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lowrance hds for ice fishing

by , Posted to on 12/12/2012 11:01 AM | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 11/24/2012
Location: nd
anybody out there use there HDS with the lowrance ice package? how is the flasher feature? how does it compare to the vexilars? is it worth the money or would i be better off just buying a vex?

would be nice to have flasher and GPS all in one is what i was thinking

thanks for any help
Re: lowrance hds for ice fishing
by on 12/12/2012 11:17 AM | Reply #1 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 07/25/2007
Location: ND
plenty of us on this site use our graphs to ice fish.  most who do would never go back to a flasher.  i ain't been out yet.  but, when i do go, my hds-7 will be making the trip with me.  if you already own one, i wouldn't spend the money on a flasher.  get yourself and ice transducer and something to mount your graph to and go fishing.  also... no sense using the flasher mode.  the graph mode gives you all the information your flasher does and then some. 
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Re: lowrance hds for ice fishing
by on 12/12/2012 11:23 AM | Reply #2 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 11/24/2012
Location: nd
ya i already have a hds so thats why i was thinking about getting the "winter package" for it, just wasnt sure if anyone used them or if they work alright

thanks for the info
Re: lowrance hds for ice fishing
by on 12/12/2012 11:31 AM | Reply #3 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 07/25/2007
Location: ND
where do they have these winter packages at?  cause i ain't so sure my 7 inch screen will fit in the same case i had my 522 in.  where you located at cormorant?
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Re: lowrance hds for ice fishing
by on 12/12/2012 11:35 AM | Reply #4 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 04/16/2007
Location: SD
Re: lowrance hds for ice fishing
by on 12/12/2012 11:44 AM | Reply #5 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 07/25/2007
Location: ND
hmm... but, i don't need the ducer, the battery, the charger or the tackle boxes... lol.  i guess i will just put it in my old soft case and probably not be able to zip the thing up... which i very seldom do anyways.  thx.  too lazy to search myself today. 
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Re: lowrance hds for ice fishing
by on 12/12/2012 12:03 PM | Reply #6 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 12/16/2001
Location: ND
Both work but the Vexilar is a $300-$400 unit that's built rugged and will hold up much better in subzero temps and bouncing around in your ice house or pickup box compared to a $1200-$1800 HDS unit with an LCD screen and designed largely for summer use. 

Just something to think about.
Re: lowrance hds for ice fishing
by on 12/12/2012 12:04 PM | Reply #7 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 09/11/2009
Location: KS
Mine is being delivered today from Reeds Sports.  Bought the HDS-5 adapter kit and Lowrance Ice Pack.  Comes with the ducer, battery, charger, and case.  This has been the longest day ever.

Here is what to order.

http://www.reedssports.com/Product/product.taf?_function=detail&_ID=25488
http://www.reedssports.com/Product/product.taf?_function=detail&_ID=23166

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by on 12/12/2012 12:10 PM | Reply #8 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 04/06/2007
Location: SD
I use an HDS 5 on the ice. A few people here will argue until they are blue in the face against them, but they are just fine. I've been using graphs on the ice for 5 seasons now. 

Re: lowrance hds for ice fishing
by on 12/12/2012 12:16 PM | Reply #9 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 07/25/2007
Location: ND
sdietrich... what is the adapter kit.  it gives no description of the item and what it is needed for?  last thing i want is to decide to finally hit the ice someday only to find out i am missing something.  i assumed my blue plug ice ducer would do the trick.  no? 
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Re: lowrance hds for ice fishing
by on 12/12/2012 12:16 PM | Reply #10 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 05/31/2003
Location: ND
sdietrich Said:
Mine is being delivered today from Reeds Sports.  Bought the HDS-5 adapter kit and Lowrance Ice Pack.  Comes with the ducer, battery, charger, and case.  This has been the longest day ever.

Here is what to order.

http://www.reedssports.com/Product/product.taf?_function=detail&_ID=25488
http://www.reedssports.com/Product/product.taf?_function=detail&_ID=23166
Dont hold your breath, i ordered the ice pack for my hds 5 and the mounting bracket dosnet work for it so you will need to buy another mounting bracket or use your bracket off your boat to make it work. I ended up screwing the hds bracket on to the bottom of the ice pack.

Re: lowrance hds for ice fishing
by on 12/12/2012 12:20 PM | Reply #11 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 05/31/2003
Location: ND
espringers Said:
sdietrich... what is the adapter kit.  it gives no description of the item and what it is needed for?  last thing i want is to decide to finally hit the ice someday only to find out i am missing something.  i assumed my blue plug ice ducer would do the trick.  no? 
The addaptor kit is just to convert the transducer plug that comes with the ice pack to your blue plug in

Re: lowrance hds for ice fishing
by on 12/12/2012 12:28 PM | Reply #12 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 12/14/2011
Location: ND
gonefshn Said:
Both work but the Vexilar is a $300-$400 unit that's built rugged and will hold up much better in subzero temps and bouncing around in your ice house or pickup box compared to a $1200-$1800 HDS unit with an LCD screen and designed largely for summer use. 

Just something to think about.
This is also my thought.  I have an HDS-8 but couldn't bring myself to haul it around on the ice.  I bet they would be awesome for ice fishing though.

