If you could only choose one...

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2011/03/12 19:39:22 (permalink)

If you could only choose one...

What would it be - a camera or flasher?

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    eddie spaghetti
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    RE: If you could only choose one... 2011/03/12 20:12:27 (permalink)
    IMO a flasher is the only way to go. Now, you'll get an argument about which mfg has the best flasher. But, a good flasher is worth the money. I have an Low. X67C and use it all year around.
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    RE: If you could only choose one... 2011/03/12 20:21:26 (permalink)
    A flasher is great all around. But any clear water like pi bay a camera is great especially when fishing schools of fish because you can pick the big ones and you can see when they have the hook not just the tail or the head of your bait. But in merky water a camera is useliss. I have a vexilar fl-18 and use it everywhere. I only was the camera on pi bay.

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    RE: If you could only choose one... 2011/03/13 10:42:23 (permalink)
    never had the opportunity to use a flasher but the cheap ($130 at harbor freight) uw cam is worth it for the enttertainment value alone IMO...definately not putting a flasher down as i would absolutely love to have one...have seen some pretty cool stuff and only used it a couple times...big huge fish...monster schools...it also lets you know what is getting interst and what is not..what jugging techniques work and what scares them away...definately helps with the catch...maybe not as much as a flasher and a educated owner but helps

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    RE: If you could only choose one... 2011/03/13 11:37:39 (permalink)
    A flasher has the advantage of showing you where the fish are in the water column, in any type of water, at any time of year. A camera will do considerably less in many situations. Some people say you dont need a flasher in shallow clear water sight fishing and i agree. But you dont need a camera for that either when you're sight fishing the bay.
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    RE: If you could only choose one... 2011/03/13 12:22:55 (permalink)

    ORIGINAL: eddie spaghetti

    IMO a flasher is the only way to go. Now, you'll get an argument about which mfg has the best flasher. But, a good flasher is worth the money. I have an Low. X67C and use it all year around.


    I agree I have the same machine and love it. I have a camera that I bring when I take my kids with me but for walleye fishing the lowrance is definatley the way to go.
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    RE: If you could only choose one... 2011/03/13 13:57:59 (permalink)
    Not even a close call.  I have both and the flasher wins hands down. 
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    RE: If you could only choose one... 2011/03/13 16:27:09 (permalink)
    I've had a Vex for over 15 years,thats all you need,but any good flasher will work.Cameras need clear water and if its clear and shallow you can sight fish out of your shanty with your eyes. Cameras can be fun but if given the choice of ONE, a flasher all the way.
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    RE: If you could only choose one... 2011/03/13 18:14:22 (permalink)
    never had the opportunity but it seems that the flasher has the masses on its side...will have to start saving for one...will one work off a canoe...looking for the first chance to ger her out into the lagoons for some crappie

    It's not how deep you fish...It's how you wiggle your worm.
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    RE: If you could only choose one... 2011/03/14 17:48:35 (permalink)
    I have both as well. And as many times as I went out this winter I think the camera was used twice. The flasher will show depth and the fish whether the water is dirty or clear, middle of the day or middle of the night. Never used a vexilar, so cant say anything bad about them but I bought a showdown this past summer and it is the best fishing related investment I have ever bought. Will not go on the ice without it. They can be used in open eater. But never tried mine yet.
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    RE: If you could only choose one... 2011/03/14 18:38:42 (permalink)
    I had a camera and sold it.
     
    Flasher hands down....I don't care what brand, but if you have a Marcum, fish by yourself,  cause they create mad interfernce with my Vex.w_w.

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

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    RE: If you could only choose one... 2011/03/15 10:44:11 (permalink)

    ORIGINAL: worm_waster

    but if you have a Marcum, fish by yourself,  cause they create mad interfernce with my Vex.w_w.



    Interesting w_w. I fish with a Marcum lx-5 and FL-8 four feet apart with no problems. I did notice that using the IR on the vex is useless when fishing with the Marcum...you need to use the IR on the Marcum to correct the interference. That's the downside of the high power on the Marcum...echo on nearby units (until you correct with IR control), and lower battery life. A 9ah battery is a must with the lx-5 if you plan on fishing more than 8-10 hours.
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    worm_waster
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    RE: If you could only choose one... 2011/03/15 19:47:42 (permalink)
    I have fished with several different vexilar units in the same hut.  A buddy turned on his marcum and I got all kinds of clutter, even 40 or 50 feet.  He claimed that it didn't have IR, but i don't know.w_w.

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

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    RE: If you could only choose one... 2011/03/15 21:26:57 (permalink)
    flasher just because you can use it anywhere, as where a camera is not worth the box it comes in on a stained lake. just my opinion

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    RE: If you could only choose one... 2011/03/16 16:55:13 (permalink)
    have them both get more use out of flasher but the kids like the camera to watch fish when we are on the boat

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    RE: If you could only choose one... 2011/03/16 19:33:55 (permalink)
    Flasher all the way.

    In the future, I would love to see the two technologies married together. Like an ultra fine sonar unit that had the display of a tv, but had the area coverage of a sonar.
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    RE: If you could only choose one... 2011/03/16 20:18:44 (permalink)
    I have 2 flashers a vexilar fl-18 i have had for 15 years ans a 2 year old humminbird ice-55. A couple years ago i bought a camera after numerous trips of bacically seeing nothing in stained water like shenango and pymatuning i took it back.spent more time playing around with it to see something than time fishing. A flasher hands down i wouldnt even go out on ice without one.

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    RE: If you could only choose one... 2011/03/22 00:38:54 (permalink)
    I would have to say flasher.

    1 Able to shoot through ice with better models
    2 Shows bottom type and vegetation
    3 Shows fish in entire water column
    4 Works well even in stained water
    5 Shows depth and many have zoom feature

    Own the Marcum LX-5 and the Vex FL-8 no complaints.
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    RE: If you could only choose one... 2011/03/24 11:10:25 (permalink)
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    RE: If you could only choose one... 2011/03/24 12:21:47 (permalink)
    all depends on what you really want to do? Mark fish to catch..........or play hide and seek with a video camera??

    both are fun..........if you want to catch fish--Flasher (showdown) if you want to watch fish, then get a camera.......

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