Mike Smedley Targets Striped Bass at High Speeds

If you’ve used a fishfinder before you’ve probably seen what a fish target looks like on a screen. Larger fish often appear as a distinct sickle shape with bright red and yellow coloring. But how do you target fish when your boat is traveling at high speed? This video from Mike Smedley of the Old School Fishing Team details what to look for on your sounder when trying to target striped bass.




“I was running at about 35 MPH, and its all noise, I don’t see anything… “And then I get these marks… I call ‘em light-bulbs. That’s all we’re looking for when we are running on plain. It’s all that noise with random marks of color.”




“And there they are. That’s what they look like when we’re on top of them. Everyone’s seen that…
“Fish won’t look like that at 35 MPH.” 



Mike has deployed the Simrad NSS EV02, as well as a top-of-the-line Airmar B175HW CHIRP transducer, which operates at a high, 150-250 kHz, frequency and provides 25° beam-width under the boat. Giving excellent coverage and clear images in depths up to 800 ft.

You can watch the full video, and see some excellent catches in the video below.


Airmar Names Guillaume Martino as Director, Sales and Business Development for Airmar EMEA

Guillaume Martino

Newest leader brings exceptional knowledge and hands-on transducer experience to Europe, Middle East, and Africa region

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MILFORD, NH. (July 2, 2015) – AIRMAR Technology Corporation, experts in the design, engineering, and manufacturing of innovative ultrasonic transducers, today announced the hiring of Mr. Guillaume Martino to serve as Director, Sales & Business Development for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Martino brings a lifelong passion for boating and fishing to Airmar EMEA, and looks to expand the market for Airmar’s marine transducers

As the newly appointed Director, Sales & Business Development, Martino will be collaborating with the executive team on Airmar EMEA’s short and long term sales strategy throughout the region. “The marine electronics industry continues to grow through these markets, and we believe that Guillaume’s understanding of sales, marketing, and use of our products will give him an excellent advantage in this position,” says Steve Boucher, CEO of Airmar Technology. “Guillaume also brings his extensive personal fishing experience to our organization, which we believe is invaluable to our success.”

Martino has been at the forefront of marine technology for over ten years; helping to market and develop new product lines, such as CHIRP-ready ONYX & ION sounders from Humminbird for the European market. Not only does Martino have a solid understanding of the newest products in marine technology, he also has a wealth of experience in digital and traditional marketing, sales and product line development. With new products coming to market, such as single band CHIRP transducers, Martino’s appointment comes at an ideal time. With the advent of CHIRP technology, Airmar EMEA has experienced incredible sales growth and Martino will help continue this success.

Martino has traveled much of the world in pursuit of game-fish, and in his travels has also collected an impressive list of associates and contacts. An avid and accomplished fisherman, Martino has participated in many tournaments and has worked as official pro-staff for both Humminbird and Lowrance. Martino has collected a number of accolades over the years, with multiple tournament victories throughout Europe.

For Martino, his new role is an exciting opportunity to bring the newest technologies to fishermen within the EMEA marketplace. “I plan to put all of my skills and energy into helping Airmar become the leader of marine technology throughout the European, Middle Eastern, and African markets,” Guillaume Martino stated. He will be based out of the Airmar EMEA office in Saint-Malo, France.

Airmar Technology Corporation is a world leader in ultrasonic sensor technology for marine and industrial applications. We manufacture advanced ultrasonic transducers, flow sensors, WeatherStation instruments, and electronic compasses used for a wide variety of applications. Fishing, navigation, meteorology, survey, level measurement, process control, and proximity sensing are just some of our markets. Established in 1982, Airmar’s headquarters are located in Milford, New Hampshire. Visit the Company’s web site at www.airmar.com.




airmar single band transducer offeringsFor more information contact:
Jennifer Piper
AIRMAR Technology Corporation

Award-Winning Technology Compatible with Single Band CHIRP Echo Sounders

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  MILFORD, NH. (June 30, 2015) – As CHIRP technology continues to pave the path forward in echo sounder development, AIRMAR Technology Corporation, experts in the design, engineering, and manufacturing of innovative ultrasonic transducers, today announced a new line of single frequency band CHIRP-ready transducers designed for use with single band echo sounder systems.  These single frequency band transducers will be offered as thru-hull and transom-mount installation options, and are available in many different frequency ranges to accommodate the various displays available to recreational fishermen.  The ideal solution for sounder systems ranging from 300 W to 1 kW, these transducers offer medium frequency bands of 95-155 kHz, 80-130 kHz, or 85-135 kHz as well as the popular, high frequency wide beam transducer with 150-250 kHz.

