took home the title in the “Best Boating Accessories” category yesterday at the International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades (ICAST) thanks to its newly released Raptor™ shallow water anchor
. Raptor was voted “Best Boating Accessories” by media and buyers during the American Sportfishing Association’s 2020 Virtual ICAST and New Product Showcase.
Raptor is an exciting new addition to the company’s line of products designed to maximize boat control in any condition. Entering the shallow water anchor market in 2011 with its Talon product Minn Kota quickly became a leader in the category. This new model expands their offering with a hydraulic operated design complete with powerful new innovative technologies.
“Raptor was engineered with the angler in mind designing it to withstand the harshest of conditions and automatically react to changing environmental conditions for a more reliable hold.” said Minn Kota Brand Manager Brand Henry. “It’s truly an honor to be recognized as a leader in the industry as Minn Kota continues to develop new innovations of fishable features that allow anglers to focus on fishing and not boat positioning.”
Hydraulic anchoring systems currently on the market have lacked the ability to adapt to changing conditions on the water. Once anchored, waves, current, tide changes and different bottom compositions can negatively affect the anchors’ ability to hold a boat in place. Raptor is the only shallow water anchor to feature Active Anchoring™ and Auto-Bottom Mode™, which enable these shallow-water anchors to automatically monitor the water and bottom conditions to keep the boat anchored firmly in place no matter what the fishing situation.
Active Anchoring continuously monitors anchor hold and adjusts automatically to changing conditions while Auto-Bottom Modes senses bottom hardness to ensure the right amount of force is delivered for a more secure hold every time.
Beyond those benefits, Raptor also produces twice as much retraction force as anchoring force to ensure spike removal in all bottom conditions, meaning no matter where you choose to deploy your Raptor, it comes back up every time. Features like a wide profile and heavy-duty pivot points help to reduce wear and maintain longer stability. Its unique pump design keeps Raptor holding tightly when stowed, eliminating the need for special covers or bungee cords to keep your anchor secure while running or trailering. An extruded aluminum mounting bracket not only adds strength while reducing weight, but dramatically simplifies installation. Raptor also boasts the lightest on-transom weight of any 10-foot shallow water anchor.
Giving anglers more options for control than ever, Raptor comes equipped with a wireless remote and optional footswitch. As part of the One-Boat Network™, anglers can control Raptor utilizing Minn Kota’s i-Pilot® Link™ system a Humminbird® fish finder, or the Raptor mobile app.
Minn Kota’s new Raptor shallow-water anchor will be offered in 8- and 10-foot lengths as well as a variety of options and colors. Raptor models are now available from authorized Minn Kota retailers starting at $1,499.99 up to 1,899.99. Minn Kota’s shallow water anchors are backed by a comprehensive 5-year warranty plus a lifetime warranty on the spike for years of reliability anglers can count on.
For more information on the new Raptor shallow-water anchor, visit MinnKotaMotors.com/Raptor.