Garmin® Expands Marine Pro Angler Lineup

Jason Christie and Greg Hackney Among 2015 Team

Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), today
announced the addition of several professional anglers, including Jason
Christie, the number one ranked bass fisherman in the world, and Greg
Hackney, the 2014 Bassmaster Angler of the Year. They join a host of
fishermen that will be representing Garmin and its new line of sonar and
GPS devices designed specifically for freshwater anglers across the
B.A.S.S. Elite Series and FLW Tour bass fishing circuits in 2015.

In the last five years, professional angler Jason Christie has had five
wins on a national level with a career total of 10 FLW wins and three
B.A.S.S. Elite wins. A native of Oklahoma, Christie currently holds the
number one BassFan World Ranking for the second consecutive year.

“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to join the Garmin team,” said
Christie. “In our profession, seeing is believing and from what I’ve
seen – especially the clear fish returns and precise map detail – I know
Garmin is going to give me the competitive advantage on the water.”

Greg Hackney, two-time B.A.S.S. Elite Series champion, has recorded four
FLW victories, four B.A.S.S. Elite victories, and a combined 70 top-10
finishes across both circuits in his career. Hackney, a Louisiana
native, was recently named 2014 Angler of the Year.

“From my experience, the technology at Garmin is much more advanced and
will give me a huge advantage on the tournament trail,” said Hackney.
“I’m excited about what’s to come from my partnership with Garmin as I
really believe they offer the clearest sonar on the market today and
will continue to revolutionize the world of sonar technology moving

Other professional anglers joining Christie and Hackney on the 2015
Garmin team include:

  • Stetson Blaylock, FLW Tour
  • Clent Davis, FLW Tour
  • Charlie Evans, FLW Tour
  • Jason Lambert, FLW Tour
  • John Murray, B.A.S.S. Elite
  • Fred Roumbanis, B.A.S.S. Elite
  • Casey Scanlon, B.A.S.S. Elite
  • Clark Wendlandt, FLW Tour

They join a number of pros currently representing Garmin on the B.A.S.S.
Elite and FLW Tour tournament circuits, including Scott Martin, Brent
Chapman, and Dion, Guido and Payden Hibdon. Rounding out the team is
bass fishing’s elder statesman and ambassador, Bill Dance. Meet all of
the Garmin pro anglers and find out how they fish at

To support these fishermen on and off the tournament trail, Darrell
Rollins, Garmin’s new marine pro-staff manager, has also joined the
team. Rollins brings decades of experience working with professional
anglers and marine electronics, and further demonstrates that Garmin is
committed to being a top player in the freshwater fishing industry.

The 2015 pro team will use Garmin electronics on their boats and during
tournaments, television shows, and in public appearances. They’ll be
equipped with best-in-class sonar technology and electronics and the
most detailed lake maps available on the market today aboard their boats
as they hit the tournament trail. Garmin DownVü™ and SideVü™ scanning
sonar provide a near-picture quality representation of objects,
structure and fish that are found both underneath the boat and also to
the sides. These true-to-life images give an angler a better idea of the
most ideal spots and underwater structure for fishing, and provide the
clearest sonar picture of fish returns available on the market today.
And many of the popular Garmin echoMAP™and GPSMAP®
chartplotter/sonar combination devices feature DownVü and SideVü, as
well as CHIRP and traditional sonar technology built-in.

Additionally, Garmin continues to increase its inland lakes cartography
offerings with its expanded database of LakeVü HD maps available
on Garmin marine units. A total of 17,000 inland lakes are represented
across the U.S., including more than 5,700 HD lakes with 1-foot contour
lines shore-to-shore. For the ultimate freshwater fishing map, Garmin
also offers LakeVü HD Ultra with high resolution Relief Shading, making
it easier to interpret contours and find fish holding structure. LakeVü
HD Ultra also features Dynamic Lake Level that enables the user to
adjust maps to the lake’s current water levels, and Depth Range Shading
to view designated target depths. A Garmin exclusive, Auto Guidance is
also available to create a route that avoids shallow water and other
charted obstructions.

What’s more, Garmin has surveyed more than 70 of the top fishing lakes
in the U.S. to provide LakeVü HD Ultra MaxDef lakes, the most
feature-rich freshwater maps Garmin has ever offered. More of these
ultra-high detail maps are being added for lakes across the country all
the time.

Garmin’s portfolio includes some of the industry’s most sophisticated
chartplotters and touchscreen multifunction displays, sonar technology,
high-definition radar, autopilots, high-resolution mapping, sailing
instrumentation and other products and services that are known for
innovation, reliability, and ease-of-use.

For 25 years, Garmin has pioneered new GPS navigation and wireless
devices and applications that are designed for people who live an active
lifestyle. Garmin serves five primary business units, including
automotive, aviation, fitness, marine, and outdoor recreation. For more
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About Garmin International Inc.:

Garmin International Inc. is a subsidiary of Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN).
Garmin Ltd. is incorporated in Switzerland, and its principal
subsidiaries are located in the United States, Taiwan and the United
Kingdom. Garmin and GPSMAP are registered trademarks and DownVü, SideVü,
echoMAP and LakeVü are trademarks of Garmin Ltd. or its subsidiaries.

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Garmin International Inc.Carly Hysell, [email protected]