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Offline supervdl

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best electronic fishfinder for shallow lakes in NE PA?
« on: December 18, 2016, 10:17:40 PM »
I fish mostly shallow lakes in NE PA, typically with 6-10 ft of water and weeds. Thinking about getting an electronic fishfinder and like to see if you can recommend anything for these type of lakes. I don't need an expensive unit for deep lakes because I will rarely fish them. I need something that does the job in the shallow weedy lakes. Any recommendations?

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best electronic fishfinder for shallow lakes in NE PA?
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Re: best electronic fishfinder for shallow lakes in NE PA?
« Reply #1 on: December 18, 2016, 10:25:58 PM »
Marcum vx-1 pro   Best bang for your buck  perfect registration in shallow water a little on the expensive  side for around 300$   Marcum does have cheaper units called the showdown but I don't have any experience with them

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Re: best electronic fishfinder for shallow lakes in NE PA?
« Reply #2 on: December 18, 2016, 10:45:26 PM »
Hummingbirds are great for beginners and experts they have a variety with good prices. I just picked up the ice 45 at Walmart for 230 out the door. Unfortunately last one they had but still can get it from them for 350 from other sellers or the ice 35 it's like 270 . And marcum or vex you can fish next to them with no interference. Features are top of the line for all models adjustable zoom dual transducer LED lights auto depth for 45 and 55. Need I say more. Also you may think you don't need the bells and whistles till one of your buddies ask ya "walleye on lake erie". Then you won't regret getting a bird.$45 mail in rebate as well if you buy before Dec 31
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Re: best electronic fishfinder for shallow lakes in NE PA?
« Reply #3 on: December 18, 2016, 10:49:08 PM »
The advice you'll hear most often regarding electronics is...just get something. Whatever you can afford. Something is better than nothing.
I think it's true. I found a refurbished  Vexilar FL 8 for about $250 last year and wow did it change my ice fishing trips.
You won't fish without it.

Good luck.

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Re: best electronic fishfinder for shallow lakes in NE PA?
« Reply #4 on: December 18, 2016, 10:49:29 PM »
My pops has a marcum showdown it works but I'm not a fan the marcum vx1 pro is the best beginner unit in my book. Less noise than vex. And better colors to screen.

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Re: best electronic fishfinder for shallow lakes in NE PA?
« Reply #5 on: December 18, 2016, 10:54:03 PM »
agreed  just having one will be a game changer  they all work well

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Re: best electronic fishfinder for shallow lakes in NE PA?
« Reply #6 on: December 19, 2016, 12:22:13 AM »
depends how much you want to spend.  you dont need an expensive unit to fish deep lakes.  i dont think there really are many lakes around here that are deeper than 30-40ish feet.
 i like the lx series from marcum. they double as an decent open water unit as well, even without the upgraded transducer, so they serve dual purpose.  you can usually find a good deal on one for about 500 or less.  they have had shallow water issues but there is an update that apparently fixes this....i haven't downloaded it yet so I'm no help.
If you want a basic flasher which is just as good without the bells and whistles, go with the pro or the 3 or 5 series. very clear display.  I'm not a fan of vex due to the constant flashing of the screen haha it drives me nuts
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Re: best electronic fishfinder for shallow lakes in NE PA?
« Reply #7 on: December 19, 2016, 12:43:15 AM »
I have a marcum lx3 and it is amazing. works for shallower lakes as well as going for lake trout in DEEP lakes.. it has a 1 inch mark in zoom, which allows me to see crappies or finiky fish within an inch of my lure. very helpfull

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Re: best electronic fishfinder for shallow lakes in NE PA?
« Reply #8 on: December 19, 2016, 01:11:27 AM »
I bought a vexliar fl8 used for $150 2 yes ago. Boy what a difference. When guys say if they left it home and got to the lake, they would drive back home for it I can see why I would to. Get what you can afford.

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Re: best electronic fishfinder for shallow lakes in NE PA?
« Reply #9 on: December 19, 2016, 06:58:07 AM »
Marcum is a sponsor look at the vx1 also check factory outlet stores most have them , some also have reconditioned units
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Re: best electronic fishfinder for shallow lakes in NE PA?
« Reply #10 on: December 19, 2016, 07:26:33 AM »
ford vs chevy.whatever one you find a good deal on.if you can see your waxie on a Lil jig at 30 ft your good to go lol. My vex takes a lickn and keeps on tickn.
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Re: best electronic fishfinder for shallow lakes in NE PA?
« Reply #11 on: December 19, 2016, 07:30:48 AM »
I GOT A VEX FLA18..SWEAR BY IT... :)
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Re: best electronic fishfinder for shallow lakes in NE PA?
« Reply #12 on: December 19, 2016, 07:49:50 AM »
I have a showdown and its no diffrent in the shallow stuff than any other flasher it sucks. I bought a marcum 825 camera last year and its flat out the way to go for shallow water fishing!!!

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Re: best electronic fishfinder for shallow lakes in NE PA?
« Reply #13 on: December 19, 2016, 07:55:54 AM »
I was out on the ice with Tafton and Rut, Dan had a Vex fl-8, Rut had FM's old lx-5 and I had my ice-45. We all spotted fish on PL in 6-8 ft of water. Weeds can be a pain for any flasher but anything is better than nothing. I even have a Lowrance elite 4x chirp I plan on taking on the ice just to test out. I bet it'll be just fine and help catch fish for sure. What ever you get, you'll get used to... Personally, I've seen them all and I would lean toward the vex. jmho
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Re: best electronic fishfinder for shallow lakes in NE PA?
« Reply #14 on: December 19, 2016, 08:28:25 AM »

Just sold my fl18 hipno wheel ,worked great just found myself not ever using it anymore , they all do the job I fish my graphs from 6-150' it's all needs and wants is all and don't forget the wallet

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« Reply #14 on: December 19, 2016, 08:28:25 AM »