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Radioworld Central now open!

Everyone in the Radioworld family is proud to welcome Radioworld Central in Calgary, Alberta. The Grand Opening of our new sister company in the west is a welcome addition to customers new and old, offering the same great products and customer service they have come to expect, now serving western Canada better than ever before.

Radioworld Central
8,  711 48th Ave S.E., Calgary, AB T2G 4X2

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2012 Toronto International Boat Show

The month of January in Toronto marks an exciting time for boaters and on the water enthusiasts as the week long Toronto International Boat Show takes place between January 14th and 22nd 2012.  This year Radioworld will be leaving a big footprint on the show as we will be there with our biggest booth yet full of electronics and boating accessories!

You’ll find some of the best deals we have ever been able to offer on marine electronics.  We will have our expert staff on hand to answer all your questions and help you select the right electronics for your boat.

Some of the highlights that we will have on display include the Simrad NSS, Garmin auto-routing chartplotters, and Maretron NMEA2000 networking products.

Be sure to check out some of the seminars on NMEA2000 presented by Ken Harrison of Maretron and Robin Martel of Actisense to learn more about this awesome technology that makes boating even more enjoyable.

Be sure to come by the show and visit the Radioworld booth in Hall G, Booth 458

See you there…


Boxing Week Blowout Sale

Starting Monday December 26th through December 30th, 2011, as part of our Boxing Week Sale, Radioworld will be offering no tax on many product lines. Look for no-tax deals on Durasafe, Gerber, ETON, Goal Zero, all RAM-Mount products, plus many more.

We will also offer no-tax on the entire Sangean radio products line-up, a great time to get some great deals.

This offer applies to in stock items only no back orders.

Ice Fishing

Purchase any ice flasher or underwater camera and get 50% off any in stock St Croix rod or rod and reel combo.  PLUS get a bonus free St Croix toque when you purchase a Legend Series rod or rod/reel combo.

We have slashed our prices on most ice flashers and underwater cameras!  Couple that with manufacturer rebates on select Humminbird and MarCum models and you can take advantage of prices never seen before!

Magellan Explorist/Navionics Package

The Magellan Explorist handheld GPS is one of the only units that can display Navionics charts and we have a package deal on these you won’t want to miss.  We have the Explorist 510 and Navionics Hotmaps Premium C6 for $325 and the Explorist 610 with Navionics Hotmaps Premium C6 for $499.  That is up to a $120 savings!!!




Prices on Lowrance HDS Insight models have been reduced significantly.  These units not only have US mapping but also cover boarder lakes such as Lake Ontario, Lake Erie, and Lake St. Clair in high detail with contour shading.  Take advantage of our boxing week pricing and Lowrance factory rebates on these units.

Clearout models in the Standard Horizon line have been reduced even further than our already low prices.

Plus many other products are on sale this week.  For complete details please see radioworld.ca.



Big News for the Canadian Ice Fishing Championship

Great news for anglers who interested in getting involved in competitive ice fishing this season.  Here is the press release from the Canadian Ice Fishing Championship regarding their tournament taking place on Lake Simcoe in February.

Canadian Ice Fishing Championship (CIFC)
February 25-26, 2012             www.cifc.org

The Town of Georgina is officially the First Place sponsor of the 2012 Canadian Ice Fishing Championship. The $7500 First Place prize guarantee previously announced by the organizers, Lures & Tours, is secured with this generous support. In addition, the Town’s sponsorship includes presentation of a new Championship Trophy.

A member of the Economic Development Committee will be in attendance at the awards ceremony to present the trophy and the cheque for $7,500.00.

“On behalf of the Town of Georgina, the Economic Development Committee is pleased to once again be a sponsor of the Georgina Fishing Series and is glad to see that Lures and Tours is dedicated to continuing the tradition of promoting recreational fishing in Georgina. The Town of Georgina recognizes that recreational fishing is a contributor to the local economy and wishes Rosa Sharpe and Charlie Ross all the best with the 2012 Georgina Fishing Series.“  Karyn Stone, Economic and Tourism Development Officer.

Lures & Tours thanks the Town of Georgina for this major endorsement to a new era for the Championship and to fishing in Georgina. Future references to the First Place prize will be associated with the Town of Georgina and the town logo.

