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Humminbird® Awarded Fifth Consecutive ICAST Win


Humminbird® HELIX 7® voted ICAST 2015 “Best of Electronics” by dealers and outdoors media

by: Traditions Media,

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(Jul 22, 2015 - EUFAULA, AL.)

According to recently-released statistics from the American Sportfishing Association (ASA), ICAST 2015 shattered all previous attendance records, drawing nearly 13,000 sportfishing industry professionals to Orlando, Florida, July 14-17.

One of the most anticipated events of each ICAST is the New Product Showcase, sponsored by Fishing Tackle Retailer, which rewards innovation through “Best of Show” new product competition. Voted on by outdoors media and buyers, winning products often reveal industry trends well ahead of marketplace movements.

And this year – for the fifth year in a row – Humminbird® took top honors in the show’s Electronics category, as the attending community of dealers and outdoors media voted the new Humminbird HELIX 7 the best example of fishing electronics for 2015. http://www.humminbird.com/Freshwater/Product-Category/Series/HELIX-7-Series/

Let’s recap the past five years:

2011: Humminbird’s 1158c DI Combo earns the popular vote.
2012: 360 Imaging™ follows suit as the biggest thing since the introduction of Side Imaging®.
2013:  Bow 360 is championed for bringing around-the-boat underwater imaging to boat bows.
2014: Humminbird’s ONIX® Series takes top honors.
2015: Humminbird’s HELIX 7 is crowned “Best of Electronics” for it’s ultra-bright, nearly glare-free screen and top technologies at a real-world price.

The accolades are always well received, but Humminbird remains focused on creating technologies like patented Side Imaging®, LakeMaster™ cartography and 360 Imaging® that help anglers find and catch more fish.

This year’s win may be the most satisfying yet for the Eufaula, Alabama-based Company and the overall marketplace.  

“Our goal was to combine our leading-edge technologies with solutions to the real-world problems anglers and boaters face each day on the water. The result is a bigger, brighter, nearly glare-free screen with numerous proven, fish-catching features and innovation at these price points,” says Jeff Kolodzinski, Brand Manager, Humminbird®.

Kolodzinski continues: “This is a profound achievement for our entire team – from engineering to our American manufacturing to customer service. It really underscores where we are headed as a company, bringing anglers what they want: units that are easier to use and that help them catch more fish.”

Along those lines, anglers and boaters can choose exactly the HELIX 7 that is right for how they fish, whether that means a sonar-only unit all the way up to the full complement of Side Imaging®, Down Imaging®, Dual-Beam Sonar with SwitchFire®, and chartplotting. HELIX 7 is also compatible with Humminbird® LakeMaster™ AutoChart™ and AutoChart™ PRO, which make real-time user-generated high-definition mapping possible, no upload to a server or cloud required.

Suggested Retail Prices
HELIX 7 Sonar: $399.99.
HELIX 7 Sonar GPS Combo: $449.99.
HELIX 7 DI: $449.99.
HELIX 7 DI GPS: $499.99.
HELIX 7 SI GPS: $699.99.

HELIX 7 SI GPS KVD: $699.99.


For other inquiries, please  contact Humminbird, 678 Humminbird Lane, Eufaula, AL 36027, or call 800-633-1468.


About Johnson Outdoors Marine Electronics, Inc.
Johnson Outdoors Marine Electronics, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Johnson Outdoors and consists of the Humminbird®, Minn Kota® and Cannon® brands. Humminbird® is a leading global innovator and manufacturer of marine electronics products including fishfinders, multifunction displays, autopilots, ice flashers, and premium cartography products.  Minn Kota® is the world’s leading manufacturer of electric trolling motors, as well as offers a complete line of shallow water anchors, battery chargers and marine accessories.  Cannon® is the leader in controlled-depth fishing and includes a full line of downrigger products and accessories.


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