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Ice Fishing Montana / Re: Maple sausage for lake trout bait
« Last post by oldschoolben on Jul 23, 2021, 12:53 PM »
It's like using power bait, cut sausage in thirds and put sausage on a treble hook,
General Ice Fishing Chit Chat / Re: Ice Electronics Question
« Last post by hardwater diehard on Jul 23, 2021, 11:56 AM »
Another option a Garmin hand held or smaller marine unit and Lake Vu chip/download ..I have an Etrex 20 that I was able to get my local lake map on to it via base camp    I also have a Echo Map 43cv which you can make maps with during the summer months..then add it to your ATV/Snowmobile via Ram mounts could use the EchoMap 43cv on ice with a different transducer ...lot of options from Garmin ...and various old and new do your research ..some units have a WiFi update option (which I would prefer if going for a mapping unit) . I hve yet to make the jump to a digital unit for ice ..but leaning toward Garmin Livescope .But not ready to put that much cash into another technology .

General Ice Fishing Chit Chat / Re: Ice Electronics Question
« Last post by theskydiveguy on Jul 23, 2021, 11:44 AM »
Im getting the size thing - thanks, it makes good sense and something I didn't think about.

I think once the perfect boat is found I'll buy something specific for it. Where weight, battery and size don't matter as much. I can always take it with me on days I can drive the truck out if I really want to. My LX7 gets the job done and I paid $400 CDN for it on the Amazon Warehouse page 2 years ago, so it's hard to get rid of!

I think my phone mounted to the sled is a good (already paid for) solution (thanks).

Thanks a-lot for your wisdom and experience as always.

General Ice Fishing Chit Chat / Re: Ice Electronics Question
« Last post by badger132 on Jul 23, 2021, 10:49 AM »
X2 on the size tradeoffs- The screen power, which is almost all of a flashers power draw, goes up as the square of the screen diagonal. You need that much more battery, and the unit is bulky and heavy.

If you move around, think hard about getting the 9 inch unit "just in case"- the 7 inch Garmin can be had for under $500 at times, and mine runs all day on a smaller 18V power tool battery. It makes a good system in the boat and on the ice, but I agree a 9 inch Panoptix would be better, but that is an extra $2k I can't justify yet.
General Ice Fishing Chit Chat / Re: Ice Electronics Question
« Last post by jethro on Jul 23, 2021, 09:34 AM »
In regards to the 9" vs. 7" thing.. In 2019 I upgraded my Helix 5 to 9. Don't underestimate how big and heavy a 9" unit is. I got the 9 primarily for the boat, I fish offshore quite a bit but in the winter I would use my Helix 5 with GPS on my snowmachine and inside my flip over. The 5 was mounted with a RAM mount on a RAM ToughClaw, I could move it from the handlebar of my sled to the metal hoop in my flip shanty and it would work great. With the 9" I can't use it with the ToughClaw because the unit is just too heavy. The Helix 5 is probably a lb, the 9 is easily 5 to 7lbs.

Another point worth talking about is battery consumption. The 5 with GPS and down imaging would run for an entire weekend off a 7ah lead acid. Now I have to carry much more battery. I went with a 20ah lithium unit and if I'm running with full backlight it will barely last the full weekend. On a boat it's not much of an issue how power hungry it is, but ice fishing is a different story.

On the boat the 9" is awesome and I may even want bigger at some point. But ice fishing, I went back to using my old flasher for last year, this year I plan to get something in the 7" range for ice fishing.
General Ice Fishing Chit Chat / Re: Ice Electronics Question
« Last post by Bucket Rump on Jul 23, 2021, 09:23 AM »
One thing about the Humminbird units you might give consideration to is the ability to pair it up with some the Minn Kota trolling motors to help steer the boat when fishing.  Garmin also has addressed that by coming out with a trolling motor of their own - not sure about Lowrance. 

FWIW, I opted to use a RAM mount to fixture the smaller Garmin 43cv on my sled for navigation that I can easily transfer to a Garmin portable carrier or to another mount on my boat.  My sled has electric start so I wired the Garmin bracket to the sled's battery via an added relay and toggle switch - allows me to power up and use the Garmin without the snowmobile running.  I went with the smaller in this case as at the time I wanted a compact device to allow me to see my other instruments and not be in the way.  Going with a 53, 63, or even the 73 probably would have been suitable.  Whichever unit you choose to go with give some thought as to how you will transport it on your sled.

General Ice Fishing Chit Chat / Re: Ice Electronics Question
« Last post by theskydiveguy on Jul 23, 2021, 08:59 AM »
Thanks everyone.

I appreciate it! I'm not even sure that I need a 9" - maybe I just want it .. But the 7" is almost 1/2 price here right now.
General Ice Fishing Chit Chat / Re: 9:45 on a Tuesday..
« Last post by IFF on Jul 23, 2021, 08:54 AM »
Thanks Eddie, and yes I do need a coffee.  Not much chance of that before I leave the area, which just might be sooner rather than later.

Kind of hard when there are big steelhead in the river near by.
General Ice Fishing Chit Chat / Re: NEW ICE GEAR 2021/2022
« Last post by Agronomist_at_IA on Jul 23, 2021, 08:06 AM »
2021 Jiffy Ice Drill Hand Auger..looks to have a metal/steel shaft ...with a hybrid Nero/chipper style blades ..again no center point ...may be a hard pass for many anglers .

It pretty much shows that who ever is running the jiffy company is a disconnected person that needs to be removed. Anyone who was running a company that made ice augers would have to be an absolute ignoramus for not knowing that light weight hand augers with center points have become the largest growing segment in ice augers. All jiffy needed to do was take that metal hand ┴uger and put a center point on it and retail it for $75 with a drill adaptor/disk sold seperate for $25 and they would have really gained market........but they leave a center point off it which has been a known issue for people. Makes you wonder what an idiot like the Jiffy CEO gets paid.......hopefully a pink slip.
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