MotorGuide and Lowrance products are linked
visiting anglers what lies below
MotorGuide and Lowrance
Electronics, Tulsa-based companies and national sponsors of the
CITGO BASS Federation Championship in town this week, won’t just
be showing qualifying anglers a good time while fishing on
nearby Keystone Lake; they will also be showing them what’s
below the surface of the lake.
MotorGuide makes the Tour Series Digital trolling motors, and
Lowrance Electronics makes the sonar equipment, featured on the
more than 50 Triton and Skeeter bass boats rigged specifically
for the tournament. And for the first time ever, the
respective products from the two companies are being linked
together to deliver a high-quality sonar image on the Lowrance
display through a transducer built into the MotorGuide trolling
The compatibility of
Lowrance sonar and the new MotorGuide Sonar Ready Tour motors
has been made possible because of MotorGuide’s
recent development as the industry's
first and only line of digital trolling motors.
Digital’s simpler, cleaner and clearer communications offers a
dramatic improvement in trolling motor reliability and
dependability over the old analog system motors.
“Our digital, Sonar Ready
motors enhance and optimize sonar signals to the fullest by
keeping interference issues under control and out of the picture
– literally” explained MotorGuide’s Dallas Hodges. “What that
means to anglers is a better, more detailed view of what’s
underneath … and that’s what sonar is all about.”
commonly called “fish finders” on fishing boats, provide anglers
with important information as to what is under the water’s
surface – especially depth and contours. The transducer is what
sends and receives the signals being interpreted by the sonar
display into usable information.
Transducers for bow-mounted trolling
motors used on bass boats are typically separate items that must
be mounted with clamps. Such external mounting makes the
transducer and its cables susceptible to damage from incidental
run-ins with underwater obstacles like rocks and stumps.
anglers competing in this week’s event will be among the first
to benefit from the new technology.
All of the championship boats
are equipped with MotorGuide Sonar Ready Tour Series trolling
motors, model TR82P FB Digital, which are 24-volt, foot-control
motors with 82 pounds of thrust. The 200 kHz Sonar Ready
transducer is built into stainless steel housing on the motor’s
lower unit and works with most popular sonar displays. All
wires and cables are protected inside MotorGuide’s famous
stainless steel shafts.
The MotorGuide Sonar Ready motors
are linked to Lowrance X-135 sonar displays on the bows of the
Hodges said the trolling motor
company worked closely with Lowrance to make sure the
electronics company was pleased with the results, and that
feedback has been extremely positive.
Lowrance spokesperson, Bob
Callaway, concurred. “We’re looking forward to teaming with
MotorGuide at the Federation championship to really show-off the
full capabilities of our products,” he said. “The fishermen
will be impressed with what they see.”
“Federation anglers are going
to learn a lot about MotorGuide and Lowrance by being in our
hometown this week,” Hodges added. “And about Keystone Lake
because of having our newest and finest products on their
MotorGuide is BASS’ longest
running sponsor and has been a supporter of the Federation ever
since the program was first introduced. The Federation anglers
who qualify on Keystone Lake to compete in the 2004 CITGO
Bassmaster Classic will also find MotorGuide Sonar Ready Tour
motors on the Classic rigs – powerful 36-volt, 105 pound thrust
models. MotorGuide has been a Classic sponsor ever since the
first one in 1971 on Lake Mead.
MotorGuide is a part of
Mercury Marine and proudly manufactures its MotorGuide trolling
motors in Tulsa, Oklahoma.