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Offline IceBalls

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Re: Entry level flasher
« Reply #30 on: Jan 24, 2018, 10:07 PM »
For my first flasher I bought the Vexilar FL8.....was very pleased with it for many years, but it got destroyed in hurricane Sandy back in 2012.  At that time, all the "buzz" was about these new Marcum units and I let myself be convinced that I should abandon Vex for the new kid in town.  Marcum LX7 works fine, but I do still miss my Vex !!
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Re: Entry level flasher
« Reply #31 on: Jan 24, 2018, 10:53 PM »
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Re: Entry level flasher
« Reply #32 on: Jan 25, 2018, 05:41 AM »
Ended up purchasing a marcum m1 at an awesome price from a retailer. Looks like at has a zoom function and reviews appear great. Looking forward to receiving the unit and testing it out. Thank you all for the assistance.

Congratulations.   I bought the entry-level marcum VX-1P some years back and have never felt the need to upgrade.  It has been an excellent tool and I can't imagine how I enjoyed ice fishing without it.

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Re: Entry level flasher
« Reply #33 on: Jan 25, 2018, 06:06 AM »
Better hurry looks like the FL8's are just about all sold out everywhere.
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Re: Entry level flasher
« Reply #34 on: Jan 25, 2018, 06:22 AM »
he's already bought one.
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Re: Entry level flasher
« Reply #35 on: Jan 25, 2018, 06:32 AM »


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Re: Entry level flasher
« Reply #36 on: Jan 25, 2018, 06:51 AM »
If having the ability to block out interference from others fishing near by is a bell and whistle, yes you need some bell and whistles.

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Re: Entry level flasher
« Reply #37 on: Jan 25, 2018, 07:00 AM »
If having the ability to block out interference from others fishing near by is a bell and whistle, yes you need some bell and whistles.

The Marcum has that; he's all set.  The reason I chose the entry-level Marcum when I bought my flasher is that it came with bottom zoom and eight anti-interference settings.  The Vexilar units seem to have the best reliability record but I think the entry-level Marcum offers more features for the money. 

There are choices (and we're lucky for that) that everyone needs to make when choosing a flasher.  We all hope to have made the right choice!

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Re: Entry level flasher
« Reply #38 on: Jan 25, 2018, 08:26 AM »
  The Vexilar units seem to have the best reliability record

This gets mentioned a lot. What makes Vexilar more reliable than Marcum? I currently own a Humminbird, so not that familiar with either brand. If I decide to upgrade to Marcum at some point in the future is reliability that much of a concern to avoid the product altogether?  Just curious as to why Marcum reliability record appears to be less than Vexilar. Been eyeing the M brushless series by Marcum. These like mighty tempting.

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Re: Entry level flasher
« Reply #39 on: Jan 25, 2018, 08:49 AM »
I really like marcum. Most new guys are initially set on a vexilar because of marketing/advertising and that's all they ever heard. In my opinion the entry level marcums are better than the fl-8. Get the zoom and a nice soft pack and not that hideous blue genz box

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Re: Entry level flasher
« Reply #40 on: Jan 25, 2018, 08:51 AM »
Right on buddy  any flasher is better than no flasher. Good luck

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Re: Entry level flasher
« Reply #41 on: Jan 25, 2018, 09:03 AM »
Bought my LX5 in 2006. Been flawless for me. And i use it for summer and fall perch fishing, as well as ice fishing. Some of the problems with both Vex and Marcum are user caused. Usually rough handling.... such as continuously throwing the transducer on the ice. The transducer crystals just can't take much of it.

If you do a thorough read on the Vexilar website, they have had their issues. They are man made and are not perfect.

But they are a good unit. I wont bad mouth a Vexilar just because i like Marcum. The two Vex's I have used had no issues. A lot has to do with how you take care of your equipment.
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Re: Entry level flasher
« Reply #42 on: Jan 25, 2018, 10:27 AM »
i was fishing in a tent with a guy that had a humminbird 45 just yesterday....very noisy compared to my vexilar..he had to keep moving it around on the snow/ice to try stopping it from vibrating. I could not hear my vexilar
He really needs to send it back for repairs.  I've had my ice 55 for a number of years now and this is the second year my Son has had his 45 and we have never experienced any sort of noise, like that.  Now, we have had interference, that can be somewhat curtailed, by fishing too close to each other.  But for it to have an actual sound loud enough to make it vibrate, something is wrong!

