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Testing Garmin’s game-changing new Panoptix fishfinder

Testing Garmin’s game-changing new Panoptix fishfinder

OC hits the water to check out phased array sonar, and get bassin’ tips from some elite U.S. pros

I recently visited Alabama’s Lake Guntersville. Here’s what I learned about Garmin’s latest technology… and chucking swimbaits.

Scott Gardner
Scott Gardner

When it comes to new fishing gear—and especially electronics—words like “innovative” and “revolutionary” get tossed around a lot. But based on what I’ve seen of Garmin’s Panoptix All-Seeing Sonar, this time the hype is deserved. I recently traveled to Lake Guntersville in Alabama to check out Panoptix in action. Even better, I got to see the new sonar while fishing with several elite bass pros, including Byron Velvick, who landed the biggest darn bass this northern angler had ever seen, a seven-pounder (above). Read on for more about what Panoptix can do, plus great fishing tips from swimbait pioneer Velvick.

Scott Gardner

Scott Gardner

Outdoor Canada associate editor and fly-fishing columnist Scott Gardner is happiest when he's on the water fishing (especially from his kayak) or just surrounded by trees, preferably out of cell phone range. Since joining Outdoor Canada in 2010, Scott has won nine National Communication Awards from the Outdoor Writers of Canada for his adventure travel and fly fishing articles, and been nominated for five National Magazine Awards.

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