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by on 12/12/2012 12:33 PM | Reply #13 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 11/03/2003
Location: ND
No need to use the flasher feature, just use the graph.  Make sure you have it set to manual mode, and everything else in manual(range & sensitivity).  The only downfalls can be battery life(keep the brightness set to 6-8outside and less inside), and the 20deg transducer on really steep structure.  I love mine!

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Fishing on North Dakota's Beautiful Lake Sakakawea!
Re: lowrance hds for ice fishing
by on 12/12/2012 12:34 PM | Reply #14 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 07/25/2007
Location: ND
goosehunter90 Said:
espringers Said:
sdietrich... what is the adapter kit.  it gives no description of the item and what it is needed for?  last thing i want is to decide to finally hit the ice someday only to find out i am missing something.  i assumed my blue plug ice ducer would do the trick.  no? 
The addaptor kit is just to convert the transducer plug that comes with the ice pack to your blue plug in


yeah... thanks... just got off the phone with lowrance tech... i should be good to go w/ mine.  time to get my shtuff together. 
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Re: lowrance hds for ice fishing
by on 12/12/2012 12:36 PM | Reply #15 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 11/03/2003
Location: ND
duckduckgoose Said:
gonefshn Said:
Both work but the Vexilar is a $300-$400 unit that's built rugged and will hold up much better in subzero temps and bouncing around in your ice house or pickup box compared to a $1200-$1800 HDS unit with an LCD screen and designed largely for summer use. 

Just something to think about.
This is also my thought.  I have an HDS-8 but couldn't bring myself to haul it around on the ice.  I bet they would be awesome for ice fishing though.


An HDS 5 set up is not much more expensive than the top end vex's.  Plus then you can use it in the boat.  How many ppl use their vex year round?  A few, but not many.


goosehunter90 Said:
espringers Said:
sdietrich... what is the adapter kit.  it gives no description of the item and what it is needed for?  last thing i want is to decide to finally hit the ice someday only to find out i am missing something.  i assumed my blue plug ice ducer would do the trick.  no? 
The addaptor kit is just to convert the transducer plug that comes with the ice pack to your blue plug in

If you order the ice kit you need the adaptor, but there is a seperate transducer that already has the blue end, so save your money and just set up the unit piece by piece rather than buying the kit and the $50 adaptor.


Liebel's Guide Service 

Fishing on North Dakota's Beautiful Lake Sakakawea!
Re: lowrance hds for ice fishing
by on 12/12/2012 12:57 PM | Reply #16 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 07/25/2007
Location: ND

i've already said this numerous times on other forums... but, as long as it isn't smashing against other objects, i wouldn't fret it bouncing around in a sled or my pick up.  don't know that i would toss it in the back of the truck box or sled if it wasn't covered up or zipped of course.  and i would also be certain it wouldn't be in danger of having the auger or propane tank or something else smashing against the screen.  but, the cold weather and regular bouncing around that goes with traveling across the ice shouldn't be any harder on them than the abuse they take in big waves and rain in the summer... if i was worried bout it, i wouldn't even be considering taking my $1000 machine on the ice.   

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Re: lowrance hds for ice fishing
by on 12/12/2012 12:58 PM | Reply #17 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 04/06/2007
Location: SD
There is a thread here from last winter about adjusting the settings for optimal use on the HDS on the ice. I believe Jim Carrol posted it. If someone can dig that up, that would be great. It really helped me. 

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by on 12/12/2012 12:59 PM | Reply #18 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 04/06/2007
Location: SD
 
espringers Said:

i've already said this numerous times on other forums... but, as long as it isn't smashing against other objects, i wouldn't fret it bouncing around in a sled or my pick up.  don't know that i would toss it in the back of the truck box or sled if it wasn't covered up or zipped of course.  and i would also be certain it wouldn't be in danger of having the auger or propane tank or something else smashing against the screen.  but, the cold weather and regular bouncing around that goes with traveling across the ice shouldn't be any harder on them than the abuse they take in big waves and rain in the summer... if i was worried bout it, i wouldn't even be considering taking my $1000 machine on the ice.   

I put my white plastic Lowrance Cover on it when transporting...and its protected by the soft pack as well. 


Re: lowrance hds for ice fishing
by on 12/12/2012 1:02 PM | Reply #19 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 07/25/2007
Location: ND
duh... forgot bout the white cover.  i am pretty certain i won't find a softpack to cover my 7" screen though unless i fork over some money for one of the bigger soft packs that come with the marcums i suppose.  any idea how big a screen you can stuff in yours? 
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Re: lowrance hds for ice fishing
by on 12/12/2012 1:05 PM | Reply #20 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 04/06/2007
Location: SD
 
espringers Said:
duh... forgot bout the white cover.  i am pretty certain i won't find a softpack to cover my 7" screen though unless i fork over some money for one of the bigger soft packs that come with the marcums i suppose.  any idea how big a screen you can stuff in yours? 

The 5 inch screen barely fits. Its really designed for the Elite 5, but you can make the HDS 5 work. Its tight. 

Funny thing. My neighbor whom I fish with a few times a year saw mine in action last year. He ditched his vex and upgraded his HDS 5 for ice fishing. 

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