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What Is Your Favorite Ice Fishing Fishfinder In 2018?

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Gave the new helix a 3 day test. I like it!  My only complaint is that it's a bit of a battery hog. I really like the zoom on it. At 8x I can just about check my pulse as it picks up the tiniest of rod/line movements. I mean as small a movement that can be made with a tiny pelkie jig.   Seemed just a bit better than my fl20 at doing a waxie count on the jig too.  Dropping the gain 1 point was the only adjustment needed.  Still keeping the fl18 and 20 for backup..


I had to ask my friend with his fl18 if he was hoovering the ice shack. 

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You probably tried this, but I found lowering the brightness level to 5 or 6 helped save battery life quite a bit. For some reason mine defaults to its highest setting every time I turn it on. I haven't spent enough time with mine to determine if I can lock it in at a lower brightness.

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change the color to black background and adjusting brightness really helps my helix not use the battery up as fast.

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I have the showdown and love it. I also bought the ice kit for my lowrance elite-5. But it has been finicky at time. I just picked up a Garmin EchoMap 73dv on hsolist for the bow of my boat but want to try it out on the ice. So now I need a ice transducer. 

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    • Great advice and sounds like you have had some great times on the great Upper Red Lake!  The difference on Red from having a good day to a great day can be as much as moving 20 feet away!  From what you explain I would try to befriend a local or rent an ice auger and bring with the cold gear.  Rent your house like you are and then throw the auger in the car and explore or just pop holes in the area of your house so you can get out enjoy the uniqueness of fishing outside and your chances for landing more fish increases greatly opposed to hard house fishing.  Good Luck!!
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