Garmin

Meet the Pros

Bill Dance

Scott Martin

Brent Chapman

Dion Hibdon

Leo Stakos

Scott Turnage

Wade Middleton

Jeff Reynolds

Bill Platt

Bill Dance

One of the World’s most famous fishermen, Bill is the friendliest TV personality hosting Bill Dance Outdoors and Bill Dance Saltwater, on NBC Sports. He earned 23 National Bass Titles during his competitive career. Bill lives in Collierville, Tennessee and thoroughly enjoys fishing.

“I never would have dreamed in a million years there’d come a day when I could have such amazing technology that’s so easy to use. Hey, if I can use it! And that’s every Garmin product. You just turn it on and go. You can mark a spot right in the middle of the lake and go right back to it every time. You get the clearest scanning sonar and the best maps. That makes quite a combo.”

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Scott Martin

Successful 15 year pro tournament fisherman, Forrest Wood Cup Champion, and host of the “Scott Martin Challenge” on NBC Sports. Scott lives on Lake Okeechobee in Clewiston, Florida.

“I’ve used Garmin products my whole career. They’ve always had the best maps but now they have their own survey boats out mapping lakes to create incredibly high detail LakeVü HD Ultra maps. They show structure, drop-offs, humps and holes. So you don’t waste any time on the lake. The 10 Hz GPS puts you right on top of your marked spot and the scanning sonar shows you exactly what’s there. You catch fish."

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Brent Chapman

Current BASS Elite Series Angler and 2012 Bassmaster Elite Series Angler of the Year. He's appeared in 12 Bassmaster Classics, including two top five finishes. Brent lives on Lake Quivira in Kansas, near Kansas City.

“Garmin always had great mapping, but when I saw Garmin DownVü and SideVü scanning sonar, that’s what sold me. Once you turn them on and the screen pops up…wow… it’s so clear, you can really see a difference. They have the clearest scanning sonar images on the water. Now my boat is full Garmin, with a GPSMAP 1040 on my dash, a GPSMAP 840 next to it and another GPSMAP 840 up at my bow.”

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Dion Hibdon

One of the very few anglers to have won both a Forrest Wood Cup and a Bassmaster Classic. He knows how to catch fish. He started fishing tournaments when he was 12 and turned pro at 18. Dion lives in Sunrise Beach, Missouri, on Lake of the Ozarks.

“Garmin combos make you a more efficient fisherman. Used to be, we’d zigzag back and forth across the lake trying to find a spot where we’d had some luck before. Now, in addition to having the best maps, my GPSMAP combos also have 10 Hz GPS. It puts me right on top of my marked spots. I mean, as you move, the boat on the screen moves, there’s no delay. It really makes it easy to go from one spot to another."

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Leo Stakos

Entrepreneur, philanthropist and host of “Fish TV, ” the leading fishing and outdoor media company in Canada. Leo travels the world in search of exciting fishing destinations to share with viewers on 8 national networks in Canada and 2 in the USA.

"Canada has thousands of beautiful waters to fish. But only Garmin offers detailed lake map coverage for over 6,000 bodies of water across Canada on a single card. And of those waters, over 1,000 are HD lakes with 1’ contours at all depths, shoreline to shoreline. The closest competitor offers only 24 lakes. So obviously, Garmin has been paying attention to the needs of Canadian fishermen. Like me.”

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Scott Turnage

Host of the “G3 Sportsman” TV show. Growing up in rural Southeast Missouri, Scott found out early that you had to play ball, hunt, or fish. He has a deep rooted passion for hunting and fishing that shines though as he hosts the G3 Sportsman.

"These new combos bring a world of difference to your boat. With Garmin DownVü, you can see the difference in fish species. You can actually count them. What you once might have thought was a ball of shad, you can now see it’s a school of gamefish. And with SideVü, you can see to cast way out to the side of your boat. You see so much more area than you could before with regular sonar."

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Wade Middleton

President and co-owner of Careco TV, one of the leading outdoor media production companies in the nation. He got there through his years of experience as a guide, outfitter and tournament angler. On his rare days off, Wade goes hunting or fishing.

“I’ve used Garmin products for years. Their LakeVü HD Ultra maps with over 40 exclusive Garmin surveyed MaxDef lakes add a level of accuracy and detail that is just amazing. I fish a lot of new lakes, lakes I’ve never been on before, and with these maps I can fish those lakes like a local. I pre-scout these maps and find some really sweet spots. Spots people who live on the lake don’t even know about!”

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Jeff Reynolds

“I’m not big on computers. I don’t want to fight with electronics. I’m a fisherman. I just want stuff to work. Garmin combos are really easy to use. You get great maps and amazingly clear scanning sonar, like a picture of what’s below your boat. With the new Garmin combos on my boat, I can see stump beds, rock piles, heck I can see a fish under a limb. All that power and technology and they’re still easy to use.”

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Bill Platt

Owner of Custom Marine Electronics, Bill started fishing at the age of 5 and owned 2 boats before he ever owned a car. Today he’s a licensed charter boat Captain and professional fishing guide. Bill has fished professional tournaments since 1986 and has several first place and championship wins.

“Having the right equipment to find kingfish, wahoo and billfish is key. I give a lot of credit to Garmin for keeping Team Papotanic in the winner’s circle. I’ve been buying and installing Garmin products for years. My first was a white handheld GPS 45. Now I have a 37-footer with a Glass Helm of three GPSMAP 8215 chartplotters, GSD 26 CHIRP sonar, 6kW radar, and Auto Pilot.”

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