Legendary angler Bill Dance and pro fisherman Brent Chapman have joined the Garmin marine electronics team, helping the satellite navigation company promote their marine electronics within the freshwater fishing world.
When it comes to fishfinding technology, not everyone thinks of Garmin as a major force. That’s likely to change, thanks to the connection the company has made with Bill Dance and Brent Chapman.
Dance has been at it for almost 50 years, bringing a wealth of experience and knowledge to the angling profession. His show “Bill Dance Outdoors,” on the air since 1968, has brought the great outdoors to living rooms across the country for generations. According to Garmin, Dance has agreed to use and recommend Garmin marine electronics.
Garmin’s echo 150 (Photo via Garmin.com)
Dance had this to say in the press release:
“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to fish with Garmin’s completely redesigned fishfinder and GPS units. Not only do they have the clearest sonar and the most detailed lake maps on the market today, but Garmin units are designed to be easy to use.”
Chapman, a current BASS Elite Series competitor and 2012 Elite Angler of the Year, also brings cred to the Garmin freshwater push. His two top five finishes in 12 Bassmaster Classic appearances add a little prestige to the Garmin name, as well as a hometown connection. Chapman is from Lake Quivira, Kansas, a few short miles from Garmin’s headquarters. Chapman added his two cents:
“It’s obvious that Garmin is ‘in it to win it’ in the marine electronics business, just like I am on the tournament trail. Without a doubt, their new lineup of sonar and GPS is going to help make me a more competitive and successful angler. And because they’re so simple to use, I can spend more time fishing and less time figuring out my electronics.”
Garmin’s newest line includes the DownVü and SideVü scanning sonor, which enable anglers to see a fantastic representation of objects, structures and fish beneath a boat and outwards to each side. Also new for this year is an expanded database of LakeVü HD maps, which are now available on Garmin marine GPS units covering 17,000 inland lakes. If you fish it, Garmin likely has it covered.
Garmin’s echo 550c (Photo via Garmin.com)