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 Vex has an 8 degree transducer in the Tri-beam



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I have the LX7 and love it, this after learning how to set it up with the target adjust and sensitivity.  I do like being able to go from a flasher to graph or having flasher, graph and zoom all on one screen.  The only other flasher I have ever used is an LX5 so I can't say much about other companies.

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after using the elite 5 this year i can never ever think of going flasher again.  amazing how the way points from this summer are good in the winter to. 

I much prefer my handheld gps. I don't like the idea of having a big computer out icefishing. Its only my opinion but it is what it is

not the case with my elite is is smaller and wieghs less than the marcum my wife now uses.  It is nice with the navionics chip to have a very good idea where the drops are and saves drilling a bunch of prospecting holes

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KurtR Said:

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after using the elite 5 this year i can never ever think of going flasher again.  amazing how the way points from this summer are good in the winter to. 

I much prefer my handheld gps. I don't like the idea of having a big computer out icefishing. Its only my opinion but it is what it is

not the case with my elite is is smaller and wieghs less than the marcum my wife now uses.  It is nice with the navionics chip to have a very good idea where the drops are and saves drilling a bunch of prospecting holes

yeah my handheld gps with lakemaster chip tells me that. I was just saying I prefer my handheld gps to a big screen like in a boat for icefishing.

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Well my flasher went down with a sinking ship last year and took on too much water.  Can't get her to fire up.

So I'm looking to cheat on my love for Vexilar.  Fished with a 'bird last weekend and I didn't mind it.  I really like having a digital readout of depth.  Just faster when checking depths.

That said, I'm eying the Marcum 6 or 7.  I really like how Marcum has an 8 degree cone and has allowed me an excuse to cheat on Vexilar.  The cone is absolutely important for me.  Hence, none of the Lowrance products will work for me unless they have tigher cones now.

So anyone running that Marcum 6 or 7?  Any thoughts on other products?

I know this has been hashed over and over and the tried and true Vexilar is a top notch unit but I'm looking to explore a bit this time.  I'll have a Vexilar 18 as a backup or an extra for guests.  But for now, lookng for 2012-2013 opinions on the new gadgets out today.

Tried to look in local sporting goods store but they didn't have a single one in stock in the beginning of January.  Unbelieveable.  Forced to buy online.

why a tighter cone? I assume one would want the widest cone available? or am I missing something?

Well of course our local sporting goods store was out.  You act as if there are lots of people that hunt and fish in north dakota.  You should be shopping for something they would readily stock and have a large selection of, like snowboarding gear and apparel, you know, the more common and popular of the outdoor activities here on the plains. (sarcasm)

It blows me away that the minot scheels (assuming thats where you went) has a better selection of snowboards and gear than fishing equipment.  The nearest mountain is a thousand miles away.

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Multi he needs the narrowest cone for fishing deep breaks to avoid sonar dead zones

 

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a counter map has become just as or more vital than a flasher for me. Its essential on Devils Lake.

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Yeah, wide cones are terrible for me anyway. Even with the very smoothest of bottoms they can "rob you" of the bottom 6 inches to a foot.

You can recognize when they are screwing you by taking your lure to the "bottom" on your machine, then being able to drop your lure an aditional few inches to a few feet further down, depending on cone/bottom combo.

I rarely move off the "narrow" setting on my dual cone FL-18.


 

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Pickeral Tamer Said:
 Vex has an 8 degree transducer in the Tri-beam

Oh, I thought they were always 9 degree.  I bought a stand-alone 9 I think for my older flasher.


 

 

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Multi he needs the narrowest cone for fishing deep breaks to avoid sonar dead zones

Yep.  Just this past weekend I was fishing on a cut from 18 to 30 feet spanned less than 15 feet.  If I had a wider cone I would have dead zones.  Plus, some larger sandstone rocks below as well.


 

 

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bowhunter_24 Said:

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KurtR Said:
after using the elite 5 this year i can never ever think of going flasher again.  amazing how the way points from this summer are good in the winter to. 

I much prefer my handheld gps. I don't like the idea of having a big computer out icefishing. Its only my opinion but it is what it is

not the case with my elite is is smaller and wieghs less than the marcum my wife now uses.  It is nice with the navionics chip to have a very good idea where the drops are and saves drilling a bunch of prospecting holes

yeah my handheld gps with lakemaster chip tells me that. I was just saying I prefer my handheld gps to a big screen like in a boat for icefishing.

