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What flasher would you recommend for ice fishing?

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I am looking to buy a new flasher this year for ice fishing and don't know which one to buy. My spending range is between $200-$400. I like the Vexilars, but haven't done alot of research on the other brands such as Humminbird and Marcum. Any info, help, or tips are greatly appreciated!

Thanks,

Chris

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I'm sure you'll get quite afew different suggestions.

My choice is an fl-18 Vexilar. IMO very easy to use and the zoom feature is very nice.

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I would also check out the Bird line and for the money, if you watch the for sale forum on Fishing Minnesota, you may be able to purchase a great used MarCum unit.

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Like flooring guy said, you will hear all voices on a question like this. But it comes down to one thing for me, and that is separation and interferance and in my opinion, the flasher that does those the best is Marcum. I run a LX 5 and by adding in the superfine line and dual beam transducer, I have all I could ever ask for. I also have an LX 3tc from Marcum and it still works like a charm. I think with some good shopping and studying, you will be able to add a good flasher of your choice to your ice aresenol! Mine is loaded with Marcum. Good Luck

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Thanks guys! I do alot of panfishing, so what flasher helps out and has more specialties for panfishing?

Thanks,

Chris

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Anything with zoom will help you alot. It really depends on your preference and usage. You have some time before we are on hard water so I would take your time and do your homework.

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I have an FL-18, I have a friend that has an Lx-3. both are nice machines. I think it will be a personal preference for you. I have a Friend that has one of the new hummingbirds, he is up in the air if he likes it better than his vexilar. Best advice is to go look at all of the models and determine what your personal preference is.

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Alright thanks guys for all your help! I am deffinately going to do my homework so i pick the best flasher for me!

Thanks,

Chris

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If you can still find a Marcum LX-5 for the 299 close out price, buy it immediately.

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My vote goes for vexilar fl-20. I have only used it a couple of times but it is awesome. I had and Fl-8 for about ten years and figured it was time to up grade. I first went with a humminbird ice 35 and love it,BUT it went to [PoorWordUsage] on me twice in a month. For the money the ice-35 is great, I just couldn't use something that wasn't reliable. So I went back to what I cut my teeth on and won't ever go back.

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Vexilar for me, I have a friend that runs Marcum and I really like that unit too.

Kinda of like the Ford vs Chevy.....Strikemaster vs Jiffy.

Mark

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I switched to a Marcum LX-5 from a FL-18 and I've been extremely happy.

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I run a Lx-3 and picked up a Lx-5 when they went on sale I have been very happy with both units.

As stated above do a little shopping around and you maybe able to find the Lx -5 still on sale.

Sifty

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i would have to go with the marcum!!

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Vex all the way. I have a fl-18 and absolutely love it. If all you target is panfish however, the fl-8 is a great unit because of the 30ft window.

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i have a showdown and its ok.. very good target seperation but doesnt make the buzz that many love

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The Marcum is the best in my opinion. That being said, the are all quality units now, but it is what you are most familiar with using. I own a few Marcums and have used the Vexilars on and off, but when I have used the Vex's, I can't wait to get back to my Marcum.

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MarCum for me. My LX2 hasn't been turned on for a few months now, and I bet the battery is still fully charged if I went down to my basement and put the tester on it. Great unit

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I have an FL-8 and an LX-5. Hands down the 5 is nicer. They can be found under $400 on hsolist if you look for them.

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I have the vexilar fl-8 and i do alot of crappie and pan fish fishing and the fl-8 is the simplest and nicest in my opinion its very clear and easy to operate..

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I have the vexilar fl-8 and i do alot of crappie and pan fish fishing and the fl-8 is the simplest and nicest in my opinion its very clear and easy to operate..

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i run vexilar just cuz there been around forever but i think pretty much all of the name brand flashers on the market today are good. just get one thats in your budget.

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I have ran Clearwaters, FL-8's, FL-18's fished with FL-12's and 20's, Hummingbird 45 but own 2 LX-5's and IMO the best out there right now.

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