“We are pleased to bring this innovative technology to the everyday fisherman at a lower price as a response to the new, single band echo sounder market,” stated Jennifer Piper, Marketing Manager, Airmar Technology.  “This new CHIRP-ready product line will give us a chance to expand our presence so that salt and freshwater fishermen can reap the benefits of CHIRP technology.”  These single band transducers are manufactured with ceramics from the proven dual-band CHIRP product line, but are offered in a single band.  AIRMAR first launched the revolutionary CHIRP-ready transducer product line with several dual-band offerings in August 2011.  The Company has been adding innovative options to it ever since.

The lineup of new transducers include:

Transom-Mount CHIRP Transducers

  • TM150M
  • TM185M
  • TM185HW

Thru-Hull CHIRP Transducers

  • B150M
  • B75L, M, and H
  • B175L, M, H and HW
  • B785M
  • B285M
  • B285HW

This new product line is now available and shipping today!

Airmar Technology Corporation is a world leader in ultrasonic sensor technology for marine and industrial applications. We manufacture advanced ultrasonic transducers, flow sensors, WeatherStation instruments, and electronic compasses used for a wide variety of applications. Fishing, navigation, meteorology, survey, level measurement, process control, and proximity sensing are just some of our markets. Established in 1982, Airmar’s headquarters are located in Milford, New Hampshire. Visit the Company’s web site at www.airmar.com.

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Airmar Updates OnSiteWX App to Support iPhone 6 & iPhone 6+


Version 3.0 is now available for download

Airmar is pleased to announced the release of version 3.0 of the OnSiteWX app to the iTunes store. The OnSiteWX app is a powerful tool for Apple mobile devices. It displays data from Airmar WeatherStation® Instruments and Smart™ Sensors. Data is transferred through an NMEA 2000® or NMEA 0183 to a wifi adapter connected to a network, giving you easy access to data.

There are a number of features that have been added to increase the functionality and usability of the OnSiteWX app including:

  • All gauges included in free version
  • Added relative humidity, dew point, and heat index gauges
  • Support for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6+
  • Support for additional adapters
  • Remote monitoring through HelmSmart™
  • WiFi adapter information can be edited by user
  • New WiFi adapters can be added by user
    • Chetco SeaSmart WiFi™
    • Chetco HelmSmart™
    • Digital® Yacht NavLink
    • Digital® Yacht WLN10
    • DMK 11A
    • MailASail RedBox
    • Navico GoFree™
    • ShipModul Miniplex 2Wi
    • Vesper Marine

Depending on the model, Airmar’s WeatherStation® units are capable of providing the following data:

  • Ultrasonic wind readings up to 90 MPH/78 KTS
  • Barometric pressure
  • Air temperature
  • Wind chill
  • Relative humidity
  • Dew point
  • Heat Index
  • GPS data
  • Compass data
  • Pitch and roll
  • Rate of turn

Depending on the model, Airmar’s Smart™ Sensors are capable of providing the following data:

  • Boat speed
  • Water temperature
  • Water depth

The OnSiteWX app allows all of this information to be displayed just the way you want it. Customize each screen to display the gauges that you need and ensure that all of the data relevant to you and your needs is easily accessible.  Download the app from the iTunes store now! 

