Fish Finding Technology For The Shore Angler

Shore anglers rejoice! Garmin has opened another door for anglers to do what seemed in the past to be impossible. Whether you’re fishing from a boat or the bank, you can now cast out your “fishfinder” and have an instant reading of depth in the form of a traditional sonar screen on your smartphone. And if that wasn’t enough, Garmin’s added a GPS feature into their little miracle worker for those who would like mapping along with the fishfinder.

The Garmin STRIKER Cast along with your existing (or next) smartphone.

“This is such a gamechanger,” says Angelo. “To be able to see exactly what is below the surface and then create a super-accurate map in an area that is normally inaccessible is such an advantage for a shore angler.”

Garmin says the easy-to-use STRIKER Cast device streams and displays sonar on a simple free phone app interface. Setup is a snap. And scans of fish and structure locations are easy to interpret.


Easy to read screens and easy to use settings make the Striker Cast user friendly.

Where Can the STRIKER CAST Be Used?

STRIKER Cast GPS sonar works in freshwater or saltwater (and even for ice fishing) to show you fish and structure in crisp detail. You can use it to check the water temperature as well.

This is a phenomenal tool, especially for all shore anglers; to get accurate bottom readings while casting from the shore of a lake, river, pond, or ocean is very advantageous.

Flasher mode on a phone… are you kidding? Nope!


The Striker Cast’s built-in GPS provides the ability to create custom Quickdraw fishing maps with 1’ contours so that you can remember (and maybe share) where you found that great fishing spot. This is the exact same procedure that Ang and Pete use when fishing uncharted waters with their full-blown EchoMap units. 1’ contours on a map give you such an advantage.

The GPS mapping feature with 1’ contours puts this technology over the top for shore anglers.

What Sonar Modes Are Available?

Anglers can choose from the traditional 2D sonar and the ice fishing flasher modes, with setting adjustments for gain, range and more.

Notice the amplitude scale on the right side, just like the big-boy units!

“One of the biggest peeves from our Fish’n Canada fans is the affordability of fishfinders, GPS’s, et cetera,” says Pete. “Well, look at Garmin now. They’re making getting into the fishfinder game affordable to everyone!”

The STRIKER Cast is available now, either with or without the addition of the GPS mode. You can purchase it through Garmin or look for it at your local retailer.

11 Replies to “Fish Finding Technology For The Shore Angler”

  1. I don’t know, I’ve seen too many people drop their phones in the water, and besides, if I pull it out, I’ll see I have messages … next thing you know I’m staring at my screen for 20 minutes. Most of us already spend too much time on the damn things — my rule is that when I’m fishing, my phone stays in my pocket on airplane mode except for emergencies (OK, and maybe to check the weather occasionally). Now, I’ve seen similar units sold online, but instead of sending readings to your phone, they come with their own separate handheld display. I’d definitely use one of those, but I haven’t yet seen one made by a reputable brand. The reviews seem good, but … I don’t know if I can trust those. I’d trust the opinions of other members of this forum, though! Has anyone tried one like the ones I’m talking about? Are there any you would recommend?

    1. Hey Leon I totally get the “don’t want my phone on while I’m fishing” thing you are referring to. Remember though as in dropping it in the water, this device is created for shore fishing so recovering a dropped phone is very possible. Most phones are waterproof as well so all should not be lost.

      I my case, I do use my phone for fishing. Even though we are equipped with Garmin Chartplotters, I still often refer to my Navionics app on my phone. Sometimes cross referencing, sometimes to pop in a quick waypoint and so on. There is also the Active Captain app with multiple uses. As you said, weather apps with radar are critical. And lest we not forget the camera. I normally snap shots with a DSLR however with the new phones, my camera almost seems obsolete. They are that good.

      I simply turn my ringer off and try to ignore it (not hard to do when the fish’n is good… just ask my wife when she tries to call then!).

      I truly believe Garmin has hit a homerun with this one and a main reason is… the phone which you already own.

      Please let us know if you decide to get this one or any other, I’d like to hear your opinion.

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