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Re: Entry level flasher
« Reply #43 on: Jan 25, 2018, 10:43 AM »

This gets mentioned a lot. What makes Vexilar more reliable than Marcum? I currently own a Humminbird, so not that familiar with either brand. If I decide to upgrade to Marcum at some point in the future is reliability that much of a concern to avoid the product altogether?  Just curious as to why Marcum reliability record appears to be less than Vexilar. Been eyeing the M brushless series by Marcum. These like mighty tempting.

its 2 fold.  i think marcum's QC has gone through a rough patch the last handful of years.  THAT said, people are also comparing apples to oranges.  the LX7/6 had issues upon release but thats not necessarily bad QC, its just a new envelope pushing product (sonar guys will argue about this) and people upgraded from their mechanical flashers to an lx7 and freaked out. 
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Re: Entry level flasher
« Reply #44 on: Jan 28, 2018, 03:34 PM »
Any thought to the Marcum Showdown duel beam? Pretty much gives you everything..zoom, duel beam transducer for both shallow and deep water, verticle display so more realistic.

I have one and it's super simple to use and understand.  The only problem is finding a dual beam one because they discontinued it.  If I were buying a new flasher I'd definitely buy it again.

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Re: Entry level flasher
« Reply #45 on: Jan 28, 2018, 03:43 PM »
I have to agree with many of the above....for me starting out....I would go with Vexilar fl8. Simple and works perfectly every time. Mine is over 20 years old and still finding fish.

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Re: Entry level flasher
« Reply #46 on: Jan 28, 2018, 08:01 PM »
Marcum is an excellent graph.  I have used multiple different brands and like the Marcum the best.  I did not like my Showdown 5.6db.  Had way too many issues with reading the bottom. The guys from Marcum stated this is why the db is gone. I have an LX7 and the rest of the crew have M5, M1 and LX6.  Many of us switched from Vex and hummingbirds and we all love our Marcums. 

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Re: Entry level flasher
« Reply #47 on: Feb 13, 2018, 01:51 PM »
One other point . I bought a trolling motor xducer and use my old VX1 in the summer too . I is way easier to see when night fishing. Having a flasher in front helps you find weed lines immediately ,no delay like the older LCD graphs or maybe eveN the newer LCD fishfinders ?

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Re: Entry level flasher
« Reply #48 on: Feb 13, 2018, 05:29 PM »
MARCUM SHOWDOWN 5.6 hands down for a first unit.  Vertical read, 1/2 separation, simple, and easy to use.  No need to learn how to "read it" - it's self explanatory.  The bottom is the bottom, the top is the top.  Nothing going around in circles...  Battery life is great, compact, and light weight.  Read up on YouTube for reviews.  I omit I want to upgrade I want to a Hummingbird Ice 7 (GPS, split screens, blah, blah blah - just more crap to make it more complicated ) but the Marcum 5.6 for a first unit is hands down a winner. Had mine for 4 years, haven't touched my settings,  and it's been great.
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Re: Entry level flasher
« Reply #49 on: Feb 13, 2018, 06:02 PM »
Marcum M-1. Super quiet plus had the bottom zoom. First time out I caught fish on it.

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Re: Entry level flasher
« Reply #50 on: Feb 14, 2018, 01:35 PM »
Any lower model vex or Marcum will be fine for you. If your fishing deep look at power output, it helps.

I have an fl12 and I am very pleased with it. Nothing fancy, no zoom, but it works.
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Re: Entry level flasher
« Reply #51 on: Feb 14, 2018, 01:58 PM »
The OP already bought a unit

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Re: Entry level flasher
« Reply #52 on: Feb 14, 2018, 04:44 PM »
I have to agree with many of the above....for me starting out....I would go with Vexilar fl8. Simple and works perfectly every time. Mine is over 20 years old and still finding fish.


Ditto...what he said.

 



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