The weather for the Miami International Boat Show could not have been any better and the sales vibe was fantastic for all of the vendors I spoke with after the show. The reported attendance for Miami was north of 100,000 which was down slightly but there was a serious buyer mentality for sure.
At the Classic, Anglers fishing Humminbird represented very well taking 6 of the top 7 finishes. The crowds for take-off, weigh in and the Expo were very strong. The reported attendance for the Expo was over 63,000 with another 19,000 at the weigh in and more than 10,000 at lakeside. The sales for everyone I spoke with exceeded expectations and weather was great with exception of some wind a couple of days. The fishing was great too as evidenced by only two “goose egg” sacks from 49 anglers.
The buzz of the Classic came following Johnson Outdoors unveiling of the 360. The 360 is the newest generation of electronics assisting the angler with finding structure and fish based on technology that is unprecedented. All other sonar, Down Imaging and Side Imaging technology is “looking” at history….that is something the boat has passed by or over (or that has passed by or under the boat). The 360 provides a “look” at as little as 10° and as much as 360° thus the name 360….and the boat can be sitting completely stationary. The angler can zoom in, out, mark waypoints and screen snapshots all while viewing up to 1.6 acres of 360°. The 360 will be available to ship sometime in August of 2012 and is compatible with the Humminbird 798HD, 898, 998 and 1198 units….No more looking back….look to the future…..<”)))><