ICAST COUNTDOWN VIDEO: Humminbird AutoChart LIVE
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Humminbird says that it has given anglers exclusive technology that will have an immediate and positive effect on their fishing.
At ICAST next week the Johnson Outdoors company will be unveiling AutoChart® LIVE, described as a ‘remarkable’ DIY mapping programme that allows anglers to create their own precision digital contour maps.
For those fishing water that has not been accurately surveyed – remote Canadian lakes, uncharted rivers, farm ponds, inshore and offshore areas – AutoChart LIVE provides a ‘priceless’ service, says Humminbird.
“There is a lot of water in the world and not all of it is mapped accurately,” says Humminbird Brand Manager, Jeff Kolodzinski. “AutoChart LIVE is the only tool that lets you create your own 100% accurate digital contour map. It works instantly too so you literally watch the contour lines populate the screen while you fish or drive the boat.
“There is no extra processing of the data on a PC or sending an SD card to a third party. So if I am on vacation in Canada, I can map a remote lake right away and take advantage of my findings. I might be the only angler on earth who has this map and I can choose to keep my data totally private.”
Offered as a free software upgrade exclusively for users of Humminbird’s powerful ONIX® and ION® Cross Touch™ touchscreen units, AutoChart LIVE provides eight hours of mapping data. After that time, users can either erase the data or start mapping, or purchase a Zero Line Map Card (MSRP $99).
Another Humminbird first, the Zero Line Map Card allows for literally decades of around-the-clock mapping. The technology also provides mapping boundaries or water body ‘zero lines’ for millions of waters across the globe which serves as the basis for each custom map creation.
Once produced, AutoChart LIVE maps can interface with Minn Kota® iPilot® Link™ systems, taking advantage of boat control technologies such as Follow the Contour. The new maps will also work in concert with other patented Humminbird features, such as Water Level Offset, Shallow Water Highlight and Depth Highlight.
“All anglers know that 80% of fish are found in 20% of water,” adds Kolodzinski. “The best way to identify that key 20% of the lake is to make use of a good chart. And AutoChart leaves no hotspot unchartered.”
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