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Did you try down loading it to Utube???Or just get a cord for your computer

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and i still can't get my stupid video off of my phone.  tried the youtube app... just keeps waiting and retrying.  also tried using my wife's facebook account... it looks like it uploads.  but, when it gets to 100% it sits there for a while and then starts over.  don't have a cord to get it to my computer and the network says its too large to load straight from my phone.  anyone got any bright ideas? 
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 different strokes for different folks. Give me any sort of flasher/graph and some time to get used to it and ill be a happy fisherman. I hope tim was able to find some valuable info from everyones back forth. 

 

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I am out on this subject too I guess. Not gonna waste anymore time on it cause i will be out chasing perch w my inferior technology. People have their preferences and preconceived notions bout graphs. I respectfully disagree. There is a saying bout old dogs and steam engines...

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The trend is going to graph -- you can brace it or live in the dark ages.  I have used my camera to inter some of the actions on the graph.  Once you learn it -- you would be surprised what you can see on a graph.

  Jim C. = Lowrance  -- for him to mention the 360 bird unit -- well he is being about as unbiased as possible and his paragraph is spot on. 

End of story boys --  

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SHORTHAIRSRUS Said:
The trend is going to graph -- you can brace it or live in the dark ages.  I have used my camera to inter some of the actions on the graph.  Once you learn it -- you would be surprised what you can see on a graph.

  Jim C. = Lowrance  -- for him to mention the 360 bird unit -- well he is being about as unbiased as possible and his paragraph is spot on. 

End of story boys --  

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 Since buying my LX-7 earlier this month I have grown to love looking at the graph vrs the flasher.  I was skeptical at first like most but now I don't even look at the flasher.  Another nice feature with the 7 is the option of having different configurations.  The set-up I have been using is the graph with the zoomed in vertical window.  Best of both worlds.  With the graph I have the entire water column I can watch along with an 18 second history and I notice no lag time from when I jig to when it shows up on the graph.  Everyone knows about the zoom feature.  Only dislike I have with the unit is the protective sleeve has a bad glare when out in the sun but is bomb proof inside a house.


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that looks sweet!  i never realized the lx-7 had a graph option.  they always show the darn thing in "flasher" mode on the websites. 

timmers.... please take note... this machine offers you all of the benefits of a graph AND the adjustable cone.  i think i might have just found my replacement for my 522!  kind of pricey tho.  sorry.  wasn't gonna comment anymore.  but, still stuck in my office and had no idea that unit had a graph option.  why don't they market it this way? 

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 Wow that is pretty sweet. Didnt know you had that many options w/ the lx7. Now i really want one!

 

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 That LX-7 is sweet but for $600 and no GPS... You can get into a bird or lowrance and have a lot of the same features and a GPS. Only caveat is that, like springers said, 20 degree ducer

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espringers Said:
that looks sweet!  i never realized the lx-7 had a graph option.  they always show the darn thing in "flasher" mode on the websites. 

timmers.... please take note... this machine offers you all of the benefits of a graph AND the adjustable cone.  i think i might have just found my replacement for my 522!  kind of pricey tho.  sorry.  wasn't gonna comment anymore.  but, still stuck in my office and had no idea that unit had a graph option.  why don't they market it this way? 

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 Wow that is pretty sweet. Didnt know you had that many options w/ the lx7. Now i really want one!

It is an awesome unit with plenty of options!  Will post a few more pictures with different configurations.  I also like the fact you can hook it up to the computer and download new updates to the unit through the Marcum website.  Took me all of 5 minutes to get V2.9 on it.  Battery life has been great, ran it for 2 days w/o a charge and it was still going strong!

Another version of the graph mode.  This would be for soft water.  I believe they have a ducer that you can put in the boat but don't quote me.

You can turn the guage panel on and have all info readily available.  I like the voltage meter and the fact it shows how big of an area you are looking at on the bottom.

Here you have the vertical water column (also shows your zoomed in portion in light blue), normal flasher, vertical zoom window, and guages.  There are three different background colors to choose from, 4 different color palettes, 2 cone angles, you can adjust background  brightness, and you can adjust ping rate.

P.S.  The unit is absolutely silent!!!

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So....  Does anybody really believe this will be the "End All Discussion on Ice Fishing Sonar/Flashers"?

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frosty thanks for the pictures I have been avoiding stores so i dont buy a lx7 this year but it is going from a want to a need pretty fast

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frosty thanks for the pictures I have been avoiding stores so i dont buy a lx7 this year but it is going from a want to a need pretty fast

I hear you loud and clear!  Once I decide I like something I have one heck of a time talking myself out of it...I lasted 2 weeks before I had it!!!  When you break down and get it you will love the machine.  I can't hardly stand using my old LX-3 anymore!!

