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im a senior in h.s. and im thinking heavily of buying a fl-8 or a zercom clearwater classic. was wondering what the pros think of the models and if it is worth the investment.. bring on the hard water!!!!!!!!

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This will probably be the first of a flurry of posts telling you the same thing. I started about 5 years ago with the fl8 and am at the point now where I can't fish with out it, well I geuss I could but, it wouldn't be half as productive or near the fun. My advice is spend the extra hundred and get thefl18 IT IS WORTH IT! If you don't get the fl18 you'll probably regret it before the fl8 even gets broke in!
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I’m in high school too and fish a lot. I spent the extra $100 and got the Fl-18. I tried the Fl-8 b/f I got the Fl-18 and am glad I got the Fl-18 its a really good unit. In the long run it will really help you picking fish up right off the bottom.

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If money's an issue (it was when I was in high school), get a used FL-8. You'll see posts on this forum under the Used Equipment wanted or for sale further down the categories list, and a used 8 generally runs somewhere around $150. That's way easier to stomach than a new FL-18 at, well, I don't know how much they are. Guys? I've got an FL8-SLT that's going on its fourth year.

Everybody's right. After you try it with a Vex, you won't want to go fishing without one. grin.gif

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Go with the FL-8, its a great unit. A great tool to have on the ice. Once you use one you won't be able to imagine fishing without one. Worth the money in the long run.

Good Fishin, Matt.

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Do the Vex for sure.

If you can find a used FL8-SLT resonable go for it. Be sure to test out the ducer and see if it is up to snuff. If the ducer is not, upgrade it to a duel deam ducer & you will be in great shape.

With a good ducer and a sharp eye once you get on to tuneing the unit you will see bottom huggers by the color or the thickness of the colors of the base line. You will know how far away from the center of the cone the fish are and how fast they are moving too.

The next best option is to save up for the FL-18 where you will get a bit more bottom detail on the zoom. A couple more wistles and bells on the F-18 but the same deal as a FL-8 SLT really.

The FL-8 SLT is a very good unit so whatever works for your budget will get you on fish.

A good ducer is key or you just got a box with preaty lights on it is all!

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