Anyhow, Jay talked to him and here’s what he said, but first a couple things Justin said Jay thought were real important:
> You have to look at these different brands as different operating systems, like with different computers/phones.
> Before you jump on a new operating system/brand or new unit/tech, ask yourself honestly: What’s your patience and ability to learn tech fast? Do you have the time — meaning would you be stoked to use some of your precious fishing time to mess around learning new electronics?
Okay, with that said:
Humminbird Mega Live
> “Since I haven’t seen any screenshots or video yet it’s hard to comment on directly.
> “…a Live Imaging transducer moves a ton of data, so much you need an independent processor to support it. …might be in a board or in the Mega Live transducer. I don’t foresee you could have super-sharp crystal imaging without its own processor, but Humminbird does a lot of stuff differently….
> “I know Humminbird has 100% dominated the side-imaging realm for a decade, so I’m willing to bet when they bring Live Imaging to the market it will be really good. And they know what the standard is — LiveScope set it 2 years ago….
> “…happy to see them going back a generation on the Helix units [meaning Mega Live won’t require new units]. It frustrates customers when…have to buy the new units.”
Lowrance ActiveTarget Live
> “I’ve seen it and I think it’s every bit as good if not just a hair better than [Garmin’s current LiveScope] imaging….
> “It’s got an 18-degree cone vs LiveScope’s 20-degree cone. It’s narrower so it shows a little less of what’s out there — so if you’re trying to aim the unit and make a cast…you’ll be closer to the structure and the fish [narrower cone = less margin for error]. But [the narrower cone] will make a it a little more challenging to see your lure and make that cast….
> “Humminbird has hinted about their cone angle but we haven’t seen it [definitive] yet…said it’ll be wider than what’s on the market. [Lowrance LiveSight was a 40-degree cone…not necessarily a good thing…prefer it to be more precise….
> “It’s a shining moment for Lowrance. Obviously people weren’t that happy about LiveSight…[Lowrance] really came out super-strong with dialing [ActiveTarget] in, and it’s 100% their build.
> “I’m glad to see it will work with older units, like the Carbon units. They’re not forcing everyone to have to jump up into [new units].”
> “We’re going to see the Ford – Chevy – Dodge comparison come back within the electronics. Now  you’ll have the ability to have full networking, full boat integration [including trolling motors] with all brands. That will limit mixing brands…will make it a lot easier to have full-boat setups. You won’t have to learn 2 operating systems.”
> “The real key is what’s Garmin going to bring to the market after this.”
Couple more things from Jay:
> Last week Lowrance intro’d the new Elite Fishing System “mid-range fishfinder/chartplotter displays” with ActiveTarget Live Sonar, Active Imaging, SideScan and DownScan.
> Peeps at Russell Marine are crazy enough to spend time answering your (and my) Qs: “We ship all across the country every day, and love to talk to anyone and everyone with questions. We will get your questions answered.” Hit ’em up at their website and check their YouTube channel — helped me with my LiveScope black box ‘n tranny install.