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Old 01-04-2011, 08:29 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I might be able to get on of these two flashers in the next coming months. I don't know how to use either of them so is one easier to operate than the other? Which one would be "better" for a first time user like me.
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Old 01-05-2011, 02:26 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Have never used the Vex but picked up the Ice-35 in dec and it is very easy to use.
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Old 01-05-2011, 04:15 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I also picked up the Ice-35. It has increased my catch rate. The battery has lasted 5 trips, and i still don't need to charge it. It is easy to use.
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Old 01-05-2011, 09:23 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Did either of you know how to use a flasher before you bought it? If not then did you learn from the instructions?
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flashers are very easy to use, I would personally recommend the vex. I bought the 35 last year and took it back the day after I used it. The humminbird was not steady, according to the flasher the jig would constantly move in and out of the cone and would move up and down while the rod was laying on the ice. I bought a vex shortly after and everything was steady and I am still very happy with my vex. My cousin picked up a humminbird and he wishes he could take it back.
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Old 01-06-2011, 07:42 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I would also vote for a Vex. My buddy bought a new hummingbird last year. We fished side by side last year. He had his hummingbird and I had my vex. My vex was more reliable. We moved over some deep water and he couldn't make out his jig, while I could still them on the Vex. By the way my Vexilar is 11 years old. They are the standard for a reason.
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get the fl8-se, they are getting pricey though, i bought one about 4 years ago at basspro new for 199, in august. now the same exact model 4 years later is going for 300-350 depending where you look and whether or not its has a battery life indicator on it. mine came with a little tacklebox built in and a battery meter. the fl8-se is perfect for most trout fishing situations
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I have had my vex-18 for over 6 years now and I am still on the same battery and it still works great.It had 80% charge on it after setting in the garage all year.
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I had never used/seen a flasher used before i got the ice-35 so i don't have anything to compare it to, but it took no time to understand. I have not had the problem Biv mentioned, but then again, i've only had it out 4 times and the deepest i've been over was 25 feet. When deciding which to get I did like that there are different settings(narrow for deeper and wide for shallow) as well as a zoom for the transducer that i dont think the lower end Vex had, but i could be wrong about that. I have caught more fish this year than any year before thanks to it and the year has barely started.
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I had never used a flasher before the Ice-35. The directions were simple. I have not had any problems with locating my jig. I am very happy so far.
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