Johnson Outdoors introduces the new Cannon Optimum downriggers

**Press release**

Cannon® Modernizes Downrigger Technology with Connected Optimum Downrigger

RACINE, Wis., July 8, 2019 – Cannon®, long the gold standard in trolling dependability and performance, is bringing modern connected technology to the category with its new Optimum Downrigger, which will debut at the American Sportfishing Association’s International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades (ICAST). The product brings the One-Boat Network to life in trolling applications and fully integrates with Humminbird® fish finders, Fish Hawk electronics, a new mobile app and other Optimum downriggers wirelessly.

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The Optimum Downrigger boasts a full-color 3.5-inch display. Whether on wirelessly connected Humminbird units, on the downrigger itself or through the Cannon mobile app anglers can raise, lower and set trolling depths for the downrigger weights through the easy-to-use menu. In addition, the user will be able to read surface temperature, as well as the true depth, temperature and speed at the Fish Hawk probe. This information is critical for an angler to precisely present baits.

The potential of the One-Boat Network is fully realized in this new system, where all downrigger data can be read and downriggers can be controlled from any connected Humminbird unit in the boat. The fact that these connections are all wireless makes installation easy.

“Making reliable downriggers has always been our goal but today’s angler is looking for more connected solutions to make boat management and bait presentation more precise and efficient,” said Brad Henry, Cannon brand manager. “As we explore more ways to bring our One-Boat Network to life, connecting the downriggers to Humminbird electronics and Fish Hawk products through a wireless connection means anglers can spend less time worrying about getting their baits to run exactly as they want them to and more time catching fish.”

The new Optimum Downrigger includes the ability to network up to four other Optimum Downriggers wirelessly, simplifying the rigging process. This wireless network provides the ability to share sonar data across all units and display it on the ultra-bright screen, so you always have access to the critical trolling data you need.

The new downriggers boast 250 feet-per-minute retrieval speed, as well as the waterline zero feature which keeps the weight a set distance below the surface of the water.  Sudden stops at ascent and descent points are virtually eliminated by the Soft Stop feature.

When anglers need to cycle the depth of the bait within the water column, the new Optimum allows for presetting depth and time intervals with Depth Cycling to give bait a more natural swimming motion. The additional Bottom Tracking feature adjusts the depth of the weight to automatically keep lines and lures a set distance from the bottom, so anglers have accuracy in bait presentation.

The new Optimum Downrigger is compatible with Humminbird SOLIX® and second generation HELIX® models and will be available in the fall of 2019. Anglers can download the Cannon mobile app online or visit www.CannonDownriggers.com/Optimum for more information.

 

The Optimum TS Downrigger is built with stainless steel components for saltwater applications.

 

About Cannon

JOHNSON OUTDOORS FISHING is comprised of the Cannon®, Minn Kota® and Humminbird® brands. Cannon is the leader in controlled-depth fishing and includes a full line of downrigger products and accessories. Minn Kota is the world’s leading manufacturer of electric trolling motors, as well as a complete line of shallow water anchors, battery chargers and marine accessories. Humminbird is a leading global innovator and manufacturer of marine electronics products including fish finders, multifunction displays, autopilots, ice flashers, and premium cartography products.
Visit Cannon at www.CannonDownriggers.com

JOHNSON OUTDOORS is a leading global outdoor recreation company that inspires more people to experience the awe of the great outdoors with innovative, top-quality products. The company designs, manufactures and markets a portfolio of winning, consumer-preferred brands across four categories: Watercraft, Fishing, Diving and Camping.
Visit Johnson Outdoors at www.johnsonoutdoors.com

https://www.cannonoptimum.com/

Airmar introduces new TM165HW transducer

Airmar, Makers of all things groovy transducer wise has dropped its new165HW transom mount transducer. Filling the space between the TM150M and TM185HW for transom mounters
The 165HW brings the high CHIRP spectrum goodness with 30o average beam angle to the 600w market.
the press release is below. But looks to be available shortly!. Contact Moose Marine today for more info 🙂

Maximize the coverage under your boat and see what you’ve been missing. The new TM165HW features a high-frequency range of 150-250 kHz and a super wide 30° average beamwidth, providing maximum coverage across the frequency band. In addition to improving the performance of Chirp-capable fishfinders, anglers using this new wide beam transducer will achieve three times the coverage under the boat compared to our current high-frequency Chirp-ready transducers such as B75H.

Wide beamwidth, together with the high-frequency range, provides vast bottom coverage and precise fish detection in the upper water column that can sometimes go unseen with a narrow beam transducer. Airmar’s new wide beam format also creates crisper and larger return images on the display.

