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September 28, 2001

Tournament Finalists at Wal-Mart RCL Walleye Circuit, EverStart Series Championships Aided by Garmin® Electronics, Mapping Detail

Olathe, Kan./Sept. 28, 2001 – Garmin International, the leading name in GPS, sonar and communications products, announced today that it will provide anglers who reach the finals of the Wal-Mart RCL Walleye Circuit and EverStart Series tournament championships with some of the most powerful electronic tools on the market. Each finalist boat will be outfitted with a Garmin GPSMAP® 168 Sounder, which displays high-detail Fishing Hot Spots map data, and a Fishfinder 240.

"We are extremely pleased to offer these tools to the tournament finalists," said Gary Kelley, Garmin's director of marketing. "We’re convinced that anglers will see the immediate benefit of Fishing Hot Spots® detail along with the superior performance of our GPS and sonar products. The secret to winning the championships may not be in the tackle box as much as it is on the boat’s electronic display."

Fishing Hot Spots paper maps have long been a friend of tournament anglers – who have found the detail and fishing information an invaluable asset to understanding the lay of a lake. Garmin now delivers the same incredible detail of America’s favorite tournament stops to anglers on its GPS/sonar combination units like the GPSMAP 162 and GPSMAP 168 Sounder.

Championship finalists at the RCL championship in Green Bay and the EverStart championship on Pickwick Lake will see their position accurately displayed using the WAAS GPS signals, over a myriad of underwater details such as rock piles, reefs, contour lines, river channels and weed lines.

In addition to the GPS advantage, the contestants will have the high-resolution performance of the Garmin Fishfinder 240. Delivering a 240x240 pixel LCD for clarity and the unique See-Thru® technology, the 240 provides anglers with solid performance to identify bottom structure, fish in cover and in thermoclines – so fish will find no safe place to hide in Green Bay or on Pickwick Lake.

Garmin International is a proud sponsor of Operation BASS Bass fishing tournaments. Beside the RCL and EverStart tournaments circuits, Garmin is also the electronics sponsor of the Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League and Texas Tournament Trail. Through the Garmin Grand Giveaway promotion introduced earlier this year, the company offered a $1,000 cash incentive for pro anglers who used Garmin electronics to win specific tournaments. And Garmin supports the sport fishing industry by continuing to manufacture the most reliable, feature-rich products on the market.

Learn more about Garmin's product line and the company's network of dealers by visiting its website – – or by calling 800-800-1020.