The only time I use a GPS is when I am driving up to a spot or drilling holes.  I carry my GPS with me as I'm drilling holes.  Nice to just slip the handheld in the pocket and punch a few holes and then check again to see where I moved on the structure.  Easier than setting down the flasher/sonar unit.


 

 

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The M-6 is on the way.  Made the Bismarck UPS.

If I don't like it as much as others I will just sell her and get a different one.


 

 

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Tim Sandstrom Said:
The M-6 is on the way.  Made the Bismarck UPS.

If I don't like it as much as others I will just sell her and get a different one.

Wow! You didnt kick the tires as much as i thought you would!! lol had to give you a little grief!

You will be happy, make sure to read through the destructions as theres many settings and such, all about personal preference - thats what makes it a great unit.

 

 "I get what you're saying:  Like a sausage replica featuring a Polander holding a sacred illumination device." 

 

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Grandma will be happy you spent your Christmas money on something for you that you wanted.

"Diligence is the mother of good luck."

"The constitution only gives people the right to pursue hapiness.  You have to catch it yourself."

"Well done is better than well said."

"Beer is living proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy."

All by:  Benjamin Franklin.

"The solution to any problem - work, love, money, whatever - is to go fishing, and the bigger the problem, the longer the trip should be."

Author: John Gierach

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Wags86 Said:

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The M-6 is on the way.  Made the Bismarck UPS.

If I don't like it as much as others I will just sell her and get a different one.

Wow! You didnt kick the tires as much as i thought you would!! lol had to give you a little grief!

You will be happy, make sure to read through the destructions as theres many settings and such, all about personal preference - thats what makes it a great unit.

Well that kind of worries me as simple is good with ice fishing but I need to satisfy my curiosity.  Would still be a Vex purchase but I really am lazy and like digital readout on depth when finishing up drilling initial structure holes and want to fine tune depth.


 

 

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Grandma will be happy you spent your Christmas money on something for you that you wanted.

That is how you always get good stuff.  Your grandparents are still alive!


 

 

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Tim Sandstrom Said:

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Grandma will be happy you spent your Christmas money on something for you that you wanted.

That is how you always get good stuff.  Your grandparents are still alive!

Ha ha.

"Diligence is the mother of good luck."

"The constitution only gives people the right to pursue hapiness.  You have to catch it yourself."

"Well done is better than well said."

"Beer is living proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy."

All by:  Benjamin Franklin.

"The solution to any problem - work, love, money, whatever - is to go fishing, and the bigger the problem, the longer the trip should be."

Author: John Gierach

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i just use my graph like in the boat drive to way  point drill hole and fish/set up shack.  it has cut down on my just drilling holes to see where i am at alot.  I guess it all preferance but i know alot of guys down here on oahe are going the graph route now

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Yeah, wide cones are terrible for me anyway. Even with the very smoothest of bottoms they can "rob you" of the bottom 6 inches to a foot.

You can recognize when they are screwing you by taking your lure to the "bottom" on your machine, then being able to drop your lure an aditional few inches to a few feet further down, depending on cone/bottom combo.

I rarely move off the "narrow" setting on my dual cone FL-18.

Learn something new every day, thanks guys.

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i just use my graph like in the boat drive to way  point drill hole and fish/set up shack.  it has cut down on my just drilling holes to see where i am at alot.  I guess it all preferance but i know alot of guys down here on oahe are going the graph route now

Might be different if I had LIDAR generated contours and surveyed lake contours for the non LIDAR chunks on Oahe!  Just down right spoiled with that technology! 

But seriously though, I usually am going to set up on a chunk of structure for either the morning or the evening.  I like to get their early enough to punch the appropriate amount of holes so I don't spook them when the bite is prime-time.  I normally jump around every 5 to 10 minutes during the prime-time so I don't want to have to drill a hole every 5 to 10 minutes.  Easier to just punch it open with the muck boot.


 

 

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Captain Ahab Said:

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Grandma will be happy you spent your Christmas money on something for you that you wanted.

That is how you always get good stuff.  Your grandparents are still alive!

Ha ha.

On a serious number, you are running a M-6 though?


