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Best Fishfinder Mount: Balzout Mounts

Are all fish finder mounts the same? Do some mounts work better under rougher water conditions? Can I trust my mount to securely hold my expensive Garmin, Humminbird, Lowrance, Ray Marine, or Simrad graphs without worry of fail? Think of losing your graph simply because of a mount failing. All those hours spent marking way points, gathering data, remembering your secret coveted honey pots of fish…. ALL GONE! Such a tragic yet avoidable mistake. Us fishermen spend tons of money on the latest and greatest fishing electronics on the market and many times skimp on the mounting mechanism. Perhaps the overwhelming amount of options such as manufacturer, size, compatibility, and price make us filter the results simply by price for convenience. Regardless the reason, the worst thing we could do as fishermen is leave our priceless graph in the grips of an unworthy mount. For this reason, there is only one fish finder mount on the market today that the GraphShack Team fully supports: BalZout Mounts.

Over the past couple years Team GraphShack and BalZout Mounts have developed a great relationship centered around offering our customers the absolute best option to mount their fish finders to withstand all conditions. BalZout LLC is a Missouri company, dedicated to bringing you the most rugged and dependable electronics mounts on the market. 100% Made in the USA, GraphShack will back them up with a Limited-Lifetime warranty. Mount components are made of CNC machined aircraft aluminum. Each component is hard coat anodized. As a dealer of BalZout Mounts, GraphShack now offers the full line of mounts available in all colors and sizes.

HOW IT WORKS

*Black Anodized. Stainless Studs made in New York. Knobs made in Missouri. Anodizing and Powder Coating done by local professionals.

BalZout Brackets typically consist of 5 components: a base, two knuckle joints, a connection arm and a mounting plate. Each joint has a positive locking ball and socket mechanism that will not budge if tightened correctly. Each joint moves in 30 degree increments allowing anglers to position the mount to fit your needs. A spring pocket at each knob allows the joins to be moved when loosened, but keeps enough pressure to hold position for easy adjustment. Each stud is longer than the spring travel, so if a joint needs to be disconnected for any reason the knob will not be sprung into the water. Mounting plates are compatible with all fish finders including Lowrance, Humminbird, Garmin, Ray Marine, and Simrad. Mounting arms come in 4″, 6″, 9″, and 12″ with color options of black anodized, silver anodized, blue powder coated, and red powder coated. There are also two base options: bullet or round.

Important Dimensions:

Round Base: 3.75″ Diameter

Bullet Base: 2.1875″ x 3.75″

Unit Height:

4″ unit: Up to 6.5″ vertical (from deck to bottom of gimbal) or 6.5″ horizontal (from center of base to center of gimbal)

6″ unit: Up to 8.5″ vertical (from deck to bottom of gimbal) or 8.5″ horizontal (from center of base to center of gimbal)

9″ unit: Up to 11.5″ vertical (from deck to bottom of gimbal) or 11.5″ horizontal (from center of base to center of gimbal)

12″ unit: Up to 14.5″  vertical (from deck to bottom of gimbal) or 14.5″ horizontal (from center of base to center of gimbal)

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Why Upgrade from Garmin Echomap Plus to Echomap UHD?

Recently, Garmin has discontinued production of its Echomap Plus Fishfinder/Chartplotter Series, therefor blowing through the remaining inventory at the end of 2019 with extremely enticing deals.  Many of us anglers wondered: “Why discontinue what seemed to be one of the best bang-for-your-buck deals in the marine electronics industry?”  Well, Garmin has released the replacement Echomap UHD units and now we understand.  Garmin UHD units are practically the big brother to the Garmin Plus units as they barely exceed in price but tenfold in imaging and cartography capabilities. 

The biggest difference in the Garmin Echomap Plus and Echomap UHD units are the UHD unit’s ability to interpret Ultra High Definition transducer data from the newly released GT52 3-in-1 transducer. Stated best by the Garmin development team during the release: The UHD units are “a new line of mid-sized keyed and touchscreen with keyed-assist combos that bring premium features like built-in support for Garmin’s crystal-clear Ultra High-Definition scanning sonar and award-winning Panoptix LiveScope™ to smaller, more affordable display options. Not only does the new UHD series come with best-in-class sonar capabilities, but the best mapping too. Available with preloaded BlueChart® g3 charts or LakeVü g3 maps – both with integrated Navionics data – anglers will benefit from the latest and most detail-rich cartography built-in and ready to go out of the box.”