$7500 Guaranteed First Place
Sponsored by the Town of Georgina 

Media, Sponsorship and Registration Inquiries:

Phone 705-738-5757 / Cell 905-251-5624
Lures & Tours / Canadian Ice Fishing Championship

P.O. Box 561, Bobcaygeon, ON K0M 1A0


Ice Fishing Seminar Recap

We had an awesome turn out last Saturday at our 3rd Annual Ice Fishing Seminar and Sale with over 100 people in attendance!  Thanks to all who came out to take in the seminars and the great deals we had on ice fishing products!

The day started off with Humminbird pro staff, Barry Graves, sharing some of his hotspots on Lake Simcoe and his approach to finding those spots.  His seminar was very detailed with locations to begin fishing through the ice on Simcoe.  Barry had maps of Simcoe on his powerpoint and pointed out the general location he starts each year and how he follows the fish as the year progresses.

Next up was Jeff Chisholm of The Quinte Ice Team who had quite a bit of insight on fishing the bay.  We had a large number of anglers in attendance who regularly fish Quinte and I am sure they took away a lot from his talk.  Jeff spent a fair amount of time covering the importance of fishing with current in mind when on the Bay of Quinte.  Jeff is a ice fishing guide on the Bay of Quinte and would be more than happy to take you out for a day of ice fishing and teach what he has learned about fishing the bay.  Jeff is an angler who understands the importance of Navionics charts in his Magellan handheld GPS unit for locating spots in the winter and teaches the ins and outs of GPS on the ice during his charters.

The infamous “Big Jim” McLaughlin made his first trip down to Radioworld for the Ice Seminar Day.  His seminar was full of tips that he has learned over the past 20 years of ice fishing.  “Big Jim” has been fortunate enough to ice fish with some of the top names in the sport and he passed on the knowledge he gained from anglers such as ice fishing legend Dave Genz.  As always with Big Jim, his seminar was full of laughs and great stories.  He made a lot of people smile by giving away a number of Shimano reels, Power Pro line, and Shimano hats as he went along.


After the lunch break, which was compliments of Lowrance, Wil Wegman took the stage and provided a lot of back ground info on Lake Simcoe which shed some light on the fishery and where it is today.  Wil’s Scandinavian Ice Sled was one of the highlights of his presentation.  If you ever see a guy out on Simcoe using a dog sled looking thing without the dogs…its probably Wil.  He said he can make it across Cook’s Bay in about 25 minutes and burns nothing but calories.

There were a number of special guests throughout the day including Pete Bowman and Angelo Viola from The Fish’n Canada Show were on hand to help with our raffle draws and sign autographs. Ashley Rae and Danny Dunn were also around Radioworld for much of the day along with reps from all our Ice Fishing related manufacturers.

After the day was all said and done we gave away over $1000 worth of prizes to those at the seminar and in the store that day.  Special thanks to Shimano, Power Pro, HT Enterprises, Steiner Binoculars, Frabill, etackle.ca, Set The Hook, and Humminbird/Minn Kota for providing all the FREE stuff for us to give away!!!

Thanks to all who came out and supported this event again in 2011!  Our goal at Radioworld is to not only sell you electronics, but also provide you with the best possible support and product information on those products we sell.  Informative workshops like this are a great way to learn from some of the best pro’s in the industry.  Don’t miss out on the next one!


How Far Things Have Come

We hear it all the time in the consumer electronics business – “Technology has advanced far beyond what it was”.  Big and clunky has turned into small and compact. Large keypads have turned in to touch screens.

I thought it would be interesting to take a look at how far handheld GPS units have come in the past 15 years or so.  Let’s take a look at a couple differences between Lowrance’s first mapping handheld GPS, the Globalmap Sport, and Magellan’s latest release the Explorist 610.

The Globalmap Sport and the Explorist 610 both had the ability to display electronic charts but in the past they were an expensive luxury.  The Globalmap Sport used a proprietary CMAP cartridge which covered a very small section of water.  These charts retailed for close to $200 and all you would get is a sliver of the great lakes.  The newer maps, like the Navionics chart, the Magellan 610 uses now cover a huge area.  You are able to navigate from Lake of the Woods, through the Great Lakes, and all the way out to Newfoundland all for under $250.  To cover that same area with the Globalmap Sport you would be well over $3000 and not all the lakes would be covered.

