Coverage Part 3 – Lines and Plastics round out the show
HDS:Seems like everything is going high definition these days and why
should fish finders be any different? There was a crowd around the Lowrance
booth all afternoon as anglers got to look and play with the new HDS 10 unit
which delivers high definition mapping, high definition broadband sonar, and
high definition SIRIUS marine weather.
The image quality on the HDS 10 was exceptional
and in the demo it was easy to make out structure. The displays are bright and
most menus and features are just one button away. In fact the main menu layout
was so intuitive it was easy to navigate around the unit in just a matter of
seconds. The menu is more like what you would expect to find on an iPod or Zune
than a fish finder.
Lowrance ups the ante with HDS
(High Definition System)
The HDS-10 has a 10.4" screen that is so large you
can split the screen up into multiple windows and still be able to read
everything very easily. The new SolarMAX™ PLUS display renders brilliant detail
in sunlight with the best wide-angle viewing ever available, while advanced
pure-white LED screen/keypad backlighting fully adjusts to zero-dim for night
Darrell Rollins walks Zander
through the features in this high performance unit
The unique new FlyWheel™ dial and command soft
keys give anglers easier and quicker control of Broadband Sounder fishfinding
and satellite navigation precision via the built-in 16-channel GPS+WAAS antenna.
USA™ with combined Inland and Coastal coverage (Americas) - Or Navionics World
Background map (non-Americas). Plus, this HDS is now fully compatible with all
Navionics® chartcards – Platinum+, Platinum, Platinum HotMaps – with two
high-speed SD card slots. Fully ready to build your complete stand-alone or
networked onboard system.
The HDS-10 features a 10'4" screen
that can easily accommodate multiple windows
As one would expect a unit this high end comes at
a price, and that price is $2499 dollars for the HD-10. Better start saving if
you want this unit on your rig in time for Christmas.
The menu is so intuitive it looks
more like an MP3 player than a fishfinder
Darrel shows us the new Lowrance
HDS-10... and yes, we want one!
Ranger Z521: Zander got bug eyed when he
saw the new Z521, and even though there were signs right on the boat that said
don't climb on deck both he and pros Scott Martin and Brent Ehrler couldn't
resist taking a closer look at this full sized premium rig.
The Z521 Comanche is huge at 21 feet, 3 inches in
length with a 95-inch beam. Rated for 250 horsepower, the Z521 is available with
a wide range of precision-matched outboards to meet the preferences of anglers
across the country, while a 52 gallon fuel capacity ensures plenty of range for
long runs in search of fish.
The ultimate Ranger... the Z521
The interior is highlighted by a completely
redesigned console that's not only taller for more protection, but offers
built-in mounting options for today's popular, large-screened electronics
directly above the steering wheel, eliminating the need for gimbal and swivel
mounts in most cases. The redesigned consoles also integrate a
stylish-yet-functional concave beveling on the outside, allowing the tips of
rods stored on the front deck to stay more secure while in use. With tons of
storage throughout, the Z521 incorporates the same stainless steel key lock
system with powerful compression locks and triple-lip-sealed storage lockers as
previous Z500 models.
Professional Anglers Brent Ehrler
and Scott Martin are both Ranger prostaffers that like what the new boat has to
Other new features include an integrated front
deck step with storage, which can be used for tackle and gear or thanks to a gel
coated, insulated interior – an additional cooler. Z521 owners can also choose
between Ranger's patented SRS bench seat design or opt for a new bucket seat
configuration, which in place of a third, middle seat features a console with
storage and cup holders.
The cockpit features ample room
for full sized electronics, HDS-10 anyone?
Conclusion: There initially wasn't going to
be a Bass-A-Thon this year but were glad that the team at Anglers Marine put the
event back on the schedule, and judging from the turnout we think attendees were
too. This show centers around big baits but has plenty of other offerings worth
a look at. Since Bassjam and Bass-A-Thon were only separated by a week this year
a lot of readers have asked us the question "which show was better?" The answer
really depends on what your most interested in. Both shows had their own unique
flavor and while BassJam was definitely the larger show in sheer real estate for
manufacturers it was good to see different brands, many of which were regional,
at both events. The Bass-A-Thon has been around so long that the team at Anglers
Marine deserves props for putting on a quality show year after year, and the
Bassjam really couldn't have been any better for the first annual event. The
bottom line is now Norcal anglers have a show in their own backyard, a void that
really needed to be filled, and now is being fully addressed with the Bassjam,
and yet Bass-A-Thon still has enough pull to get anglers to drive from afar. Two
shows are better than one.