Need a new flasher

8/16/15 @ 8:45 AM
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TeamG
TeamG
USER since 4/28/08
Well the big garage sale is over and I sold all my old stuff so its time to upgrade. What kind of flashers should I look at and who has made to most improvements over the last 5 years? I haven't looked at the flasher market in a couple years. I have been squirreling money away for a while now so I can go big if need be.
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12/20/17 @ 11:03 PM
LeviM
LeviM
MEMBER since 2/25/12

I have a few flashers and just got one of the new helix 7 ice combos. Have had it out 7 or 8 times and I love it. I have always ran with a handheld gps in the winter, so the thought of putting a Lake master chip in something I’m carrying with me was a big selling feature... hopefully I’m done losing handhelds. The other one I use the most (especially on Winnebago system) is a vexilar fl12 with the ez ducer on it.  Rather pricey for an add on, but for how many times I reach over to pull out a transducer, it’s been worth it. I did look into the new garmins this year, but that price is outrageous. I run humminbird on my boat so it would be a learning curve and something I could only use during the winter months. The helix is plug & play if a graph on the boat would go down.   I have a buddy whose using one of the new mega image helix’s rigged up for ice fishing and have only heard good things so far.... a lot cheaper than where garmin is at. 

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12/20/17 @ 4:09 PM
kvandehei33
kvandehei33
USER since 12/19/11

Gill - I agree 100%. I'm looking forward to seeing the reviews of it on the hardwater this season. I'll be in the market to upgrade my vexilar either next year or the following and I'll definitely be considering the garmin!

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12/20/17 @ 2:57 PM
GILLSURGEON
GILLSURGEON
USER since 12/1/16

If you don't consider the new panoptics from GARMIN I think you will be missing out on unique technology that nobody else offers. I'm saving now, it's a game changer!

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12/20/17 @ 1:03 PM
Whatsmell?
Whatsmell?
USER since 12/20/17

I have a Marcum LX5 for about 7 years now, and have not had any show stoppers, but  I am looking at upgrading and had thought the LX9 was going to be it. But i can get the LX7 with lithium shuttle, and purchase a aqua vu 715C and still be cheaper than the lx9!  looking for help on that debate, but any one looking at the LX5 unit it is rock solid, but for a few extra $ i would go to the digital series.  The LX 5 was the cats meow back then.

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12/15/17 @ 6:26 PM
Polski
Polski
MEMBER since 5/11/03

Just a note to anyone looking to buy a Hummingbird Ice 55, 45 or 35. There is a rebate (MC gift card) offer available. You need to go on their website before years end. Rebates are $55, 45 and 35 accordingly.

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12/15/17 @ 6:10 PM
Perch Reaper
Perch Reaper
USER since 12/10/17
I've owned vexilar fl8 and fl18, hummingbird ice 55,  and Marcum lx6.....i currently use a lowrance hook 7 with the sonar mode.  It does have a flasher and a mode similar to a showdown(forgot the lowrance name for it),  but I bought it due to the gps and lake contours PLUS the fishing applications.  The Marcum lx6 has every bell and whistle you can imagine too,  just no gps, and when running and gunning perch on a 4 wheeler, this is a highly effective tool.   Just food for thought. 

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12/15/17 @ 5:54 PM
Big_Shane
Big_Shane
USER since 3/26/15

Arlo I have a vx1 which is the older version of the m1. I like it and I’m sure the m1 is even nicer. It has bottom zoom if you’re concentrating on the bottom huggers, and a crisp display. I’d buy it if I was you. 

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12/15/17 @ 1:24 PM
arlo
arlo
USER since 9/29/02

Anyone have the new Marcum M 1 ? I am seriously thinking on buying one. I found them on sale for $299 regular price $349. Pros, cons, good or bad ?

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12/13/17 @ 11:23 AM
baconsbaits
baconsbaits
USER since 1/12/09

I have a marcum lv1 and a LX-3tci and other then having to warrenty my LX-3tci they have been great.  Ran the lv1 for 10 years before upgrading last year, not seeing much benefit to the upgrade.  I have also had chances to use the Fl20 and fl28.  I just can't justify the extra cost over the marcums, but they are good units too, either brand does the job just fine.  Never used a humminbird flasher, but didn't care for the humminbird lcd with flasher mode, it was just way too slow.   On a side note, I did purchase a deeper pro plus wireless sonar unit.  Gonna see how that works on my phone and tablet as compared to my flashers.  It's a neat concept, I guess we will see just how well it works.  Will post a comment on that as I get chances to play with it.    Bacon

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12/11/17 @ 3:37 AM
Ulbian
Ulbian
USER since 9/24/03

The new graphs are light years beyond the old technology that ran slow in the cold. Your fears are unfounded. 

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