Another improvement in handheld GPS units is the ease of use with newly designed intuitive user interfaces.  The process of creating a route on the Globalmap Sport was a long and complicated one compared to today’s standards.  You can just tap the screen on your Explorist 610, play connect the dots, and bingo your route is done!

Here is a brief comparison of the two units.

Globalmap Sport                                        Explorist 610

  • Waypoints – 250                                 Waypoints – 2000
  • Routes – 20                                          Routes – 200
  • Tracks – 3                                             Tracks – 200
  • Battery – 6AA 8hr Runtime            Battery – 2AA 16hr Runtime

The cost is another thing that has changed dramatically since the late ’90s.  The Globalmap Sport would have retailed for just a little over the $1000 mark.  Here in 2011, the Explorist 610 retails for less than half that at $450.  At less than half the price and size, the Magellan 610 can take 3.2mp photos, record voice notes, provide turn-by-turn routing, support paperless geocaching, and track 7 more satellites (along with the WAAS/EGNOS/MSAS satellites) than the Globalmap Sport could.


Ice Seminar Presenter – Jeff Chisholm

Jeff was born and raised in the Bay of Quinte area. He is an avid year round angler with a special interest in hardwater walleye fishing. Jeff enjoys the challenges of ice angling and discovering ways to make each outing successful. Creativity, innovation, and the latest technology are integral to Jeff’s approach. Jeff is co-host of the fishing radio show Hooked For Life and is also on the Rapala Canada, Humminbird, and Navionics Pro-Staff team.

One of Jeff’s passions is teaching other people how to catch fish.  He is a member of The Quinte Ice Fishing Team which is a team of guides on the Bay of Quinte who are determined hardwater walleye fanatics. They specialize in using modern ice fishing technology to help their clients locate and catch the trophy walleye that the Bay of Quinte is famous for. The Qunite Ice Fishing Team are your Bay of Quinte hardwater walleye specialists. You will see why when you hear Jeff’s seminar!

Come and join us on Saturday December 10th for our 3rd Annual Ice Fishing Seminar and Sale. To register for the FREE seminar please email us at icefish2011@radioworld.ca.


Radioworld’s 2011 Ice Fishing Seminar & Sale

We are pleased to announce for the third straight year Radioworld will be hosting our Ice Fishing Seminar and Sale on Saturday December 10th, 2011.  Some of the regions best ice anglers will be on hand presenting seminars to help you improve your success rate on the ice!

Among the speakers are Barry Graves from Keswick, ON who will be sharing his hotspots on Lake Simcoe and tips on how he found them.  Award winning author Wil Wegman will be presenting his seminar on Ice Fishing Lake Simcoe – Maximize Your Success This Winter.  Jeff Chisholm from Belleville, ON will be speaking on Bay of Quinte Walleye Fishing and how to best utilize Navionics charts on the ice.  “Big Jim” McLaughlin will be sharing his experiences on ice fishing and how the sport has evolved .

Along with the free seminars presenting throughout the day we will also be having our biggest sale on ice fishing electronics and accessories of the year!  You’ll find some of the lowest prices we have ever offered on flashers, underwater cameras, portable ice sonars, and related accessories!

Pro-Staff from manufactures such as MarCum, Lowrance, Humminbird, Navionics, Vexilar, St Croix Rods, and Aqua-Vu will also be on hand to answer any questions you may have relating to their products.

Please register with us by email icefish2011@radioworld.ca, by calling 416-667-1000, or by dropping in the store. 

Over the next few days we will be posting blogs profiling each of our seminar speakers…stay tuned!!

What a Weekend!

That was by far the nicest stretch of weather I can ever remember in October and to fall on Thanksgiving weekend what more could you ask for?  We hope you had a great weekend spending time with family and friends…and of course enjoying the great outdoors with your electronic gadgets!

