New Gear 2018/19

7/11/18 @ 12:08 PM
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kvandehei33
kvandehei33
USER since 12/19/11

Thought I'd have to wait until September before getting excited about new gear being released, but I hear 13 fishing released their 2018/19 special edition of the BB freefall in purple at ICAST this week.

Can't wait to see what else this year brings!

Edited on 9/21/18 11:31 AM
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10/13/18 @ 12:46 PM
Mr.Seaguar
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MEMBER since 2/5/05

I think we talked about using crimps on the thread for when you use high test flourocarbon. After checking out many offshore fishing sites where they use far more heavy flourocarbon, I decided to use loop knots. They have a lower fail rate than anything else is what I found.

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10/3/18 @ 11:23 AM
AWichman
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That is almost exactly how we do it when on a body of water we know. It was a real time saver on Devils lake, where the fish could be on a piece of structure or just off. Also helps when you can set it up to see a whole break line and follow the fish up or down it.

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10/3/18 @ 11:03 AM
Fish Hound
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USER since 1/29/02

To me the only major advantage I see over my LX-7 is the horizontal option to locate fish. (I use it in graph mode, puts a flasher to shame) I don't see myself sitting using the horizontal 'ducer to locate fish, pick it all up and run to that area and set up to vertical fish and after the school moves set up and search again.

I see it as a locating tool. Get into an area you know typically holds fish and search them out with the horizontal locator, move to them and fish with your normal vertical unit leaving the Panoptics set up in place. Once the fish move go back to the Panoptics that is still set up and relocate the fish and start over.

I'm usually never in a single hole more the 5-10 minutes especially if the fish move around. If I make several drops with no bites I move, even if there are fish, I'm looking for the more aggressive fish in the next hole. I may come back to the hole, but never camp in one.

Edited on 10/3/18 11:05 AM
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10/3/18 @ 8:25 AM
AWichman
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Kvan, first off I don't hate them. That being said my biggest issues with it are that if you want to maximize the potential of the Panoptix you need extra gear for the side view.

My second issue is the response of it when used as a traditional flasher. It just seems to be a tick slower then the mechanical flasher.

The third is the price,  I can get a FLX-28 a K-drill and a Hub shack for the 1700.00 I have seen it advertised for. 

As I said before, I am a fan of it for certain applications. If my Vexilars ever die which I doubt. I would give this new tech a look. But I don't think my Vexilars are dying anytime soon. I still loan out my 20+ year old 8 to friends. I would still be using my 20 if not for a smoking deal on a 28 when a certain sporting goods store was closing. 

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10/3/18 @ 7:57 AM
USAbrams1991
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USER since 2/13/17

"In case that $3000 was burning a hole in your pocket, he's an easy way to spend it. Lowrance HDS live"

I'd buy the Garmin Panoptics ice bundle and add Livescope. Why mess around with Lowrance who's trying to mimic Garmin?

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10/3/18 @ 7:28 AM
kvandehei33
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USER since 12/19/11

Well now I'm curious, FishHound and AWichman - what is it about the panoptix that you wouldn't use it as a replacement for a flasher? Because of the size or functionality too? I only watched a few youtube videos where guys used them and they seemed to work well as a sonar while fishing. I guess they were used in a shack in the videos though, not run and gun fishing.

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10/2/18 @ 7:43 PM
ChubSucker
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USER since 9/3/17

I’ve always had Lowrance electronics on my boat and been happy with it, but I’ve noticed Lowrance is always trying to catch up to Humminbirds newest technology releases.  

I’ll have to look at Garmin now too.  

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10/2/18 @ 5:20 PM
AWichman
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USER since 1/6/16

The Panoptix does come with a standard ice ducer for traditional use. My buddy uses his for finding structure or drop offs quickly, if he sees fish that’s a bonus. It does save a lot of time drilling and searching on an unmapped body of water. Your right though it is more gear to bring. At the rate it is going we will all need at least a 4 wheeler to move everything. 

I rewatched the Lowrance video and it does seem to be more along those lines. I’ll be interested to see what the price point will be if and when they make an ice version. I do like that more companies are going in that direction but it’ll probably be like Vexilar and Marcum where the price just goes up every year. 

Either way it’s an exciting time to be an ice fisherman. We have it way better now then when I was a kid learning back in the mid 80s with my dad. 

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10/2/18 @ 2:33 PM
Fish Hound
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USER since 1/29/02

seems a few years behind Humminbird on the technology

I don't think Humminbird has anything close to Garmin Panoptics or what Lowrance will be introducing.

The $1300 is just for the ice pack, with the 7" unit it's $1799 most places. Hopefully some competition from Lowrance brings the price down.

Edited on 10/2/18 2:42 PM
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10/2/18 @ 2:33 PM
kvandehei33
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USER since 12/19/11

The preliminary talk from people that spend much more time looking into things than I do sound like it can do everything that the panoptix can...I wouldn't have any idea though.

He's a link from a different website with some more details. HDS live

Edited on 10/2/18 2:53 PM
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