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New FL-18 or FL-20?

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I am upgrading from an FL-8 to a new version. Money is a little tight but I can probably manage the FL-20. Is the FL-20 that much better? What features make it better? I fish mainly 35 feet or less. I will also be buying the pro pack II version of either the 18 or 20.

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Tough choice there. The 20 has that real nice flat screen and the night time feature to keep it from burning in eyes. Also the zoom of 12' or 6' off the bottom. The 18 has the bottom lock which comes in handy for summer fishing (don't know why they didn't put that on the 20). I would go with the 20 though just cause I have had the vex screen still in my eyes when I shut them.

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Is the 6' and 12' bottom positions on the Fl-20 the same as the "bottom lock" on the Fl-18?

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bottom lock is for when you are moving. If you want to use it in the summer too.

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Get the FL20 Ultra pack with the dual beam transducer. JMO

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Get the FL-20. You'll love the night mode and flat screen.

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Hummingbird ICE 45! you will love the dual cone, digital display, and zoom feature. $400 right now

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Gonehunting,

if your interested in selling your old fl-8 let me know. I'm trying to find a good used flasher for a decent price. eric.kolcinski@gmail.com

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Sorry,

Sold the FL-8 and purchased the FL-20 propack tonight. I don't think I am going to sleep tonight. Tomorrow is my first day on the ice and I have a new vexilar. No wonder there are 20-30 people visiting this site at 3AM.

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I'm thinking of doing the same thing. But still debating fl-20 dual beam ultra pack or marcum5?

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Sorry,

Sold the FL-8 and purchased the FL-20 propack tonight. I don't think I am going to sleep tonight. Tomorrow is my first day on the ice and I have a new vexilar. No wonder there are 20-30 people visiting this site at 3AM.

Didn't take you long to sell the FL-8 ... congrats on the new purchase. After using the FL-8, you are going to LOVE that FL-20!!! If it snows today, you will love the flat screen when fishing in the open, bottom zoom, and definitely check out the night viewing mode ... SWEET!

If you picked up the dual beam transducer, make sure you read the directions on checkng the transducer alignment. If it is not hanging right, your sensitivity will seam messed up. Simple but not obvious fix unless you follow the instruction. Had this problem on mine, now it works great.

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i'm thinking about selling my fl-18 and upgrading to the fl-20.

Me too.

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I'm thinking of doing the same thing. But still debating fl-20 dual beam ultra pack or marcum5?

Go with the fl-20, you will not be dissapointed.

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If you want to sell your 18's let me know. The wife could really use one.

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