Southern Kingfish Championship

Garmin’s Team Papotanic in Striking Distance of Southern Kingfish Championship

We’re proud to report that our Team Papotanic has had a nice run this summer in the Southern Kingfish Association’s Professional Tour.  Piloted by pro angler Bill Platt (and a full suite of networked Garmin devices), the team is in second place in division 7.  That’s due in part to a great showing at Orange Beach, Alabama with a 50-pound fish and an impressive three fish aggregate of 141 pounds.  That puts them in fifth place overall, with the Championship in Biloxi, Mississippi beginning in November.

“With hard work and a little luck, we should be right up there,” says Platt.  “The Garmins we’re using have certainly been a part of our success on the water this year.”

Outfitted with dual GPSMAP 7215′s, a GMR 604xHD radar, and a GSD 26 sonar, the fish have nowhere to hide.  Good luck in the Championship, Team Papotanic!


Billfish Classic

Garmin-sponsored pro takes 1st at Billfish Classic

(From Garmin Website)

The Mississippi Billfish Classic is widely known as the premier billfish tournament event in the entire Gulf of Mexico, and this year’s event was a huge success for Garmin-sponsored pro angler, Bill Platt, and his team who took first place in the Wahoo division. Congratulations to Team Papotanic who landed a spot in the winner’s circle with their 68.4-pound winning catch! Team Papatonic’s 36-foot Invincible is rigged with the latest in Garmin electronics, including dual GPSMAP 7212s, a GMR 604xHD open-array and a GSD22 sounder (lovingly referred to by the team as their “bottom machine”). Captain Bill wrote in to share the news with us this week and left us with this huge compliment: “Wow, what a tournament to win! Couldn’t have done it without Garmin’s support and the best electronics out there!” Thanks, Bill and good luck at your next tournament!



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