Its official. The FishHunter portable sonar fish finder which uses Bluetooth wireless technology to broadcast its own submarine survey straight to your smartphone is finally available for sale on the internet. Get one delivered for $229, plus tax and shipping, and that’s a bargain price considering a lot of smart people spent thousands of hours making this rig work… Read more about the science behind the sonar chips in FishHunter on Fuel Ghoul.
Its a little known fact that fishermen don’t actually use fishfinders to find fish, they use sonar to study lake bottoms or riverbeds looking for suitable structure preferred by the species of fish they hope to catch. More advanced anglers select hard-to-hook game fish and go looking for the underwater terrain they know these creatures habituate.
Fishhunter becomes their whistling eyes (and ears) under the water. Ever wondered what lies below the muddy reflections of your favourite fishing hole? Now you can find out as you survey the lands below the surface of the lake and that makes fishing even more interesting, if perhaps a little less relaxing…
FishHunter comes complete with the industry’s best fishing app that has an onboard Fish Species Database which details the preferred living conditions of over 150 different types of fish alongside bait suggestions and tips for catching them.
One thing I’m definitely going to pay more attention to is the Moon Cycles app that charts nine different phases of the moon, dates to show proper times for Solunar Fishing. This is a very interesting theory that’s almost 100 years old now and hasn’t been disproved yet – the logic states that when there’s a full moon you’ll catch more fish. I’ve always wanted to test that theory, and now this app makes it real easy. Next time I’m catching lots of fish I intend to check the moon phases and see if its a new moon or a full moon.
Got Maps? FishHunter is an interactive Fishing Atlas. Users can harness GPS systems to pinpoint their catches on marine maps loaded with memory and social sharing features, as they log details for their own continuous improvement. Also be sure and check out the FishHunter photo contests for exclusive access to great prizes and emerging community events.
These portable sonar devices for smartphones will change the sport of fishing!
Here are pictures of the sonar in action at the Outdoorsmens’ trade show in Denver Colorado
The device was warmly received by the primarily American audience of hunters and anglers, and a great many units were sold here… but in general the media has been slow to cover this cool innovation.
One story that introduces Fish Hunter sonar for smartphone is on Tumblr, and from a popular Son of a Beekeeper who uses some of the same pics as this post. Also there’s a lovely article on Quazen about FishHunter sonar for smartphones, and how they’re sure to make fishing more of a spectator sport. That piece postulates that this portable sonar device will be the hottest toy at the cottage in 2014, and I wouldn’t doubt what its true. The set-up sure stopped a lot of people at this recent trade show.
Do you live in Ontario? You can add your two cents to this discussion about portable fish finders on Ontario Outdoor Magazine.
Or you can register and join in this discussion about FishHunter sonar fishfinders on Fishing Fury forums.