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Lowrance Seminar at Radioworld April 25th

Paul Shibata will be returning to Radioworld on April 25th to present another seminar in his series “In Pursuit of Sonar Perfection”.  This seminar will focus on CHIRP sonar technologies which has been all the rage this year.  Paul will explain in simple terms what CHIRP is and what it will do for you over traditional sonar!

Other topics will include:

– New product details, all Elite and HDS models

– New technology, WIFI, PowerPole control, Insight Genesis, etc

– Backward compatible networking including engine integration (Mercury, Evinrude, Yamaha etc)

– Sonar/gps utilization for optimal performance

– Bulletproof sonar installations

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This seminar is FREE for anyone who wishes to attend.  Please register with us at events@radioworld.ca

 

Lowrance Training Seminar March 15 at Radioworld

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This is a great opportunity to learn how to use your Lowrance unit by one of the most knowledgeable anglers in Canada.  This seminar is FREE of charge for any one interested in learning more about their Lowrance products.  No matter where you purchased your Lowrance or if you are considering a Lowrance unit you are welcome to joins us.

Navionics rep Scott Walcott will be here as well to talk about the new mapping options available for this year Navionics+ and SonarCharts.

-Lawren

Simrad NSS NEW LOWER PRICES!

Simrad has just dropped the price of all their NSS touch screen units. In addition to that there are also mail in rebates on them from Simrad in the range of $150-200 depending on the model which are on until April 6th 2014.

If you haven’t had a chance to take a look at these units you owe it to yourself to check them out. Many people don’t know that Navico who owns Lowrance also own Simrad so all the features like Broadband Sounder, StructureScan, SonicHub, etc are available on the Simrad units. The autopilot integration on the Simrad is second to none so for serious trollers these units are the ones to look at. My favorite feature of the NSS units is the roto knob on the keypad which lets you move through the menu and make selections extremely quick if you choose not to use the touch screen.

Take a look at the current pricing on our website http://radioworld.ca/marine-chartplotters-sounders-c-4_95.html?filter_id=183 and remember the Mail in Rebates are on top of this.

Lowrance and Simrad Holiday Rebates Start Today

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$20 Mail in Rebate
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$50 Mail in Rebate
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$100 Mail in Rebate
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Elite4 Gold
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nss12All HDS Gen2 Touch sonar/GPS units – FREE StructureScan HD Transducer

Simrad NSS rebates on NSS7 and NSS12 – FREE Insight Genesis Premium 1 year subscription, Insight Planner mapping software, and GoFree WIFI-1 wireless module which is a combined retail value of $550.

All of these rebates start today November 25th and run until January 5th 2014.  Rebates are in the form of a Visa gift card.

-Lawren

Simrad’s New NSS evo2

New units have been announced from Simrad and are expected in February – June 2014 (depending on model).  Here is a brief overview of the new features on the NSS evo2 units which come in 7″-16″ displays.

It Just Makes Sense
A fresh but familiar tablet-style design, multi-touch screen control, push-to-select rotary knob for precision control and very speedy response, the NSS evo2 is perfectly designed for use in calm or rolling seas. We call it TouchSensible – you will call it amazing.

Add in our Simrad exclusive dedicated power cruising screens, the widest available fishfinding technologies on the market, industry-leading integration capabilities and stylish low-profile, flush mount design and it just makes sense – the NSS evo2 is the most enticing cruising and fishing system on the market.

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Intelligent Engineering
Encompasses form, fit and function, and is how Simrad enhances your helm and improves your boating experience. Our NSS evo2’s razor-thin, flush displays complement our renowned Simrad quality, integration and expandability. With the smallest display to frame ratio on the market, power cruisers and anglers can see more of the information they need without wasted helm space. Stylish black and silver trim options are included with every unit so boaters can chose the look they prefer. The NSS is not only a high-performance, highly-integrated workhorse with a powerful TouchSensible interface, it also looks great on your helm.

structure simAnglers Advantage
For serious offshore anglers, NSS evo2 is a serious angling machine. With the best fishfinding technologies on the market—the BSM-1 Broadband Sounder, BSM-2 CHIRP sounder and StructureScan® HD—, autopilot integration and control right from the display, Broadband radar capabilities, incredible TouchSensible interface for precision operation in any conditions, Sirius and GRIB file weather options, and compatibility with the most chart and cartography options on the market, the NSS evo2 is designed to get you on the fish.

shot 20The Ultimate Cruising System
With dedicated cruising screens, the NSS evo2 multifunction display is the quintessential navigation system for power cruisers. Performance features include a built-in high-gain GPS antenna for clear, strong and accurate positioning, full integration with Simrad’s award-winning autopilots and Broadband Radar, and the widest selection of cartography choices available.