Airmar Tags Along with the Nautilus’ Scientific Expedition

hercules rov

Airmar’s custom configuration broadband transducer installed on Hercules

The Nautilus is a scientific vessel equipped to explore the world’s oceans. The ship has left for its six-month expedition, and will be exploring and studying areas from the Gulf of Mexico to the Galapagos Islands and up to British Columbia. With two remotely operated vehicles (ROVs), the Argus and Hercules, the crew of the Nautilus is capable of exploring some of the deepest parts of the oceans. Airmar will be joining along on the expedition, with a transducer specialized for deep sea environments on board.

The first leg of the Nautilus’ journey will be to explore natural gas vents in the Gulf of Mexico. These vents pump methane gas into the ocean, and the team is studying them to find out more about their effects on the environment. Sending Hercules to a source, a methane vent called Sleeping Dragon (for its physical resemblance to the mythical creature) the science team of the Nautilus will be using high definition video and transducers to examine the characteristics of methane bubbles.

methane gas, Hercules ROV

Methane gas bubbles passing Hercules

The vent is located at a depth of 2900 ft (880m) so the broadband technology transducer Airmar has provided to the Nautilus team is specially developed to stand the incredible pressure at that depth.

The science team is investigating the way methane gas moves through the water column, and is distributed through the ocean. Once methane bubbles escape the vent they move quickly up through the water column, and disperse into the water. Studying the methane at its source allows the science team to study the highest volume of gas bubbles possible, since the gas bubbles disperse as they move upward through the water. Hercules then moves up through the water column to perform the same tests to determine how quickly the methane is dispersing. This process is repeated until the bubbles from the vent are no longer detectable.

Customizable for any number of environmental situations, Airmar’s line of transducers for hydrographic survey and scientific applications are an excellent choice whether being used at the oceans surface, or far below it. You can find out more about Airmar transducers from our website.

To find out more about the Nautilus, and the science teams expedition, you can follow their progress from their website, and make sure to check out Hercules’s exciting recent encounter with a rare sperm whale.


Airmar Technology to Exhibit at Ocean Business ’15

Ocean Business LogoThe Ocean Business ‘15 Exhibition begins this Tuesday, April 14th at the National Oceanographic Centre in Southampton, United Kingdom. This show is massive display of ocean technology, with over 300 companies participating in the exhibition. Airmar will present many of our top-of-the-line navigation and survey products as well as the WX line of WeatherStation® instruments. You can find Airmar located at stand P5.

One of the highlights of Ocean Business will be the many training and demonstration sessions throughout the show. At Airmar’s stand get a hands on tour of the OnSiteWX app (available on the iTunes store for Apple devices running iOS 6.1 or newer), which brings data from the versatile WX WeatherStation® line as well as Airmar’s line of smart transducers straight to your mobile device.

Dependent on the model, Airmar’s WeatherStation® units are capable of providing data on:

  • Ultrasonic wind readings up to 90 MPH/78 KTS
  • Barometric Pressure
  • Air Temperature
  • Wind chill
  • Relative humidity
  • Dew point
  • Heat Index
  • GPS data
  • Compass data
  • Pitch and roll
  • Rate of turn

Dependent on the model, Airmar’s Smart Sensors are capable of providing data on:

  • Boat speed
  • Water temperature
  • Water depth

Many of Airmar’s navigation and survey line of transducers will also be on display during the exhibition. Airmar offers a full line of transducers for hydrographic survey and scientific applications, as well as a line of broadband transducers with CHIRP-ready capabilities.

For more information about the show, or if you would like to request a meeting during the show, please contact Sue Bennett, Business Development Manager (sbennett@airmar.com).

Press Release – Airmar Named Top 20 Finalist in 2015 SBANE Innovation Competition

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  MILFORD, NH. (April 9th, 2015) –  The Smaller Business Association of New England (SBANE), sponsor of the New England Innovation Awards since its inception in 1986, proudly announces the 2015 Finalists. Airmar Technology Corporation was selected from 175 innovative organizations to compete in the final phase of this competition.

Innovation is at the heart of economic prosperity and SBANE continues to recognize those companies and organizations that have transformed their innovative ideas into a product or service that delivers proven value to customers. Former winners come from varying fields such as technology, manufacturing, service (both for profit and not for profit), and retail / distribution. Winners include notable companies such as Staples, PictureTel, Ben & Jerry’s, Brooks Automation, Direct Tire, Genzyme, Nantucket Nectars, Imagitas!, Aurora Imaging Technology, and iRobot.

