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Cheap Flasher

I have been looking all over for a good, used flasher. Whether it be an old Vexilar, MarCum, Zercom, or Humminbird I don't care, as long as it works. If anyone out there can point me in the right direction I would appreciate it.

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Something that seems to get overlooked for icefishing is the cheap LCD depthfinders for boats. I've got a cheap eagle that has the "fastrac" mode, which is similar to the flasher, but with a history. So far it has performed well in the cold temperatures. Gotta kind of rig up for the transducer, but seems to work. I noticed the Cudas are on sale for $69.99, don't know the features but have had luck also turning off the fish ID and cranking up the display rate.

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I've never seen anybody use a digital graph on the ice, I have no doubt that it works but I think I would prefer the real-time readout that is provided by a flasher. Thanks for the quick response!

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Hello,

I'm feeling mature.

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dav8730,

Send me an email at tsandstrom@fishingbuddy.com

I have a buddy that might have exactly what you are looking for.

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i mention this every time a subject like this comes up... the modern computer chips in todays graphs/lcds are so fast that any delay is imperceptible. they are as "real-time" as most modern video games you play. i used to have a lowrance 68 that i used in the summer and the winter till it got stolen and now i have the larger 522 that i do the same with. i will never go back to a flasher. a graph displays the same data as a flasher. but, you can also see the "recording" of what has happened in the last 10-15 seconds just in case you weren't paying attention and/or looked away from the screen for a few seconds. everyone has their own opinions on this subject. but, thats mine.

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How does the LCD do on battery wear?

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Liebel's Guide Service | Williston, ND | 701-770-6746 liebelsguideservice.com
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And one thing that concerns me about LCD screens is durability.  I'm not nice to my ice gear.  It gets pummeled when I fish because I am mostly on the ice with an ATV or snowmobile.  I've never had a flasher bust.  They are simple in design and effective.  So, I guess I keep my trust where I know it won't disappoint.

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Kirsch's Outdoor Products | Fargo, ND | 701-261-9017 Garmin GPS Hunting Maps
Liebel's Guide Service | Williston, ND | 701-770-6746 liebelsguideservice.com
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w/ the bigger screens, it definitely wears them down faster than a flasher. it wasn't noticable on the smaller screened 68 i used to have tho. in fact, when i used it w/ the lowest brightness setting, i think it lasted quite a bit longer than my vexilar (FL8 that i still have). i attributed that to the fact that it had a small display screen and didn't have the spinning motor that the flashers rely on.

but, on the 5 inch screen i have now, it makes very noticable difference depending on which screen brightness setting you use. the one i have has three different settings. on low (which i use in a dark ice house) i can't tell much of a difference. but, if it is on medium or high (outside during the day), it is definitely noticable. tis one of the only downfalls i can come up w/. this isn't an issue if you power it thru ur auto/cigarette lighter tho. most of them even have a "flasher" mode w/ lots of colors (instead of 3-6 that the true flashers have) for the folks who just can't stand to be w/o a "flasher". and a built in GPS w/ lake maps.

like i said... everyone has their opinion and some folks won't let you pry their vexilar out of their hands. but, this guy will never go back to a flasher.

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what does it cost to set up your 522 for ice, when i checked on a power cord and transducer it was about 140 @ cabelas.

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if you already have the 522 w/ the skimmer, that sounds about right for the ice transducer and power cord. however, i just checked out cabelas website and they have the entire package (summer and winter transudcers, battery, charger, and carrying case) on sale marked down from $729.99 to $549.99. imho, given the price of the flashers and the fact that this machine has a built in GPS and can be moved from your boat to your ice house, its a heckuva deal. gotta wonder about the sale price tho, that's usually a sign of some kind of new and improved model coming out or that this model will be discontinued.

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wonder how they work or if they effect flashers in the same house, to bad i bought a 522 for the boat this summer would have rather had the ice pack right away, but i did get an underwater camera and a navionics card for free.

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I know this may be a bit of the subject of the original post but it seems to have gone this way anyhow, but may help out the original poster too. I purchased a Showdown last season, they are about half the price of the "flasher" sonars but do the same job with 1/2" seperation, which is better than most of the flashers out there, I have not really looked at the new hummingbird flashers. The Showdown has an LCD screen that has a battery life of 30hrs, I am sure this is with the light off and the LCD warmer off. I have never used a Vexilar but side by side with the FL-20 last year it seemed to work just as well. Enough rambling, here is a link to take a look http://www.showdownfishfinder.com/ShowDown-Digital-Fish-Finder/28/

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I appreciate all of the replies that have been posted on this topic, however I think I will still hold strong to the flasher idea. I don't plan on fishing in a perm. shack for the winter so will be doing a lot of packing and unpacking gear and the durability issue is a concern.

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i have a 2 year old aqua view pixel graph that have changed the name now it has a screen about 2" wide by 8" high works just like a vexilar it has a rechargable battery i would like 150 they are 269 at sportsmans warehouse.

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spend the money on a fl-8 if u fish 20' or less the are the best for the job! when your out think of whose around you also, if someone else has a like sonar you wont have the problem that it could get cancelled out by others or have tons of interference. the deeper you fish the worse you are for all the clutter even at 50' apart. i had a zercom lcd flasher but was slow due to the cold until warm-up, then the 8 and now a fl-18. upgraded because of the color in the flash, the 18 has better color than an 8 as far as brightness, bottom lock with full view on the right side. spend it, they are good and durable!

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i have a zercom clearwater pro lcd flasher that i am looking to get rid of. dmad0@hotmail.com

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I myself wouldn't use anything but the Vexilar. I currently still run the FL-8 and love it. Do most of my fishing in less than 10 ft of water so haven't upgraded. Do have issues when get into the 30+ column. Fish are able to sneak in whithout being detected and the lure doesn't show until about a foot off the bottom. As for durability, no complaints and fish portable most of the time so stuff gets thrown in and out quite a bit. Can fish it side by side in portable with buddy and not have a problem with interference also.

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I do believe my flasher of choice will be a Vexilar, I just have to find one in my price bracket.

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I would keep your eyes open for a used fl-8(vexilar). Usually you can find used one for 150-200. They are not top of the line, but you will not regret buying one. there is alot in the classified ads on other websites.

otherwise look into the newest, cheapest hummingbird model. heard good things and they retail for under 300

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I would also agree that the Aqua-vu showdown would be a good alternative to a flasher. at half the cost, a heated LCD display, i think it would work just as good as a flasher. one thing i do like about it is it shows the verticle water column


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Check the classifieds there is a FL8 on there.