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Whats the best kind of vexilar ???

Im currently going to invest in a vexilar I see videos were they all seem to be just as good as the other but is there really a differnce? I know if I invest in a vexilar it something thats going to last so im trying not to be to stindgy on the price. I personally like the FL-20 because of the 100-300 ft range it has ( as they say ) and that would be nice in the depts of the big waters of ND. So if any ideas on this I hope someone can help me answer this and maybe even sell me one.......................

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 I have been using the FL18 for 3 or 4 years now and absolutely love it.  I have not had a chance to try out the newer 20 or 22.  Cant go wrong with a Vex, in my opinion.

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Marcum LX-7, alot better than my fl-22hd by a long shot

 

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 I am in the market for an 18 or 20 as well. So if anyone wants to give one away...  I suppose milkdudde69 would have first dibs. Ha

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all depend on how deep ya fish. my fl-22hd only goes to 60ft as where the fl-20 goes to 300ft. the fl-18 goes to 200ft. what ever you get make sure to get the tri-beam transducer. i usually dont fish over 50ft thats why i got the 22. cant go wrong with any of them.
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anything with bottom zoom.

 

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 The one your best buddy owns and let's you use...

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I have an FL-18 and the guy I fish with the most has an FL-20.  The FL-20 is a big improvement over the FL-18.  It's a lot easier to see the screen and the transducer work a lot better when we're fishing on a drop off.  I really like my 18, but I would get the 20 if I were buying a new vexilar. 

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for me; bottom separation is the biggest concern; 99% of my fishing is the bottom 3 feet; looking for walleyes scraping their bellies

as such i have a 22; but we consistantly fish with an 8 / 12 / 18 and 20 in the house as well as the occasional marcum.

i prefer the 22 over all the others i've fished with; but i think a major reason is that i'm very familar with how the vex operates and they feel comfortable to me

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I know somone with a Lowrance M68C.  I think that is what it was?  Anyway I love the screen where you can watch your line on a bar graph.  That is really neat.  You can also switch it to Flasher mode.  Anyway my 2 cents, but I thought it was one of the most universal vexilar around.??

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Here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2cP70FJ8oA      It shows how it works... Also shows alot more, but not on this site.  I just thought it was a good one for ice myself.

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Here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2cP70FJ8oA      It shows how it works... Also shows alot more, but not on this site.  I just thought it was a good one for ice myself.

i've got a similar one on my phone i still haven't figured out how to load up.  sitting on a few feet of perch when a 3-4 pound walleye comes in, chases the perch away and slams the lure.  good stuff.  can't wait to see how my hd-7 performs on the ice. 

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I would have trouble taking a 600 dollar plus LCD out on the ice. The cold weather will take its toll and with hammering through snow drifts and pulling the sled around i just dont think they will take years of use . The graph will perform great im sure though.

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I would have trouble taking a 600 dollar plus LCD out on the ice. The cold weather will take its toll and with hammering through snow drifts and pulling the sled around i just dont think they will take years of use . The graph will perform great im sure though.

I also think a graph would work just fine.  I can't see myself toting around my hds 10 in a 5 gallon pail in my fish house sled.  That has disaster written all over it.  I might hook it up in the permanent for fun though(although I don't know if that is a good idea either).  I actually jig right below my 'ducer in the boat and use it like an ice rig when conditions are right.

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Its actually very light weight and packs well, a little carrying case.  Pretty easy to set up so it isn't in the way.   But ya totally agree, flying over drifts would not be good!  Lol.  Have been waiting for them to come down in price, but that's been 5 years now.   So doesn't look good for me.  It's on my wish list I guess. 

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to be perfectly honest... i'd rather have an older ice machine or an older 300 or 500 series to have on the ice.  i liked my ice machine.... but, absolutely loved my 522.  and i have to admit i am leery of dragging my $1000 hd-7 on the ice too.  but, to be even more honest, i never once had a problem with my 522 before.  they take quite a bit of abuse in a boat.  i can think of more than a few times where i was navigating waves that made my stomach muscles tighten so bad they hurt when i got off the lake.  and i have certainly never had any such experience on the ice.  so, i ain't so sure ice fishing is a whole lot tougher on them than open water.  you can buy "soft packs" for keeping them covered, etc... i suppose 30 mph behind a snowmobile on a sled might be similar to big waves on water.  mine finally got water in it from rain and that is what killed it.  it wasn't the abuse it took on the ice.  anyway, i've kind of beat this horse to death the last few years... sorry.

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Ok... here goes nothing... i think i finally got this video thing figured out.  A couple of things... it is hard to make my lure out amongs the dozen or so perch.  I leave it towards the top of the screen the entire time.  What you see initially is the perch reacting and coming off the bottom to check it out as it enters the screen from up above at about 24 ft or so.  You can't see the initial descent because I have the zoom set at 4X.  The walleye shows up at about 0:50 and at about 1:15 the perch scatter.  If you watch close, the first few just kind of disappear from the screen.  But, the last few literally dive to the bottom and then off the screen.  He/she hits it at about 1:30 and i lose it at first and hook it a short time later.  I apologize for the blank screen while i reel it in.  Its hard to reel and film from your phone at the same time... lol.  Also... the screeming drag is a result of me fishing for perch with my perch set up... so, i never bothered adjusting it since i was making progress.  Finally, excuse the language at the end... its rather minor... but, it comes off at the hole and i have to get out of the truck and stick my arm in the water to get it and at the same time find myself pleasantly surprised with the size of it.  Hope you enjoy!

