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Already looking forward for ice season and wanting a camera for this season’s adventures.

Does anyone have any personal experience on the Marcum or AquaVu models?
 

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I used the original Aqua-view for years b4 I got a flasher. Lots of fun, learned a lot about fish behaviour. Larger walleyes and trout will wrap around the cable and grief will ensue.

Unless it's gin-clear water its a waste of time.

Also when its real cold and you move a lot the cable gets everything wet and then freezes. PITA.

That said, I may drag the old AV onto the ice this season!
 

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I used the original Aqua-view for years b4 I got a flasher. Lots of fun, learned a lot about fish behaviour. Larger walleyes and trout will wrap around the cable and grief will ensue.

Unless it's gin-clear water its a waste of time.

Also when its real cold and you move a lot the cable gets everything wet and then freezes. PITA.

That said, I may drag the old AV onto the ice this season!
Thanks man - I appreciate the feedback. I fished with a buddy last year who brought the Marcum VS485C and liked it. I was able to see perch putting my bait in their mouth without even detecting a bite on my rod or flasher (marked the fish only). We were also inside my portable so there wasn’t a sun glare.

I hardly ever fish in my portable and mostly hole hop so outside screen visibility is one of the aspects I’m looking at. It seems like a lot of folks like Aqua Vu and they just came out with some new models/larger screens.

What would you say the max depth of water is you can use for your Aqua Vu assuming the water is clean?
 

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I've been using the same Marcum cam for 8 years. Works great when I use it (which is rarely).
Thanks Dakota - I already own a flasher (Hummingbird ICE -55) and am really debating spending the extra money for the Marcum LX-9. I like to travel light and that way I wouldn’t have to lug around a flasher and a camera.

On that same note - I’ve heard nothing but great things about the Aqua Vu units and keep going back between the two.
 

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I saw crawdads perfectly clear at Atown at 85 ft.
 

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I wouldn't get an Lx-9. I have an LX-7. Marcums flasher technology is getting blown out of the water by its competitors (not Vexilar). You should get something with flasher and GPS technology.

Your other option would be Garmin Livescope/Panoptix. If you can afford an LX-9 you can probably afford Garmin's technology. Those fishfinders are next level, and its definitely leaps and bounds above flasher technology. With livescope/panoptix, you may not even need a camera.

Just some thoughts.
 

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Lots of fun, learned a lot about fish behaviour.
I knew you were a Euro pedant posing as an American Joe! ;D

I never had a camera. But some of my friends do. They can be useful sometime. Can be useful to see what species is actually down there. Might also be able to see that there's way more fish down there than you thought... they are all just hugging bottom and hard to see on the flasher... Just don't get too caught up playing with the camera. ;D It's often better to move and find willing fish, then stay at the same spot because you just realized there are more fish than you previously thought.
 

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I wouldn't get the Marcum Lx-9. I never have liked the idea of buying anything that is two units in one. If the sonar part of the unit fails, you have a $1,300 camera that you are lugging around. I have one of the original AV and rarely use it. The only times I have been glad that I brought it is when I am fishing in brush or trees where my Vex doesn't work.
 

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Back when my camera WAS my flasher. It's all I had. I was fishing this one fine day and had the camera down, I had only 3 perch at 2pm. Walked around a little, talked to a couple people, caught a Bow then went back to my camera. Had left a jigging rap down there and when I got back there was 20 perch staring at that rap. I proceeded to catch 23 more perch that afternoon watching every perch take in that rap on the camera each time I dropped it back down. It was a great time.
 

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I saw crawdads perfectly clear at Atown at 85 ft.
Are you being serious- if so that’s impressive! A town is where I spend most my time, however I haven’t fished in those depths because the sketchy ice. 85’ under the ice seems like it would be pretty dark but I don’t own an Aqua Vu so I could be way off base.
 

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I wouldn't get an Lx-9. I have an LX-7. Marcums flasher technology is getting blown out of the water by its competitors (not Vexilar). You should get something with flasher and GPS technology.

Your other option would be Garmin Livescope/Panoptix. If you can afford an LX-9 you can probably afford Garmin's technology. Those fishfinders are next level, and its definitely leaps and bounds above flasher technology. With livescope/panoptix, you may not even need a camera.

Just some thoughts.
Hell ya the panoptix look pretty sweet from what I’ve seen online. I personally like to wait a few years when something new comes to the market before pulling the trigger.

Out of curiosity which competitors are you referring to that are beating Marcum’s flasher technology?
 

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Are you being serious- if so that’s impressive! A town is where I spend most my time, however I haven’t fished in those depths because the sketchy ice. 85’ under the ice seems like it would be pretty dark but I don’t own an Aqua Vu so I could be way off base.
I'm not fibbing.
 

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As for the Marcum haters- I can see crawdads at 52 ft on my LX-5. It shows these ultra-thin yellow lines and I dropped my kasty on the bottom for a bit and pulled up a crawdad.

Im not fibbing on this either.
 

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I'm not a Marcum hater. I own two LX7s and an LX5. I also have a Marcum camera. There is just better stuff out there now, especially for the price. Marcum hasn't updated it's flashers in years. They just can't keep up. Vexilar is better flasher technology. Marcum is flashier (pun intended) with more bells and whistles. When I got my LX-7s I was sold on the possibility of updates, but there have been very few and there are still a handful of issues.

As for competitors. Get a Humminbird Helix 5/7 ice. It's cheaper, lighter, and has way more functions. GPS and mapping is a major plus. If you have a boat, you can map an entire lake with the 7. Then use your map and the same unit during ice season. You will have all your waypoints on the same unit. You could sell your Humminbird 55. They have bad target separation compared to Vexilar/Marcum/Humminbird Helixs.

I don't like the Lowrance ice units. Garmin is decent.
 

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I prefer my flasher to the "boat" type displays. I tried a friends and it just sucked. Didnt seem to be in real time like my LX-5. Yah GPS is a large diff but I know where im going usually-

Or Im with someone who does-;D

GPS is the only advantage that I can see-
 

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I prefer my flasher to the "boat" type displays. I tried a friends and it just sucked. Didnt seem to be in real time like my LX-5. Yah GPS is a large diff but I know where im going usually-

Or Im with someone who does-;D

GPS is the only advantage that I can see-
I don't know about the new units, but I have seen an Lowrance HDS 5 and a Hummingbird ice fish finder in action. They don't perform as well as Vexilars and Marcums when fishing brushpiles. I don't have GPS, but I also fish with friends who do. Actually, some of the places I fish have buoy markers. You can always just follow the crowds, too. ;D
 

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I used the original Aqua-view for years b4 I got a flasher. Lots of fun, learned a lot about fish behaviour. Larger walleyes and trout will wrap around the cable and grief will ensue.

Unless it's gin-clear water its a waste of time.

Also when its real cold and you move a lot the cable gets everything wet and then freezes. PITA.

That said, I may drag the old AV onto the ice this season!
Appreciate the honesty, was always wondering about the visibility. Whats the point if i can't see it, those cameras are always over priced.
 
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