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Got a new toy in the mail today and I had to take it out! grin Picked up a new Showdown and after reading the booklet I got the idea to drag a kayak up to my neighbors pond to test it out. Brought along my trusty panfish sweetheart and a calftail jig. Caught about a dozen gills in short order and had an absolute ball!

Im really impressed with the Showdown and cant wait to use it on the ice. Easy as heck to use, sensitive, and plain fun...

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where did you manage to get a showdown??? I had one on back order for most of the whole winter last year, then come april showdown cust serv told me they would unfortunatley not be filling any more orders..

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Rodmoen - Sorry I mis-spoke due to my excitement, my Showdown is not new, just new to me. I took it off a buddies hands. cool I did call Jon at customer service with a question. He told me they have been ramping up production and the new 5.6 is even better yet. Not sure when that is being released...

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So I have used my brothers showdown once and was not impressed it would loose the spoon I had on everytime I jigged it. My question is I know there were some software updates and Im not sure if he has them could this be the problem? Personally Ill stick with my FL-20 which yeah I should put that on a charge.

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Sweet pics DC! I also own a Showdown and love it. Its no FL20 or Bird 55, but it can stand up to the best. Fished most of the ice season with 2 buddies, one with a 20 and one with a 55. I had no interference or issues. I have the 5.6, cost me $50 to upgrade.

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KT:

it was probably his sensitivity settings. And yes the new upgrade does wonders. Its like going from Batman powers to Superman powers.

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I had no trouble seeing a 1/64 oz calftail jig with the sensitivity up half way. Mine has the upgrade so I have no sense or referance...

It may not replace my lx-5 or 3 but Im really excited to use it. Maybe it's close to 20 years of useing a flasher and the fact thats it's something new? I dont know, but it will be fun to use and compair to everything else...

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My thing about the Showdown is it has had to had an upgrade every year since it's release. That shouldn't cost $50, shouldn't cost $5- it should be something they do as part of owning their product.

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