 

 

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Tim Sandstrom Said:

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Tim Sandstrom Said:

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Grandma will be happy you spent your Christmas money on something for you that you wanted.

That is how you always get good stuff.  Your grandparents are still alive!

Ha ha.

On a serious number, you are running a M-6 though?

No, just sticking with my trusty fl-18 I bought 11 years ago.  Upgraded to a tri-beam ducer last year when my original started getting a little weak.  I was thinking to myself the other day: I wonder how many times that thing has rotated over the last decade? 

"Diligence is the mother of good luck."

"The constitution only gives people the right to pursue hapiness.  You have to catch it yourself."

"Well done is better than well said."

"Beer is living proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy."

All by:  Benjamin Franklin.

"The solution to any problem - work, love, money, whatever - is to go fishing, and the bigger the problem, the longer the trip should be."

Author: John Gierach

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I do get sick and tired of my FL-18 spinning noise though. It's cool when you first hit the ice - after 6 hours it gets old.

 

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Tim Sandstrom Said:

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The M-6 is on the way.  Made the Bismarck UPS.

If I don't like it as much as others I will just sell her and get a different one.

Wow! You didnt kick the tires as much as i thought you would!! lol had to give you a little grief!

You will be happy, make sure to read through the destructions as theres many settings and such, all about personal preference - thats what makes it a great unit.

Well that kind of worries me as simple is good with ice fishing but I need to satisfy my curiosity.  Would still be a Vex purchase but I really am lazy and like digital readout on depth when finishing up drilling initial structure holes and want to fine tune depth.

Once you get the settings where you like them (i really like the idea of personalization) - there is no more fiddling around, just turn on and go for the most part.

 

 "I get what you're saying:  Like a sausage replica featuring a Polander holding a sacred illumination device." 

 

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I also like the narrow cone in the house so I don't pick up multiple lines when I have holes close together.  

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Yeah, wide cones are terrible for me anyway. Even with the very smoothest of bottoms they can "rob you" of the bottom 6 inches to a foot.

You can recognize when they are screwing you by taking your lure to the "bottom" on your machine, then being able to drop your lure an aditional few inches to a few feet further down, depending on cone/bottom combo.

I rarely move off the "narrow" setting on my dual cone FL-18.

Learn something new every day, thanks guys.

J

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I do get sick and tired of my FL-18 spinning noise though. It's cool when you first hit the ice - after 6 hours it gets old.

ya i dont miss listening to the blender run all day

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Tim, I bought an LX7 last Feb. That thing was awesome to fish with!! Likes, digital screen, multiple settings, no noise, instant readout, the graph setting, battery life. Dislikes, the screen can get hard to see on a bright sunny day, the screen protector gets dirty easily...I was to chicken to fish w/o it. Depending on the person you will hate/like the downloadable updates to it. It was easy, free, and I like that they are constantly addressing issues if people are having them. I never had any though. There are currently no updates for the 6 and 9 though. I was curious and just weighed mine....11 lbs 4 oz. Didn't realize it was that heavy!! Could be a dislike for people but I never noticed it "being heavy" while fishing.

Frosty

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KurtR Said:

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I do get sick and tired of my FL-18 spinning noise though. It's cool when you first hit the ice - after 6 hours it gets old.

ya i dont miss listening to the blender run all day

Aside from the first few minutes, I don't notice it.  That and listening to the radio.  If mine gets noisy, I just kick it a little and it quiets down.  It's kinda like owning a pet j/k.

"Diligence is the mother of good luck."

"The constitution only gives people the right to pursue hapiness.  You have to catch it yourself."

"Well done is better than well said."

"Beer is living proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy."

All by:  Benjamin Franklin.

"The solution to any problem - work, love, money, whatever - is to go fishing, and the bigger the problem, the longer the trip should be."

Author: John Gierach

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Captain Ahab Said:

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I do get sick and tired of my FL-18 spinning noise though. It's cool when you first hit the ice - after 6 hours it gets old.

ya i dont miss listening to the blender run all day

Aside from the first few minutes, I don't notice it.  That and listening to the radio.  If mine gets noisy, I just kick it a little and it quiets down.  It's kinda like owning a pet j/k.

Haha, or being married..

Neat

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 11 pounds?  Holy. 


