crowslayer17ParticipantNovember 4, 2016 at 2:26 amPost count: 780
Quote by: prestonc
I would love to know how you guys are setting up your helix for ice fishing. I used mine 1 time last year in flasher mode and hated it (jigging mode on and using the ice ducer). I have been playing with it a little this summer and think I’ll like the sonar mode with the RTS screen on the side this year. I do love it for GPS marked spots! The helix 5si is an awesome unit, but for summer a bigger screen helps a ton.
Try using it in regular sonar mode. I’ve been using an X67 for years because I cannot stand flashers. It will work just fine and I bet you’ll like it a lot better.prestoncParticipantNovember 4, 2016 at 6:27 pmPost count: 705
I didn’t like how slow and blobby it seemed. I was just hoping it was me setting it up poorly. I did buy it for the gps and really like it for that, as well as the side imaging in the boat. I was hoping to use it as a back up and get rid of my fl8. I already have a fl22 and lx7 also so it doesn’t have to work for an ice sonar, but would be cool if it did.sparkieParticipantNovember 4, 2016 at 8:18 pmPost count: 163
Quote by: ducks4me
Thanks for the help. Will look into the Helix 5 with navionics+.
I went the Navionics app for a while, didn’t like burning up my battery & couldn’t see it in the sun. Bought a Helix 5 from Harbor Freight & could not be happier. Actually like the fact I can move it from boat to boat on vacation & have the GPS for winter, for the $$$$ I don’t think you can go wrongbrgracerParticipantNovember 4, 2016 at 9:41 pmPost count: 104
Helix from Harbor Freight ?sparkieParticipantNovember 4, 2016 at 11:32 pmPost count: 163
Quote by: brgracer
Helix from Harbor Freight ?
Sorry, Hodges Marine—had my brain out of gear on that one! both start with an Hducks4meParticipantNovember 9, 2016 at 2:44 pmPost count: 837
So I have decided to go with the Helix 5 DI Ice machine and add the Navionics+ chip to it. Looks like that is may be the best route to get the contour maps that I want. And I will add another ice fishing sonar to my equipment.
DucksMATZILLAParticipantNovember 9, 2016 at 6:47 pmPost count: 482
I’d use the lakemaster over navionics+ especially if you’re on “big” iowa lakes with HD contours
The helix 5 ice is sonar only or sonar/gps without di or si. the di units work better for ice fishing with the 455/200khz 2d cones using a skimmer transducerducks4meParticipantNovember 21, 2016 at 9:22 pmPost count: 837
Ended up getting the Helix 5 DI Ice Machine and added the Lakemaster chip. Will give a review when I get the chance to walk on the ice and use it.
Ducksducks4meParticipantNovember 28, 2016 at 2:25 pmPost count: 837
Took quite awhile to figure out the Helix5 Ice. Wasn’t aware that you had to have GPS lock in order to see any of the Lakemaster Chip lakes. Once I had GPS lock all I can say is WOW!!! This is going to be a fantastic search tool for me!! Looked at a smaller local lake and was very impressed. Will be able to zoom in and walk right to the depth I want. Very happy with the purchase so far. Now I just need some ice!!!!!
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