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    Thumbs up Flash sonar fish finders

    Do you guys use fish finders? Neccessary, useful, useless?

    If you use one what do you use? Brand, price, features etc.

    I fish mostly in the MATSU Valley and I think one would help, but would like to know what features are useful and what features aren't so I don't have to pay for more than I need.

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    Used them for years in Minnesota fishing for panfish, walleyes and lakers. Fishing without one is like fishing in a boat without a depth finder. There is always old timers that know every productive piece of structure in a lake and how to fish it without help, but these really help shorten the learning curve for the rest of us.

    Marcums tend to have more lag, I recommend vexilars. I have an FL 18. I really like the FL 12 with the flat screen, but they are kinda pricey.

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    I use marcum lx5. It has duel Beam almost never use. Only use it cause I mostly fish Harding lake and it is 140+ ft deep. Can't see that far down. Most other lakes I don't use I can see fish chase lures. I like marcum. Because came with case and transducer arm to hold beam out of way instead of float

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    I have a Vexilar fl20 and an fl8sle for friends to use.
    I don't need one to catch fish.
    But I know I catch more and sometimes bigger fish because I have one.
    I like the bottom zoom feature.
    I just added a tri-beam ducer to my fl20 and can't wait to try it out.
    Overall I don't see them as a necessity but they will help you ice more fish.
    I also have a color underwater camera and rarely use it anymore as the flasher works so much better.
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    I would recommend the FL 20 as well if you have the budget for it. Wish I had one, they are pretty sweet.

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    Maybe you can find a local forum fisherman to let you try one out.
    I'm on the peninsula or I would let you try one of mine.


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    I like marcums as well.. Like AK Lake Hunter said, the transducer arm is great. I don't see any reason to need anything more than the lx5.

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    I've got a cheaper marcum 300ish. I can't remember exactly what I paid.
    Anyways I love the thing it give you something to distract you while it's slow, but let's you know when to get your game face on!

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    I purchased the FL-12 back in 2009. I really like it especiallywhen fishing with my 4 year old son. I can see when there is a fish close andlet him know to start getting ready for the bite. I mostly use it to find depthwhen Iím not fishing with him. I donít see many others with flashers up herewhen fishing.

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    I have used both Vexilar FL12 and Marcum Showdown unit.

    The units both worked and assisted in catching fish. However, if I am fishing in depths of 20 feet or less I find no real advantage to using a sonar unit.

    The units give you an advantage by seeing where fish are located in the water column. This way you can adjust your offering and tease a take. As an example: If your fishing in 60 feet of water and have your lure at 50 feet and the fish are moving around at 20 feet you can adjust your presentation to where the fish are instead of pounding empty space.

    My preference would be a Vexilar unit.
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    I have a marcum, and while it's not there top of the line model. It helps put you on fish, no way around it.

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    I prefer MarCum, but both are fine units and it comes down to personal preference in my opinion. I switched from a Vexilar FL-20 at the beginning of last season to a LX-6. Definitely wouldn't say one caught me more fish than the other by any means, but I couldn't be happier with this unit.

    It has a fully adjustable vertical zoom anywhere in the water column or can be set to bottom lock zoom. Can be set up as a graph, flasher or both(my screen is a little small for this, IMO). You can also get two different open water transducers for use in open water(vexilar also offers these)

    I fish quite a bit in the Mat-Su if you want to check it out any time. I'll be up there Saturday, but haven't picked a lake yet though.

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