If you are a power cruiser, you have to check out the only system on the market with display screen dedicated to cruising, the NSS evo2. Add a built-in high-gain GPS antenna for clear, strong and accurate positioning; full integration with Simrad’s award-winning autopilots and Broadband Radar; and the widest selection of cartography choices available and you have the quintessential cruising system (or the ultimate crusiing system).

Industry-Leading Integration
Want the best fishing finding electronics on the market? The NSS evo2 has the award winning Broadband Sounder, CHIRP sounder and StructureScan® HD system – built in, a TouchSensible user interface – built in, the ability to control some of the industry’s best technology including Simrad’s Broadband radar, autopilots, SonicHub, Sirius Weather, AIS and other products – built-in. Even its flush, glass bridge design and smart aesthetics are built in! Stand-alone, in a network with up to six systems or on a tablet using Simrad GoFree Wireless Wifi-1 to view and control the system, the NSS evo2 has everything you need.

 

Two New Product Annoucements

Radioworld is always looking out for new and innovative products to make us your one stop shop and we have two more great products to announce today.

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doctor-sonar-lowrance-hds-dvd_lWe are constantly receiving requests for DVDs that feature detailed instructions on how to use your sonar, GPS, and side imaging products. Radioworld now has in stock the “Doctor Sonar” line of DVDs produced by walleye pro Doc Samson. These DVDs are the best “How-to” videos on Lowrance HDS, StructureScan, and Elite/Mark units. One of the best DVDs ever made on sonar interpretation is in stock as well. “Understanding Sonar and Interpreting the Display” is a 2 DVD set that every angler who owns a sonar unit should view. This video can be applied to whatever brand you own. These videos are in stock now – Doctor Sonar DVDs.

bass-boat-server-1-gallon_mBass Boat Saver boat cleaning products which have quite the reputation in the industry! We’ll be stocking the 24oz spray bottles, 1 gallon jugs, and even the 5 gallon jugs. We should have these in stock within the next couple of weeks just in time to shine up your boat coming out of storage. If you haven’t heard of Bass Boat Saver here is a little info on the product or you can visit our website – Bass Boat Saver

“Bass Boat Saver cleans, preserves, and UV protects your boat, in addition to leaving a nice, waxed look. Fast-acting ingredients deliver a long-lasting and durable finish. After coming off of the water, apply Bass Boat Saver to a damp cloth and wipe the boat, motor, and trailer, as well as the seats, console, and trailer tires. We have all watched boaters at the ramp use glass cleaner or some other harsh chemical to clean their boat after a day on the water. These products break down the gel coat and clear coat. UV rays from the sun will damage these finishes also. With continued use of Bass Boat Saver, your boat, motor, trailer, and all accessories will retain a deep, rich color and will be protected from the elements. Bass Boat Saver is completely biodegradable and is no danger to our fisheries.”

These are just a couple of new products we’ll have in stock at Radioworld.

-Lawren

 

Lowrance HDS Gen2 StructureMap

Since Humminbird introduced side imaging sonar to the recreational market back several years ago there haven’t been any major changes to how the technology is display…until now.  Lowrance introduced what they call StructureMap.  This will overlay the side imaging sonar onto the GPS chart screen.

Here are some examples of what you can expect on the water

This is the Atherly Narrows between Lake Couchiching and Simcoe in Orillia, ON.  Notice the accuracy of the Navionics Platinum+ Chart below.  The edge of the boat docks can be clearly seen on the side imaging and line up almost perfectly with the chart.

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Scrolling back behind the boat to view the StructureMap history

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Sunken boat on Lake Simcoe in Kempenfelt Bay

StructureMap will simplify reading and understanding side imaging sonar as you’ll see structure objects and how they relate to the Navionics chart and your waypoints all on one screen.

HDS Gen2 units are now in stock and on display at Radioworld.

-Lawren

Simrad NSS is Here

As I mentioned last week we have been expecting a Simrad NSS-8 demo model to display…well its here!  And what a unit this is!  Simrad hit the nail on the head with this one.  The hybrid touch screen and keypad interface makes this unit very easy and quick to use.

We have the unit loaded with a Navionics Platinum+ chart and StructureScan!  Come and take a look at this unit for yourself and see what its all about!

-Lawren

A Sneak Peek of Simrad’s NSS

If you have seen any of the videos floating around online about the Simrad NSS you’ll certainly want to drop by Radioworld next week to have a look at it in person.  We will have a demo NSS-8 on display early in the week and it will be here until mid December.

