Daily Limit: Mega award for Humminbird

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Mike Suchan
Jeff Kolodzinski and Jeff Hatton of Johnson Outdoors Marine Electronics show off their Best of Show award.

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Humminbird was among the multiple award winners at the ICAST 2019 Best of Show awards banquet Wednesday night.

Media and buyers spent Tuesday night and all of Wednesday considering new products in 29 categories, and the votes were tallied to decide the Best of Category winners.

The Johnson Outdoors Marine Electronics division won in the new Ice Fishing category and also for Best Electronics with its Humminbird MEGA 360 Imaging, one of the most talked about products at the industry-wide show.

“It’s a huge achievement for us,” said Humminbird’s Jeff Kolodzinski. “We continue to push the barrier of sonar innovation. We’re the first ones to come out with sonar that you can see in 360 degrees on the consumer angling level, but we weren’t settle with how it performed. The engineers pushed the frequency and the range, into the mega range, and the images we get with the Mega 360 is astounding.”

Kolodzinski was ecstatic after both announcements and said he believes the entire team of Humminbird workers are proud.

“This shows the tireless innovation we have. This is a celebration for every person in our factories and all the engineers,” he said. “The marketers are over here accepting it, but it’s the entire team that’s doing a phenomenal job.

“We put so much effort into our jobs, when you make something like this that’s acknowledged as the best in your category, it’s really rewarding for you and your teams.”

The following 29 Best of Category products will now all be considered Thursday for the prestigious overall Best of Show award.