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jw6okx-D6Ao

here is the darn youtube link.  i ain't sure what i messed up.  i only see half the player and am unable to view in fullscreen.  sorry. 

edit... nevermind... just double click on it and fullscreen works.  didn't know that worked on this site.  can't tell you how many videos i've watched on this site and been frustrated cause i couldn't see the "fullscreen" button on the bottom right hand side. 

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Is that a dress shoe at the end?!

 

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lol.  no... i filmed that on my lunch break by where i work.  happen to have my suit, tie and dress shoes on.  the shoe is just to give an idea of the size of the fish.  i am wearing the same shoes today.  just put a ruler to them.  they are right at 13 inches.  i think i originally pegged that fish at about 20 inches.  which i think for devils lake is right in that 3 pound range.  maybe 3.5 depending on which chart you use.  now that i look again... it might be more like 19 inches.  doesn't matter really.  the purpose of the video was to show the fish on the graph.  i've got another where i actually pull up a dink perch.  i think i will try that one next. 

EDIT... i think you orignally had "dress show" and it now reads "dress shoe"... i should've known what you meant... so, yes that is a dress shoe. 

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lol.  no... i filmed that on my lunch break by where i work.  happen to have my suit, tie and dress shoes on.  the shoe is just to give an idea of the size of the fish.  i am wearing the same shoes today.  just put a ruler to them.  they are right at 13 inches.  i think i originally pegged that fish at about 20 inches.  which i think for devils lake is right in that 3 pound range.  maybe 3.5 depending on which chart you use.  now that i look again... it might be more like 19 inches.  doesn't matter really.  the purpose of the video was to show the fish on the graph.  i've got another where i actually pull up a dink perch.  i think i will try that one next. 

EDIT... i think you orignally had "dress show" and it now reads "dress shoe"... i should've known what you meant... so, yes that is a dress shoe. 

Cool video. Makes it even better you were in suit and tie haha

 

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well... this should be the perch video... . 

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One that's left in the truck cuz my Marcum is more clear and gives too much interference

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I shopped all of em last year and other than spending the money on the LX-7 I chose the LX-5. I fished with all of em or next to em and in my opinion the 5 is better but like I said my opinion.

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 I love it when this discussion comes up, it means that the hardwater is coming.  I made the mistake of buying mine in July and have been counting down ever since.  I choose to go with the FL-18 bc of the bottom zoom/tribeam transducer and it was $280 on ebay.  God bless ice fishing and be safe this winter

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fishsticks Said:
 I love it when this discussion comes up, it means that the hardwater is coming.  I made the mistake of buying mine in July and have been counting down ever since.  I choose to go with the FL-18 bc of the bottom zoom/tribeam transducer and it was $280 on ebay.  God bless ice fishing and be safe this winter

Amen, Amen.  280 is a great deal too!

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Whatever you do, don't buy an LX3 and come fishing with me.  Those things were born to interfere.

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I've fished in a portable for a whole 3 day weekend next to my buddy's LX3 with my FL-20 and didn't have much of an issue. There was a little interference here and there, but few and far between. Maybe just a fluke thing for my case.

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I've fished in a portable for a whole 3 day weekend next to my buddy's LX3 with my FL-20 and didn't have much of an issue. There was a little interference here and there, but few and far between. Maybe just a fluke thing for my case.
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Whatever you do, don't buy an LX3 and come fishing with me.  Those things were born to interfere.

I really do believe not every flasher is created equal. I have an lx5 and my buddy has fl18 we fish with no problems at all. His battery went in the pooper one day so he borrowed his dads 18, fishing for him was almost impossible for him with his dad's we both were monkeyin with IR and could not get it cleared up at all. Next weekend he got his 18 going again and we fished together just fine. Very weird i thought

 

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Pickerel Tamer Said:
I've fished in a portable for a whole 3 day weekend next to my buddy's LX3 with my FL-20 and didn't have much of an issue. There was a little interference here and there, but few and far between. Maybe just a fluke thing for my case.

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Whatever you do, don't buy an LX3 and come fishing with me.  Those things were born to interfere.

I really do believe not every flasher is created equal. I have an lx5 and my buddy has fl18 we fish with no problems at all. His battery went in the pooper one day so he borrowed his dads 18, fishing for him was almost impossible for him with his dad's we both were monkeyin with IR and could not get it cleared up at all. Next weekend he got his 18 going again and we fished together just fine. Very weird i thought

Could be.  All I know is when my buddy pulls that LX3 out of the bucket, I start to cringe.  My Fl-18 and his LX3 must not be compatible.  I should start calling them Donald and Rosie. 

"Diligence is the mother of good luck."

"The constitution only gives people the right to pursue hapiness.  You have to catch it yourself."

"Well done is better than well said."

"Beer is living proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy."

All by:  Benjamin Franklin.

"The solution to any problem - work, love, money, whatever - is to go fishing, and the bigger the problem, the longer the trip should be."

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I've had issues with the LX-1 and LX-3's too, they are the worst for interference that I've seen.  But, you get a bunch of FL-8's around each other and you still get a little bit too, even with the IR setup properly.

They say the HB flashers don't pickup any interference, but I don't know how much they put out either.  I'd love to know which brand/unit is most compatible this way.

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