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Im sorry ...i understand that in alot of applications that sonar is exremely helpful. I however have fished most of my life without. I dont really see the huge need for sonar if im strictly walleye fishing, I agree panfishing it is a must. I would rather just drill 100 holes and walk around with my favorite walleye stick and my favorite jis and a bucket a minnows. If the fish are agressive they are gonna thump it in the first few pumps anyways otherwise give it a couple minutes a hole and move onto to the next. Sure it maybe lets you know there are at least fish down there and arent biting but it sure cant tell you if its a walleye anyways so sometimes it just seems more frustrating. So i guess i will just continue to walleye fish without sonar in the winter.

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Boliver Shagnasty Said:
Im sorry ...i understand that in alot of applications that sonar is exremely helpful. I however have fished most of my life without. I dont really see the huge need for sonar if im strictly walleye fishing, I agree panfishing it is a must. I would rather just drill 100 holes and walk around with my favorite walleye stick and my favorite jis and a bucket a minnows. If the fish are agressive they are gonna thump it in the first few pumps anyways otherwise give it a couple minutes a hole and move onto to the next. Sure it maybe lets you know there are at least fish down there and arent biting but it sure cant tell you if its a walleye anyways so sometimes it just seems more frustrating. So i guess i will just continue to walleye fish without sonar in the winter.

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Boliver Shagnasty Said:
Im sorry ...i understand that in alot of applications that sonar is exremely helpful. I however have fished most of my life without. I dont really see the huge need for sonar if im strictly walleye fishing, I agree panfishing it is a must. I would rather just drill 100 holes and walk around with my favorite walleye stick and my favorite jis and a bucket a minnows. If the fish are agressive they are gonna thump it in the first few pumps anyways otherwise give it a couple minutes a hole and move onto to the next. Sure it maybe lets you know there are at least fish down there and arent biting but it sure cant tell you if its a walleye anyways so sometimes it just seems more frustrating. So i guess i will just continue to walleye fish without sonar in the winter.

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lol dont even know where to start on this one

 

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Ha ha. Actually bolivar has a very good point. Two trips ago my bro walked around with no vex. He caught just as many fish.

I do like knowing if a fish is down there though. Helps with knowing how they reacting. But can be frustrating too! Had some dandy marks in a location last week but no takers. My bro got one to bite and was big 20 inch walleye. So that drove me nuts when I couldn't get em to go. But did keep me interested!


 

 

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Tim Sandstrom Said:
Ha ha. Actually bolivar has a very good point. Two trips ago my bro walked around with no vex. He caught just as many fish.

I do like knowing if a fish is down there though. Helps with knowing how they reacting. But can be frustrating too! Had some dandy marks in a location last week but no takers. My bro got one to bite and was big 20 inch walleye. So that drove me nuts when I couldn't get em to go. But did keep me interested!

BOOM! Ha...its Friday and Im bored at work so i was actually just trying to see if i could get any heads to spin, you guys and all you opinions are what keep me going through the day. That and im going to be intoxicated in a little while.

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I bet I am running the Humminbird 360 on the ice next year.  That beats the heck out of how I have rigged my HDS side image.  That will likley be used to find the fish.  I'll still go with my Vex to catch them.

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This forum has been great.  I appreicate everyone's input!


 

 

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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.


 

 

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Id get the 6 - same features just a bit smaller / lighter.

 

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Wags86 Said:
Id get the 6 - same features just a bit smaller / lighter.

What I was thinking.  Curiosity wants me to find out the difference between the 8 degree and the 9 degree I currently have.


 

 

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Tim Sandstrom Said:
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.

I just cant cheat, I have used a vex for most of my ice fishing life and cant see ever going a different direction.
Fished the local lake yesterday afternoon and pulled in a few northerns. Got pretty excited when I saw that green line follow my jig up...

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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. 

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I could look but would get an answer here faster probably. Marcums have bottom zoom?

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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

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Tim Sandstrom Said:

Wags86 Said:
Id get the 6 - same features just a bit smaller / lighter.

What I was thinking.  Curiosity wants me to find out the difference between the 8 degree and the 9 degree I currently have.

Tim > We just bought the Marcum LX6 and I also have a Bird-45 which I have used for a handfull of years now without fail. I have not used the marcum yet but if you want to check it out for a day trip (our wifes know each other) I will have my wife text yours and see when you are going next. If we aren't going that day i'm sure you could use it for the day to see what you think. I know first hand knowledge always helps with a purchase. Let me know.

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lx5 has adjustable zoom, and they are set up and charged in the box, just plug in the positive lead.

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