Garmin’s Striker Plus: GPS with Sonar

Strike while the fish are nearby

Kayak anglers are looking for powerful fish finder and GPS combos that will fit in a small space and take abuse. Garmin’s Striker Plus is a perfect fit.

Garmin Striker Plus fish finders

From the four-inch model for smaller boats to the nine-inch for full power, the Striker Plus provides big boat features in a small package. Offering a full range of fish finders, the Striker Plus has traditional CHiRP, ClearVu and SideVu sonar.

CHIRP uses two signals at different powers for a more detailed image of structure and fish below the boat. ClearVu produces a near-photographic image of structure while SideVu shows what is on either side of the kayak.

The Striker Plus GPS uses Quickdraw Contours to allow the angler to create custom charts. As the boat passes over the bottom, the sonar creates an image of depth contours on the GPS screen. Anglers can add waypoints and tracks.

Quatix Smartwatches are Ultra Convenient

Kayak anglers looking for another powerful and compact electronics tool to track data will appreciate Garmin’s line of Quatix Marine smartwatches. We like the Quatix 3 with GPS, barometer, altimeter.

For fishing, they added tide data, anchor watch, competition timer and fish counter. It also counts steps and calories burned to track fitness data. The GPS function includes a compass to display heading and storing way points and tracks. Oh yeah, the Quatix 3 also displays time of day.

Garmin’s line of Striker Plus fish finders will open your eyes. | Feature photo: Kayak Angler staff


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“Thank God my dad wasn’t a podiatrist,” jokes Ric about following in the footsteps of a famous outdoor writer. After graduating from Radford University and serving two years in Russia with the Peace Corps, Ric returned to Virginia Beach and started writing for The Fisherman magazine, where his dad was editor. When the kayak fishing scene exploded, Ric was among the first to get onboard. His 2007 book, The Complete Kayak Fisherman is one of the first tomes to introduce anglers to paddle fishing and hundreds of articles and seminars have brought countless anglers into the fold. When he’s not chasing every fish that swims, Ric teaches English at a school for at-risk teens.


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