Fishing

Newest Lowrance unit adds several advanced features

Lowrance introduced the HDS Gen2 line of fishfinders and fishfinder/GPS combination units during the spring of 2012 and in October introduced the latest expansion of the top-selling multifunction display units, HDS Gen2 Touch. The 7-inch screen models began shipping during October, with 9- and 12-inch screen versions to follow in the next few months.

Several design and function improvements were made in the new units, with the most obvious being the upgrade to touchscreen control. Touchscreen menus and five push buttons simplify and control all operations of the Gen2 Touch products.
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Fishing

Hobie’s 14-foot kayak updated for 2013; popular features remain, upgrades are added

Hobie isn’t a company that rests on it laurels. The Mirage Pro Angler 14 was introduced in 2009 and won Best of Show Honors at ICAST (International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades) that year. There have been a few minor tweaks since then, but for 2013, Hobie’s big fishing boat received a major revision – a redesign of the deck, and the Vantage Seat introduced in 2012 on another model.

The pedal-propulsion system was retained, as was the original hull design and dimensions. The interior was made more comfortable and fishermen friend, with a transducer pocket cast into the hull to give accurate depth and temperature readings while protecting the transducer from the bumps and grinds of fishing. The results of the facelift are stunning.
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New Products

Max Bait Trays keep trolling baits cool but not soggy

Danny Sykes was tired of having soggy baits, but he needed to rig his offshore trolling baits the night before to be ready for hot action when he went fishing off the North Carolina coast. That began his quest for a cooler insert that would protect baits from falling into the water from the melting ice, but not block the cold the baits needed to stay fresh. From this desire, the basics for Max Bait Trays were born. […]