary HDS Carbon series adds a high-performance dual-core processor, multi-touch SolarMAX™ HD screen, dual channel CHIRP and Network Dual Sounder to the proven features that have made HDS multifunction displays the choice of anglers at all levels around the world.

Lowrance’s 60 years of constant innovation have all been focused on helping anglers get the most out of their time on the water. This rich heritage has set Lowrance at the pinnacle of recreational marine electronics, and paves the way for what will easily be another 60 years of industry domination.

To learn more go to www.lowrance.com

Original Source: Sportsmans Lifestyle.com