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  • Avatarsparkie
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    I’m normally a Vex guy but, I got a Helix 5 for the mapping purpose this summer. My questions for those of you that use this flasher are
    Where do you set Beam select? 83/200?
    Surface Clutter? 5ish?
    Does the fish ID make a difference on the flasher mode?
    I had the transducer in the water over the dock once & have not played with it much, hoped maybe I could cut some corners on the learning curve.

    AvatarfshnGuy
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    I can’t remember if I had luck with these settings or not but I asked the same questions last year and this is what I got from a guy with a Helix 5 (under advanced settings):
    Beam select- 200khz
    image frequency- 455khz
    surface clutter- 1
    Switchfire- max mode
    fish id- off
    fish id sensitivity-5
    RTS window- narrow
    sonar colors- palette 3
    bottom view structure id
    zoom width narrow
    455khz sensitivity- 0
    depth lines- on
    noise filter- high 3
    max depth- auto
    water type- fresh
    digital depth source- 2d element
    DI pings- 2D+DI
    color bar-on
    ice fishing mode- mode

    Avatarsparkie
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    Awesome—Thanks, I’ll start there.

    AvatarRunngun675
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    fish id mode wont do anything for you in flasher mode

    AvatarSchlitzBeer
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    Make sure the digital depth source is set to 2d element. Matzilla on the forum uses a Helix5 and does killer with it. Hopefully he will chime in

    MATZILLAMATZILLA
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    Sorry guys been busy lol

    Here’s what I usually go with…
    Advanced mode
    Ice mode off – never ever use it. Ice mode gives full control of many settings to the finder and overrides manual settings
    Surface clutter 7 or higher – more clutter makes for faster response…lower setting can help clear up interference
    Switch fire clear mode, can run more gain and works better when fishing cover
    I usually set the max depth manually instead of auto… cranking up the max depth is like upping the gain on a vex but if you set it to say 100′ when in 10′ of water you’re only slowing down the response time
    Depth lines on. Makes tracking fish vs your jig easier but personal preference
    Fish I’d off
    Wide rts window with a scope….must have
    Noise filter off unless you get interference
    Color pallet 7. Idk why but it is my favorite
    Black background. High contrast
    Brightness at about 4 to save battery
    Setup the overlays or boxes how you want. I run depth in the upper left and Volts lower left

    Use the sonar split screen to catch more fish
    NEVER run with an ice ducer on a di or si model without selecting 2d element….for those of you with a di unit get a 2d skimmer instead of an ice ducer
    Turn off the views you don’t need while ice fishing
    Manually adjust the top and bottom ranges as needed
    Color bar off
    Structure Id

    I baseline my helix 5 di first trip out then only do minor adjustments for sensitivity and depth the rest of the season

    Avatarcodymundy1
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    Quote by: MATZILLA

    Sorry guys been busy lol

    Here’s what I usually go with…
    Advanced mode
    Ice mode off – never ever use it. Ice mode gives full control of many settings to the finder and overrides manual settings
    Surface clutter 7 or higher – more clutter makes for faster response…lower setting can help clear up interference
    Switch fire clear mode, can run more gain and works better when fishing cover
    I usually set the max depth manually instead of auto… cranking up the max depth is like upping the gain on a vex but if you set it to say 100′ when in 10′ of water you’re only slowing down the response time
    Depth lines on. Makes tracking fish vs your jig easier but personal preference
    Fish I’d off
    Wide rts window with a scope….must have
    Noise filter off unless you get interference
    Color pallet 7. Idk why but it is my favorite
    Black background. High contrast
    Brightness at about 4 to save battery
    Setup the overlays or boxes how you want. I run depth in the upper left and Volts lower left

    Use the sonar split screen to catch more fish
    NEVER run with an ice ducer on a di or si model without selecting 2d element….for those of you with a di unit get a 2d skimmer instead of an ice ducer
    Turn off the views you don’t need while ice fishing
    Manually adjust the top and bottom ranges as needed
    Color bar off
    Structure Id

    I baseline my helix 5 di first trip out then only do minor adjustments for sensitivity and depth the rest of the season

    I too am a vex guy. Thanks to everyone for tips. However im completely new to my helix 5 di gps. I have it hooked up with an ice ducer. Where do i find the 2d setting and all the other awesome settings

    AvatarKinley23
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    Are you guys using the ice transducer ucer XI – 9?

    Avatarcodymundy1
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    I believe thats which one i have

    Avatarsparkie
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    I can not tell you how much I appreciate this info,
    Saving me a year in trial & error
    Once again THANKS A TON!!!!!!!

    Avatarcodymundy1
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    Quote by: sparkie

    I can not tell you how much I appreciate this info,
    Saving me a year in trial & error
    Once again THANKS A TON!!!!!!!

    have you had a chance to use these settings

    Avatarsparkie
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    Quote by: codymundy1

    Quote by: sparkie

    I can not tell you how much I appreciate this info,
    Saving me a year in trial & error
    Once again THANKS A TON!!!!!!!

    have you had a chance to use these settings

    I used Fish n Guys’ settings Sunday & got along well. I was using the flasher mode & the ice mode. Just had a chance trip for the Lake of the Woods show up if I can swing it, leaving Monday might be able to give it the big test next week.

    Avatarcodymundy1
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    Quote by: sparkie

    Quote by: codymundy1

    Quote by: sparkie

    I can not tell you how much I appreciate this info,
    Saving me a year in trial & error
    Once again THANKS A TON!!!!!!!

    have you had a chance to use these settings

    I used Fish n Guys’ settings Sunday & got along well. I was using the flasher mode & the ice mode. Just had a chance trip for the Lake of the Woods show up if I can swing it, leaving Monday might be able to give it the big test next week.

    How does it compare to a Vexilar. I read you are a vexilar as i am too.

    MATZILLAMATZILLA
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    2d setting is in the sonar menu near the bottom, be sure to turn on advanced mode

    XNT 9 28 T Is the transducer you want to use with a humminbird di unit…it gives you both the 200/455khz frequencies. You can simply loop the cable and it works like a normal ice ducer

    I’d take one of these finders over a Vexilar any day

    Avatarsparkie
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    Quote by: codymundy1

    Quote by: sparkie

    Quote by: codymundy1

    Quote by: sparkie

    I can not tell you how much I appreciate this info,
    Saving me a year in trial & error
    Once again THANKS A TON!!!!!!!

    have you had a chance to use these settings

    I used Fish n Guys’ settings Sunday & got along well. I was using the flasher mode & the ice mode. Just had a chance trip for the Lake of the Woods show up if I can swing it, leaving Monday might be able to give it the big test next week.

    How does it compare to a Vexilar. I read you are a vexilar as i am too.

    That is going to take some time to figure out, been a vex guy for 30 years, running a 22 right now but open to the Helix

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