marcum or vex

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2008/12/19 16:12:25 (permalink)

marcum or vex

going to buy a xmas gift 4 myself
which one vexilar fl20 or Marcuum ice machine flasher
my ice buddy uses a fl20 when walleye fishing and loves it
any thoughts would be greatly appreciated
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    ICE NUT
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    RE: marcum or vex 2008/12/19 16:34:04 (permalink)
    hands down the vex!!!! Ive had mine for years i would turn around and go home if i ever forgot it!!!!!!!!!! you cant believe what it can do!!
           
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    Fishtamer
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    RE: marcum or vex 2008/12/20 11:16:47 (permalink)
    Anyone try the ShowDown digital, vertical fish finders yet? I saw a demo on-line, seemed like it might be a good product & lower in price than other units.
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    crazy4ice
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    RE: marcum or vex 2008/12/21 16:08:57 (permalink)
    Looked at the Showdown site might have to give one a try at that price
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    RE: marcum or vex 2008/12/22 11:50:31 (permalink)
    Do your homework before you buy the showdown...I've never used one, but it has been getting skewered on other sites.  I just bought a Marcum lx-5 after using a vex for the last 10 years.  The vex is still going strong, but the Marcum has some features that the vex doesn't have.
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    mr. fly
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    RE: marcum or vex 2008/12/26 20:44:19 (permalink)
    vex all the way// we have an older fl18 and the new style also...best way to go..and nooo problems at alll......................

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    chauncy
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    RE: marcum or vex 2008/12/26 21:29:52 (permalink)
    Go ahead and DARE TO BE DIFFRENT and get the showdown. Let us know how well it works.  Just remember, you get what you pay for.
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    crazy4ice
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    RE: marcum or vex 2008/12/28 13:33:17 (permalink)
    there was 5 in ice on Horseshoe pond (erie) almost went n bought the showdown but u are right u get what u pay 4 has always turned out to be correct in the past I think i will wait 2 see one on PI before buying one
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    RE: marcum or vex 2008/12/29 14:31:26 (permalink)
    Vex FL 18 works great!
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    RE: marcum or vex 2008/12/29 20:03:33 (permalink)
    vex

    If it has fins and gills, I'm there.

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    crazy4ice
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    RE: marcum or vex 2008/12/29 21:33:15 (permalink)
    bogeyjoker does that mean u like the marcum better than the vex
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    RE: marcum or vex 2008/12/29 23:02:01 (permalink)
    Crazy,
       I actually haven't had the chance to use mine yet, but I've seen a couple Marcum LX-3's and LX-5's in action and some of their features are nice.  They have what they call "super fine line" which shows a much greater detail (especially useful when trying to distinguish bottom fish detail or picking out where the largest fish in a group are concentrated) and their zoom is adjustable anywhere in the water column.  I night fish a lot for crappie and often am targeting slabs that are suspending 10' down in 30fow and this should be a nice tool for targeting them.
       Don't get me wrong though...as I stated earlier, I've been using a Vex for ten years and it's been a workhorse for me.  I bought a new flasher this year because I sometimes fish with guys who don't have a flasher and it's not fun to share .   My vexilar fl-8slt is still running strong and will be used all winter long.  I don't think you'll be sorry getting either the vex or marcum.
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    RE: marcum or vex 2008/12/30 23:50:49 (permalink)
    This is what im saying. Vex. then marcum since i dont have one. BUt on the showdown i see its an LCD screen..i dont know about you but i know ANY kinda LCD screen gets messed up in the cold...slows down...notice your cell phones screen slow down? thats an LCD so i CANT totally say it would do the same..but its just a therory i have on that unit. meaning it would not show the fish as "fast" as it would say it does or leave a trail on fast moving objects. i notice even on the videos they have shown of it it seems like when the lure drops there is a slight trail of it following. so i wouldnt get this unit..plus i had a vex before all the so called"knock offs" emergded. IF i would get a new unit i would look into the marcums though. they do seem like a nice unit. but then again by the time i would need one VEX  might make something nicer then now...or who knows..I might make something..called tssffboatatbti short for.... "the supersweetfishfinderbuddyofalltimeandthebestthereis"    
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    RE: marcum or vex 2009/01/08 01:59:46 (permalink)
    Never used the marcum, but love my vex......

    Better too far back, than too far forward.
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