Garmin STRIKER™ fishfinders include built-in GPS plus CHIRP sonar and CHIRP scanning sonar capability. Now you not only have a better way to find fish, you can also mark the spots to return to later. Plus, you can mark boat ramps and docks so you can find your way back to where you started.
We’re tackling the newest announcement from Garmin marine this week with their announcement on the new Plus series for the Striker series. This new Fishfinder is towards being a more of hardware/software update rather than a full-fledged new model. This statement will be a little clearer when we look at what’s actually changed.
Not a huge upgrade here though I can see Wifi is an excellent addition to some setups, and obviously Quickdraw contours are very welcome.
Apart from these new features, you will be keeping all the old features including the built-in sonar and side scanning sonar.
The Striker Plus units can now create live HD fishing maps. Quickdraw has been available for a while on the large echoMAP and GPSMAP units but has now been brought over to all of the Striker series. The essential features for Quickdraws contours are as follows:
In addition to this Garmin have set up the Quickdraw Community which is a free crowdsourced contour map community. The Quickdraw community is useful in of itself but can be taken a step further with the Garmin Active Captain app which I’ll go into more detail in the next section.
Garmin has introduced the Active Captain App to the Striker Plus series; this app is aimed at keeping you connected and allowing you to dynamically update your routes and maps without the need to update your unit via the computer or when you get back from the trip. It will also allow you to receive smart notifications from your phone/compatible device to your Striker unit. The following are the primary functions of the Striker App:
STRIKER SERIES- CORE FEATURES
Skip this section if you’re already well versed in the Striker fish finder. While these features are not new they’re still worth mentioning as they are core components to what make this fish finder such a great unit. All the Striker devices come with a high sensitivity receiver so fishers can not only see fish and structure below the boat, but can also quickly mark their favourite spots. When trolling the GPS will update position once per second giving you an extremely accurate positional report for waypoints, dialling in the exact trolling speed and optimise lure presentation. You can also share waypoint data across Striker Plus units as well as the new Echomap Plus series.
The new Striker plus series will be available in the displays sizes and models featured below:
The new Plus series still offers the CHIRP traditional sonar along with the CHIRP ClearVü and SideVü (on some models – see picture above). This sonar is perfect for display clear fish arches and clear target separation. The ClearVü mode shows a wide image of what passes below the boat.
The SideVü gives you a crisp, clear view of what lies off to each side of the boat, including structure, submerged objects and fish.
The Striker units are available in Australia and range between $249 - $899 RRP. I’ve included the specs comparison for a Striker Plus 7sv against the old Striker 7sv if you want to get it straight from the source.Spec Comparison for Striker Plus ModelsStriker PLUS 7sv VS Striker 7sv
I get this question a lot so thought I would just add this at the end.
Striker Plus 5sv = SideVü & ClearVü
Striker Plus 5cv = Only ClearVü
Any unit that has 'sv' designated after the number will have both SideVü and ClearVü technology, a unit that has 'cv' after the number will only feature ClearVü.
The numbers in each model designate the size of the model 5 = 5-inch display size (4.25'' x 2.55'' (10.8 x 6.5 cm); 5'' diag 12.7 cm)