These units are like a Lowrance HDS on steroids! The NSS has one of the fastest processors on the market when navigating through the menu and using the charting features.  The touch screen interface makes this unit exceptionally easy to use when customizing screens, changing pages, and creating routes.

The NSS units can easily network with StructureScan, BR24 3G radar units, SonicHub marine audio server, and any existing HDS units you may have on board.

Whether you’re a bass or walleye fishermen or a serious pleasure boater, the NSS units from Simrad are worth taking a look at.  Drop by the store mid next week to see the NSS-8 in action and see what all the hype is about!

-Lawren

A Weekend of Fishing Fun

In our last few blogs featuring Radioworld Pro-Staff Danny Dunn we heard how his electronics helped him take a win and a top 3 finish in his recent bass tournaments.  Well, even while enjoying a relaxing day on the water with is daughter Sarah, he still relies on his electronics to make his day a successful one.  The following are Danny’s words on his weekend of fishing.

“Sarah and I took advantage of the low winds and ventured out to Lake Ontario Saturday. I was especially looking for new water this trip and used Navplanner with my high def (1-foot contours) Hotmaps chip to find shallow flats with tight contours that had access to deep water, deep meaning in the 25-30 foot range.

I believed the fish would be deeper and with the warming afternoon coming the fish would head shallow to feed. The shallow water was key!  It had to have sand and chunk rock but not miles of it, sporadic was the key. Basically they were areas I thought the fish would use in the spring to spawn in.

The tight contours meant the fish would have almost immediate access to the shallow/deep water and it would be a key point to intersect fish moving up or down the break. I didn’t believe the fish would travel 100-200 yards to transition from 30 feet to 8-10 feet I believe the sharper and quicker the drop, the better!

When I arrived in the morning and put the Hotmaps chip in my HDS8 I zoomed it out to 4 miles and that allowed the tight contours to jump out right in plain sight. I then placed a waypoint at each end of the contour line as a start and finish point.

My plan was to use the front graph (another HDS8 networked to the dash unit with StructureScan) and stay on the break moving along the deep break looking for fish. I ran the unit in split screen.  Chart mode on one side and sonar mode on the other, alternating back and forth between down scan so I could really see bottom composition (ex. sand/rock/gravel).  When I saw a fish on the graph I would literally drop my bait down to the fish. Sarah and I went 12 for 16 on fish we saw on the graph.

I ran 3 spots before I found fish on the break.  If I didn’t see fish on the graph I didn’t fish it. One of the keys for this day was running the Minnkota at 30% and keeping my eyes on the graph. Now as a note; speed is totally dependent on wind direction and speed.  I found that if I was moving too fast on the trolling motor I couldn’t get my bait down to the fish in time, remember we where fishing as deep as 30 feet of water. Scroll speed was also important to ensure the data I was seeing on the graph was current and right below the boat not 20-feet behind.

For baits we used a dropshot with a ½ oz Tungsten cylinder weight. Reason for this set up is the cylinder drops fast than a round weight and Tungsten is significantly smaller in size for the same weight again effecting the drop rate. Once on the bottom we just kept a tight line and waited for the fish to grab it.  No shaking it or movement at all.  As for the bait it was a Xzone Slammer all the way….as for color…sorry dude….none of your bees wax!…lol

Line was 10lb braid, again, thinner line diameter fast drop rate and a 12 lb fluorocarbon leader of about 10 feet. The reason for the longer leader is that if I’m fighting a fish at the side of the boat I want the knot on the reel and no weak points. For rod we used a 7 ½ medium heavy rod. The longer rod helps pick up the line in deep water.

One last thing, we set the hook! No sweep sets in 30 feet of water. These fish have hard mouths and we needed to drive the hook home, sometimes I would set the hook once or twice more to ensure I was driving it home.

Later in the afternoon we slowly moved in the shallows looking for cruising fish, you couldn‘t miss them. We could see down 18 feet as the water is gin clear so in the shallow 2-4 feet it was like you could just reach out and touch them!  The fish were up there to feed and not shy at all. We could have caught them on top water lures which would have been fun, but I don’t like the hook up ratio so we stuck to Tubes and Drop shot. It was a blast!

In a nut shell between the HDS units and the Navionics mapping I never would have been able to condense my efforts on specific areas. Its cut my searching time but at least 80%. Even though I was just fun fishing I ALWAYS like to catch fish and to share that with my Sarah just completed the circle.” – Danny Dunn

Thanks for sharing your story with us Danny!  There is some great insight there on how to take full advantage of your electronics! Fall is one of the best times to get out for bass and with the cooler weather here and the water temps dropping this puts the fish into feed mode.  Put the tips Danny shared to use and you too will have a successful outing.

 –Lawren