 

 

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Yep that's what I thought!!  I don't sit still when fishing, constantly moving from hole to hole and never noticed the weight. 

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 11 pounds?  Holy. 

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 So I am also looking for new electronics.  All I have is an old camera and desperately need something new.  On a pretty tight budget though so I am looking at Lowrance either the x67 or the elite 4.  I think I like the idea of the elite 4 for the purpose of the gps.  My question is for those of you that say you prefer your handheld gps over having it on the sonar.  What is a decent handheld and how much am I going to spend on that, can I just get a cheapy Garmin for $100?  I'm thinking for the extra $100 I might just go with the elite and already have the gps.  Although I like the idea of the hand held too.  

Too many choices, my brain is fried after reading the last 10 pages
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9.99 app from Navionics   --- and spend the money on the lorwance

Stay thirsty my friends

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I am not one to mount my electronics in my truck ---- as early in the season i am pulling  my sleds to my spot hence the smart phone and the app= plus its got a better road map than my chip in my bird.

Stay thirsty my friends

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I have a new Elite 5 still in the box.  Been waiting to mount it on another boat or sell it.  Might try and use it for ice fishing.   Can I use it with the boat transducer that came with it?  Does it have a graph and a flasher mode?  Not sure if I should sell it and get a Vex or a Marcum.

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u need a different transducer. not a chance in Hades I would sell a graph and take a loss then go buy a vex or Marcum. I love my graph. or sell it and by a transducer for one of the other boat units u have and stick some cash in your pocket for a rainy day. how much u want for it? and don't worry if it h as a flasher mode. it s stupid to use a flasher on a graph.

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I have a new Elite 5 still in the box. Been waiting to mount it on another boat or sell it. Might try and use it for ice fishing. Can I use it with the boat transducer that came with it? Does it have a graph and a flasher mode? Not sure if I should sell it and get a Vex or a Marcum.

it has the flasher mode that is split screen with the graph mode.  you set it to the ice fishing mode and takes care of that.  has 4x zoom on the graph side which i really like.  get the whole kit for 149.00 at cabelas and you have a case, battery and tranducer all with it and a couple sweet little tackle boxes.  i put all my go to jigs in those and dont have to worry about where they are any more

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u need a different transducer. not a chance in Hades I would sell a graph and take a loss then go buy a vex or Marcum. I love my graph. or sell it and by a transducer for one of the other boat units u have and stick some cash in your pocket for a rainy day. how much u want for it? and don't worry if it h as a flasher mode. it s stupid to use a flasher on a graph.

Lowrance get a tighter cone yet?


 

 

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u need a different transducer. not a chance in Hades I would sell a graph and take a loss then go buy a vex or Marcum. I love my graph. or sell it and by a transducer for one of the other boat units u have and stick some cash in your pocket for a rainy day. how much u want for it? and don't worry if it h as a flasher mode. it s stupid to use a flasher on a graph.

Lowrance get a tighter cone yet?

The tighter cone thing is overrated IMO. 20 deg works just fine. 

Here it comes...wait for it....

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u need a different transducer. not a chance in Hades I would sell a graph and take a loss then go buy a vex or Marcum. I love my graph. or sell it and by a transducer for one of the other boat units u have and stick some cash in your pocket for a rainy day. how much u want for it? and don't worry if it h as a flasher mode. it s stupid to use a flasher on a graph.

Lowrance get a tighter cone yet?

Yes, they brought in an outside the industry cone expert as a consultant on the project. They will launch the new cones (code named "Pointers") in late 2013.

 

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espringers Said:
u need a different transducer. not a chance in Hades I would sell a graph and take a loss then go buy a vex or Marcum. I love my graph. or sell it and by a transducer for one of the other boat units u have and stick some cash in your pocket for a rainy day. how much u want for it? and don't worry if it h as a flasher mode. it s stupid to use a flasher on a graph.

Lowrance get a tighter cone yet?

The tighter cone thing is overrated IMO. 20 deg works just fine. 

Here it comes...wait for it....

Wait for me to say this?  Are you nuts?

What is the point of anything if you cannot see bottom, the fish or worse your jig?  That is what happens when you fish on structure with a 20 degree cone.  Period.  No way around it.  Zero.


 

 

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So yeah, there is it.  Heh, heh.


