Garmin have just launched a game changer for fishermen. The Panoptix PS22-TR enables anglers to see the activity of fish in real time around and beneath their boat. It does this through the use of a transducer with an unusually narrow 20-degree field of vision. LiveVü Forward and LiveVü Down are 20-degree beams enabling crisp and clear images of what’s all around and below the boat – in real time and while stationary. The transducer itself mounts on the stem of an electrical trolling motor, though I see no reason why it could not be mounted on a submerged pole.
Paired with a compatible Garmin GPSMAP or echoMAP CHIRP chartplotter, Panoptix delivers a whole new perspective to fishing that lets fishermen watch the movement of fish, and the reactions to their bait, up to 100 feet away. Designed for trolling motor installation, the PS22-TR is the latest addition to the Panoptix product line, which now includes six models with varying installation options for inland and offshore application.
Users can see real-time sonar imagery at video-like speed using the view of their choice – forward or down. Thanks to its simple mount design, it’s easy to change mounting configurations between the two. By providing both LiveVü scanning views, anglers have the ability to tailor the PS22-TR to best fit how they fish. Unlike traditional or scanning sonar that only provides historical data of what’s been passed over, LiveVü Forward shows imagery of fish moving toward or away from the boat as well as up and down. This system also has the ability to see submerged structures, providing they are within range, so you can drop the hook exactly where you want it, such as over a wreck.
The PS22-TR will be available this autumn at £1,299, which includes the mounting kit for the shaft or barrel of a trolling motor.