UHD units give crystal-clear scanning of fish and structure.  Anglers can purchase Garmin UHD units in 6 inch,7 inch, and 9 inch touchscreen sizes.  At a price point only $50 more than its little brother Echomap Plus, UHD units are amazingly affordable and currently available at graphshack.com.  With the 6” UHD units begin at $499.99, 7” at $649.99, and the 9” at $899.99 there is not another fishfinder series on the market that can compare on price and features.

Bundle the unit with a Panoptix Livescope System and you will have no question the best system available on the market!  The LVS2 Livescope Transducer is available in transom, trolling motor, and thru hull mounts.  All 7” and 9” UHD units are compatible with the Panoptix Livescope and we carry Garmin boat bundles of all size and options at graphshack.com.  Bundling Panoptix and your UHD unit will provide nearly photographic views with excellent resolution and target separation in both freshwater and saltwater. Anglers can see real-time sonar imagery at video-like speed. Panoptix shows an image of fish swimming and moving toward or away from the boat- even while stationary- in real time and up to 100 feet away!

In addition to being compatible with the Panoptix Livescope, the 7” and 9” Garmin UHD models also work seamlessly with the new Force Trolling Motor.  Users can control the motor from the screen, route to waypoints, follow tracks, and more.  The Force trolling motor is 30% more powerful than existing freshwater trolling motors on the market today. All that power means anglers can cover more water and stay on their spots longer, even in tough conditions. As the new player in the trolling motor business, Garmin was intent on delivering a motor that is powerful yet still supremely quiet. Thanks to its brushless motor, Force operates with nearly undetectable interference, so it won’t fuzz up your sonar screen with static.

Overall, Garmin UHD units are well worth the upgrade.  The features and compatibility are not rivaled in the marine electronics industry as Garmin continually one-ups themselves year after year. With the 2019 Icast Best In Show going to the Panoptix Livescope and the 2020 Icast Best in Show going to the Force Trolling motor, Garmin continues to prove their future focused approach to marine technology translates to anglers on a big scale.  Graphshack is proud to carry the full line of Garmin Electronics and accessories to cater to all of your fishing needs. 

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Save BIG When Bundling Lowrance Products

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HDS LIVE Ultimate Fishing System Upgrade

Offer valid from January 1, 2020 to March 31, 2020

Get up to $400 back with the Ultimate Upgrade

Get a Prepaid Gift Card up to $400 with the purchase of an HDS LIVE display – Plus an additional $100 and free Ardent Baitcaster with a purchase of a LiveSight Sonar or Ghost Trolling Motor.

Model NumberProduct DescriptionHDS LIVE RebateHDS LIVE + LiveSight
HDS LIVE + Ghost TM
000-14416-001HDS-7 LIVE with Active Imaging 3-in-1$100$200*$200*
000-14422-001HDS-9 LIVE with Active Imaging 3-in-1$200$300*$300*
000-14428-001HDS-12 LIVE with Active Imaging 3-in-1$300$400*$400*

Maximize your rebate with the additional purchase of a LiveSight Sonar or Ghost Trolling Motor

Prepare yourself for a new level of fishfinding performance. The Ghost freshwater trolling motor helps anglers fish longer, run faster and move in closer without spooking fish. LiveSight sonar gives you the ability to track lure and fish movements in real time both in front of and below your boat.