Winners and Finalists of this prestigious award will be honored at the “Evening of Innovation” Gala Dinner on May 6, 2015 at the Westin Hotel, Waltham MA. The keynote speaker for this Gala Dinner will be Alan S. McKim, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Clean Harbors.

Visit Us at the 2015 Miami International Boat Show

The 2015 Miami International Boat Show will be in full swing next week (the show begins Feb. 12th), and Airmar is exhibiting at booth #2508 in the Marine Market section of the show. If you are planning to be in attendance at the show make sure to visit us, as we will be showing off the newest products for the 2015 fishing season.

Making sure that a transducer installation has gone well can be tricky, and a bad installation can disrupt the signal quality of even the best transducer. To eliminate the guess work Airmar has developed the TDT1000, a device that can connect to your installed transducer, and test it against the original factory approved test results. The TDT1000 is able to sync with any Bluetooth LE enabled iOS or Android device through Airmar’s custom app to display test results from your transducer as well as comparisons from Airmar’s own database. The TDT1000 is coming soon in 2015!

Come see a sneak peek in Miami!

Airmar's Booth

On The Water with Rob Moore: Interview at the 2014 Big Game Classic

rob-mooreRob Moore has captained a boat for twenty five years. A serial tournament fisherman, Rob spends eight to ten months a year fishing throughout the Caribbean the Bahamas and up to Bermuda as captain of the Fa-La-Me. “Now we are here [in Bermuda] for a month, and when we get done with these tournaments we’re going straight to St. Thomas and we’ll be doing that.”

Equipped on the Fa-La-Me is an Airmar B265 L/M CHIRP transducer, which the crew won at a previous Bermuda Big Game Tournament “A couple years ago we won the CHIRP system in our boat, and we absolutely love it… we definitely use it for tournament fishing and blue marlin fishing.”

The B265 L/M covers dual bandwidths, with a low frequency ranging from 42 – 65 kHz, and a medium frequency operating between 85 – 135 kHz.  The medium frequency is perfect for scanning the mid-water column, while the low frequency allows for deep water, and bottom tracking. “We do a lot of duel zoom, where I’m reading the bottom, but also trying to mark blue marlin. When we are back home it’s to mark the bait for sail fishing.” The medium frequency on the B265 is excellent for marking targets in the water column with high enough definition that it is possible to distinguish between species.


Watch the interview with Rob Moore


On the Water with Parker Bankston: Interview at the 2014 Bermuda Big Game Classic

Parker-Bankston-Team-GalatiMarlin are magnificent hunters of the deep sea. Searching out schools of baitfish, such as anchovies or ballyhoo, they will use their large spear-like bills to stun and skewer their prey. Using their speed, marlin will charge straight into schools causing chaos among the prey. In defense baitfish will form into tight swirling balls, known as baitballs.

Parker Bankston and the crew of Team Galati’s new Viking vessel—on the hunt for marlin and other game fish—know that finding a baitball can be the difference between hooking up with a big catch and having a slow day on the water. Luckily Team Galati is equipped with one of the best transducers for this purpose, the CM275LH-W.

“We’re using it totally trying to mark balls of bait,” said Parker of his CHIRP transducer. “For us it’s in the top four hundred to top twelve hundred feet of water.” With a high frequency band of 150 – 250 kHz the CM275LH-W is an excellent choice for detecting targets at this depth range. The unit is capable of providing high definition images, allowing easy differentiation between baitfish and gamefish underneath the boat.

But where Airmar’s wide beam CHIRP transducers really shine is the constant 25° beam angle across the entire high frequency bandwidth. “It’s amazing to be able to scan a larger area to help determine whether you need to be turning left or right. If you turn right, and that fish was there, that can really change your day.”

Team G

Watch the interview with Parker Bankston now.

To find out more about the CM275LH-W visit our product page.