Hummingbird Helix

2/11/16 @ 3:38 PM
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dickb
dickb
MEMBER since 9/11/12
I'm looking for a side imaging unit and have been interested in the Helix 9. Can someone tell me the difference between this unit and the core 800's , 900's models. Also does anyone have any experience with the Helix 9.
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9/19/16 @ 7:57 PM
Walleye Wizard
Walleye  Wizard
USER since 6/23/01

Does anybody here have a portable unit ? I just bought the Helix 5 for Canada and had no luck with the battery's.  Seemed to drain battery's in less than 2 Days. Is there a way to turn off certain screens to save battery power ?

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9/18/16 @ 9:12 PM
Tim Zwieg
Zwiegs
USER since 1/10/12

How is it cracking, do you have all the screws in place according to installation instructions

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9/11/16 @ 6:08 PM
CHARIPAR BROS.
CHARIPAR BROS.
USER since 6/16/08

To those who have Helix 5s, what have you replaced the transducer bracket with? I replaced with a new one, only to have it crack in the same spot. I epoxy it back, held up for awhile til yesterday it was water skiing out the back of the boat full plane! Can't believe it didn't get wrapped or chopped off 

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8/2/16 @ 7:07 PM
Tim Zwieg
Zwiegs
USER since 1/10/12

Definitely turn off fish-id!

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8/2/16 @ 9:29 AM
nihsif
nihsif
MEMBER since 6/15/01

most folks will tell you to turn off the fish id function, and learn to read the actual sonar imaging

there's a bunch of youtube's on how to read sonars and how to tweak them... worth looking into

good luck


here's some samples from HumminbirdTV

www.youtube.com/watch?v=BTUCSlTFDZE

www.youtube.com/watch?v=IuOIR5rYFk8

Edited on 8/2/16 9:42 AM
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8/2/16 @ 5:53 AM
CHARIPAR BROS.
CHARIPAR BROS.
USER since 6/16/08

Not sure what you mean by "seeing lines". When it picks up on a fish, it beeps and shows as a blue fish icon, which is difficult to pick out on the sonar view. Especially with sensitivity turned up. Down imaging view shows bottom well, guess just not a whole lot of weeds down there, even on the Black River in Onalaska. I do believe I have the sonar on lower power to shoot a bigger cone. I've had used a Hummingbird 597 before, and Vexilar for ice fishing. Thanks for the respones, guess need to play with settings more ; )

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8/1/16 @ 4:08 PM
Big_Shane
Big_Shane
USER since 3/26/15

Max sonar coverage for di units when in 2d mode is 28 degrees. For all the other units it's 60 degrees.  That might explain it.

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8/1/16 @ 3:57 PM
Big_Shane
Big_Shane
USER since 3/26/15

Are you running it in 2d sonar and not marking fish? I had a 597 with down imaging and gps and I do remember those units had a smaller cone than say a regular 597 sonar gps and the side imaging units. I didn't think I marked much on that unit either. I run a helix 7 si gps now and have no problem marking fish it's the catching part that can be a problem sometimes. I usually run my chart speed about in the middle and sensitivity high enough so the screen is somewhat peppered.

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8/1/16 @ 3:19 PM
Troy Stoeger
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USER since 4/2/02

I have a similar unit, I have the Helix 5 with SI. I've never noticed that I am not marking something that should be there. Tim may be on to something. I ran Lowrance up until last fall. I prefer the birds now and the straight lines, though they dont stay like that, they become the hooks if you are moving. This morning I watched fish come into the cone and inspect my lure while vertical jigging from the kayak. Another possibility, where is your chart speed/sensitivity set? I spent some time tweaking settings until I found a happy medium. 

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8/1/16 @ 8:52 AM
Tim Zwieg
Zwiegs
USER since 1/10/12

Charipar Bros with the Helix 5.  I have a number of birds including a Helix 7 that I primarily use as a GPS for ice fishing.  Did you just switch from a Lowrance to a Bird?  I ask, because when I did that, the birds took some getting used to.  The Lowrance shows real nice hooks when marking fish.  Those hooks are software enhanced.  The birds show more of a straight line than a hook, and that takes some getting used to.  Are you seeing straight lines or no lines at all? 

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