Anglers Delight: Garmin Triples Lakes Available on Fishing Hot Spots CD

February 2, 2002

OLATHE, Kan. — Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN), today introduced the latest version of its MapSource® Fishing Hot Spots CD-ROM (V 4.00), which adds more than 200 lakes and provides detailed mapping of America’s best fishing destinations. That translates to three times more lake coverage than was available on Garmin's original Fishing Hot Spots CD.

Similar to the popular paper maps, consumers will find fishing-specific data on MapSource Fishing Hot Spots digital maps like depth contours, shorelines, and navigational aids like boat ramps, marinas and campgrounds. Anglers will even find helpful hints on the best type of lures and strategies to use when targeting a particular kind of fish — even the best time of year to fish certain areas. From Castaic Lake in California to Sebago Lake in Maine, the best fishing lakes are mapped out intuitively to give the user as much or as little information as he wants.

"More coverage means more fishing adventures," said Gary Kelley, Garmin's director of marketing. "When combined with our GPS/mapping products, this software can help you unlock a lake’s best-kept fishing secrets and will make your fishing experience more productive — whether you’re a weekend sportsman or a tournament angler."

Garmin utilizes a simple point-and-click method of downloading the mapping into its various products. The map data from the CD can be transferred directly to the Garmin GPSMAP® 162 and GPSMAP 168 Sounder, or loaded on datacards for use on the new line of Garmin chartplotters and combination units — from the portable GPSMAP 176/176C to the high-end GPSMAP 2010/2010C. Or anglers can travel light by transferring the lake maps to Garmin eMap®, eTrex Legend, eTrex Vista, GPSMAP 76, GPSMAP 76S, or GPS V® handheld products.

MapSource Fishing Hot Spots was a big hit at the 2001 Wal-Mart RCL Championship in Green Bay and the 2001 Wal-Mart EverStart Championship at Pickwick Lake in Alabama, where finalists’ boats were outfitted with the software, enabling the top anglers to see better lake detail than ever before.

MapSource Fishing Hot Spots (V 4.00) will be available in February 2002 at a suggested retail price of $116.65. The price includes access to one geographic region of the user’s choice. For consumers wishing to upgrade to the new version from the original Fishing Hot Spots CD-ROM, Garmin has created a quick update process on its corporate website that will cost $30 per region.