Author Topic: Help picking flasher  (Read 598 times)

Offline reit38

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Help picking flasher
« on: Feb 11, 2019, 12:41 PM »
Thinking about buying a flasher. Don't do alot of ice fishing but thinking about an all season pack. Would like to stay around $200 for a regular flasher. Or go up around 300 on an all season unit is one better then the other or should I stick with strictly an ice fishing unit.

Offline hardwater diehard

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Re: Help picking flasher
« Reply #1 on: Feb 11, 2019, 12:47 PM »
Better up your price point ...most entry level flashers are nearer to the $300 dollar range. I would suggest a unit with zoom ...and low power is nice ..a good solid Vexilar FL18 has those features .
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Offline catskills

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Re: Help picking flasher
« Reply #2 on: Feb 11, 2019, 01:00 PM »
This was my first weekend with a flasher.  I bought the Hummingbird ice-35 for 300 off amazon (prime).  Watched a few how-tos and was able to mark a fish within 30 mins on the ice.  Very user friendly and tons of fun.  For $200 you most likely will need to go used.  I haven't seen many for sale though which is surprising because guys say theirs last for years.  You would think a few would pop up here and there.   

Offline smokey66

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Re: Help picking flasher
« Reply #3 on: Feb 11, 2019, 01:23 PM »
You're not gonna get much for $200. Fleet Farm has the Vexilar FL-8se for $279. Most places are sold out.  Buy that and it will serve you well for many years if you don't abuse it.

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Re: Help picking flasher
« Reply #4 on: Feb 11, 2019, 01:27 PM »
Garmin Stryker 4 bundle is 169.

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Re: Help picking flasher
« Reply #5 on: Feb 11, 2019, 03:08 PM »
VEXILAR  only unit ever made..use it in your boat
too cold ....aint going out there..

Offline reit38

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Re: Help picking flasher
« Reply #6 on: Feb 11, 2019, 04:35 PM »
I'd spend closer to 300 if it was a all season unit

Offline reit38

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Re: Help picking flasher
« Reply #7 on: Feb 11, 2019, 04:58 PM »
How is the garmin striker 4 bundle?

Offline smokey66

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Re: Help picking flasher
« Reply #8 on: Feb 11, 2019, 06:50 PM »
it's not a flasher. Your headline says "help picking flasher"

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Re: Help picking flasher
« Reply #9 on: Feb 11, 2019, 07:52 PM »
How is the garmin striker 4 bundle?

It's a great unit, has a flasher mode, or graph, GPS, can use it for a boat in the summer, easy to use.

Offline CL_Outdoors

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Re: Help picking flasher
« Reply #10 on: Feb 12, 2019, 08:35 AM »
Garmin Stryker 4 bundle is 169.

I've had a striker 4 for a few years now and I've had no reason to upgrade. Granted, I regularly fish a super clear lake and mainly sight fish/use an aqua-vu, but the striker 4 has a lot of features including a flasher setting, traditional sonar, and GPS.

Personally, I think the best setting for ice fishing on the striker 4 is using the traditional sonar with the A-scope. You get the best of both worlds with the flasher plus the past data.
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Offline Dinosaur1

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Re: Help picking flasher
« Reply #11 on: Feb 12, 2019, 09:22 AM »
Buy the vex fl8. Easy to use lasts forever.

Offline Stickhick86

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Re: Help picking flasher
« Reply #12 on: Feb 12, 2019, 09:25 AM »
So many to choose from. Everyone has their own opinions and are gonna tell you their likes and dislikes about what they have. They are going to tell you what to buy. I'm gonna say to look at all the options and choose the one that will fit your fishing style and your budget. One person's plus might be another person's negative. The choice will have to be yours.
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Offline tdannhauser30

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Re: Help picking flasher
« Reply #13 on: Feb 12, 2019, 10:14 AM »
If you have to stay with your price point I don't think I would be scared of the Garmin stryker 4. I have never used one but there was just a lengthy thread in the NY section on here I believe with lots of good info on how to use them and everyone seemed to be very happy with them.

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Re: Help picking flasher
« Reply #14 on: Feb 12, 2019, 01:08 PM »
Vexilar has a fl8 reconditioned for $259. Donít get scared off by reconditioned many times a person buys the unit and then returns it. To resell they have to list it as reconditioned? Get the normal warranty? That is a good price for a good unit if you are only looking for a entry level flasher. If you want more your going to have to pony up more cash.
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Re: Help picking flasher
« Reply #15 on: Feb 12, 2019, 03:53 PM »
I have a Hummingbird Ice 35 and I LOVE it. Bought it for 280. Check it out. Has zoom on it too.

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Re: Help picking flasher
« Reply #16 on: Feb 12, 2019, 04:03 PM »
find a used ice35 or entry level marcum.   even an fl8 will work.  you can find used ones in the 200 range. 
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Re: Help picking flasher
« Reply #17 on: Feb 12, 2019, 04:44 PM »
I have a Hummingbird Ice 35 and I LOVE it. Bought it for 280. Check it out. Has zoom on it too.
was out on the ice talked to a guy using the 35 looked like a good unit! Guy was catching some fish!
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Re: Help picking flasher
« Reply #18 on: Feb 13, 2019, 10:51 AM »
You would do good to get the Ice 35.  I have a 55 and my son has a 45.  We both love them.  The difference between the 35 and 55 is a couple hundy and the 55 has more colors.  If I were going to buy one it would be the 35.  I'm sure you will enjoy it for many years to come.  I have had mine for about six years now with no problems.  I won't fish without it.  In fact, I happened to leave it home one time and drove almost an hour back home to get it.  Yes, I use to catch a lot of fish without a flasher, but fishing without one is like driving blind, why would ya?

 



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