TERMS & CONDITIONS: This special offer is available to qualifying end-user purchasers of a qualifying product. If any terms and conditions are not met the special offer will be denied. Distributors and dealers may not participate in this offer. The purchase date on your sales receipt, packing slip or invoice must be a date within the eligibility period indicated on the individual special offer application when registering online at Lowrance.4myrebate.com. The address on your special offer application must match the billing address on the receipt, packing slip or invoice. Limit (1) one redemption per qualifying special offer, per person, billing address, company, household and receipt/ invoice/packing slip during the eligibility period, except where prohibited by law. Any request postmarked or received after the eligibility period will be denied. You shall receive a MasterCard® Prepaid Card (the “Reward Card”). This Card is issued by Sunrise Banks N.A., Member FDIC, pursuant to a license from Mastercard International Incorporated. Mastercard is a registered trademark, and the circles design is a trademark of Mastercard International Incorporated. This card may be used everywhere Debit Mastercard is accepted. Registration, activation, acceptance, or use of this card constitutes acceptance of the terms and conditions stated in the Prepaid Card Agreement. Card valid for up to (6) six months; unused funds will be forfeited at midnight EST the last day of the month of the valid thru date. Once expired, this card is void and will not be replaced. If you do not spend all the funds on the card prior to the expiration date, the remaining funds will not be available to you. You have no right to the funds except to use them for authorized transactions prior to the expiration date shown on the card. Subject to applicable law, and except as otherwise provided in the Cardholder Agreement, this Card is not redeemable for cash or recurring payments. Read Cardholder Agreement for complete terms and conditions, including a binding individual arbitration clause. The Card is issued for loyalty, award, or promotional purposes and is not a gift card; nor is it intended for gifting purposes. No money has been paid by you for the card. Card terms and conditions apply, see login.wirecard.com. ® Mastercard is a registered trademark of Mastercard International Incorporated.

Your personal information will be processed by Navico, acting as a Data Controller, in accordance with the Privacy Policy for the purpose of offering or providing you with our products and/or services and the management of your customer relationship with Navico (the “Purposes”) and may be shared with its affiliates, business partners or service providers and with any third parties located within or outside the EU for the Purposes. Your personal information will be retained for the whole duration of the Purposes, augmented by the duration of any statute of limitations which may apply. You may request to access, correct, or delete your personal information at any time by contacting us at legal@navico.com or by postal mail at: Navico, Inc., ATTN: Legal Dept., 4500 S. 129th East Ave., Suite 200, Tulsa, OK 74134-5885, USA. You may also manage your communication preference by accessing the Privacy section of your profile on the Navico website.

Please allow 8-10 weeks for delivery in US and 10-12 weeks for delivery in Canada. Offer subject to change at any time. Void where prohibited by law. Use of fictitious names, multiple addresses and P.O. Boxes to obtain additional special offers may constitute fraud, violate federal, state or provincial laws and may result in prosecution, imprisonment and/or fines, including under the U.S. Mail Fraud Statutes (18 USC, Section 1341 and 1342). You may check the status of your special offer by visiting the link provided in your e-mail or visiting Lowrance.4myrebate.com. Please allow 3 weeks after submitting to make any inquiries regarding your special offer. Fulfillment of this special offer is subject to final approval by Navico and can be amended at its sole discretion. Reward Vendor is not liable for non-fulfillment of offers by Navico. ® 2020 Navico

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ENTER THE CIRCLE OF TRUST MEGA 360 IMAGING

Surround yourself with more detail than ever before. New MEGA 360 Imaging™ sweeps up to 125’ in every direction around your boat to deliver the clearest images you’ve ever seen of structure, the bottom and fish, even while you’re sitting still. That means more accurate casts, more unforgettable moments and more incredible MEGA Imaging all around.

EVERY DETAIL IN EVERY DIRECTION

With MEGA 360 Imaging, we didn’t reinvent the wheel. We redefined it, bringing the unmatched coverage of our 360 Imaging technology into the megahertz range for next-level detail. Like underwater radar, the MEGA 360 Imaging beam rotates giving you a 360-degree view of the water that’s constantly updating—with your boat at the center. Fish won’t ever see you coming–allowing you to cast and hook fish before they even know you’re there.

CUSTOMIZE YOUR VIEW MEGA 360 Imaging will change your perspective on fishing. How you see it is up to you. Custom viewing options let you choose how your returns appear, so you can dial them in based on your fishing style, conditions and what you’re after. Because more control means more confidence on the water. View MEGA 360 Imaging alongside your choice of multiple sonar and map technologies for a complete understanding of your surroundings. MEGA 360 Imaging also allows you to customize sweep speed, viewing area, display information, sonar zoom and color palette to your specific fishing situation and preferences.


