There's now sonar technology that actually offers livestream scanning.
It's unbelievable how far technology has come in my lifetime. If you look away even for a second, there's already something new and better on the market.
While most people think smartphones and tablets when they think technology (and rightfully so), the hunting and fishing industries also don't look anything like they did 10 years ago.
Anglers and hunters are self-filming trips, various apps eliminate the majority of inconveniences we've ever had to deal with, and satellite GPS platforms have become absolutely absurd.
However, while the industries continue to blast off, Garmin has largely owned the lead the whole time.
They've sunk their teeth into the outdoor navigation market--which is obviously their bread and butter to begin with--creating GPS smartwatches, as well as full-size GPS devices.
Garmin has also dominated every space of the hunting market that they've entered thus far. They not only own the gun dog tracking/training collar corner, but they also revolutionized bowhunting with the new rangefinder Xero bow sight.
Watch the video below (I'd just start at 0:40):
Here’s how I use my Garmin Marine LiveScope to work out what our fish are responding to when on the water. It’s a very valuable tool.
Posted by Matthew Langford - Australian Fishing on Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Using a fish finder has always been a little tricky. It's not that they don't work, but users do have to spend some time with them to get accustomed to understanding the sonar images.
That could change soon, though, as Garmin's Panoptix LiveScope system essentially gives anglers a real-time underwater camera. Not only can you see the fish swimming, but you watch them as they chase the bait!
And, this was in water less than 10 feet deep, but it will have no problem scanning sonar images of structure in water up to 200 feet deep.
While it costs $1,499.99, I have to imagine most serious boaters are itching to get their hands on one.
Anglers have the option of the Transom/Trolling Motor Mount, or the Thru-Hull Mount, which costs $1,999.