Features:

  • Depth and fast-response water-temperature sensor
  • 600 W with a maximum depth of 500 ft (152 m)
  • High frequency: 150 kHz to 250 kHz, with a super wide 30° average beamwidth
  • Covers popular fishing frequency of 200 kHz plus everything else in the bandwidth
  • 100 kHz of total bandwidth from one transducer
  • High frequency provides superior shallow water performance, bottom detail, and fish target separation.
  • Wide beamwidth gives superior coverage under the boat.
  • High-performance, low profile design provides excellent resolution at speed when installed properly.
  • Features a plastic transom bracket and hardware
  • Recommended boat size: Up to 25 ft (8 m)
  • Recommended for planing hulls made from fiberglass, metal or wood
  • Exclusive Xducer ID® technology
  • Weight: 1.1 lb (0.5 kg)

GME introduces new GR350 AM/FM radio

Press release below.

GME has released its new GR350 AM/FM radio, which…. if you’re in the market for a simple happy go lucky am/FM radio for your boat, is good news!. GME has been progressively evolving its line of marine radios from the rounder early 2000s designs to newer contemporary shapes and features “Such as Bluetooth” over the past few years.

The new GR350 follows that evolution step again, Though this time going away from the traditional landscape shaped “DIN” style to a squarer “dare i say POLK/Rockford Fosgate/JL shape” including a 2.5″ color display.
Other than that, it’s all smooth sailing with your usual standard features “AM/FM, BLUETOOTH, AUX IN” 4x 40w channels. would have liked to have seen DAB+ thrown in.

One thing to mention is that it only managed an IP rating of 57. which I assume is taking into effect the open ports/plugs on the back like all stereos however I would be interested to know how waterproof the unit is from the front. “for wash downs and pool parties and such”

For those that want more features, there are plenty of choices. for those who want a simple decent, easy to install yet stylish looking marine AM/FM radio, this will be a great choice.

Available from August in black and white for RRP $249

-Moose

Click below for press release

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Fusion Apollo 670 series released

When fusion released their Apollo range i was pretty pumped. excited to see what fusion could offer with parent company Garmins dollars behind it now. A bit of history of the models, Fusions capital range was their 600 and 700 series , both large with fold down opening fronts offering a dock for your phone or cd/dvd player option. both still exist today in the 655 and 755 versions. both now have bluetooth, bonded glass screens aluminium bodies still 4 zones, you get the idea. the smaller range was their 200 series and then 50 series.. both once again had aluminium powdercated bodies, with eventually built in bluetooth. 2 zones at various power levels. and eventually bonded glass screens and NMEA2K connectivity

The 70 series came in to bridge that gap. understanding that most people were not using cds anymore and with their being more than one smart phone company, it wast worth having a dock inside the head unit. especially as people seem glued to their phones now anyway. The 70 series did offer a cheaper price point for its size due in part to plastic body etc. but it was and still is fusions best seller with it being the go to unit for boat/caravan OEM from small tinnies to larger powerboats and yachts, with sales of the 600 and 700 flagship range just falling off a cliff

So… the Apollo series was launched. with two bookend models. a new small “one up from a remote” model called the SRX400. with its cute as a button size, bonded glass now colour screen, wifi and Ethernet. though only one zone and no USB input. and the other end of the scale with the RA770. featuring a full bonded glass touch colour screen control and volume/selector knob. it did feature just about everything , wifi, nmea2k, ethernet, usb, am/fm, ant+, you get the picture

So the two extremes were there. we just needed something in the middle to suit are more conservative client “the 770 is over $800” but one who wants more than the srx400.

Enter the new 670. which if you like is a nice evolution of everything other models…..are’nt
So we get a colour bonded glass screen (like the srx400)
we get NMEA2K (like the 770)
but not wifi ….. which seems like its from feedback, most OEM and retro fitters seldom use this feature, and is left mostly for the big boat world.. so save the peso and leave it out it seems
it does however have USB and bluetooth
also it can run 3 zones up from the 1 of the srx400 and 2 of the ra70. this works well with the Front/Back/Subwoofer 5 speaker system we are seeing often .

ramblings over,
I am excited to see a full Apollo range now. Still could do with a boost in build quality. but over all. looking forward to having a play
– Moose

Boat show season Lone Star Winch deals

To celebrate boat show season we are running some awesome deals on what is by far the best winch system available for your boat.

Mega deals feature Winch, Mounting and switch/CB hardware, Deck roller, Rope and chain kit, Stainless steel swivel and chain guard!
-Winch only kits also available, and of cause Bowsprits, hawse pipes, Wiring looms, Anchors and Installation!

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