Choose from five beam rotation speeds for the right balance of image quality and refresh rate. Get up close and personal with fish, structure, vegetation and other details thanks to zoom mode that goes up to 10X!
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Lowrance Livesight vs Garmin Livescope

The highly anticipated Lowrance Livesight Transducer is finally on the market and GraphShack has got em! Lowrance has been teasing the fishing community with the release dates over the past year and we have been patiently waiting to see just what the Livesight can do. We recently got our first shipment of Livesights and were excited like a kid on Christmas to get our hands on them and test them on the water. The question is: How does the Lowrance Livesight hold up vs the Garmin Livescope? Our research and tests surprised us to say the least as we ultimately gave both transducers a certified GraphShack Rating after comparing the two.

Beginning with the Livesight, the MSRP is $999 and the installation is simple. It is plug and play with Lowrance Live Electronics and will soon be available for Lowrance Carbon units with the addition of a PS1 Module. The PS1 will be dropping around August 2019 per Lowrance last update. The outlooking cone angle is the most important spec of both of these live transducers. The outlooking cone angle of the Livesight is 40 degrees which means it is covering a lot of room and also allows the transducer to register faster with such a wide angle. This correlates on the graph in a big way. The graph shows a 90 degree angle from directly below the transducer and forward. This makes for amazing structure spotting over wide areas. It takes a bit to get used to the optics of the Livesight on the graph but once mastered it is truly LIVE technology. We could identify our bait with ease as well as fish and structure galore!

The Garmin Livescope (LVS32) MSRP comes in a bit higher at $1499. It also includes a module that serves as a separate processor from the transducer to the head unit which gets the amazing images you have seen online. The outlooking cone angle for the Livescope is shooting out at a 20 degree angle which is much more narrow than the Livesight. This means the transducer covers less area but is much more precise and produces much clearer images with less information to process. This focused angle gives you much more accurate fish-to-bait space depiction on your graph. The graph images on the Livescope are virtually video game fishing. The angle shown on the graph is at 135 degrees which means it goes further behind the boat and forward than its Lowrance rival.

Both transducers have their pros and cons. The price, cone angle, graph optics, and compatibility all go into consideration when giving these live technologies a GraphShack Certified Rating. We give the Lowrance LiveSight a rating of 8.5 out of 10 due to the graph optics and compatibility aspects. Although the least expensive of the two the 90 degree angle shown on the graph really makes the Livesight struggle to produce the imaging comparable to the Livescope. The Garmin Livescope receives a rating of 9.8 out of 10 due to the cone angle and game changing graph optics. The price in our opinion is worth it as we believe the Garmin live technology is top of the line currently.

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Humminbird Helix How-To Videos

Learn how to use your HELIX like a pro with an all-new video series from Humminbird. With over 130 videos, our Humminbird Tutorials YouTube Channel walks you through every single menu on the HELIX so you can find out how to get to what you’re looking for faster and discover features you never even knew existed. 
THIS MONTH’S FEATURED VIDEOS

WHAT DO FISH LOOK LIKE ON 2D SONAR + IMAGING TECHNOLOGIES?
Have you ever wondered if a mark on your sonar, side imaging, or down imaging was a fish? We can bet you have. Jason Halfen breaks down some things to look for to identify fish on the three different sonar and imaging technologies. Whether it is an arch, blob, or line on your 2D sonar, or a bright speck or fish-shaped mark on Down and Side Imaging.

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Ultimate Fishfinder and Marine Electronics Warranty Guide

When it comes to buying new marine electronics endless amounts of research, comparisons, and reviews are where many start their search. Hours upon hours are spent on the web trying to decide which size, options, and extras they can fit onto their console or bow without considering one of the most important factors of all: Warranty. Imagine, your worst dream becomes reality when you are carefree fishing and your beloved head unit bites the dust as electronics tend to do. If you haven’t been there, its not a question of if but when. What do you do other than cuss your head unit and begin checking your bank account while you begin formulating a plan to tell the spouse why to spend more on fishing? Can you take advantage of the warranty given by the manufacturer? This simple backup plan could save you some serious dough in the long run. Manufacturers such as Lowrance, Humminbird and Garmin all offer warranties that could save your butt and keep you using your favorite marine electronics combo for a long time to come. The differences between marine electronics warranties can be confusing and difficult to find on the web which is why we dove deep and consolidated them all into one informative post for the GraphShack community.

