Debuting the Yamaha Helm Master EX and Why You Need Garmin Livescope

This week on Americana Outdoors, we’re giving you a full walk through of Yamaha’s latest innovation, the Helm Master EX! And Later, It’s all about Garmin electronics, and why Garmin’s Livescope is an essential unit for any angler!

For years, Yamaha has dominated boat control standards with the original Helm Master boat control system. Once again they’ve raised the standards of boat control and maneuverability with the debut of the Helm Master EX. The latest boat in control is all about expandability and functionality, and with the Helm Master EX, boaters and anglers alike will have several different options of what level of control they prefer, with the ability to expand the system if the need arises in the future. Over the course of our time on our water, we’ll learn about the features of the very base level, known as the DEC or Digital Electronic Control level, that every boat with Helm Master EX will come equipped with. Next up we’ll learn about the second stage you can expand to, known as the DES or Digital Electronic Steering level. This is an incredible new advancement in which Yamaha has removed hydraulic systems from the boat and gone completely digital. The Third level has even more exciting new advancements, and introduces the safest autopilot features on the market! From heading hold, to course hold, pattern steer, and track points, the autopilot level of the Helm Master EX gives customers the ability to focus on conditions around them. Rounding out the four levels of the Helm Master EX system is the cherry on top, the joystick control. The joystick offers a new, innovative, and more efficient approach to controlling your boat. As Captain Sean Gill will tell us, “Having the Helm Master Ex system on your boat absolutely makes sense, it’s a much more efficient way to drive the boat, it’s the safest auto pilot out there, and it’s got a ton of standard features at every level!” To learn more about this exciting new generation of boat control, head on over to!

Up next, it’s all about Garmin electronics and why Garmin’s Livescope is an essential unit for any angler to have on their boat! When Garmin debuted Livescope, and gave anglers the ability to view a real-time image of what’s happening below their boat, it changed the game of fishing as we knew it. Today we’ll be on the water with several anglers who have incorporated livescope into their fishing arsenal of must-have gear, and we’ll see first hand how they use it to find those perfect fishing spots, and to find fish. From fishing Choke Canyon Reservoir with Wade Middleton as he capitalizes on the benefits of using Livescope, to watching fish react to bait in real time with Clark Wendlandt and Michael Wersig at Fayette County Reservoir, we’ll see just how incredible Garmin Livescope is for anglers. We’ll also get an opportunity to hear how this unit greatly helped Clark throughout his year to secure the title of Angler of the Year on the Bassmaster Elite Series!

Confidence is the key word we hear both pro and weekend anglers consistently using when talking about Livescope.  When you add a Garmin Livescope to your boat, not only are you increasing your chances of reeling in more fish, you’re maximizing your ability to see why you’re catching those fish! Visit for more information on this and other Garmin products!