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  1. A few of the Marcum Pro-staffers will be up for the Marcum High Power Challenge event this weekend. We're looking to compare/contrast all the flashers out there, and will be bringing flashers from Humminbird and Vex as well to test. We promise it'll be a no-pressure deal, with no units being sold on the ice, or any sales pitches. Come out and decide for yourself what fishes better for you! The weather looks to be better up there than anywhere else in the state, and I just talked to Jonny, the fish are biting! Give us a shout if you have any questions! Joel
  2. Burnham: More than welcome to help if I can! Depending on the specifics of your project, I may be able to recommend someone who is better suited to answer your questions if I can't be of help. Shoot me an email and we can go from there: [email protected]
  3. I hear what you're saying regarding the equipment-worship and ego-trips that some folks have regarding their ice electronics. Some of it is definitely what you're talking about. However, for alot of folks, it comes down to truly believing in a product and getting the most equipment for the same money. That said, there's nothing wrong with doing your research and getting not only what's meanest feature-for-feature, but what works best on the ice in a variety of situations. My personal opinion is that I can't think of a single situation where more detail is worse. Folks have brought up the plankton issue and baitfish, and just to clear that issue up; with less target separation on lesser units, the whole water column is a single blob, effectively blocking your ability to see fish thus making your flasher useless. For me, the single greatest reasons for the superior target separation on the Marcums are: -Discerning different fish, and different fish sizes amongst schooling fish -Separating walleyes and other bottom hugging fish from the lake-bed, especially when their mood is negative The single greatest reason for me personally to have the extra detail however is determining the difference between a sniffer and a biter, and then with that information, figuring out what to do when the former occurs. For those of you who have studied fish on an underwater camera, you know that there are often many more "sniffers" than anything. Conventional wisdom tells us when a fish approaches your lure on the flasher, to turn your attention from the flasher to the rod-tip. I think this can be a mistake on neutral to negative fish. We often overthink things, jig too much and scare the fish away. I eventually switch my attention to the rod-tip as well, but not until I "see" the fish committing on the LX-5. I'm convinced that the less I fish "blind," the more fish I'll put on the ice. I get to see the fish's reaction to every twitch, jiggle, or pop, and I can more readily play keep-away if needed. I agree with your comment regarding the underwater cameras, but for those who like to hole hop, the flasher-only is the way to go. Fishing with both a camera and flasher however, so you can become a better flasher-only user is a good exercise IMO!!! Joel
  4. SuperFineLine (SFL) is the first button I hit on my LX-5 after I turn it on. Detail is everything, especially on a tough bite. Yesterday I was out on the ice; with the cold front and the frigid temps, the fish were inactive to say the least. SFL was the difference between discerning the fish that closed in on the bait, and fish that stayed a jig's-length away and only sniffed. For those of you who have studied the way a fish approaches and/or eats a bait with an underwater camera, you know it's the movements you do and often do not make in this critical zone, which make or break your day on the ice. SFL allows me to appropriately react to that behavior, and ultimately do better than before I started using one. Joel
  5. This is a great sonar question! Imagine your Marcum's cone angle, shaped like a triangle all the way to bottom. Mentally draw a straight line from the center of the ducer, straight below you to the bottom. This is the center of the cone angle. Your sonar has the best ability to discern targets when they are at this location. The weaker return signals you see then, to the left of your bottom and leading edge, are signals from the external vector or edges of this cone angle. Targets here (if they exist) are further from the ducer horizontally than they are when directly below it, and your sonar has less ability to discern targets here. This is why they're represented by weaker signals in different colors. Joel
  6. At least these box misprints are in the customer's favor, rather than the mfr.! Joel
  7. The strikemaster site also has pics of the parts you may need. Guessing they could get you a schematic if you just asked? Joel
  8. Goose: You can order direct through Strikemaster's site, or take it to their customer service center in Big Lake. That's the option I'd take if it's nearby. I've never left there without being happy! Joel
  9. Tom: A color camera is a premium feature that allows anglers in clear water the ability to detect everything from the greenest weeds, to the color of the forage that fish might be chasing. That said, in many of the varied environments I fish, the Marcum 820 (B/W camera) provides better contrast for most situations. For the specialist, especially for panfishermen in clear water, the color camera excels! Joel
  10. Nice post! Great to see all the advantages of a Marcum laid out so well. Also great to see the upgrades for this year, as well as the inception of the Marcum Challenges. These will all be a great opportunity for anyone who likes to kick the tires, or compare all the units out there. Joel
  11. I just wanted to share the extremely positive experience I had with Soderbloom's Prop Repair Service . I was so shocked when I opened the box, I thought I'd share this photo of my ground, turned, and fixed prop. I'm disgusted with myself for not taking a "before" picture, but there were nickel-sized dings in 3 of the 4 blades. Rewind to this summer. I ran into a guy at a boat landing in northern Minnesota. We started talking, and I found out that this guy was a marine salesman for almost 20 years, and knew more about my boat and motor than I could ever hope to! At my request, he took a look around my rig and thought everything looked tip-top......except the prop. I'm used to running small motors in smaller water, and major dings are often inevitable. He explained to me that especially with the bigger motors like my Merc 150 EFI, a small ding on the prop, pitch/alignment issue, or un-evenness in the prop can cause an incredible amount of stress that'll throw your lower unit over time. Let's just say, he warned me, and I listened. Pricing a place to fix my messed up, top dollar stainless 4-blade prop was scary. On a recommendation from Steve Sutherland, aka "Northlander" on the site, I gave Jay a try. I couldn't be more satisfied. To beat the spring rush, I simply took off my prop a week or two ago when I winterized my boat. It was back in no-time, and it's like I purchased a new prop. For all of you putting off a prop-fix, just do it over the winter and avoid the hassle of being without it this summer. Or worse, avoid the hassle of a ground up lower unit when the fish are biting!!! You can track down Jay here - Soderbloom's Joel
  12. I think the answer depends on the term "trade up." The new LX-5 has a power boost and Auto-Tune Technology, so it might tip the scales in terms of your decision. If you're talking about a used one, the dual-beam ducer and SuperFineLine will be a definite upgrade. Steep drop-offs, several flashers in the same hard-side, and fishing in heavy cover are all good reasons to upgrade.....amongst others. I don't think you can go wrong, but much depends on the price and your current situation! Joel
  13. Chuck Norris counted to infinity. Twice! Joel
  14. Used to bring a BB gun on ice....esp the small handgun types. Set up portable within shooting distance of tip-up spread. Position shack so door faces away from owner of said tip-ups. Aim for the flags, takes a lonnngggg time to trip one as they're terribly inaccurate. Fun for the whole day. In the hardside there's way too many pranks to pull. Minnow in the beverage can.....disconnect the lights and stack towers of cans throughout the shack.....bucket of water in front of the door outside so it's good and slippery for a nighttime potty break. All kinds of fun ice fishing! Joel
  15. Right on tracker, I do business with profishing whenever I can! Joel
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