I was fortunate enough to get a day of fishing in Sunday on Lake Couchiching.  We were planning this to be a pike trip as they usually turn on big time in the fall on Lake Couchiching, but with the weather we had leading up to the weekend it was hard not to bring our bass gear.  We knew the smallmouth would be all over the shallows soaking in the warm sun.

When We arrived the lake was gin clear, flat calm and the sun was high in the sky.  The smallmouths were all over the shallow rock and sand flats the lake is famous for.  If I made a conservative estimate, we saw over 100 bass by noon.  They were grouped up in schools of about 10-15 fish.  We’d find some fish, catch as many as we could in the school then move on to the next one.

While we didn’t get any big fish we caught some good numbers and they put up a great fight on the light tackle we were using.  We tried Rapala DT crankbaits, and Xrap jerkbaits (which usually produce on Couch), but all of our fish came on 5″ tubes Set The Hook tubes in Dark Melon Purple.  Dead sticking the tube was the key.  The fish would spook as the lure was falling, but once it hit the bottom they would come right back and go for it!

Finding the fish were made easy with our electronics.   Locating the right depth and bottom composition on the flats we were fishing was made easy with our sonar unit.  Looking for a double echo on our sonar revealed the hard bottom areas where the fish were grouped up.  Using a Magellan handheld GPS loaded with Navionics charts makes finding these flats easy.  Looking for areas where the shallow contour lines were further apart and the deeper ones close together was where we found the fish.  In other words a shallow flat that dropped off quickly to deep water.

Near the end of the day the wind picked up and we decided to try for some pike like we originally planned.  We fished a little known weedline and I had a monster follow out.  With the water as clear as it was, we saw this fish follow up from about 30 feet out.  I tried speeding up and slowing down the retrieve but this fish just wanted to follow I guess.  It was an exciting way to end the day even though I didn’t catch that fish!

– Lawren

New Maps for Manitoba Lakes from Navionics

It sure has been a great year if you live in Manitoba! Not only are the Jets coming back to Winnipeg, but now Navionics is releasing charting for a number of lakes in the province!  The additions to the Navionics Gold 2XG for the province of Manitoba are as follows.

Lake Manitoba Narrows

Lake Manitoba: Starting from the North

Brabant Point south to Cucumber Point. Crane River East to Peonan Point & Davis Point. South to Watchorn Bay. Manitoba Narrows. Entire Southern Portion of Lake including Town of Langruth.

Lake Winnipeg: Starting from the North

Nelson River including Ross Island, Towers Island & Playgreen PT. Fleet Point south to Peewee Creek & Little Mossy Point. Montreal Point & Buoys into Lake Winnipeg. All of Lake Winnipeg from Berens Island south 150 Miles to Winnpeg. Traverse Bay, Red River Confluence, Winnipeg River Confluence, Chalet beach, Hillside Beach, Winnipeg Beach, Gimli Harbor.

Red River System

Beginning at the Riverview area downriver to Assiniboine River confluence; continuing south toLake Winnipeg.  Depth soundings throughout and navigational buoy’s where applicable.

Lac Du Bonnet

Winnipeg River System Manitoba

Lake Winnipeg to the Manitoba/Ontario provincial boundary line including: Lake Winnipeg upriver on the Winnipeg River to Pine Falls, Lac Du Bonnet, Pinawa Bay, Lee River, Winnipeg  River south to Natalie Lake, Carter Island Region including Sylvia Lake, Eleanor Lake, Margaret Lake, Dorthy Lake, Nutimik Lake, Pointe Du Bois Power House Region, Matson Island continuing upriver through Big Bay, Lamprey Rapids and Levasseur Island, Eagle Nest Lake NOTE: The section of river from Pine Falls to Macarthur Dam is not available

Winnipeg River System Ontario

Winnipeg River, Tetu lake, English River, Swan Lake, White Dog Dam region, Upriver to Rough Rock Narrows, Throat Rapids, Myrtle Rapids Narrows, Little Sand Lake, Big Sand Lake, Upriver through Town of Minaki, Gun Lake, The Dalles, Indian Reserve portion of the Winnipeg River into Kenora and Lake of the Woods

Bous Quet Rock displayed on a Humminbird Chartplotter

Navionics are compatable in Humminbird and Lowrance GPS chartplotters along with Magellan handheld GPS units.