The fish are biting somewhere, and if you're serious about catching your fair share, a chartplotter/fishfinder like the Garmin echoMAP 70s is an essential piece of equipment for your boat.
To catch big fish, you need a big screen
The echoMAP 70s has a big, bright 7" WVGA touchscreen display with pinch-to-zoom that's pretty impressive by itself. But, when paired with an advanced echo HD-ID fishfinder, the combination makes for a remarkably effective fishfinding tool. The echoMAP 70s comes with a transducer that's made for use on inland or shallow water, so it's ideal for your bass boat or center console vessel. It comes with a worldwide base map, and a model loaded with charts for U.S. lakes (see drop-down menu on right) is available, too.
Super-fast and super-accurate
Thanks to the integrated 10Hz GPS/GLONASS receiver, this Garmin refreshes position and heading information up to 10 times per second, giving you an accurate, real-time location reading. The echoMAP 70s also includes Advanced Echo HD-ID Sonar, so you'll be able to use sonar recording to coordinate the timing of the sonar return in relation to the boat's position. This ensures that each of your available 5000 waypoints is accurate — an absolute must when you're locating and pinpointing the next hot fishing spot.
This all-in-one fisherman's friend packs plenty of high-tech features into a compact package built to withstand the marine environment. Garmin also worked hard to come up with an intuitive interface that makes it easier to access all the great features built into the 70s. The split screen lets you see sonar and GPS info at the same time, while the multi-touch functions and auto-dimming enhance your screen views.
A powerful transducer, and more
The transducer transmits a 77/200 kHz signal and scans depths of up to 1900 feet in fresh water or 700 feet in salt water. Big, clear darts help you see the fish when you find them, while Garmin's Ultrascroll ® displays fish clearly, even when you're cruising at higher speeds. If the fish are playing hard-to-get, the built-in See-thru® technology helps you find them under rock outcroppings, submerged tree trunks, and other hiding spots.
Built-in AutoGain minimizes clutter and maximizes useful information on the fish you're trying to locate. The echoMAP 70s also gives you handy information like tide tables, sun/moon information, and water temperature, so you'll be able to combine your old-school knowledge with the latest technology.
Go wireless, stay connected
The echoMAP 70s also has wireless connectivity capability, so you can access marine-specific apps using your smartphone or tablet. Safety matters, too, so it supports AIS for tracking purposes and also supports DSC when used in conjunction with a DSC-capable VHF radio.