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Author Topic: Real Time sonar on fishfinder  (Read 1992 times)

elktalk101

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Real Time sonar on fishfinder
« on: Nov 11, 2011, 07:26 AM »
Has anyone out there had any experience using a fishfinder with the real time sonar.
I was looking at one of the Garmin LCD models and from what I can understand you can see the
fish in real time mode when they enter the transducer and you can also see your jig.
This unit also has a flasher mode.  How will this work for Ice fishing?

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Re: Real Time sonar on fishfinder
« Reply #1 on: Nov 11, 2011, 09:19 AM »
I believe that they are all real time. Vexilar, Marcum and so on show ''real time"". These and others are designed soley for ice fishing and work great. Simple to use and can increase your catch.
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Re: Real Time sonar on fishfinder
« Reply #2 on: Nov 11, 2011, 12:24 PM »
Thanks for replying.
I am talking about the LCD fish finder not just the Flasher style like the Vexilar or Marcum.
I know that they have a split screen on some of them that is supposed to be real time.
The particular model I was looking at can also be turned to a flasher screen also.
I'm just not sure how they would work for icefishing.

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Re: Real Time sonar on fishfinder
« Reply #3 on: Nov 11, 2011, 04:21 PM »
thats correct they are all real-time, what good would it do to mark where fish once were, i have a lowrance x67c that switches from the fishfinder screen to flasher and has worked very well. once you get familiar with the flashers they are more precise than the regular fishfinder mode. just my 2 cents

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Re: Real Time sonar on fishfinder
« Reply #4 on: Nov 11, 2011, 06:48 PM »
This might be worth checking out!  Marcum's new LCD flasher "LX-7". Quite a pricey penny though.
 http://m.youtube.com/index?client=mv-google&desktop_uri=%2F&gl=US&rdm=4md6a205g#/watch?v=oDsu0kNUT54

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Re: Real Time sonar on fishfinder
« Reply #5 on: Nov 11, 2011, 09:02 PM »
I got a Marcum Showdown late last ice season and only had the chance to use it twice. However, both times I used it went well. I didn't catch the most or the biggest fish but it did show me fish were there and it is for sure "real time". You can see your jig in relation to the bottom and also see fish follow/approach your jig. Pretty cool and quite a change from just sitting over the hole and wondering if there are any fish around.
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Re: Real Time sonar on fishfinder
« Reply #6 on: Nov 11, 2011, 09:07 PM »
Bought a new Marcum flasher last year and it's  real time. A bit more difficult to learn to use than the ShowDown but probably more accurate. ShowDown does work well. I spent some time with a fella on Whitefish Lake that was using one and it is VERY user friendly. Watched a mac come in, saw it hit the jig, and he reeled him up.

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Re: Real Time sonar on fishfinder
« Reply #7 on: Nov 12, 2011, 06:33 AM »
I think the fishfinder would work if you could set the transducer up right my hummingbird on my boat will show me my jig and fish but i'm fishing over the side and the transducers in the back so i think if you played with it you could use it you may have to drill a seperate hole for your transducer. I still don't think its as sensitive as my vexilar though
is it wrong to be turned on by an icehole?

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Re: Real Time sonar on fishfinder
« Reply #8 on: Nov 12, 2011, 08:42 AM »
The Humminbird in my friends boat has the real time sonar (RTS) window on the side.
You read just as you would a flasher. What I notice is, if you watch the RTS, you will see
fish on that narrow  RTS window, 10-15 seconds before it shows on the LCD.
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Re: Real Time sonar on fishfinder
« Reply #9 on: Nov 12, 2011, 04:00 PM »
I have been useing a lowrence 350a for years and it works great. the only trouble is if it is way below 0 it fogs up for a while. you can see your jig and fish coming in and at what depth. just my thoughts. we use a lot of lcd finders here in Wy.

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Re: Real Time sonar on fishfinder
« Reply #10 on: Nov 12, 2011, 04:45 PM »
et101 have had  flashers for years and lcd units the lcds work just fine i have a fl18 hippno wheel and a 67c lowrance has both a spinning wheel and a graph ,3 years running  , and the hds5 dosen't seem to have any trouble either ,and they are on real time and they have a memory
     

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Re: Real Time sonar on fishfinder
« Reply #11 on: Nov 13, 2011, 07:38 AM »
lorance m 68 c get one
when hell freezes over ill ice fish there to

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Re: Real Time sonar on fishfinder
« Reply #12 on: Nov 13, 2011, 04:22 PM »
lorance m 68 c get one
Lowrance stopped making Lm series 2 years ago ,my bud snags got 1 and it works great though
     

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Re: Real Time sonar on fishfinder
« Reply #13 on: Nov 13, 2011, 05:42 PM »
Ive been using a cheap lcd boat fishfinder for years,works just as well as anything Ive seen.

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Re: Real Time sonar on fishfinder
« Reply #14 on: Nov 13, 2011, 09:29 PM »
^^ Me too^^

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Re: Real Time sonar on fishfinder
« Reply #15 on: Nov 14, 2011, 09:20 AM »
The LCD finders work OK, as long as its not too cold.  As Aaron mentioned, you have to get that transducer set up right...That is usually the #1 issue.  I see Lowrance is now offering an "ice pack" that lets you use just about any Lowrance as a portable unit, AND it includes an ice ducer...In 99% of the cases I have ever seen, its the transducer (and transducer setup) that is the weak link.

Lots of LCD finders have a lag before the "fish" shows on the screen.  Much of this lag is due to computer processing speeds, how long does it take to find the signal, determine just what it is, then show it on the screen.  The more expensive the unit, typically the more computing power it has, hence the shorter display times. (When I added Lowrances Broad Band Sounder to my LCX-112, I was amazed at how much cleaner the signal, and how much faster the unit displayed it.  That is because the BBS unit dedicates a computer strictly to the finding and analyzing of the signal, then the head units computer only needs to dislay it.  The whole thing becomes much faster and displays it clearer.)

If you must convert an LCD finder to on ice use, I would try and get a transducer you can set up to float like a Vexilar, or a stand that will keep it pointing straight down at all times. That is going to be the biggest piece of the puzzle for frustration free use.



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Re: Real Time sonar on fishfinder
« Reply #16 on: Nov 14, 2011, 11:17 AM »


If you must convert an LCD finder to on ice use, I would try and get a transducer you can set up to float like a Vexilar, or a stand that will keep it pointing straight down at all times. That is going to be the biggest piece of the puzzle for frustration free use.

100% correct, if you do this, you eliminate most of the troubles
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Re: Real Time sonar on fishfinder
« Reply #17 on: Nov 14, 2011, 07:54 PM »
Tape your transducer to an old tip up,it holds it vertical in the extra hole.My cheapo LCD has no lag,if I turn the sens all the way up I can see my jig in real time AND it doesnt go ballistic like flashers do when you have two of them in the same area.

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Re: Real Time sonar on fishfinder
« Reply #18 on: Nov 16, 2011, 12:29 PM »
Thanks everyone for your comments. I will check out a few of the models mentioned.
See you on the ice.

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Re: Real Time sonar on fishfinder
« Reply #19 on: Nov 23, 2011, 12:19 PM »
I just ordered a Garmin Echo 200 LCD fishfinder today.  I will let you all know how it works. :)

 

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