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Offline mrjohnny

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vexilar users
« on: Jan 12, 2019, 07:52 AM »
share your experience with me. I have the lower based Marcum vx1i
which is a fair unit but thinking of up grading.Been looking at the
vexilar units..I usually fish in water 0 to 50 foot blue gills and perch..
I would appreciate your replys,etc..thanks....we might have safe
ice in a few more days..
too cold ....aint going out there..

Offline Dave R

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Re: vexilar users
« Reply #1 on: Jan 12, 2019, 08:05 AM »
I've had an FL8SE for the past 10 years and have been very satisfied with it. I fish mostly for bluegill and crappie up to 25' - 30' of water. If I were targeting bottom huggers such as perch and walleye I might think of upgrading to an FL18 that has a zoom feature and low power for when fishing in 10' of water or less. I bought an S cable for my unit when fishing in shallow water. But from what it sounds you're not fishing that shallow.

I'm sure that you will get other suggestions but the FL8SE works for me.

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Re: vexilar users
« Reply #2 on: Jan 12, 2019, 08:54 AM »
The FL18 would be an apples to apples comparison  with your marcum ...so that leaves the "upgrade" you seek to the 20 22 and 28 models in both the FL and FLX models...based on your fishing style conditions a 12 Deg transducer would be my choice..the ProView has had mixed reviews with IS members

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Re: vexilar users
« Reply #3 on: Jan 12, 2019, 08:57 AM »
Well even tho i cant stand marcum. the vx1 is more flasher than a fl8se so i dont recommend that unit.fl18 is a rock solid unit and for the depths you fish  a 12 degree ducer would work fine.any vexilar model is a long lasting solid unit.

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Re: vexilar users
« Reply #4 on: Jan 12, 2019, 09:01 AM »
share your experience with me. I have the lower based Marcum vx1i
which is a fair unit but thinking of up grading.Been looking at the
vexilar units..I usually fish in water 0 to 50 foot blue gills and perch..
I would appreciate your replys,etc..thanks....we might have safe
ice in a few more days..

I currently run an FLX28 - moved up from an FL8SE - and also fish mainly in waters no deeper than 50'.  The FLX28 zoom features are very helpful, especially for those bottom hugging perch, and having the ability to move into the shallows amongst the weeds with low power and weed mode settings has also been a nice upgrade.  The option to use up to five colors has been another helpful feature.  IMHO, the unit is definitely a "turn on and go" machine with the auto selection, but there is a lot more that it can do when you use the "manual" controls.

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« Reply #5 on: Jan 12, 2019, 09:10 AM »
I personally dont like auto mode.it get confused when fishing say 14ft but it wont stay on the 15ft setting when fishing real soft bottom in lp mode.it toggles back and 4th between 15 and 20 ft setting.i was fishing next to another flx28 doing the same.simple fix is just put the ducer a little farther down tho.very versed in vexilar.lol i have or ran every model made.i wont go into my marcum history.jk but not really.

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Re: vexilar users
« Reply #6 on: Jan 12, 2019, 04:40 PM »
Well I decided to go with the flx 12 pro pack..If I aint happy with it,it's my own faught.

Can always return it..Now to pray for more ice here in NE Pa..
too cold ....aint going out there..

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Re: vexilar users
« Reply #7 on: Jan 12, 2019, 05:00 PM »
I have that unit,works great

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Re: vexilar users
« Reply #8 on: Jan 12, 2019, 05:28 PM »
Well I decided to go with the flx 12 pro pack..If I aint happy with it,it's my own faught.

Can always return it..Now to pray for more ice here in NE Pa..


the 12 is a good basic unit. it is just a more updated version of the FL8. one negative is that it does not have the zoom option that comes in handy when fishing bottom hugging perch. the unit will work but if I were you I would of went with either the FL18, FLX20 or FLX28. if you could find a deal on a good used one the FL22HD is also a really good model but is limited to a depth range of no more then 60 feet.
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Re: vexilar users
« Reply #9 on: Jan 12, 2019, 05:42 PM »
I have the fl8, never used one before. What a game changer. I was looking at upgrading to the fl18.

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Re: vexilar users
« Reply #10 on: Jan 12, 2019, 05:56 PM »
I have fl8 and I fish 8 feet to 40 feet with no issues I fish for crappie perch walleye 

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Re: vexilar users
« Reply #11 on: Jan 12, 2019, 06:12 PM »
I have used a FL-12 for 5 years and haven't had a single complaint. A solid unit.