In order to take advantage of any of the warranties offered by marine electronics companies you MUST have the details of the purchase. A receipt is the most important thing to have! The serial number is also clutch. Registering you product with the manufacturers website is a great tool for keeping this information in one place and digital. When your unit dies unexpectedly you may not be able to access the serial number and important data that could help which can be avoided by the registration of your product. Additionally, registering your product can keep you updated with the latest software updates, provide more efficient product support as well as updates about new products, promotions and events.

Manufacturers consider the warranty period of any electronics bought to begin upon the first purchase. If you buy a pre-owned unit you may still also be able to take advantage of warranty perks depending upon when the original owner purchased the item. At GraphShack.com we offer an additional 90-Day guarantee to any product bought on our website regardless if the item is currently within its manufacturer warranty or not. We want you to avoid having to go talk to Chad at Bass Pro who has Algebra homework to finish just so you can get store credit. GraphShack can get it taken care of quickly and hassle-free with a replacement or cash back in your hand from the comfort of your boat. The hassle of warranty redemption can be frustrating. The amount of time and effort to complete the enitre process may deter the weak but not us! Here at GraphShack, we will actually go through the entire warranty process for you leaving you just waiting for your replacement unit to arrive. Who does that?

Manufacturer1 Year2 YearCartographyExtended
Lowrance:Hook2HDS Live & Carbon

Elite TI2
n/aavailable
Garmin:—————>All units2-yearavailable
Humminbird:All units except:
Ice Flasher
Series
Only Ice Flasher
Series
30-dayavailable

The table above shows a simplified form of the three main fishfinder manufacturers warranty information. Overall, Garmin takes the cake for the best warranty on the market with a two-year warranty for all of their products! Lowrance has two-year warranty for its higher tier series (HDS Live, Carbon, and Elite Ti2) but skimps on its Hook2 series by only offering a one-year. Humminbird offers one-year warranty on all units except the Ice Flasher Series which get a two-year due to the harsh conditions it will be used in. Extended warranties are available for purchase from each manufacturer extending the warranty for possibly 3-5 years depending on the company. All manufacturers repair in and out of warranty units though usually charging the initial shipping to the factory. Upgrade and trade-in programs are also available for both defective and working units making it a little cheaper to obtain a new unit or refurbished replacement unit. In conclusion, warranties on your marine electronics are a must. Electronics fail frequently and by taking the right steps when buying your next product you can save yourself the hassle and friction it will take to get you back on the water!

Attached are links to specifics of the particular manufacturers warranty information.

Lowrance: https://www.lowrance.com/help-and-support/warranty-information/

Garmin:https://www.garmin.com/en-US/legal/marine-warranty-policy

Humminbird:https://www.humminbird.com/support/warranty

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Fish in Real-Time with new LiveSight™ Sonar



The perfect complement to HDS LIVE, America’s Number One Fishfinder,​ LiveSight™ is the next weapon in an angler’s arsenal, turning every cast into a sight-fishing experience.

LiveSight™ sonar gives you the ability to track lure and fish movements in real time both in front of and below your boat. With a wider coverage area and greater range than competing technology, LiveSight gives you the best opportunity to catch more fish.


Downward-facing, showing fish feeding on bait fish.

Forward-facing, showing fish swimming around
a submerged tree and a bridge piling

HDS LIVE is the complete package for the angler who’s looking for the very best fishfinder sonar. Active Imaging™ provides the highest-resolution view of structure and fish with SideScan and DownScan Imaging™. And now, LiveSight™ sonar takes your HDS LIVE system to an even higher level, allowing you to watch fish react to your lure as it happens. 

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GraphShack Newsletter #1

Welcome to the official newsletter for www.graphshack.com. This newsletter will give you guys the opportunity to see what new products and deals we have as well as see what our team has been up to. If you haven’t yet, go take a look at www.graphshack.com where we carry the most extensive selection of used fishing products on the market. Every used product we carry is vetted and tested not to mention comes with our 90-Day Graph Shack Guarantee! We offer fast FREE shipping as well!!

Our website features brands including Lowrance, Garmin, Humminbird, Minnkota, Motorguide, Rhodan, Ardent, C-Map, C-Mor Mapping, Balzout mounts, and more! Our goal is to truly earn your business by having a huge selection of fishing products at the best prices and fast FREE shipping. Our #1 goal is to help you catch more fish!

