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Old 09-18-2006, 11:48 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I have never had any type of flasher for ice fishing but this year I plan on making it out more than in the past and I think it's time for an upgrade.

I recently bought a lowrance 332, while I was browsing through the accessories I noticed they make a ice fishing transducer it looks just like the vex transducer's minus the foam float but I donít think that would be hard to make.

Has anyone every tried using his or her sonar's flasher for ice? Would I be better off buying a vexilar? I would love to be able to get away with just buying a new transducer but I really donít want to buy both.


Here's a link for the transducer.
http://www.lei-extras.com/store/sear...&Unit=LMS-332C
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Old 09-18-2006, 02:56 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I forgot one question. I was also curious about battery life with the color display using one of the small 12v batteries. Would I get a fair amount of time or would I need to haul a full size deep cycle around?

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Don't know if this helps, but I have an Eagle 320 that has a flasher on the side that works pretty well ice fishing. Used more for depth finding, really. Not in color, but with the Eagle, and the camera, both have lasted a full day each with the little 12 volt battery.
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Old 09-18-2006, 09:52 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I have both a Vexilar and an old Lowrance X-75 LCD.* I like the Vexilar for fishing shallower water (say 30' or less) and I still prefer the LCD for fishing for lakers deep.* My light 12 vt. battery powers both for more than a day.
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Thanks guys I think I'll probably give it a shot one of my main concerns was battery life.
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You are going to be really happy... I'm jealous, and thinking about taking mine off my boat for a try.
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I've used an FL-18 for 3 years now. My catch rate has gone up significantly. The bottom zoom is a great asset when fishing for lite hitting lakers in deeper water.

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I have the Lowrance x 67c ice machine comes ready to ice fish. Its the best fishing investment I've made. You can see details on their website. It seems that one can adapt any unit to ice fishing
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Old 09-19-2006, 01:11 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Co Trout,

Some of the older graph type units have a big delay in the screen response. The newer ones that have the instantaneous bar on the side of the screen are much better than older ones that just paint the (processed) image.

My current icefishing unit is a eagle fishmark 320, it is really good in my opinion, and I like seeing the history (jig and fish trails on the screen). Color though like your unit.... that would be even better!
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The response time is instant according to the manual and my own tests. Its a great unit I have even used it on the float tube. Talo: I think you checked it out on the Granby get together.
Cant wait for this year. Just thinking about it gives me butterflies
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