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I currently do not have a Vexilar or an underwater camera. My only fishfinder is a fishing buddy, worthless for anything except as a depth finder. I'm trying to decide if I should get the Vexilar FL-12 for $360, or the Aqua Vu Scout XL 7" screen for $280.
Most of my fishing is done in depths of up to 40 ft. so the camera should give me a good picture that deep.
I can only afford one right now, what would you do?
 

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Hands down vexilar > camera
 

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My flasher allows me to "see" the entire column under my hole. I can raise or lower my bait to the fish. I don't have a camera so I won't bash them, matter of fact I would like to own one some day. I just think that you're able to get a bigger picture of what's going on down there with a sonar unit vs a camera.
 
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There have been several threads asking this question.  The almost universal opinion is that the Vexilar is far more useful.  The camera is more of a toy.
 

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Ice fisher. I had the same exact post about a month ago. Check back a few pages, there were quite afew replies.
 

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OK, Thanks Johnny. My bad, I forgot to check the archives.
 

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I just read all the old stuff from Johnny's post. It's almost unanimous, VEX!
Just stopped by Sportsmans Warehouse to see the new Vex FL-20. $500!!
Pretty cool though, hard on the budget though, I work for a living.
Thanks everyone for your help.
See you at 11 mi. Sat.
 

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     Ice...scope out eBay for vexilars. I was watching some ealier ( fl18 s ) that were going for a good price since the new models are out now!
    Good luck !
 

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the vexilar is the best choice , i have both a vex and aqua vu, i had a my camara for one year and the dam screen is all jacked up , i wouldent buy one again , i have a vex and it works excellent , if you want the bang for the buck id go with the vex, the aqua views work good in clear water lakes , and murky water you aint seeing nothing , just my opinion
 

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brand new i think they are 400 , i got mine at the aurora sportsmans for 350 , if you look around you can get a good price on one , they are worth the investment
 

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Get a Vexilar. Get a Vexilar. Oh, did I say, Get a Vexilar.

I have a buddy at work who picked up an older FL-8 just to use on his pontoon for vertical jig fishing. Haven't convinced him about ice fishing yet.

The camera, which I have, is a lot of fun, but it's really more of a toy for me. Turns you into the first kid on the block with the new video game system - never knew that it could be that cool just watching your jig bouncing around in 50' of water, but everybody wanders over to look at it anyway 8)
Now the Aqua Vu depthfinder, well, I'm a Vexilar gal myself, and I like the display on mine.

Still say Vexilar is the way to go. Husband drove through a snowstorm from Gunnison to the tackle shop
out at Quincy and Parker to buy the last FL-8 SLT when they were new in '95, is still using it years later,
and it still works. (He yakked to me so much about the Auto Zoom on the FL-18 that I finally got my own last year, and now he might be able to convince Santa that he needs a FL-20.)

Manual depthfinder is to Vexilar as yo-yo is to XBOX 360
 

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My wife bought me the AquaVu for my birthday. I agree with everyone that it's a toy. But, I like toys! It's very fun getting the visual of what's going on down there. Seeing the bottom structure and weed bed is exremely helpful. It was a great gift, I'm very happy with it.
I think I will buy a Vex when the budget allows, like I said, I like toys.
I've narrowed it down to the Vex FL-20 and the Marcum LX-5.
Chris
 

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Toys totally rule, ice fisher. Seriously, get the Vexilar. And get the soft case for it. Keeps the snow out of your electronics. Liked that the camera came with one of those.

Fish on.
 

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I have the shallow depth model [ range,s down to 120ft] --really have'nt needed it for anything deeper, if I'm going to fish the bottom, I like the feel of the hit. :eek: ;D
 
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