RACINE, Wis., August 22, 2019 – Minn Kota®, the global leader in trolling motor innovation, debuts Built-In MEGA Side Imaging® in its Ultrex™ and Ulterra® trolling motors this fall, allowing anglers to run their boats confidently, while seeing the clearest, most precise images of structure and fish in real-time directly below and to either side of their boat.
MEGA Imaging® is the first imaging technology to enter the megahertz range with performance that provides three times greater detail than traditional 455 kHz frequencies. Adding Humminbird’s MEGA Side Imaging to Minn Kota’s trolling motors results in the clearest, sharpest real-time images without the need to run wires which can compromise the use of the trolling motor’s key features such as Spot-Lock™ and i-Pilot® Link.
Ultrex trolling motors changed the way anglers approach boat control by combining Spot Lock -a GPS anchoring system with unparalleled accuracy- with power steering in an intuitive and responsive heel-toe foot pedal. Only Ulterra features auto stow/deploy and power trim, allowing anglers to precisely control their motor with unrivaled ease.
“Fishing from the bow with down and side-imaging has been an imperfect practice with anglers having to deal with external transducers and cords” said Joe Brown, senior director of brand management at Johnson Outdoors Marine Electronics. “Minn Kota’s Built-In MEGA Side Imaging houses the transducer directly inside the trolling motor for ultimate protection. It also relays real-time images from directly underneath and to the side of the boat letting anglers focus entirely on the fish.”
With Built-In MEGA Side Imaging, the transducer is housed in the motor’s lower unit and the wiring runs through the indestructible composite shaft providing clean rigging that is protected from damage over time. In addition, having the transducer integrated into the trolling motors allows anglers to see what is directly below the bow and to the side of the boat rather than the transom, meaning anglers can make better informed decisions in real time.
Bottom view of Built-in MEGA Side Imaging transducer in lower unit of trolling motor
The MEGA Side Imaging transducer completely housed in the lower unit of the trolling motor.
As part of the One-Boat Network™, the new Ultrex and Ulterra trolling motors with Built-In MEGA Side Imaging feature i-Pilot® Link™. Anglers can utilize iPilot Link to control the motor from a Humminbird unit, the i-Pilot Link mobile app or the i-Pilot Link remote. Both motors include features like “jog” and “follow” – with the press of a button the boat will automatically follow an exact depth contour at a set speed.
The new trolling motors are fully compatible with MEGA Imaging and MEGA Imaging+™ equipped Humminbird fish finders. Anglers fishing with a MEGA Imaging+ Humminbird unit will get 20 percent more detail compared to MEGA Imaging. The new Ultrex and Ulterra trolling motors with Built-In Side Imaging will be available ship in early 2020. For more information visit minnkotamotors.com/mega.
About Minn Kota
JOHNSON OUTDOORS FISHING is comprised of the Minn Kota®, Humminbird® and Cannon® brands. Minn Kota is the world’s leading manufacturer of electric trolling motors, as well as a complete line of shallow water anchors, battery chargers and marine accessories. Humminbird is a leading global innovator and manufacturer of marine electronics products including fish finders, multifunction displays, autopilots, ice flashers, and premium cartography products. Cannon is the leader in controlled-depth fishing and includes a full line of downrigger products and accessories.
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