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Re: vexilar users
« Reply #12 on: Jan 12, 2019, 07:47 PM »
I have a Cabelaís VXR, (Marcum), thatís over 10 years old, and other than a battery issue, I have NO complaints whatsoever. I also have a Hook 5 that Iím still trying to figure out! Lol I guess what Iím trying to say is ďbuy what you can afford, learn to use it well, and Iím sure youíll be just fine on the ice! MYO
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Re: vexilar users
« Reply #13 on: Jan 13, 2019, 03:35 PM »

the 12 is a good basic unit. it is just a more updated version of the FL8. one negative is that it does not have the zoom option that comes in handy when fishing bottom hugging perch. the unit will work but if I were you I would of went with either the FL18, FLX20 or FLX28. if you could find a deal on a good used one the FL22HD is also a really good model but is limited to a depth range of no more then 60 feet.
the pro pack I ordered has the xoom  feature
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Re: vexilar users
« Reply #14 on: Jan 13, 2019, 04:29 PM »
flx12 in any pack does not have any zoom.but a rock solid  unit.

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Re: vexilar users
« Reply #15 on: Jan 13, 2019, 04:32 PM »
flx12 in any pack does not have any zoom.fwiwhttps://youtu.be/fqCdmcdbGWw

Thanks  I canceled my order,they said it had a zoom..of well their loose..
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Re: vexilar users
« Reply #16 on: Jan 13, 2019, 05:14 PM »
Look at the refurbished models. Same as new warranty.
You could pick up a fl18 pro pack
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Re: vexilar users
« Reply #17 on: Jan 13, 2019, 05:35 PM »
I would think that you should be able to pick up an FL18 on sale somewhere. I know Fleet Farm has a Genz box for $379. If I lived in an area with a longer ice season I would probably pull the trigger.

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Re: vexilar users
« Reply #19 on: Jan 14, 2019, 07:43 AM »
I have the FL18 genz box with the DD100 depth finder and the Vex glo ring. Total game changer is right. I move way more than I would without one but that also means you find more fish. Great unit. I would definitely recommend it.
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Re: vexilar users
« Reply #20 on: Jan 14, 2019, 07:47 AM »
got my fl28 propack off ebay for half the price, all it needed was a new battery, the unit itself had hardly been used, you can cut your costs a lot buying used off ebay or refurbished, we have sent one tumbling down a hill when a sled turned over and still works like a champ :-), love it, sure the lower models are good too, you can always buy the add on digital depth to most models now :-), Enjoy what ever you choose
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Re: vexilar users
« Reply #21 on: Jan 14, 2019, 09:24 AM »
Decided to stay with my Marcum x1i....for the amount of fishing I actually do it works..Preciate all your replies..
too cold ....aint going out there..

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Re: vexilar users
« Reply #22 on: Jan 14, 2019, 09:42 AM »
Decided to stay with my Marcum x1i....for the amount of fishing I actually do it works..Preciate all your replies..

If the unit is in good working order why switch up ..could may be add a lithium battery and/or case...lightens the load and gives a longer run time 
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Re: vexilar users
« Reply #23 on: Jan 14, 2019, 10:58 AM »
Well I decided to go with the flx 12 pro pack..If I aint happy with it,it's my own faught.

Can always return it..Now to pray for more ice here in NE Pa..

well its definitely not an upgrade over a vx1i except in the reliability department but it will be an ok unit. 
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Re: vexilar users
« Reply #24 on: Jan 14, 2019, 10:59 AM »
the pro pack I ordered has the xoom  feature

no it doesn't.  the 18 is the first unit with zoom in the vex line.  but thats not even an upgrade over your lx1i.  its a good comparison to that unit.  you are looking for a 20+. 

edit: seen above.  yeah you are probably good staying with what you have. 
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Re: vexilar users
« Reply #25 on: Jan 14, 2019, 02:31 PM »




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Re: vexilar users
« Reply #26 on: Jan 14, 2019, 06:43 PM »
That is a picture of the FLX20 NOT the FLX12.
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Re: vexilar users
« Reply #27 on: Jan 14, 2019, 07:41 PM »
Decided to stay with my Marcum x1i....for the amount of fishing I actually do it works..Preciate all your replies..

If it works, no need to upgrade.
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Re: vexilar users
« Reply #28 on: Jan 15, 2019, 05:29 AM »
I am on season 4 with my FL8-SE. Fist ever flasher. Zero issues. Zero complaints. Well I do have one complaint. It keeps me on the ice all day and has killed my winter social life
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Re: vexilar users
« Reply #29 on: Jan 15, 2019, 07:01 AM »
That is a picture of the FLX20 NOT the FLX12.

Yeah,,I pollygish  for the mistake
too cold ....aint going out there..

 



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