 

 

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fished a sharp edge on tuesday night with no issues once i adjusted the grapgh for that. 

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espringers Said:
u need a different transducer. not a chance in Hades I would sell a graph and take a loss then go buy a vex or Marcum. I love my graph. or sell it and by a transducer for one of the other boat units u have and stick some cash in your pocket for a rainy day. how much u want for it? and don't worry if it h as a flasher mode. it s stupid to use a flasher on a graph.

Lowrance get a tighter cone yet?

The tighter cone thing is overrated IMO. 20 deg works just fine. 

Here it comes...wait for it....

Wait for me to say this?  Are you nuts?

What is the point of anything if you cannot see bottom, the fish or worse your jig?  That is what happens when you fish on structure with a 20 degree cone.  Period.  No way around it.  Zero.

I guess I'm not as good as a fisherman as you Tim. or maybe I am. Cone works just fine, never had an issue with it. 

I can see the bottom just fine. Dead zone has never been issue with me. Period! 

You can argue all you want. Its kinda funny actually. Go ahead and get what you want, I don't care. 

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fished a sharp edge on tuesday night with no issues once i adjusted the grapgh for that. 

Exactly! Thanks Kurt. I did the same on a steep drop near Indian Creek last week. I wonder if people have actually tried them before they pass judgement on them? Funny stuff! 

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KurtR,

How do you adjust the graph to deal with dead zones?

Maybe if I was taught that I wouldn't have to worry.  Marcum, Humminbird and Vexilar also wouldn't have to build different cones to accomodate ice fishermen needs either.

Seriously though, I am asking an honest question.  If adjusted how did you do it?

And sdx, I'm no better than any other fisherman.  Just know when I fish Sakakawea I am forced to deal with very steep structure at times.  When fishing it, you get the dead zones.  I guess the only way I will know how well that Lowrance cone works is to get you to come on out for a trip on the Sakakawea ice.  Maybe Feb?

I've seldom sat stationary jigging in open water so I have never expieremented with the graph trying to see if dead zones exist on structure.  Might have to tinker with that this spring.


 

 

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KurtR Said:
fished a sharp edge on tuesday night with no issues once i adjusted the grapgh for that. 

Exactly! Thanks Kurt. I did the same on a steep drop near Indian Creek last week. I wonder if people have actually tried them before they pass judgement on them? Funny stuff! 

So there is admittance the cone does give fits with structure?  I think we got that out of the way now I just want to know how to adjust to accomodate for it.

Have you tinkered with rocks or washouts?  On Sakakawea with the low water for years we had some real good erosion where it left banks and also exposed other rocks or brought out the sandstone "rocks."  The spot we pulled them saugers from you can feel your jig bounce off the rock and then fall another foot or two to the actual bottom.  I could see that interference on the flasher but still see my jig 90% of the time.  Can you fine tune that out as well with the graph?


 

 

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Carroll offered this in a different forum:

http://www.oahewings.com/forums/ice_fishing_with_hds5?app_p=3


 

 

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Mostly edges and deep drops you can adjust the sensitivity and fishing mode/color scheme to see what part of the column you want to look at. Is it flawless? No. Is it more than serviceable and a good tool? Yes. 

I was fishing in 40 FOW on a steep drop and it was pretty amazing how you can adjust things to see what is going on down there into the dead zone. You also see fish show up much sooner when they reach the edge of the cone. I really like that. Not to mention the 15-20 seconds of screen memory to catch you jigging cadence and fish if you looked away. 

I really don't care what people get (I don't think you can go wrong with a Vex, Hummingbird, etc. they are all great), but its just strange to me people come on here arguing against it when they really have never tried using a modern day graph on the ice. 

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sdwxman Said:
 

KurtR Said:
fished a sharp edge on tuesday night with no issues once i adjusted the grapgh for that. 

Exactly! Thanks Kurt. I did the same on a steep drop near Indian Creek last week. I wonder if people have actually tried them before they pass judgement on them? Funny stuff! 

i was just off the swiming beach at revheim so we were close. 

Tim i am still new to it but i just mess with the zoom, sensitivity and between 200 and 83 khz.  It seems once i get it dialed i dont feel at a disadvantage to the marcum my wife was using right beside me.  we were seeing the same structure but with the graph I feel like i have more detail but that is just my preferance.

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