Angler Uses Fishfinder to Locate Vehicle, Missing Nearly 30 Years

If you have a fishfinder with GPS and sonar on your boat, you’ve probably spent numerous hours staring at it, hoping to find your new favorite fishing spot. That’s just what Ohio angler Todd Caruso was doing when he stumbled across a vehicle on his Garmin echoMAP fishfinder/chartplotter combo unit, while fishing at Nimisila Reservoir in Green, Ohio.

At the time, Caruso had no idea what the story behind the car was. It could have been a key piece of evidence in a crime or an unsolved missing persons case, so he did what any good citizen and serious angler would do – call the police … but not before catching a couple nice bass and a slew of bluegill off of it!

Car found at bottom of Nimisila Reservoir after nearly 30 years using Garmin echoMAP fishfinder chartplotter combo unitThe following day, authorities met Caruso at the lake and he navigated them to the waypoints of the vehicle’s location that he had marked on his fishfinder the previous day. Police and Ohio DNR officers sent a dive team down to see what they were working with. According to Caruso, one of the divers had mentioned that the car was still “full of fish.” As you can clearly see on the DownVü images above, fish were relating heavily to the vehicle the day before as well.

Tow truck pulls car out of lake - found with fishfinder by anglerUpon pulling the car out of the lake, Caruso reported that investigators noticed old snow tires on the vehicle, bringing them to the conclusion that it was most likely an ice fishing incident in the late 80s/early 90s where the anglers abandoned the old 1975-78 Chrysler New Yorker.

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Do More of What Makes You Happy

The start of the Molokai to Oahu or M20 Paddleboard World Championships is this weekend and we got a chance to speak with Garmin Athlete and Stand Up Paddleboarder Jenny Kalmbach who is preparing make her 8th appearance at the M20 Championships. “The Molokai to Oahu race is different from any other paddling race in […]

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Turning Points – Jenny Fletcher

We asked seven elite athletes the same five questions and are revealing their answers in our weekly Turning Points blog series. Check back in each week to see how each athlete deals with off days, trains with the Forerunner 735XT and embraces the turning point moments. When you have an off day with training, how do you come back […]

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Beating Yesterday While On the Road

Kosha Irby is not only a Garmin Fitness Ambassador, but he also works and tours with WWE. Much of his work week consists of traveling to multiple cities and spending up to 18 hours in a city before moving on to the next. Irby makes his health a priority and makes sure to incorporate healthy […]

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5 Ways to Incorporate Health Into the Work Place

Haley Akin is a Senior Wellbeing Specialist at Garmin. We spoke with her on how to incorporate healthy living in the workplace. She gave us 5 tips on integrating health into a busy work schedule and explains what it means for your overall productivity and creativity. Create an Active Day for Yourself (and Others) How […]

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The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2016 is finally underway. The aircraft parking and campgrounds are already filling up as pilots and aviation enthusiasts flock to Wisconson. In a town where just over 66,000 is the normal population, hundreds of thousands of visitors will descend on the city over the course of this week. This year’s edition of ‘Oshkosh,’ […]

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Run Baby Run! Staying Fit While Pregnant

Staying fit during pregnancy can sometimes be a challenge. Two of our Garmin Fitness ambassadors are pregnant and understand how to change your training while your body changes. They have decided to continue running throughout their pregnancy and are sharing their ups and downs when it comes to remaining active. Danielle Hartman (@daniellehartruns) is a […]

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Announcement: G5 for Certificated Aircraft

Our G5 electronic flight instrument is now approved for installation in thousands of type-certificated fixed-wing general aviation aircraft. Installation approval is accomplished via STC with a comprehensive approved model list containing 562 aircraft models. The compact and cost-effective G5 delivers exceptional performance and reliability as a standalone primary source for aircraft attitude or turn coordination information while […]

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Announcement: G500/G600 Upgraded

Our popular G500/G600 glass flight displays are introducing an expanded feature set, making them more capable than ever. The new GTX 345 all-in-one ADS-B transponder will interface with the G500/G600 to display the benefits of ADS-B In traffic and weather. Additionally, database synchronization streamlines database updating when two G500/G600 systems are paired together or when a […]

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