What’s New: GraphShack.com $1000 Giveaway

Graph Shack and NOE Outdoors are linking up this September 20-22 2019 for the NOE Outdoors Expo hosted at the Clarence Brown Conference Center in Cartersville, Ga. The NOE Outdoors Expo is NW Georgia’s premier fishing, hunting, and outdoor show and will include vendors small and large showcasing their products. Personalities such as John Godwin from Duck Dynasty and “Flukemaster” Gene Jensen will make appearances and provide personal meet and greet opportunities. In our excitement for the show, we at Graph Shack have decided to give away the largest prize we have ever done: a cool $1000 from graphshack.com where you can find the gear you need to help you catch more fish. There are three ways to easily be entered into the giveaway which will be chosen live on Facebook from the GraphShack booth at the expo on the last day September 22, 2019:

  • Fill Out The Contact Form Below to Receive 1 Entry
  • Any Purchase From graphshack.com gets 1 entry. Additionally, every purchase from graphshack.com will receive an entry per $100 dollars spent. (example: Customer buys an HDS LIVE worth $1000. Customer receives 11 entries total. 1 entry for the purchase, and 10 entries for each $100 spent)
  • Participate in any of the Noe Outdoors Fishing Tournaments and receive an entry.

GraphShack & NOE Outdoors Partnership:

We have partnered with NoeOutdoors and sponsored all of their tournaments. Check out www.noeoutdoors.com for a full tournament schedule. Well be giving away a $25 Graph Shack gift card at every tournament. Additionally every entrant will be entered in the $1000 gift card giveaway taking place September 22.

What our team has been up to:
The Graph Shack team took a trip to Keaton Beach Florida in February. Flats fishing is one of our favorite types of fishing and Keaton Beach Florida is a special place to us. We stayed on the canal and had 3 jam packed days of fishing targeting Speckled Trout and Redfish. Fortunately we had good weather all three days, sunny and light winds can’t be beat! Keaton Beach is somewhat of a hidden gem with some incredible flats fishing and some of the most beautiful sunsets you can imagine. With lots of experience fishing flats we have narrowed down the tools for best success. Penn spinning combos with popping corks and live shrimp is the go to set up and will always produce fish. If you want to cast, tie on a MirroDine by Mirrolure. This twitch bait is excellent in the flats and produces some awesome strikes! We hit our limit of Trout everyday! The reds were a little more scarce but when you hooked one-you knew it! Our rig for this trip was a Ranger Bay 2300 with a 250 Yamaha. Lowrance electronics and C-Map SD card gave us some extremely detailed depth contours as well as channel markers and hazards. Flats fishing electronics and specifically detailed GPS/mapping is a must. The deepest water we encountered was still under 5 feet and most of fishing was done in less than 2 feet of water. 
Check out some shots from our trip. Thanks for reading and tight lines!!


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Darrell J. Lowrance: 1938 – 2019

Darrell J. Lowrance: 1938 – 2019

We are deeply saddened to share news of the passing of Darrell J. Lowrance, founder of the Lowrance brand.

Darrell served as President and CEO of Lowrance Electronics from 1964 to 2006, and was responsible for many breakthroughs in the industry.

In addition to inventing the first recreational sonar product for anglers, the Fish-Lo-K-Tor — known fondly as the “Little Green Box”, he led the development of the first graph recorder, the first integrated sonar/GPS unit, and many others. These innovations form the foundation of today’s Lowrance products and vision.

As a leader in the fishing and marine community, Darrell was a member of the Board of Directors for AFTMA (American Fishing Tackle Manufacturers Association – later to become the American Sport fishing Association) from 1978-1986, and again in 1988. He was inducted into the Bass Fishing Hall of Fame in 2013.

“With his passing, the world has lost a great man and a true visionary,” said Leif Ottosson, Navico CEO. “Darrell’s passion for fishing, design, and his dedication to driving the marine electronics industry forward led to innovative ideas and products that have shaped the fishing experiences for millions of anglers globally during the past 60 years.”

In memory of Darrell’s work, many of the competitors at the Knoxville Bassmaster Classic wore commemorative blue ribbons during Sunday’s final weigh-in.

We mourn this loss and we offer our sincere condolences to Darrell’s wife, Kathleen, and to his family.

-Team Lowrance